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Letter from 100+ economists: to rebuild our world, we must end the carbon economy

The carbon economy amplifies racial, social and economic inequities, creating a system that is fundamentally incompatible with a stable future Jeffrey Sachs, Joseph Stiglitz, Mariana Mazzucato, Clair Brown, Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Robert Reich, Gabriel Zucman and others Aug 4, 2020 Published in the Guardian From deep-rooted racism to the Covid-19 pandemic, from extreme inequality to ecological collapse, our world is facing dire and deeply interconnected emergencies. […]

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United Domestic Workers of America backs bill mandating safe distance between oil wells and schools, houses

Published on August 5th, 2020 United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930) has just announced they’ve joined as co-sponsors of an amended version of Assembly Bill AB 345 (Muratsuchi), legislation originally designed to require 2500 foot health and safety setbacks from oil and gas wells in California. Aug 5, 2020 Published in the Red and the Green By Dan Bacher The announcement took place one […]

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Major news outlets are handing the mic to big business on climate issues

Even as reporters have improved at framing the science, they’ve disproportionately included messages advocating against climate action. By Ula Chrobak August 3, 2020 in Popular Science It may seem that the days of false equivalency in climate change journalism are behind us. It’s rare to see a climate change denier or skeptic framed as an “expert” in an article. And that’s […]

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Cuomo delays New York’s $3 billion environmental bond

Aug 1, 2020   By Ramona du Houx   New York state has postponed plans to place a $3 billion environmental bond on the ballot in November, citing a dire financial situation stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. “It was my proposal. I believe deeply in it, but we need to have financial stability before we do that,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on July 30, during a press conference call. Gov. Cuomo proposed the bond act in January as part of the state’s budget process. The state’s $177 billion budget, passed in April allowed the bond act question to be placed on the Nov. 3 ballot. The bond, if approved by voters, would have allocated funding for habitat restoration, flood reduction, […]

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Most polluted U.S. neighborhoods haven’t changed after three decades

Nichola Groom (Reuters) – If your neighborhood was among the most polluted in 1981, it probably still is. Likewise, the least polluted areas are still faring the best, according to a study published on Thursday in the journal Science that analyzed concentrations of fine particulate matter over more than three decades in the United States. Overall, pollution from fine particulate matter fell about 70% between 1981 and 2016, the study found. In that time, air quality has improved dramatically across the country thanks to tighter air quality regulations, cleaner vehicles and fewer coal-fired power plants, experts have found. But the communities most exposed to higher levels of pollution remain the same, the study found. That suggests the United States is […]

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Elected officials ask why California regulators under Newsom are approving new fracking permits

In the Daily Kos.   By Dan Bacher  Wednesday July 15, 2020 · Elected Officials to Protect California (EOPCA ), a coalition of current and former elected officials opposed to fracking and increased oil and gas drilling in the state, is asking why California Governor Gavin Newsom is helping the failing fracking industry by overseeing an expansion of fracking operations during a […]