Environmental Justice

U.S. Acknowledged the Harm Dams Have Caused Tribes. Here’s What It Left Out

"The Biden administration said officials historically gave “little, if any, consideration” to impacts on tribal fishing. But some sought deliberately to upend the harvest, according to documents obtained by ProPublica and Oregon Public Broadcasting."

Source: OPB/ProPublica, 06/27/2024

"Summer Heat Brings New Misery To Palestinians In Israel's Gaza Campaign"

"Sweltering summer weather is worsening conditions in Gaza where nearly all the 2.3 million inhabitants have been driven from their homes by Israel's military campaign and where there is almost no electricity and little clean water."

Source: Reuters, 06/27/2024

"Environmental Protests: Interview With UN Special Rapporteur Michel Forst"

"The repression that environmental activists using peaceful civil disobedience are facing in Europe is a major threat to democracy and human rights, according to U.N. special rapporteur Michel Forst."

Source: Mongabay, 06/25/2024

Oil Lobby Is Stifling Efforts to Reform Oil Well Cleanup in State After State

"In New Mexico, oil companies agreed to work with regulators to find a solution to the state’s more than 70,000 unplugged wells. After months of negotiations, the industry turned against the bill it helped shape."

Source: ProPublica, 06/25/2024

Pulling Back the Curtain on the Plunder of the Planet

“Pitfall: The Race to Mine the World’s Most Vulnerable Places,” a new work by investigative journalist Christopher Pollon, offers a sweeping global view of how the mining industry profits, despite causing vast environmental losses and failing to acknowledge Indigenous ownership or rights to the land it mines. BookShelf’s Melody Kemp lauds Pollon’s searing observations and investigations. Read her review.

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Judge Orders BNSF To Pay Tribe $400 Million For Trespassing With Oil Trains

"BNSF Railway must pay nearly $400 million to a Native American tribe in Washington state, a federal judge ordered Monday after finding that the company intentionally trespassed when it repeatedly ran 100-car trains carrying crude oil across the tribe’s reservation."

Source: AP, 06/21/2024

Rep. Castor Urges OSHA To Speed Federal Heat Protections For Outdoor Workers

"Two months after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation preventing local governments from requiring heat protections for outdoors workers, Tampa Bay-area Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor is calling on the Biden administration to finalize federal workplace protections against heat-related injury and illness."

Source: States Newsroom, 06/18/2024


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