"COP26 organizers released a preliminary draft early Wednesday of an agreement on how countries will work together to curb climate change. The language will evolve over the course of the final days of the conference, and it contains several provisions that are likely to be contentious."
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"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a $630 million plan to capture and treat sewage-tainted water that routinely flows over the border from Tijuana into San Diego Bay."Source: AP, 11/10/2021
"Political appointees in the Trump administration relied on faulty science to justify stripping habitat protections for the imperiled northern spotted owl, U.S. wildlife officials said Tuesday as they struck down a rule that would have opened millions of acres of West Coast forest to potential logging."Source: AP, 11/10/2021
"At least three big American oil companies—Hess, ConocoPhillips, and Exxon—were major financial contributors to the Fulbright Program in Malaysia."Source: Earther, 11/10/2021
"Since 2019, more than 320 toxic substances have been detected in U.S. drinking water systems, according to a new analysis by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization."Source: EHN, 11/10/2021
"The Justice Department today [Tuesday] announced a landmark investigation into wastewater issues in an Alabama county that is home to prominent environmental justice activist Catherine Flowers.
Flowers, who now serves as a White House environmental justice adviser, detailed the sewage problems that plagued Lowndes County, Ala., in her book "Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret."Source: E&E News, 11/10/2021
"A few hundred meters from the huge furnaces of the Chinese-owned Smedrevo steel mill in central Serbia, the village of Radinac is covered in thick red dust. Cancer rates have quadrupled in under a decade, and residents want the plant to clean up or shut down."Source: Reuters, 11/10/2021
"Louisiana politicians at the state and federal level are echoing a false oil and gas industry claim to support more offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, saying that Louisiana will lose more land to the sea without offshore production royalties to pay for coastal restoration."Source: WWNO/Southerly, 11/10/2021
"Southern California’s largest urban water district declared a drought emergency on Tuesday and called for local water suppliers to immediately cut the use of water from the State Water Project."Source: LA Times, 11/10/2021
"On a recent day inside the sprawling conference center where United Nations climate talks are taking place, a small crowd gathered to hear a panel with an intriguing title: “The Space Race to Save the Planet.” ... [T]he event was about satellites and the promising ways that scientists are using them to track greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere."Source: Washington Post, 11/10/2021
"Many vulnerable countries have campaigned for years to limit global warming with the slogan '1.5 to stay alive", but climate scientists say the world will almost inevitably 'overshoot' 1.5C".Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 11/09/2021
"Barack Obama expressed confidence at U.N. climate talks Monday that the Biden administration will ultimately get its $555 billion climate package through Congress, and faulted U.S. rivals China and Russia for what he called a “dangerous lack of urgency” in cutting their own climate-wrecking emissions."Source: AP, 11/09/2021
"Americans like to think they are recycling their plastic takeout food containers, cutlery and flimsy grocery bags when they toss them into those green or blue bins. But, too often, that waste is shipped overseas, sometimes with the help of organized crime groups, where it litters cities, clogs waterways or is burned, filling the air with toxic chemicals."Source: LA Times, 11/09/2021
"The White House said it’s waiting on a study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before deciding whether to wade into a debate over the future of a controversial oil pipeline that carries Canadian oil across the Great Lakes into Michigan."Source: Bloomberg, 11/09/2021
"For more than a century, a wide, low seawall has protected the country of Guyana from the depravations of the Atlantic Ocean."Source: NPR, 11/09/2021