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Hurricane Katrina proved that if black lives matter, so must climate justice | Elizabeth C Yeampierre 24.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The environmental justice and Black Lives Matter movements are complementary. We can’t afford to choose between the two

Those of us from low-income communities of color are on the frontlines of the climate crisis. US cities and towns that are predominantly made up of people of color are also home to a disproportionate share of the environmental burdens that are fueling the climate crisis and shortening our lives. One has only to recall the gut-wrenching images of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath to confirm this.

At a time when police abuse is more visible than ever thanks to technology, and our communities continue to get hit time and time again by climate catastrophe, we can’t afford to choose between a Black Lives Matter protest and a climate justice forum, because our survival depends on both of them.

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Spotlight on green news & views: Oil bust coming; how hot will it get? wind turbines vs. eagles 20.8.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Red-tailed hawk takes flight. See Kestrel's post . Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Spotlight can be seen here . More than 23,275 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. Welcome to East Liverpool, Ohio, home of one of the world's largest hazardous waste incinerators —by Samuel Vargo: "Much was promised when one of the world's largest commercial hazardous waste incinerators was being planned, and later, built, in East Liverpool, Ohio's East End. The big parent company that owns and operates the facility, Swiss-based Von Roll, would be like a magnet that would attract other industries with its hazardous waste incinerator operating here. That was the biggest hook: The city would return to its glory days, when it was the world's pottery ...
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Machine That Turns Poo Into Water Gets a Test Run in Africa 12.8.2015 Wired Top Stories
Bill Gates once drank poop water from this low-cost waste treatment plant that makes sewage ...
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Russians despair at food destruction as Moscow says it is having desired effect 7.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Russia’s move to ostentatiously destroy banned food imports at the border has sparked debate in a country where millions live below the poverty line

Tonnes of pork tossed into incinerators, truckloads of cheese bulldozed into the ground, and an orchard’s worth of apples buried in a shallow grave.

The visuals of Russia’s stepped-up fight against sanctioned foodstuffs have been dramatic, and left many Russians wondering why so much is being destroyed in a country where millions of people live below the poverty line.

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Russia destroys tonnes of banned European pork – video 5.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Russia’s authorities start the process of destroying tonnes of suspected banned pork products from the European Union on Tuesday. About 35 tonnes labelled as Ukrainian but believed to be from Denmark, was thrown into incinerators, and in the Samara region more pork imports were destroyed on the grounds that the meat arrived with false Brazilian documents

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Ex-mayor of Pennsylvania's capital charged with corruption 14.7.2015 AP Politics
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The former mayor of Pennsylvania's capital city was arrested Tuesday on wide-ranging corruption charges, including allegations he unlawfully used public money from various agencies to buy hundreds of artifacts for a planned Wild West museum and other historical attractions....
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MN lawmakers pull the plug on pollution-fighting citizens' council 16.6.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens' Board, once one of the state's most powerful citizen bodies, will shut down next week, the victim of a special session legislative deal.
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Avian flu outbreak takes poultry producers into uncharted territory 21.5.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Now reaching to 15 states, the outbreak has been detected at 174 farms, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Thanks To Community Protest, EPA Won’t Burn Huge Stockpile Of Explosives In The Open 9.5.2015 Think Progres

To say the protesters were happy would be a bit of an understatement.

The post Thanks To Community Protest, EPA Won’t Burn Huge Stockpile Of Explosives In The Open appeared first on ThinkProgress.

For commercial property owners, organics recycling is at the amenity frontier 10.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
Some commercial property owners are getting pressure from tenants to recycle organic waste.
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City government in southern China cancels waste incinerator after public protests 9.4.2015 Star Tribune: World
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Louisiana Residents Convince EPA That Burning Explosive Waste Outside Is a Bad Idea 26.3.2015 Truthout.com
More than 18 million pounds of hazardous explosives are still sitting in bunkers at Camp Minden in Louisiana, after an explosion happened there more than two years ago. Officials haven't agreed on how to clean up the wartime leftovers, but they have decided not to burn them in the open air. A handout photo of the scene of an explosion at Camp Minden in Louisiana in October 2012, after which 18 million pounds of unstable hazardous material was discovered. Webster Parish residents and others said they would not shy from a confrontation if authorities proceed with a plan to openly burn an abandoned stockpile of M6 propellant left at the camp since the private contractor that owned it declared bankruptcy. (Louisiana National Guard via The New York Times) Do you want to see more stories like this published? Click here to help Truthout continue doing this work! More than 18 million pounds of M-6 artillery propellant and other hazardous explosives are still sitting in bunkers at the Camp Minden military ...
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When 1.3 Billion Become Environmental Refugees 21.3.2015 Global Voices
In light of the state of China's environment, perhaps the country's 1.3 billion people should be considered environmental refugees.
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An Explosive Crisis: Government Bickering Clouds Cleanup Effort at Camp Minden 30.1.2015 Truthout.com
It's been two years since investigators discovered 15 million pounds of M-6 artillery propellent illegally and haphazardly stored at Camp Minden. (Photo: Concerned Citizens of the Camp Minden Explosives Open Burn )On January 15, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that Louisiana state officials would have an extra 90 days to choose a contractor and a disposal method for cleaning up M-6 propellant, 15 million pounds of which was illegally stashed at Camp Minden by a private US Army contractor and discovered after a massive explosion rocked the area two years ago. The extension would give authorities time to consider alternatives to the original plan - burning the waste in open trays at the site. Opposition to the so-called "open burn" had reached a fever pitch. In December, a local scientist pointed out that chemicals within the M-6 have been linked to cancer and birth defects. Fearing that pollutants from the open burn would enter the air unabated, concerned citizens launched a campaign to ...
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Beijing shows listening side on trash burners to appease public, but politics still off limits 26.1.2015 Star Tribune: World
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An Explosive Crisis: EPA Pushes for Massive Munitions Burn at Louisiana's Camp Minden 16.1.2015 Truthout - All Articles
A locked gate and warning sign at the Camp Minden military facility near Minden, Louisiana. Fearing cancer-causing pollution, local residents are opposing an EPA plan to burn 15 million pounds of hazardous artillery munitions waste in open "burn trays" at Camp Minden. (Photo: Mike Ludwig) Two years after a blast signaled danger at a Louisiana munitions bunker, the EPA is set to oversee the hazardous, open burning of 15 million pounds of explosives, and neighbors are demanding it come up with an alternative plan for all such dumps around the country. A locked gate and warning sign at the Camp Minden military facility near Minden, Louisiana. Fearing cancer-causing pollution, local residents are opposing an EPA plan to burn 15 million pounds of hazardous artillery munitions waste in open "burn trays" at Camp Minden. (Photo: Mike Ludwig) Melissa Downer remembers the evening of October 15, 2012, well. She was kenneling her dogs for the night outside her family home in Minden, Louisiana, when she heard a loud ...
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Bill Gates’ Plan to Help the Developing World Profit From Its Sewage 6.1.2015 Wired Top Stories
Peter Janicki's Omni-Processor is a steel machine converts high volumes of human waste---up to 14 tons a day---into electricity and water, while eliminating all pathogens. Next month, the Gates Foundation team will travel to Dakar, Senegal in Africa to rebuild the Omni-Processor to see how it fares within the ...
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Cultivating Climate Justice Through Compost: The Story of Hernani 14.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Compost pile via Shutterstock) When the people of Hernani, Spain, began a residential compost system, they weren’t looking to become heroes of the movement for climate justice. Like thousands of other towns around the world, they were simply looking for an alternative to incineration and the pollution it brings. Hernani is located in Basque country, in the province of Gipuzkoa. In 2002, the Gipuzkoa landfill was nearly full, and the provincial government proposed building two new incinerators to burn the trash. The citizens of Hernani and other municipalities of the province immediately joined together in opposition . In a particularly impressive action, hundreds took the streets for what they called a “zero waste flash mob dance.” Not only did Hernani fight the incinerator plans (and very creatively), they also began implementing zero waste strategies that would help eliminate the need to burn or bury waste at all. Within a few years, Hernani became a center of composting excellence. To start, ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: COP-20 in Lima, trashing the Tongass and Apache sacred lands 11.12.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Flashy tribunal on a rooftop. See lineatus' diary . Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) normally appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Saturday Spotlight can be seen here . More than 20,260 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. Lima: Climate FairShares Tool Debuts —by boatsie: "Civil society groups yesterday launched a new online-tool providing the stark details of just how limited the space in the world's Carbon Budget remains and detailing what amount of space each country is allocated under UN Terms relative to "pollution targets and finance transfers" in the battle to combat climate change. The infographic is designed from a ...
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Cultivating Climate Justice From the Front Lines of the Crisis 29.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
This is part 2 of a four-part article series "Cultivating Climate Justice" which tells the stories of community groups on the frontlines of the pollution, waste and climate crises, working together for systems change. United across six continents, these grassroots groups are defending community rights to clean air, clean water, zero waste, environmental justice, and good jobs. They are all members of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, a network of over 800 organizations from 90+ countries. This series is produced by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and Other Worlds   "To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change.... I dare you to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian Ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels; to the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and the Andes to see communities confronting glacial floods, to the Arctic where communities grapple with the fast dwindling polar ice ...
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