Environmental Justice

Science News Roundup: An Alien World with Two Suns, An Ancient 'In Between' Sea Creature, Visual Memories Made into Video & More! [VIDEOS]

It’s been an amazing month for news from the world of Science and technology — and this in a year full of amazing discoveries…Ahh, what a wondrous time to be alive (if only the economy was doing better, but I digress…) Topics: an extra solar planet with an extra sun, an ancient ‘in-between’ see creature, flying robots that learn how to flock, creating a video from the brain’s visual memories, and, lastly, Wangari Maathai, crusader for environmental justice (and Nobel Prize winner) dies, but her work will live on…

7 Notable Eco News Items You Might Have Missed

As a science writer and reporter, I tend to read a lot of sci-news of great interest, but much of which never makes it into one of my articles. In addition to this small fraction that I am able to actually read, there is simply so much news being released on a constant basis that

Sierra Club Applauds and Echoes EPA on Green Diversity

[social_buttons] EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson called on minorities to be a bigger part of environmentalism in a speech to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council on Tuesday. Sierra Club showed their appreciation for the EPA’s remarks and highlighted their own commitment to diversity on the same day. “We applaud Administrator Jackson’s call for the environmental

EPA Calling for More Diversity in Environmentalism

In another effort to bridge the sustainability gaps in our society today, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson called for more diversity in environmentalism yesterday. Speaking to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, she stated clearly that low-income and minority groups are often hit the hardest by environmental problems. “The place where I grew up is like

Big Victory Against Big Coal by Small Group

[social_buttons] The first big victory against coal power plants in Virginia came a few days ago in a town of about 300. In a statement of independence, environmental justice, and the power a few people can have on the biggest issues facing our environment today, town councilors voted 3-2 to retain their zoning rights regarding

NAACP Opposes Planned N.C. Chicken-Waste Power Plants

The NAACP has joined with environmental groups to oppose the construction of three power plants because of concerns that burning the feces will expose poor people to arsenic and other contaminants. “Everyone wants jobs, but you have to be against a job that on the back end may bring disease,” said William Barber II, president

Suing to Protect the Environment Could Get Pricey in Utah

Oh, Utah — sometimes you’re so cute, like with the recent news that you watch more porn than any other state. But then other times, you’re straight-up scary. [social_buttons] Pending legislation would require that any group looking to issue a stay against a project to prevent environmental harm must first post a bond to cover

Canadian Court: OK to Sue Smelly (Yet Legal) Polluters

The Quebec Supreme Court decided Thursday to allow for lawsuits against companies emitting particularly odorous pollution can be sued even if the emissions are under the legal limit. The ruling stemmed from a 1994 class action lawsuit covering 2,000 people near Quebec City who complained about the dust and smell of a local cement plant

Ecological Sustainability Requires a Cultural Revolution, Too

There’s something that’s been made increasingly apparent to me living in an ecovillage for the past year: environmental sustainability requires a change in culture. Society cannot achieve this sustainability through simplified living alone. Growing organic food, using renewable energy, and decreasing one’s ecological footprint are all positive things, no doubt, but true, holistic sustainability comes

Book Review: Earth Democracy

In Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace, Indian physicist turned environmental activist Vandana Shiva calls for a radical shift in the values that govern democracies, decrying the role that unrestricted capitalism has played in the destruction of environments and livelihoods.  By no means a new release, Shiva’s book is incredibly timely as skyrocketing fuel costs

Blue Planet Run Foundation Makes Yard Sales Life Savers

CLEAR CLUTTER FOR CLEAN WATER (say that 5 times fast!) Water is on the tip of everybody’s tongue these days. America is facing major crises with floods in some regions, hundreds of wild fires in others, and droughts throughout. As horrible as all of that may sound, the majority of us can all still go to

Court Halts Construction of Coal-Fired Power Plant in Georgia

A Superior Court Judge in Fulton County, Georgia has ruled that construction of Dynegy’s Longleaf plant be halted until it is assured the plant will limit the amount of carbon dioxide it releases. The original permit would have allowed the plant to emit 9 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, something the court said was

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