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A civil rights ’emergency’: justice, clean air and water in the age of Trump

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The Trump administration is peeling away rules designed to protect clean air and water, fueling a growing urgency around the struggle for environmental justice, say political leaders, academics and activists

November 20, 2017 — The Trump administration’s dismantling of environmental regulations has intensified a growing civil rights battle over the deadly burden of pollution on minorities and low-income people. Continue reading A civil rights ’emergency’: justice, clean air and water in the age of Trump

‘We are jobless because of fish poisoning’: Vietnamese fishermen battle for justice

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A beach in Quang Trach district is strewn with dead fish after the toxic spill in April 2016. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A year after Vietnam’s worst environmental disaster, lives remain ruined while the government cracks down on protesters seeking compensation

August 14, 2017 — “We used to eat the meat of the pig, but now all we have to eat is the skin” – the Vietnamese saying neatly encapsulates the predicament facing the country’s fishermen, says Nguyen Viet Thieu. Continue reading ‘We are jobless because of fish poisoning’: Vietnamese fishermen battle for justice

Shanghai water supply hit by 100-tonne wave of garbage

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A tourist surrounded by rubbish on a beach in China. The country has struggled to contain environmental pollution during its long economic boom. Photograph: Feature China / Barcroft Media

Ships are suspected of dumping waste upstream on China’s Yangtze river before it floats into a key city reservoir

December 30, 2016 — Medical waste, broken bottles and household trash are some of the items found in more than 100 tonnes of garbage salvaged near a drinking water reservoir in Shanghai. Continue reading Shanghai water supply hit by 100-tonne wave of garbage