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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

The COP23 climate change summit in Bonn and why it matters

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The people of Kiribati are under pressure to relocate due to sea-level rise. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images

Halting dangerous global warming means putting the landmark Paris agreement into practice – without the US – and tackling the divisive issue of compensation

November 5, 2017 — What is happening?

The world’s nations are meeting for the 23rd annual “conference of the parties” (COP) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which aims to “prevent dangerous Continue reading The COP23 climate change summit in Bonn and why it matters

US environment chief signs draft rollback on Obama climate plan

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In this file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks during a briefing at the White House June 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Repealing the Clean Power Plan (CPP) was a campaign promise by President Donald Trump and follows his decision in June to withdraw from the 2015 Paris agreement

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Oct. 11, 2017) — The head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency signed on Tuesday, October 10, a draft decision to roll back Obama-era measures to counter climate change. Continue reading US environment chief signs draft rollback on Obama climate plan

Sydney waste-power incinerator plans halved amid pollution and health fears

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More than 552,000 tonnes of waste a year would be burnt under revised plans for an energy incinerator in Sydney’s west. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Plant’s operator seeks approval for a phased development in the face of residents’ opposition and concerns over air quality

October 4, 2017 — Plans for the world’s biggest waste-to-energy plant in Sydney’s west have been cut in half, in an effort to address concerns from health and environmental authorities, and residents. Continue reading Sydney waste-power incinerator plans halved amid pollution and health fears

Mismanagement alleged against only company interested in Liddell power station

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The Liddell coal-fired power station, on the right, near Muswellbrook in NSW. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

Environmental law group has accused Delta Electricity of underreporting emissions at its Vales Point power station and breaching licence conditions

September 7, 2017 — The only Australian company with a stated potential interest in buying and keeping AGL’s ageing Liddell coal-fired power station open beyond 2022 is facing a number of allegations of environmental mismanagement. Continue reading Mismanagement alleged against only company interested in Liddell power station

Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

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The average number of fibres found in each 500ml sample ranged from 4.8 in the US to 1.9 in Europe. Photograph: Michael Heim/Alamy

Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted

September 6, 2017 — Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health. Continue reading Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

Denying Hurricane Harvey’s climate links only worsens future suffering

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Homes are surrounded by floodwater after torrential rains pounded Southeast Texas following Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey on August 31, 2017 in Sugar Land, Texas.

The variables in the climate change formula are mitigation, adaptation, and suffering. Denying the problem loads up on the suffering

September 5, 2017 — Human-caused climate change amplified the damages and suffering associated with Hurricane Harvey in several different ways. First, sea level rise caused by global warming Continue reading Denying Hurricane Harvey’s climate links only worsens future suffering

‘Your eyes start itching’: pollution soars in Houston after chemical industry leaks

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Houston’s petrochemical industry has leaked more than 2,700 tons of extra air pollution in connection with Hurricane Harvey. Photograph: David J. Phillip/AP

Communities face surging toxic fumes and possible water contamination, as refineries and plants report more than 2,700 tons of extra pollution

September 3, 2017 — Hurricane Harvey has resulted in Houston’s petrochemical industry leaking thousands of tons of pollutants, with communities living near plants damaged by the storm exposed to soaring levels of toxic fumes and potential water contamination. Continue reading ‘Your eyes start itching’: pollution soars in Houston after chemical industry leaks

Trump’s rollback of flood protections risks further Houston-style calamity

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Margie David and her husband David Emswiler are rescued by volunteers on a boat from their flooded house in north-west Houston. Photograph: Jay Janner/AP

Houston has some of the most lax building regulations in potential flood zones – and the president wants to spread that policy across the US

August 29, 2017 — After all the furore, it’s hard to remember now that Donald Trump’s combative press conference earlier this month was supposed to be about infrastructure. Holding two flowcharts, Continue reading Trump’s rollback of flood protections risks further Houston-style calamity

Australian coal-power pollution would be illegal in US, Europe and China – report

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A representative of Victoria’s Yallourn power plant, pictured, told the EPA it did not report when pollution levels were exceeded. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Environmental Justice Australia report says Australian coal-fired power plants regularly exceed lax limits imposed on them

August 14, 2017 — Australian coal-fired power stations produce levels of toxic air pollution that would be illegal in the US, Europe and China, and regularly exceed even the lax limits imposed on them with few or no consequences, according to an investigation by Environmental Justice Australia. Continue reading Australian coal-power pollution would be illegal in US, Europe and China – report