Marijuana eradication team cleans up environmental damage at illegal grow sites

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Marijuana Eradication Team (MET) is wrapping up a series of raids on illegal pot grows this week. The team, along with state agencies, spent the summer raiding eight different grows — many run by crime cartels.
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At least 331 human rights defenders were murdered in 2020, report finds

At least 331 human rights defenders promoting social, environmental, racial and gender justice in 25 countries were murdered in 2020, with scores more beaten, detained and criminalised because of their work, analysis has found.

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Bill Gates, who predicted the pandemic, names the next two monster disasters that could shake our world

The billionaire philanthropist has spoken on what the next big crisis facing humanity could be. During an interview, Gates pointed out two prominent threats facing the modern world: climate change and bioterrorism.

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Climate

Thieves nationwide are slithering under cars, swiping catalytic converters

The pollution-control gadgets are full of precious metals like palladium, and prices are soaring as regulators try to tame emissions. Crooks with hacksaws have noticed.
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Former Governor Snyder to face criminal charges in connection to Flint water crisis

Former Governor Rick Snyder and several other state officials will be facing criminal charges in connection with the Flint water crisis.
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International lawyers draft plan to criminalise ecosystem destruction

International lawyers are drafting plans for a legally enforceable crime of ecocide – criminalising destruction of the world's ecosystems – that is already attracting support from European countries and island nations at risk from rising sea levels.

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Towns pay the price for living next to California's off-roading mecca

Tucked into an otherwise quiet bend south of Pismo Beach, Oceano Dunes may be California's most dangerous state park. Towns near the park, which draws more than a million trucks and dirt bikes a year, are besieged with air pollution, crime and accidents - even a mass shooting last year.

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Biden plans immediate flurry of executive orders to reverse Trump policies

The series of actions on issues from climate to health and immigration would come soon after the president-elect is sworn in Jan. 20.
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Trump has rolled back 125 climate and environmental policies. It would take Biden years to restore them.

President Trump has weakened or wiped out more than 125 rules and policies aimed at protecting the nation’s air, water and land since taking office, with nearly 40 more rollbacks underway, according to a Washington Post analysis.
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Women are more at risk due to the pandemic and climate crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis are two of the world's most urgent issues but while they affect everyone, they also disproportionately impact women and those living in poverty.

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Canada is falling behind on confronting environmental racism

Many First Nations and non-white communities have been the dumping sites for industry. But environmental advocates say Canadians are struggling to empathize.
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‘Double challenge mode’ in Flint, where virus follows water crisis

Residents of Flint, Mich., still reeling after the city’s tainted-water crisis, are now tackling coronavirus worries. Some are still drinking bottled water.
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How utilities use secret campaigns against climate action

Federal investigators have accused Ohio's recently deposed House speaker of running a racketeering ring. The question now is whether they will charge the utility that financed it.

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How did a lawyer who took on Big Oil and won end up under house arrest?

Steven Donziger was celebrated by Nobel laureates and international lawyers. Is he a fraud artist?
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

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Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

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Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

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