Fire burns at Louisiana swimming pool chemical plant

Hurricane Laura swept through the hub of the U.S. oil and gas industry, setting fire to a manufacturer of chlorine and other highly dangerous chemicals used in swimming pools.
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FBI chased imagined eco-activist enemies, documents reveal

At the wind energy industry’s behest, the FBI and DHS gamed out attacks against targets that they acknowledged face no threat.
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Justice

Rosa Galvez: Canada also has an environmental racism problem

If we seek real action against systemic racism in Canada, we can no longer ignore the interplay of racial and environmental justice and the role of policing communities of colour in order to enable irresponsible polluting corporations.

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Justice

US states have spent the past 5 years trying to criminalize protest

Recent years have seen unprecedented racial and environmental justice protests — and an unprecedented state response.
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Justice

In Louisiana, stepping onto oil and gas industry land may soon get you 3 years or more in prison

The state is one of four to pass bills amidst the pandemic imposing harsh penalties for trespassing on oil pipelines or other “critical infrastructure.”
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Climate

Yet another state quietly moves to criminalize fossil fuel protests amid coronavirus

In March, Kentucky, South Dakota and West Virginia passed laws restricting pipeline protests. Alabama is poised to become the fourth.
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Justice

Meatpacking industry hits grim milestone of 10,000 coronavirus cases

At least 170 plants in 29 states have had one or more workers test positive for the coronavirus. Some of those workers also have infected others, which is included in the count. At least 45 workers have died.

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Justice

How Louisiana lawmakers stop residents' efforts to fight big oil and gas

Louisiana has pioneered ways for other states to discourage environmental protests around “critical infrastructure” projects. Much of it can be traced back to efforts by corporate lobbyists.
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Justice

Climate change forcing Alaskans to hunt for new ways to survive

As far back as he can remember, Willard Church Jr. has gone out ice fishing well into the month of April, chopping holes that were easily four feet deep into the Kanektok River near his home.
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Opinion

There’s another huge threat to the Internet. And the public doesn’t seem to care.

Cybersecurity attacks on key elements of US infrastructure, including the utility grid, could precipitate far reaching disruptions of civil society and extensive environmental damage.

The potential scale of impact is vividly described in Ted Koppel's book Lights Out.

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Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

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