Pentagon to permanently shut down leaking Navy fuel tank facility in Hawaii

The Defense Department will permanently shut down the Navy’s massive fuel tank facility in Hawaii that leaked petroleum into Pearl Harbor’s tap water, and will remove all the fuel, the Pentagon said Monday. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said the decision by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is based on a new Pentagon assessment, but alsoContinue reading “Pentagon to permanently shut down leaking Navy fuel tank facility in Hawaii”

Ecuador’s private heavy crude pipeline bursts in Amazon region

Ecuador’s privately held heavy crude pipeline burst on Friday and technical staff are at the scene working to contain the damage, crude transport company OCP Ecuador said. The incident happened in the so-called Piedra Fina zone, an area in Ecuador’s Amazon where regressive erosion caused the OCP pipeline and the state-owned SOTE pipeline to haltContinue reading “Ecuador’s private heavy crude pipeline bursts in Amazon region”

How Does Disease Move? Crash Course Geography #34

From outbreaks of measles in the United States and cholera in Haiti to patterns of lead poisoning near gold mines in Nigeria, medical geographers play an important role in tracking disease in the landscape. Today, we’re going to look at strategies medical geographers use to help as many people as possible achieve the highest levelContinue reading “How Does Disease Move? Crash Course Geography #34”

9 Democrats urge DOJ to free lawyer who won lawsuit against Chevron

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and seven other House Democrats are urging the Justice Department to release American environmental lawyer Steven Donziger, who helped Indigenous communities in Ecuador win a $9.5 billion lawsuit against Chevron. Why it matters: Human rights groups say the charges against Donziger, who is serving a six-month prison term for contempt ofContinue reading “9 Democrats urge DOJ to free lawyer who won lawsuit against Chevron”

Thousands of Iranian farmers protest against severe water shortages

Thousands of protesters have converged on Isfahan in central Iran to voice their anger after the city’s lifeblood river dried up due to drought and diversion. The massive protest, that drew in farmers and other people from across Isfahan province, was the biggest since demonstrations over the water crisis started on November 9. “Thousands ofContinue reading “Thousands of Iranian farmers protest against severe water shortages”

Earth has 11 years to cut emissions to avoid dire climate scenarios, a report says

The current rate of greenhouse gas pollution is so high that Earth has about 11 years to rein in emissions if countries want to avoid the worst damage from climate change in the future, a new study concludes. Despite dipping in 2020 because of the global pandemic, greenhouse gas emissions are on track to returnContinue reading “Earth has 11 years to cut emissions to avoid dire climate scenarios, a report says”

A War Over Weed & Water Is Tearing Apart This California Community – VICE News

A battle has erupted over water and weed in Northern California, and the fight has pitted some long-time residents against a community of refugees from Southeast Asia.

Nestlé and Kellogg’s linked to shocking palm oil abuse in Papua New Guinea

Palm oil companies selling to European brands boasted about the use of child labour and beatings of local people. A two-year investigation by international NGO Global Witness has revealed the shocking extent of human rights abuses and rampant deforestation in Papua New Guinea. The South Pacific nation is home to the world’s third-largest remaining rainforest: aContinue reading “Nestlé and Kellogg’s linked to shocking palm oil abuse in Papua New Guinea”

Revealed: pipeline company paid Minnesota police for arresting and surveilling protesters

Enbridge picked up the tab for police wages, training and equipment – and let county police know when it wanted demonstrators arrested The Canadian company Enbridge has reimbursed US police $2.4m for arresting and surveilling hundreds of demonstrators who oppose construction of its Line 3 pipeline, according to documents the Guardian obtained through a publicContinue reading “Revealed: pipeline company paid Minnesota police for arresting and surveilling protesters”

Utilities Took $1.25 Billion in Pandemic Aid Then Shut Off Power to Households Nearly 1 Million Times: Report

“These companies took bailout dollars from taxpayers and turned around to lobby against shutoff moratoria proven to save lives.” Over a dozen leading U.S. utility companies took more than a billion dollars of publicly-funded pandemic bailout money while pulling the plug on power to vulnerable households nearly a million times, according to a new report outContinue reading “Utilities Took $1.25 Billion in Pandemic Aid Then Shut Off Power to Households Nearly 1 Million Times: Report”

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