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Standing Up with Those Who Stand for Justice

Posted December 12, 2014 by Rhea Suh in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Working on environmental issues, I’ve seen firsthand the ways that communities of color too often suffer first, and suffer most, from pollution that poisons our waters and air, our communities, and our food. For people consigned to living on the...continued

New York Utilities to Get a Clean Energy Makeover

Posted December 10, 2014 by Raya Salter in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Over 130 years after Edison’s incandescent light bulb, the way New York state gets its energy is fundamentally changing. And much of that change is centered around reforming the way the electric utilities—like Con Ed and LIPA—do business here. On...continued

Landmark Transboundary Waters Agreement to Monitor Downstream Impacts of Tar Sands Development

Posted December 3, 2014 by Jennifer Skene in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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A recent bilateral agreement between the governments of the Northwest Territories (NWT) and Alberta may offer Canadians increased protection against the tar sands industry’s impacts to northern watersheds. This month, after years of negotiations, the governments of the NWT and...continued

Manufactured housing: A strong consensus for energy savings and affordability

Posted November 20, 2014 by Robin Roy in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Major energy efficiency gains and improved home affordability are within reach for new manufactured homes in America following a strong consensus agreement reached by the Manufactured Housing Working Group.  (The U.S. Department of Energy established the Working Group earlier this...continued

A People’s Climate Production (HOME): Healing Our Mother Earth “To Tha Beat”

Posted November 19, 2014 by Tiffany Traynum in Environmental Justice, Solving Global Warming

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Music is a force, and Hip Hop is like ‘The Little Engine that Could’; a monumental movement in itself. Why? Because Hip Hop has never been scared, nor swayed by the naysayers. It started with nothing, only to become a...continued

Debunking 8 discredited talking points pushed by Keystone XL proponents in Senate debate

Posted November 18, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Solving Global Warming

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As the Senate debates the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, proponents of the Keystone XL tar pipeline are pushing discredited talking points. The move would skip over the essential executive permitting process of determining whether the project is in the...continued

Is NYC Content to Lead the Nation in Raw Sewage Discharges? The Moment of Truth is Here -- and the Jury is Still Out.

Posted November 18, 2014 by Larry Levine in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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There’s a dirty little secret when it comes to greening New York City.  Even as NYC has become a leader in building green infrastructure to combat sewer overflows, it seems content to remain the nation’s leader in a much stinkier...continued

Fenceline Communities Face an Ongoing Invisible Assault of Toxics Emanating from Refineries

Posted November 18, 2014 by Diane Bailey in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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Drive past the other-worldly refinery landscape in Deer Park, Texas and you have to lunge for the recirc button to avoid the sickeningly-sweet chemical odors. That’s not an option for the more than 200,000 people living along the petrochemical complex...continued

HOME is Where The Climate Is

Posted November 18, 2014 by Robert Friedman in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Solving Global Warming

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Just under two months ago, over 400,000 people of all faiths, creeds, political orientations and causes rallied in the streets of New York City for climate justice. Musicians marched alongside kids, people of faith mingled with scientists. It was truly...continued

5 Reasons the Senate Must Protect Our Communities from the Keystone XL Pipeline

Posted November 17, 2014 by Frances Beinecke in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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On Tuesday, the Senate will vote on a bill forcing President Obama to green light the Keystone XL pipeline for dirty tar sands oil. Keystone threatens our air and water and would intensify the climate change already pounding our...continued

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