People & Population

October 2, 2014

American Climate Values 2014: Insights by Race and Ethnicity

ecoAmerica has released a new report on African, Asian, and Hispanic/Latino American attitudes, values, and motivations on climate change, and will host a webinar on this research on Oct 2nd, 1-2pm ET. All journalists are invited to register.

Constitution Wins After Court Imposes Prior Restraint on Pipeline Safety Info

As a nationwide newspaper chain probed safety threats posed to the public by gas pipelines, an Alabama court imposed prior restraint on the Montgomery Advertiser, to prevent it from publishing the Alabama Gas Corporation's safety plan, citing homeland security and trade secrets. Now a judge has ruled that the court erred in granting a temporary restraining order.

September 24, 2014

Estimation of Community Exposure to Toxic Releases: A Perspective from the Geography of Public Health

This free webinar from the Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and EPA's TRI Program, Noon - 1:30 p.m. EDT, will feature Dr. Jamison Conley, associate professor of geography at West Virginia University.

Dubbed Terrorists, Mayans Fight Back Against Guatemalan Mining Projects

The Marlin gold mine in Guatemala, about 50 miles from the border with Mexico, promised economic opportunities that never materialized for the Mayan population there. Now Mayan community leaders are protesting toxic pollution they say has caused health problems.

Source: Newsweek, 09/02/2014

"America’s Coal Heartland Is in Economic Freefall"

"LOGAN, W.Va. — For 51 years he’d lived in the same hollow and for two decades he’d performed the same job, mining coal from the underground seams of southern West Virginia. Then, on June 30, Michael Estep was jobless. His mine shut down, and its operator said “market conditions” made coal production unviable.

Source: Wash Post, 08/28/2014

"EPA to Require Air Pollution Measurements in Black Communities"

"WASHINGTON -- For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency may require oil refineries to regularly measure the air quality at their perimeters. These fence line measurements will give surrounding communities – largely low-income communities of color – data on the level of pollution they are exposed to each day."

Source: NNPA, 08/20/2014

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