People & Population

February 24, 2011

Free Webinar: Tackling Wicked Problems Through ‘Post-Normal’ and ‘Transition’ Science

Join a free webinar presented by Jerome Ravetz, originator of post-normal science, and SEJ member Valerie Brown, editor of Tackling Wicked Problems, who discuss the kinds of knowledge we need to tackle our ecological and social crises.

"OSM Study Projects Job Losses, Environmental Benefits"

"A Department of Interior study of potential new restrictions on surface coal mining outlines projected production shifts and job losses as well as estimated environmental benefits of tougher regulations, according to a draft report obtained under the Freedom of Information Act."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 02/03/2011

Meetings Set for Getting Public Feedback on Solar Sites

The federal government has released its draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for identifying and evaluating the best areas on public lands for building utility-scale solar plants. A 90-day public comment period ends March 17, 2011, preceded by 14 meetings in 6 Western states and Washington, D.C.

"EPA Chief Lisa Jackson Hears Impact of Pollution on City's Poor"

"EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson spent an hour listening to residents of El Paso, Vinton, Westway, Sunland Park and other locations who spoke of health problems they believe are related to pollution from a steel plant, a landfill, chemical plants, dairies and Asarco, the shuttered smelter."

Source: El Paso Times, 01/31/2011

"F.D.A and Dairy Industry Spar Over Testing of Milk"

After illegally high levels of antibiotics were routinely found in dairy cows headed for the slaughterhouse, the Food and Drug Administration decided to test milk from the farms those cows came from. Dairy farmers, worried more about profits than antibiotic resistance that could sicken their customers, have objected. Now the two sides may be looking for win-win solutions. Meanwhile, testing is on hold.

Source: NY Times, 01/26/2011
April 27, 2011 to April 29, 2011

The State of Environmental Justice in America Conference

For the fifth year in a row, the State of Environmental Justice in America Conference will bring together individuals with a wide variety of interests for a spirited exchange of ideas about environmental justice’s past, present, and future.

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