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Proposed Mine Outside Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp Nears State Approval

"A company’s plan to mine minerals near the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp and its federally protected wildlife refuge neared final approval Friday as Georgia regulators released draft permits for the project, which opponents say could irreparably harm a natural treasure."

Source: AP, 02/12/2024

"As States Slash Rooftop Solar Incentives, Puerto Rico Extends Them"

"As states across the country roll back how much they pay rooftop-solar owners for the surplus electricity they send back to the grid, Puerto Rico is bucking the trend, protecting its generous solar credits until at least the end of the decade."

Source: Grist, 02/09/2024

"Big Companies Cashed In on Mississippi’s Water. Small Towns Paid the Price."

"They vowed to fix water woes and save cities millions. But a Times investigation found the deals racked up debt and left many worse off than before."

Source: NYTimes, 02/06/2024

Louisiana AG Seeks Communications From Journalists In Lawsuit Against EPA

"Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry’s administration is pursuing a federal lawsuit demanding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency turn over three years of its communications with journalists and activist groups, a highly unusual move that has provoked concern among press freedom advocates."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 02/05/2024

Rockets and Bombs and Chemicals — The Environmental Horrors of War

With the world in the midst of wars in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip, it’s time for journalists to appraise — and report on — the intersection of conflict and the environment, argues the new Backgrounder. That means considering the environment not only as a victim of war, but also as the cause of war and a means of carrying it out.

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"Pollution Has Made Houston Ship Channel Communities A ‘Sacrifice Zone’"

"The average life expectancy in predominantly nonwhite communities along the Houston Ship Channel, the site of largely unregulated petrochemical production, is up to 20 years less than nearby predominantly white communities, according to a report released Thursday by Amnesty International"

Source: The Hill, 01/26/2024

"LNG Production Comes With A Price, Gulf Coast Communities Warn"

"US takes the global lead on liquid natural gas production and export, as economic promises and environmental worries collide." "In southwest Louisiana, amidst natural disasters and industrial expansion, everyone’s lost something — boats, income, family, homes — Leo Dyson admits."

Source: EHN, 01/25/2024

"White House Said to Delay Decision on Enormous Natural Gas Export Terminal"

"The Biden administration is pausing a decision on whether to approve what would be the largest natural gas export terminal in the United States, a delay that could stretch past the November election and spell trouble for that project and 16 other proposed terminals, according to three people with knowledge of the matter."

Source: NYTimes, 01/25/2024

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