Disasters

Survival of Indigenous Communities At Risk As Amazon Fires Advance

"As the Amazon rainforest’s human-inflicted fire season advances — now counting nearly 700 major fires and half a million hectares  burned over the last three months — the risk to Indigenous territories is growing: 86% of major fires detected in Indigenous Territories this year happened in the last two weeks, according to satellite data analyzed by the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP)."

Source: Mongabay, 09/03/2020

"EPA: Provocative Enforcement Chief Finds 'Few Friends'"

"EPA's controversial coronavirus enforcement policy ends today as the pandemic continues to rage across the country. Critics blasted enforcement chief Susan Bodine when she issued the March 26 policy, which signaled laxer enforcement of pollution rules during the pandemic."

Source: E&E News, 09/01/2020

"Thousands Protest In Mauritius Over Dead Dolphins, Demand Resignations"

"Thousands of protesters demonstrated in the Mauritius capital Port Louis on Saturday to demand an investigation into an oil spill from a Japanese ship and the mysterious death of at least 40 dolphins that have been found near the site of the spill."

Source: Reuters, 08/31/2020

"FDA Chief Spokesperson Removed After Convalescent Plasma Debacle"

"The Food and Drug Administration’s chief spokeswoman, who has been in the job less than two weeks, was removed from her role as of noon Friday, part of continued fallout from a White House news conference featuring inaccurate claims that convalescent plasma dramatically reduced mortality for patients with covid-19."

Source: Washington Post, 08/31/2020

"Poor Neighborhoods Feel Brunt Of Rising Heat. Cities Are Mapping Them"

"This summer volunteers are fanning out in 13 cities across the U.S. to — quite literally — take the temperature of their neighborhoods. It's part of a project to help protect people as the world warms, and in many places it's highlighting how the poorest areas suffer most from rising urban heat."

Source: NPR, 08/31/2020

Millions Of Pounds Of Extra Pollution Were Released Before Laura Hit

"Hurricane Laura tore through a region that is home to dozens of major oil refineries, petrochemical plants and plastics facilities. Now, residents could be breathing dangerously polluted air from those sites, public health experts and local advocates say."

Source: NPR, 08/31/2020

Hurricane Laura’s Rapid Intensification Is A Sign Of A Warming Climate

"Hurricanes that go from dangerous to deadly very quickly are occurring more often, research suggests." "Experts call the phenomenon “rapid intensification” and say it’s happening more frequently, thanks in part to warming ocean temperatures driven by climate change."

Source: Washington Post, 08/31/2020

Smoke, Health Effects From California Fires Travel Across the Country

"Record setting conflagrations in California and Colorado have smothered residents of the two states with choking, stinging smoke. But the impact of that smoke is also being felt hundreds, even thousands, of miles away, and the health impacts may last for years after the flames subside."

Source: InsideClimate News, 08/28/2020

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