Disasters

EPA Closes Racial Probes Into Jackson Water, Finds ‘Insufficient Evidence’

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) closed its civil rights probes into the water crisis in Jackson, Miss., saying there was “insufficient evidence” to say that the state discriminated against residents on the basis of race."

Source: The Hill, 05/10/2024

Top Climate Scientists Expect Global Heating To Blast Past 1.5C Target

"Hundreds of the world’s leading climate scientists expect global temperatures to rise to at least 2.5C (4.5F) above preindustrial levels this century, blasting past internationally agreed targets and causing catastrophic consequences for humanity and the planet, an exclusive Guardian survey has revealed."

Source: Guardian, 05/09/2024

"After 13 Years, No End in Sight for Caribbean Sargassum Invasion"

"The growing invasion of sargassum in the Caribbean has impacted the quality of life of the islands' residents. But local governments have failed to coordinate an international response to problem."

Source: Inside Climate News, 05/08/2024

From Brazil And Houston To Asia, Extreme Weather Seems Nearly Everywhere

"In a world growing increasingly accustomed to wild weather swings, the last few days and weeks have seemingly taken those environmental extremes to a new level. Some climate scientists say they are hard pressed to remember when so much of the world has had its weather on overdrive at the same time."

Source: AP, 05/08/2024

"Tiny Central Coast Newsroom Lookout Santa Cruz Wins Pulitzer Prize"

"As legacy publications celebrated their Pulitzer Prize wins Monday, bottles of champagne were also uncorked at Lookout Santa Cruz, a fledgling 10-person newsroom based on the second floor of a former bank on Santa Cruz’s quiet, tree-lined Pacific Avenue."

Source: LA Times, 05/07/2024

Oil Companies Contaminated a Family Farm. Regulators Let Them Walk Away.

"The oil and gas industry has reaped profits without ensuring there will be money to plug and clean up their wells. In Oklahoma, that work could cost more than $7 billion if it falls to the state."

Source: ProPublica/Capital & Main, 05/07/2024

"DDT Found In Deep-Sea Fish Raises Troubling Concerns For Food Web"

"For several years now, one question has held the key to understanding just how much we should worry about the hundreds of tons of DDT that had been dumped off the coast of Los Angeles." "Now, in a highly anticipated study, researchers have identified tiny zooplankton and mid-to-deep-water fish as potential links between the contaminated sediment and the greater ecosystem."

Source: LA Times, 05/07/2024

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