Extinction of Indigenous Languages Harms Knowledge Of Medicinal Plants

"A study at the University of Zurich in Switzerland shows that a large proportion of existing medicinal plant knowledge is linked to threatened Indigenous languages. In a regional study on the Amazon, New Guinea and North America, researchers concluded that 75% of medicinal plant uses are known in only one language."

Source: Mongabay, 09/21/2021

"New Evidence of Corruption at EPA Chemicals Division"

"Scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency have provided The Intercept with new information showing that senior staff have made chemicals appear safer — sometimes dodging restrictions on their use — by minimizing the estimates of how much is released into the environment."

Source: The Intercept, 09/21/2021

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The Hudson River Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that supports scientific research, ecological enhancement, and educational programs for the Hudson River and its estuary, is seeking an experienced communications professional to assist us in building our outreach capacity. This is a part-time (20 hour/week) position. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience communicating science to non-expert audiences and the capacity to produce clear, concise, persuasive, and well-designed communications addressing complex issues and information.

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"House Panel Expands Inquiry Into Climate Disinformation by Oil Giants"

"The House Oversight Committee has widened its inquiry into the oil and gas industry’s role in spreading disinformation about the role of fossil fuels in causing global warming, calling on top executives from Exxon Mobil, Chevron, BP and Royal Dutch Shell, as well as the lobby groups American Petroleum Institute and the United States Chamber of Commerce, to testify before Congress next month."

Source: NYTimes, 09/17/2021

Tracking the Big Climate Bills — An Infrastructure/Reconciliation Breakdown

During the next two weeks, expect a rush of Congressional activity as both chambers attempt to set details that will constitute what some see as possibly the most important climate legislation in years. TipSheet helps you keep track of the action, first setting the stage on two massive measures, and then providing resources to track more than half-a-dozen House committees.

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"Ruth Etzel Speaks Out Ahead of EPA Whistleblower Hearing"

"The US Environmental Protection Agency is failing to protect children by ignoring poisons in the environment and focusing on corporate interests, according to a top children’s health official who will testify this week that the agency tried to silence her because of her insistence on stronger preventions against lead poisoning."

Source: Guardian, 09/13/2021


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