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Hurricane Harvey’s Toxic Legacy – September 5, 2017

How Big Oil amplified the storm's impact on public health and the environment

Yesterday, the Governor of Texas warned that the bill for reconstruction after Superstorm Harvey could be as high as $180 billion. To put this into perspective, this is much worse that Hurricane Katrina.

It also does not include the hidden huge impact on local health and the environment from the toxic release of dozens of chemicals from the state’s petrochemical infrastructure — from refineries, chemical plants, and toxic pits.

photo of hurricane harvey aftermathPhoto by Coast Guard News Texas's refineries pose an added risk to public health and the environment in the event of extreme weather events, which will become more frequent with… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Making the Connection Between Climate Change and Hurricane Harvey – August 29, 2017

As President Trump visits Texas, it's time to discuss how global warming likely intensified the superstorm

Texas has never seen rain like it. Some forty to sixty inches of rain in some places. Over 9 trillion gallons of water or maybe even more. There has been so much rain that the National Weather Service had to add extra colors to its rainfall map.

image of hurricane harvey rescuePhoto by Texas Military DepartmentTexas National Guard soldiers aid Houston residents during Hurricane Harvey.

Anyone watching the unfolding catastrophe in Texas caused by superstorm Harvey cannot but offer thoughts and solidarity to those affected communities in their hour of need.

You hope everyone reaches safety and stays safe as the… more

by: Andy Rowell

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The US Is Unprepared to Clean Up Arctic Oil Spill – July 21, 2017

Coast Guard issues warning as House considers opening Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling

For months now America’s climate denying President, Donald Trump, has been manoeuvring to open up the Arctic to oil drilling, in another act of defiance against his predecessor, Barak Obama.

photo of coast guard in Arctic Photo by Coast Guard News A US Coast Guard icebreaker in the Arctic Ocean. The Coast Guard has warned that the US is unprepared to clean up oil in the icy Arctic waters.

Back in April, Trump signed an executive order to extend offshore oil and gas drilling to large parts of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic oceans.

“We’re opening it up…. Today we’re… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Protests Increase in Italy Against “Europe’s DAPL” – April 7, 2017

Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline will stretch from the oilfileds of Azerbaijan through six countries to Italy

There is increasing outrage in Italy against what campaigners are calling “Europe’s DAPL,” with thousands of people taking to the streets to campaign against the 3,500 kilometer, $45 billion, Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline (ECMP).

photo of Trans Adriatic Pipeline projectphoto by Giovani Comunisti/e, FacebookThe Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline stretches from Azerbaijan to Italy. Local communities in Italy are outraged by the environmental damage caused by the pipeline.

The vast ECMP will stretch all the way from the polluted oilfields of Azerbaijan through six countries to Italy. In so doing it will transport gas to Europe, locking the continent into decades of fossil fuel use.

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by: Andy Rowell

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Louisiana Floods: A “Classic Signal of Climate Change” – August 16, 2016

At least six people dead and 20,000 people rescued due to “historic” flooding event

Louisiana was under a state of emergency over the weekend with at least six people dead and 20,000 people rescued due to an “historic” flooding event affecting the state for the previous few days.

Flooded street in LouisianaPhoto courtesy of FEMAOn Sunday, the federal government declared a major disaster for Louisiana.

Although Louisiana bore the brunt, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas all saw heavy rainfall too.

One of the worst-affected areas is the Louisiana capital, Baton Rouge, with flash flooding affecting it over the weekend.

Some 10,000 people there spent last night in emergency shelters, with 100 roads closed due to flood waters… more

by: Andy Rowell

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