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Ozone Hole Recovery Threatened by Fast-Rising Emissions of Paint Stripper Chemical – June 27, 2017

Restoration will be delayed by decades if dichloromethane emissions are not curbed, research reveals

The restoration of the globe’s protective shield of ozone will be delayed by decades if fast-rising emissions of a chemical used in paint stripper are not curbed, new research has revealed.

Atmospheric levels of the chemical have doubled in the last decade and its use is not restricted by the Montreal protocol that successfully outlawed the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) mainly responsible for the ozone hole. The ozone-destroying chemical is called dichloromethane and is also used as an industrial solvent, an aerosol spray propellant and a blowing agent for polyurethane foams. Little is known about where it is leaking from or why emissions have risen so rapidly.

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by: The Guardian

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Major Publishers Defend Greenpeace in Dispute with Logging Firm – June 21, 2017

Publishers concerned case could set dangerous precedent, have silencing effect on environmental organizations

The world’s biggest book publishers have been dragged into a bitter dispute between a US logging company and environmental campaigners Greenpeace. It follows legal action taken by the logging company, Resolute Forest Products, which campaigners and publishers fear has implications for freedom of speech.

photo of boreal forestPhoto by peupleloup, Flickr Greenpeace claims that Resolute Forest Product is repsonsible for the destruction of large areas of Canada's boreal forest.

The dispute centers on claims by Greenpeace about the company’s logging practices in sections of Canada’s boreal forest, which are home to Indigenous peoples as well as endangered wildlife. Greenpeace… more

by: The Guardian

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EPA Proposes Delaying Air Pollution Rule Despite ‘Disproportionate’ Effect on Children – June 15, 2017

Omaba administration measure meant to prevent leaks from oil and gas industry

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed delaying a federal air pollution rule for two years, despite acknowledging that children will be disproportionately harmed by the decision.

The regulator plans to suspend standards aimed at preventing leaks from the oil and gas industry while it reconsiders the rule, which was introduced in June 2016 under Barack Obama’s administration.

photo of oil drillingPhoto by CGP Grey, Flickr Oil pumps in California. The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed delaying an air pollution rule meant to decrease leaks from the oil and gas industry.

In its announcement of the proposed stay, the… more

by: The Guardian

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‘We’re Collateral Damage,’ Say Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ Residents of Industrial Development – June 6, 2017

The shadow of Trump’s deregulation push looms as St James residents fight chemical plants, pipelines, and laissez-faire policies

“We’re sick of being sick, we’re tired of being tired,” said Pastor Harry Joseph of Mount Triumph Baptist Church, which serves this sleepy riverside town of about 1,000 residents, mostly poor and African American. Once a bucolic village of pasturelands and sugarcane fields on the banks of the Mississippi, St James, Louisiana, is now a densely packed industrial zone in the heart of Louisiana’s petrochemical corridor, commonly referred to as “Cancer Alley.”

photo of St James Parish, LouisianaPhoto by Benjamin White About ten years ago, St James, Louisiana was rezoned from residential to industrial, paving the way for highly concentrated development and exposing… more

by: The Guardian

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Abandoning Paris Climate Accord Marks Trump’s Return to Angry Populism – June 2, 2017

In Trump’s darkest speech since the ‘American carnage’ inaugural address, the world was presented as something to fear

Donald Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate change treaty is the most emphatic answer to date on the question the rest of the world has been asking since January: What does “America first” mean?

“I am elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” the president declared in the White House rose garden, after a jazz group had entertained the invited audience.

photo of smokestackPhoto by Dave Sizer On June 1, Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

With those words, the US joined Nicaragua and Syria in rejection… more

by: The Guardian

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