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Chicago Residents File Class-Action Lawsuit Against City Over Water Contamination – February 19, 2016

Plaintiffs say ‘elevated and unsafe’ levels of lead have contaminated water supply for years due to risky construction projects

Chicago residents have filed a class-action lawsuit against the city over the safety of its drinking water, claiming that “elevated and unsafe” levels of lead have contaminated their water supply for years due to risky construction projects.

Photo of faucetPhoto by Luis The lawsuit claims that Chicago has one of the highest concentrations of lead pipes in the US.

The lawsuit, filed on Thursday at the circuit court of Cook County, Illinois, claims that the city of Chicago has known for years that lead has seeped into drinking water due to street work, water meter installations or plumbing… more

by: The Guardian

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US Clean Power Plan Setback ‘Will Not Affect Paris Climate Change Deal’ – February 10, 2016

Politicians, campaigners from other countries rally to support President Obama after Supreme Court puts landmark climate plan on hold

The US commitment to cutting carbon emissions under the landmark Paris agreement remains unaffected by the setback delivered to President Obama’s climate plans by the country’s supreme court, the White House has said.

Photo of Coal-Fired Power PlantPhoto by Robert S. Donovan The Supreme Court put a temporary freeze on new rules to clean up coal-fired power plants.

Politicians, businesses and green campaigners from other countries rallied to the support of the president after the US supreme court put a temporary freeze on new rules to clean up coal-fired power plants, the centerpiece of Obama’s climate plan. They insisted that the… more

by: The Guardian

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FBI Joins EPA in Investigating Flint Water Crisis for Criminal Violations – February 3, 2016

FBI spokeswoman says agency’s role is ‘investigating the matter to determine if there have been any federal violations’ in lead contamination of drinking water

The FBI is working with a multi-agency team investigating the lead contamination of Flint’s drinking water, alongside Environmental Protection Agency investigators who can tackle criminal violations of federal environmental law, officials said on Tuesday.

photo of people listening in a meetingcourtesy of Flint Water StudyThe Michigan civil rights commission plans to hold hearings to explore whether the civil rights of Flint residents were violated.

Also on Tuesday, it was announced that Darnell Early, the state-appointed emergency manager for Flint when its water source was switched, will leave his current role in Detroit’s troubled school district four-and-a-half months early.

A slew of local, state… more

by: The Guardian

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Copenhagen’s Mayor Announces Plans to Divest City from Fossil Fuels – January 29, 2016

Denmark's capital will withdraw investment fund out of all holdings in coal, oil, and gas if proposal is approved

Copenhagen’s mayor has announced plans to divest the city’s 6.9 billion kroner (£700 million) investment fund of all holdings in coal, oil and gas.

If his proposal is approved at a finance committee meeting next Tuesday, as expected, the Danish capital will become the country’s first investment fund to sell its stocks and bonds in fossil fuels.

Photo of Tony WebsterPhoto by Alan HoppsIf the mayor’s plan is approved, the Danish capital will become the country’s first investment fund to sell its stocks and bonds in fossil fuels.

“Copenhagen is at the forefront of world cities in the green transition, and… more

by: The Guardian

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What Is Your Nitrogen Footprint, and Who Is it Impacting? – January 25, 2016

For the first time, researchers calculate average reactive nitrogen emissions for people from 188 countries

You’ve heard of managing your carbon footprint. But how about your nitrogen footprint? Emissions of reactive nitrogen into the environment have increased more than 10-fold over the past 150 years, contribute to deaths from air pollution and water pollution, and have countless other impacts including acid rain and degradation of ecosystems such as the Great Barrier Reef.

Photo of FertilizerPhoto by AgriLife Today Limiting emissions from nitrogen fertilizers has proved difficult.

Now, for the first time, researchers have calculated the average nitrogen footprint of people from 188 countries, as well as where exactly… more

by: The Guardian

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