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Andros, Bahamas

No Mining in Andros The Bahamas

By Editors' Choice

Andros Island. Editors Note: We are sharing a petition started by De’Ann Forbes directed to the Bahamas government, Bahamas National Trust, Bahamian enviroment Protection Foundation, Save The Bays and Forfar Field Station. By De’Ann Forbes — For many years our country has been exploited and our natural resources taken from us the Bahamian people. There is no way we the Androsians will sell our rights and the rights of our…

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BP oil spill

After wrecking the Gulf, Big Oil is worsening the COVID-19 crisis

By Editors' Choice

By Sue Sturgis, Facing South — This week marked a decade since the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico 40 miles off the Louisiana coast, killing 11 workers and injuring 17 others and triggering the worst oil spill in U.S. history. From the initial blast on April 20, 2010, until the well was sealed four months later, 200 million gallons of crude oil poured into Gulf waters…

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For decades, people living near 'cancer alley' have breathed in some of the country's most toxic air. covid-19 has only worsened the existing public health crisis.

‘Cancer Alley’ has some of the highest Coronavirus death rates in the country

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

As predominately Black communities in the polluted areas along the Mississippi from New Orleans to Baton Rouge face heightened risks from COVID-19, the EPA has suspended enforcement of the environmental rules designed to protect them. By Sophie Kasakove, VICE — For Mary Hampton, social distancing is the easy part. Her biggest vulnerability during the coronavirus pandemic is beyond her control: the massive petrochemical plant just outside her home in Reserve,…

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Denmark, S.C. | Water samples collected over a decade by Eugene “Horseman” Smith, 74, and his wife Pauline Ray Brown, 77; the couple began collecting the water and having it tested when they started to suspect, correctly, that it was contaminated.

America’s Clean Water Crisis Goes Far Beyond Flint. There’s No Relief in Sight

By Editors' Choice

More than 60 million Americans are exposed to unsafe tap water each year. These striking images show the human cost of the crisis. By Justin Worland, Time | Photos by Matt Black — The wheels are still attached to the house trailer that Pamela Rush calls home, but the 49-year-old mother of two is trapped. A lifelong resident of Lowndes County, Alabama, she lives off disability checks, struggling to pay…

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Water is a human right

U.S. Civil Rights and Human Rights Groups Say Water is a Human Right

By News & Current Affairs, PAUD Posts, Press Releases / Statements

U.S. Civil Rights and Human Rights Groups Say Water is a Human Right — Express Solidarity with Struggle for Water Rights in Nigeria. February, 10, 2020, New York — The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) released a Statement today calling for a national and international movement to declare access to water a human right that should not be subject to profiteering by corporate interests. The Statement was released against the…

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Modesta Irizarry, a community leader, in Loíza, Puerto Rico

In the Afro-Caribbean heart of Puerto Rico, locals fight erosion, government indifference

By News & Current Affairs

Loíza, Puerto Rico, is filled with palm trees, unassuming bars, bomba music, beautiful beaches — and strong-willed locals who refuse to be forgotten. LOÍZA, Puerto Rico — The waves crashed loudly on the collapsed ruins of the Paseo del Atlántico, a walkway that once partially protected residents here from the volatile ocean. Erosion along this northernmost coast of Puerto Rico, nearly 20 miles east of San Juan, precipitated the promenade’s destruction…

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Adora Nweze, president of the Florida conference of the N.A.A.C.P.

N.A.A.C.P. Tells Local Chapters: Don’t Let Energy Industry Manipulate You

By Editors' Choice

The civil rights group is trying to stop state and local branches from accepting money from utilities that promote fossil fuels and then lobbying on their behalf. By Ivan Penn, New York Times — Editor’s Note: Jacqueline Patterson who is quoted in this NYT news report is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of the Black World (IBW) and head of the Dept. of Environmental Justice…

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Wind Farm

Renewables to Become the Norm for the Caribbean

By News & Current Affairs

By Desmond Brown, IPS — Jamaica and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are embracing renewable energy as part of their plans to become decarbonised in the coming decades. The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, has committed the island nation to transitioning to 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. “I believe that we can do better. Jamaica has sunshine all year round and strong winds in certain parts of…

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The ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is part of a large concentration of chemical and oil companies known as "Cancer Alley." A new report finds that the fossil fuel industry is denying the reality of air and water pollution, or even shifting the blame for this pollution to those disadvantaged communities who are suffering the impacts of the industry's projects.

NAACP Reveals Tactics Fossil Fuel Industry Uses to Manipulate Communities of Color

By Editors' Choice

By Ben Jervey, DeSmogBlog — The fossil fuel industry regularly deploys manipulative and dishonest tactics when engaging with communities of color, often working to co-opt the respect and authority of minority-led groups to serve corporate goals. That is according to a new report, “Fossil Fueled Foolery,” published today by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which outlines the top 10 manipulation tactics that the group’s members and…

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A sign posted on a construction site says, "Danger Due to Capitalism."

Beware the Soft Hand of Capital

By Editors' Choice

Capitalism co-opts our best visions — through its soft hand, capital reforms its way out of crisis, putting forward more tolerable forms of exploitation. By Clara Mejia-Gamboa & Daniel Sullivan, Roar Magazine — These days, it seems customary to begin any political commentary with the laundry list of indicators of global decline: exploding wealth inequality, looming environmental collapse, and the resurgence of overt racial terror in far-right governments. We are…

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