Recycling has long been encouraged as a way to help the environment, but workers in the industry encounter safety hazards, including hypodermic needles, toxic chemicals, broken glass and animal bodies, and endure a higher than normal injury rate, according to a report issued on June 23. The report, “Safe and Sustainable Recycling: Protecting Workers […]
NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s biggest city, under the direction of Mayor Bill de Blasio, marked Earth Day on Wednesday by linking a sweeping effort to limit its impact on the environment with its fight against income inequality by pledging to lift more than 800,000 people out of poverty. De Blasio unveiled his ambitious […]
Residents concerned about clean water in Appalachia are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and asking for a response to past petitions arguing that Kentucky and West Virginia have failed to regulate “harmful” pollution caused by mountaintop removal coal mining. The legal action was filed on Jan. 7 by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) […]
The Obama administration can take more active steps to safeguard the environment in Central Appalachia from the effects of surface coal mining, especially given a 2009 document in which federal agencies agreed to do so, a coalition of groups said recently. The Alliance for Appalachia – which includes grassroots advocates Statewide Organizing for Community […]
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for unions, the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Dec. 11 that employees can use their company email accounts for union organizing and other workplace-related purposes, if they do it on their own time. Once an employer gives an employee access to the company email system, then the business […]
It’s been one month since the largest climate march in history, and recent “Climate Action” pledges from global leaders like the Department of Defense, President Obama and the United Nations do not add up to what communities need.
The People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21, was a historic event. It was historic because of the unprecedented numbers — 400,000 people came out to the march largely to raise awareness about the increasing urgency of climate change, and how natural disasters hit low-income communities first and worst.
At one point in June, a draft of the Port of San Diego’s 50-year vision statement failed to fully address the importance of clean air and environmental justice in the area. At least from the view of the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) and many residents in Barrio Logan, National City and other areas of […]
A solar-powered church in Washington, D.C.? A solar farm in Colorado? An effort to put solar panels on public buildings in Washington state? All of these efforts are noted on a new interactive map, part of a project that has been dubbed “Energy Democracy.” One key goal is to share what communities across the […]
As a kid growing up in the LA air basin during the smoggy 50s and 60s, I thought of irritated eyes and a sore chest as normal parts of life. The sky on hot summer afternoons was a brownish yellow shade, and the air sometimes made your eyes water. In my later childhood years, I […]
In Kentucky, the concern is very real for residents: Should a proposed pipeline carry natural gas liquids from fields in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia through their state to export facilities along the Gulf Coast? If built, the pipeline would cut across 22 counties in Kentucky’s northern, central and western regions, Kentuckians for the […]