The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.) was selected as a grant recipient to address environmental justice (EJ) issues in the Manchester area of Houston. The grant enables the organization to conduct research, provide education, and develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in minority communities overburdened by harmful pollution.“These grants empower communities to implement environmental protection projects locally,” said EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry. “By working directly with communities that are affected, we can accomplish more to reduce environmental harm.”
School environments play an important role in the health and academic success of children. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s environmental education resources and programs can help establish, maintain or enhance a school environmental health program.
Recent tests show Atrazine at levels above the safe threshold at dozens of testing sites, including some in Texas. This pesticide, known for feminizing male frogs, has been found to affect human fertility and raise the risk of breast and prostate cancer. A frog expert in Berkeley wants Atrazine banned.
The Dan River is ‘highly toxic’ following a massive coal ash spill this week. Or is it? North Carolina and Duke Energy (the coal ash spillers) say the water’s looking eh, not so bad.
Texas, Pennsylvania and Wyoming homeowners whose water has been contaminated by gas fracking operations called on Congress today to hold hearings about what they see as the natural gas industry’s widespread negative impacts on water, air and communities.
Give back to nature by helping restore forests, oceans and wildlife. Your contribution will boomerang back in countless ways, curbing climate change, teaching kids about the outdoors, feeding endangered monarch butterflies, making space for whales and even helping tree farmers. All you’ll get is that lousy T-shirt. (But this year, they’re actually pretty cool.)
Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Climate Reality, a look at how climate change is costing billions around the globe, kicked off today, with segments covering North America and South America. Featured calamities include: Hurricane Sandy, Colorado’s recent flooding and drought in Mexico where farmers can no longer grow corn.
Plastic’s piling up in paradise. But we can all pitch in to do something about it. Start by watching this short mini-doc about how the beautiful oceans of Indonesia are bearing the brunt of our disposable lifestyles.
This video shows the devastating impact our throwaway culture is having on nature. Words are inadequate. You have to watch.
Earthquakes often spin off tremors as they realign rock deep beneath the surface. Now get ready to tremble, because a new study shows that areas susceptible to earthquakes include your friendly neighborhood fracked region, which shakes when big earthquakes hit halfway around the globe.
Robert Redford, leading man, acclaimed director and ardent conservationist, has become an American father figure, and this week as we approach Father’s Day, he’s speaking dad-to-dad to President Obama.
Some East Texas residents living near the Keystone XL pipeline say they’re uneasy about the project’s potential to leak, having seen that crews have returned to make several repairs on the just-laid pipe. Video by Texas Public Citizen.
This beautifully shot video of a poor neighborhood in Houston, gives a glimpse of how difficult life can be near the biggest oil hub in the U.S..
Air pollution continues to plague many large U.S. cities, where coal plants and tailpipe emissions poison the air with asthma-aggravating, cancer causing ozone and particle emissions. But the picture, and the air, is much clearer in Peoria, Springfield and a few dozen other mid-sized meccas, according to the American Lung Association’s annual report. See what the air rates where you live.
We are all familiar with the term “Ozone Action Day” and typically associate it with a hot summer day. But what does it really mean? It means that sunlight is interacting with VOCs and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) (from car emissions and other sources) to create unhealthy air. Deanna Altenhoff explains how you can protect yourself and help Central Texas reduce this problem.
Several homeowners in a Little Rock suburb were evacuated from their Mayflower neighborhood after a pipeline spilled an estimate 2,000 barrels of tar sands crude.
Gun control’s a sticky matter, but environmentalists are hoping bullet control can speed through the legislative system. A poll of Americans shows that 57 percent support nontoxic, lead-free bullets for hunting, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.
European researchers studying the effects of seven common agricultural pesticides on frogs report that exposing the amphibians directly to the chemicals resulted in rates of mortality from 40 to 100 percent.
Wastewater disposal is greatest threat to drinking water from gas fracking operations, say researchers
A new study has found that fracking for natural gas poses the greatest threat to waterways and drinking water via approved, regular disposal of “fracking water” at municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities.
This type of disposal, used in the Marcellus Shale region in the Northeast U.S., is failing to adequately cleanse the wastewater produced by gas wells, according to the study. The result is that ostensibly “treated” water is being discharged into streams and waterways still contaminated with chemicals and minerals that accumulate during the fracking process.
This graphic posted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on its Switchboard blog captures so much that we know, but probably still have have difficulty getting our head around it.
Our oceans, long taken for granted, are being stressed by pollution, over-fishing and climate change. Plastic gyres, swirling pools of plastic refuse, occupy several spots in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The largest one, in the North Pacific, is estimated to exceed the size of Texas….These linked, but disparate problems — pollution, unsustainable fishing practices, jobs at risk — won’t be solved easily. That’s why several environmental and conservation groups working around the globe have formed the Global Partnership for Oceans. The groups hope that together they can work to save the marine environment before human pressures cause natural fisheries to collapse.