EPA names t.e.j.a.s. to address environmental justice in Houston

Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy ServicesThe 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.”

These 7 gifts are perfect for nature lovers

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.)

24 Hours of Climate Reality: Fossil fuel polluters are causing havoc and must pay a ‘carbon price’

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.

What middle-size cities offer: Clean Air

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.

Ozone Action Days — What they mean, and what you can do to minimize air pollution in Central Texas

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.

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.

The state of our oceans, in a clamshell

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.

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