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The invisible valley: Study shows environmental disparities between East and West Coachella

July 25, 2013 Leave a comment

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Researchers at the University of California Davis completed a report on the relative environmental vulnerability of people living in different parts of the Coachella Valley.  The report includes a map showing the cumulative environmental health hazards of living in the Eastern Coachella Valley, and a demographic comparison between the eastern and western portions of the Coachella Valley.  A write up of the report, and interviews with the lead investigators, is on Coachella Unincorporated.

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The Activist Who Went to Seed in a Field of New York Manure

July 25, 2013 Leave a comment

New York poop in Pecos County, Texas. What are the politics of trash in this case?

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What we were looking for in Sierra Blanca, Texas, was a field covered with New York poop. Surprisingly, New York poop does not look shockingly different from anyone else’s poop; for that matter it isn’t very different from cow poop, which is plentiful around Sierra Blanca. But the problem may be that I don’t have very extensive training as a scatologist.

In 1992, New York City made a deal with a company called Merco to take treated sewage from New York to Sierra Blanca where it would be spread on fields as fertilizer. According to the sludge permit: the “sludge will be beneficially land applied on approximately 78,500 acres.” The sludge was applied for about 10 years before the contract expired and was not renewed. Some people said the sludge shipments stopped because New York found a better place, while others said it was because of the public opposition.

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Chennai Desalination Plant Draws First Blood

July 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Desalination is not the answer to the “water crisis” – it simply feeds into the existing system of privatization of the world’s water for the world’s richest.

Chai Kadai

10:08 p.m. Many of you may have read about the ill-advised Nemmeli desalination plant set up in Sulerikattukuppam village, Kanchipuram district. This 100 mld desalination plant was set up despite and overriding the objections of local fisherfolk who feared that the plant’s marine structure will erode their beach and render them without a means to practice their livelihood. More problematically, they feared that the erosion caused by the plant will make them more vulnerable to the vagaries of the sea. Their protests were met by police action. On June 23, 2013, as the nation was awash with stories about Uttarakhand, 19 fishermen begged their way to bail after spending a month in jail. Their crime: Voicing their fear that the desalination plant will pose a danger to their lives and livelihoods.
Read: http://kafila.org/2013/06/30/the-greater-common-omelette/

Today, July 10, 2013, R. Chittibabu, aged around 26 and recently married, was the first casualty in Chennai’s…

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Raising Holy Hell about Mountaintop Removal is “Holy Spirit Work.”

July 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Dawn Morais

Environmental activists in  Massachusetts plan to publicly express  their solidarity with the people of Appalachia and others who are protesting the destructive coal mining practice of mountain top removal.

Pat Gozemba, a member of Salem Alliance for the Environment invites public participation in a short protest march and rally this Sunday July 27, 2013. Her note follows:

Brayton Point coal and gas plant in Somerset, MA burns Appalachian coal. Want to stand in solidarity with KY, Colombia, and the working class folks of Southeastern MA?

Come to Somerset on Sunday 7.27.13 at 8 am

SAFE and Allies,

Through solidarity and working in coalition we pushed the Salem Harbor coal and oil plant to schedule a complete shutdown in May 2014. Our allies from Somerset and Fall River played an important role in staying united with us to close Salem. Now it’s our turn to stand with those folks. On…

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New Mexico Mercury – Border Environmental Controversies Considered

July 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Newsroom

Controversy was no stranger at the 57th  meeting of the Joint Advisory Committee for the Improvement of Air Quality Paso del Norte.

Popularly known as the JAC, the advisory body brings together U.S. and Mexican government officials, private sector representatives, academics and civil society activists in the common goal of improving air quality in a dynamic and growing binational region.

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