While President Joe Biden’s executive order to revoke the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline is celebrated, and activists increase pressure for action against similar pipelines, state violence against the Indigenous climate struggle continues, reports The Intercept.
The Flint water scandal will draw attention to other examples of environmental wrongdoing, and the charges against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder are a potential catalyst for more accountability for polluters and corrupt officials, say environmental attorneys.
The appointment of Michael Regan to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the first Black man to lead the agency in its 50-year history, has fueled expectations that combating pollution affecting at-risk communities will be a top priority.
In just the first two years of the Trump administration, there was a 70 percent decrease in Clean Water Act prosecutions and a more than 50 percent decrease in Clean Air Act prosecutions, according to a University of Michigan Law School study. The study said Americans are less safe and the environment is “less protected” as a result.
Climate change poses special risks to the “health and safety” of incarcerated populations as well as to the impoverished communities most of them come from, according to the American Journal of Public Health.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Or., analyzes thousands of creatures each year. Crime against wildlife is a multibillion-dollar global enterprise that experts say is increasing as poaching and trafficking networks grow more sophisticated.
During the so-called “Redwood Summer” of 1990, a conflict between anti-logging groups and timber companies was marred by violence. Nearly three decades later, even as the state’s pristine forests are threatened by fire, a new environmental battle looms—but this time privately contracted security forces are involved.