Daily Archives: September 22, 2016

Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto | TED Talk

In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx — and shows how minority neighborhoods suffer most from flawed urban policy.

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D.C.’s decade-old problem of lead in water gets new attention during Flint crisis

At a news conference in 2004, D.C. Water And Sewer Authority Deputy General Manager Mike Marcotte, left, and Chairman Glenn Gerstell answer questions about high lead levels. (Rich Lipski/The Washington Post)
By Katherine Shaver and Dana Hedgpeth March 17

The District’s water utility found itself on the defensive this week after a Virginia Tech professor who has crusaded against lead in drinking water told a congressional panel that the city’s lead problem in the early 2000s was “20 to 30 times worse” than what has occurred recently in Flint, Mich.

D.C. Water officials said that they didn’t take issue with professor Marc Edwards’s statement Tuesday to a House committee because the District is a much larger city than Flint, and the elevated levels of lead in the city’s tap water occurred over several years vs. about 18 months in Flint.

“We’ve never denied what happened in the early 2000s,” said George S. Hawkins, general manager of D.C. Water. “No question, it was a very significant problem in the District . . . . We certainly learned from it, and now we have a very advanced [lead] control system in place.”

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Dangerous Denial of Global Warming

The image of the Earth rising over the surface of the moon, a photograph taken by the first U.S. astronauts to orbit the moon. (Photo: NASA/cc)

Published on Thursday, September 22, 2016 by Consortium News

Direct and indirect dangers from global warming are so grave that the issue should be near the top of the U.S. campaign agenda, instead of being downplayed or denied.

by Jonathan Marshall

President Obama calls it “terrifying” and the greatest long-term threat facing the world. Three hundred seventy-five of the world’s top experts just warned of “severe and long-lasting consequences” for the planet if America’s next president drops the ball. Yet only 19 percent of registered voters say it’s a top issue; Hillary Clinton increasingly ducks the topic, and Donald Trump characteristically dismisses it all as a “hoax.”

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Fight over Dakota Access Pipeline rages on

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Climate Change Threatens World’s Coffee Supply, Report Says – NYTimes.com

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Coffee beans in Dalat, Vietnam.

David Hagerman for The New York Times
By JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH
September 22, 2016

A report examining the many ways climate change threatens coffee and coffee farmers has alarmed people who are now imagining what it would be like getting through the day without their caffeine fix.

The report, released this month by the Climate Institute, a nonprofit organization in Australia, was commissioned by Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand, the regional hub of the global Fairtrade system.

Though it contains little new research, it has made waves by collating an array of available literature indicating that climate change will have a stark effect on the world’s coffee supply.

The report emphasizes the threat warming temperatures pose to farmland, citing a study from the March 2015 issue of the journal Climatic Change that found climate change “will reduce the global area suitable for coffee by about 50 percent across emission scenarios.”

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IRREPARABLE Yanna Lambrinidou

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Lead in water may affect multiple cities

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