We Sampled Tap Water Across The US

By Ryan Felton, Lisa Gill and Lewis Kendall, Consumer Reports/The Guardian. -

In Connecticut, a condo had lead in its drinking water at levels more than double what the federal government deems acceptable. At a church in North Carolina, the water was contaminated with [...]

Report: Plastic Pollution Is A Social Justice Issue

By Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch. -

Plastic pollution isn't just a threat to non-human life like turtles and whales. It's also a major environmental justice problem. That's the conclusion of a new report released Tuesday from [...]

Study: Canada Is One Big Pandemic Response Experiment

By Andrew Nikiforuk, The Tyee. -

An extensive French study has surveyed nations’ responses to COVID-19 and concludes that those taking an aggressive “Zero COVID” approach fared better than others by both health and economic [...]

Medicine For The People

By Eric Reinhart, Boston Review. -

When psychiatrist Frantz Fanon reflected on the role of doctors during the Algerian struggle for liberation in his 1959 essay “Medicine and Colonialism,” he emphasized the consequences of [...]

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

By Alexi Jones and Wendy Sawyer, Prison Policy Initiative. -

This month, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released two reports with updates on city and county jail populations nationwide: Jail Inmates in 2019 and Impact of COVID-19 on the Local Jail [...]

New Study: School Streets Improve Air Quality

By London.gov. -

London, UK - Closing the roads around schools to traffic at pick-up and drop-off times has reduced polluting nitrogen dioxide levels by up to 23 per cent and is strongly supported by parents, new [...]

Highlighting The Too-Often Invisible Labor Of Mothers, Who Protect Us And Lead Us

By Veronica Coptis, Coalfield Justice. -

This week two major publications were released that highlight public health impacts on people living next to oil and gas operations. The Environmental Health News released their investigation [...]

Investigation Into Chemical Exposure From Fracking Provokes Call For Rapid Phaseout

By Jessica Corbett, Commondreams. -

"While financial analysts, policymakers, and massive corporations squabble over the finer points of the fracking debate, families living amidst the wells day in and day out live in constant [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal Has COVID-19

By Dave Lindorff, This Can't Be Happening. -

Internationally known U.S. political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal has reported to friends and family on the outside that he has contracted Covid-19 in the Pennsylvania prison where he is [...]

How A Poor School Groundskeeper Took On Monsanto And Won

By Roland Close, St. Louis Today. -

If a company hides information that suggests its top money-making product is unsafe, keeps adverse findings from regulators, employs ghostwriters to gin up favorable scientific studies and media [...]

Radiation Illnesses And COVID-19 In The Navajo Nation

By Jayita Sarkar and Caitlin Meyer, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. -

The COVID-19 pandemic is wiping out Indigenous elders and with them the cultural identity of Indigenous communities in the United States. But on lands that sprawl across a vast area of the [...]

Demand Mass Clemency On ‘National Freedom Day’

By Antistasis. -

As supporters of the #CagingCOVID campaign, the Antistasis Project is calling for decentralized actions on February 1st across the so-called United States, and internationally, in support of mass [...]

Indirect Deaths

By Andrea Mazzarino, Tom Dispatch. -

“I got out of the Marines and within a few years, 15 of my buddies had killed themselves,” one veteran rifleman who served two tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq between 2003 and 2011 said to me [...]

Washington Rejects Massive Methanol Refinery

By Damon Motz-Storey, Power Past Fracked Gas. -

Kalama, WA —The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) denied permits for the massive fracked gas-to-methanol refinery proposed in Kalama, WA. Ecology nixed the fossil fuel processing and [...]

New York Bans Glyphosate Use On Public Property

By Sustainable Pulse. -

The move is an important recognition by the nation’s fourth most populous state that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not adequately protecting people and the environment from [...]