Environment and Health Archives

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Eco-activists Use Red Wolf Sightings as Obstacle to Navy Airfield

9/18/06

News Report

Animal Rights || Military / War

Catherine Komp

Groups Protest Prairie Burning as Cultural Throwback

9/15/06

News Report

Environment / Ecology || Politics / Legislation

Michelle Chen

Farmers, Residents Battle Minnesota Oil Pipeline Plan

9/14/06

News Article

Energy || Agriculture

Catherine Komp

Under Pressure, Govt. Halts Nuclear Dump on Indian Land

9/14/06

News Report

Environment / Ecology || Indigenous Issues

Michelle Chen

Defense Dept. Continues to Stall Wind Power Projects

9/1/06

News Article

Energy || Military / War

Catherine Komp

Environmental groups are accusing the Defense Department of “paralyzing” the development of wind energy projects, and costing citizens the environmental benefits of clean energy in the process.

Citgo Indictment Hints at Pollution Scourge, Texas Activists Say

9/1/06

News Article

Environment / Ecology || Energy

Michelle Chen

Recent criminal charges against Citgo’s refinery in Corpus Christi represent a rare crack-down on an industry that operates with little state or federal oversight in Texas and pollutes low income communities of color with near impunity.

CDC to Recommend Routine HIV Testing

8/31/06

News Article

Health / Safety || Poverty / Class Issues

Shreema Mehta

Advocates for people living with HIV say new draft guidelines issued by the CDC could lead to testing without consent and will do little to address the needs of HIV-positive people.

Counties Eye Nuke Plants, Utilities Eye Govt. Handouts

8/29/06

News Article

Energy || Environment / Ecology

Shreema Mehta

With the Bush administration pushing nuclear power as an “alternative energy,” big utilities are looking to revitalize what was recently a dormant industry, and some local governments are keen on the potential industrial influx.

Biotech Firm, Govt. Hid Rice Contamination from Public

8/24/06

News Article

Food / Nutrition || Agriculture

Megan Tady

The recently revealed spread of genetically modified rice has critics alarmed on two levels: the problem itself and the fact that authorities suppressed the news.

Texas Utility Admits Coal Plants Will Increase Some Pollutants

8/23/06

News Article

Energy || Environment / Ecology

Catherine Komp

In a state notorious for its pollution, activists say the promise of “clean coal” is anything but, especially in the amounts one of the country’s biggest polluters wants to burn it.

Forest Service Pushes on with ‘Roadless’ Area Logging

8/22/06

News Report

Environment / Ecology || Social Movements / Activism

Michelle Chen

'Water Grab' Could Threaten Endangered River

8/22/06

News Article

Environment / Ecology

Megan Tady

As water-driven municipalities in Arizona prepare to siphon off groundwater that feeds the Verde River, activists say the well will imperil the already endangered river.

Disabled People 'Left Behind' in Emergency Planning

8/15/06

News Article

Disability Issues / Ableism || Catastrophe / Crisis

Megan Tady

Environmentalists Burn Ethanol Hype as Empty Promise

8/9/06

News Article

Environment / Ecology || Energy

Michelle Chen

The Bush administration's give-away to ethanol producers leaves critics saying the "green" gasoline creates a host of additional environmental and political problems.

States Push Healthcare Reform While Activists Demand Overhaul

8/1/06

News Article

Health / Safety || Politics / Legislation

Shreema Mehta

Plan to Handle New York City Trash Helps, Falls Short

7/28/06

News Article

Environment / Ecology || Business

Megan Tady

A new plan for more fairly spreading the burden of the Big Apple’s trash has residents in some neighborhoods breathing a sigh of relief, though some critics believe the plan falls short of its potential.

Homeless Dying with No Escape from Record Heat

7/27/06

News Article

Poverty / Class Issues || Health / Safety

Shreema Mehta

With many shelters closed for the summer months, and those that remain open often providing no relief, people stuck out on the streets suffer one more exposed indignity.

Senate Votes to Curb Teen Abortion Access

7/26/06

News Report

Age / Ageism || Health / Safety

Jessica Azulay

New Land Rules Serve Ranchers, Hamper Conservationists

7/26/06

News Article

Environment / Ecology || Business

Michelle Chen

As limited as public input on land management in the American West may be, conservation activists say revised regulations and procedures will further muffle dissent while empowering cattle grazers and threaten wildlife.

Electronic Patient Data System Raises Privacy Concerns

7/25/06

News Article

Privacy / Surveillance || Health / Safety

Shreema Mehta

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