Catching Rainwater to Avert Mexico City’s Water Shortages

Catching Rainwater to Avert Mexico City’s Water Shortages

By Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer The current global pandemic has effectively made water access even more crucial, as lack of clean water exacerbates the spread of COVID-19. One non-profit in Mexico City, a place with an immense amount of rainfall yet a scarcity of potable water for the city’s 20 million residents, is trying […]

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DNC Night 4: Joe Biden’s Acceptance Speech Is Infused With the Climate Crisis and Possibilities

DNC Night 4: Joe Biden’s Acceptance Speech Is Infused With the Climate Crisis and Possibilities

The last night of the Democratic National Convention began with climate change front and center.  Vice President Joe Biden infused climate change throughout his acceptance speech — sometimes explicitly and other times as an allusion in his vision for the future. 

Why This Matters: Climate change and the environment are on the ballot and only one candidate will take them on — Joe Biden.  

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NC Denies Pipeline Project Permit Due to Water Quality and Project Risks

NC Denies Pipeline Project Permit Due to Water Quality and Project Risks

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) on Monday rejected the permit application of the MVP Southgate natural gas pipeline project, a $458M, 75-mile extension of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) that would cross numerous water bodies. 

Why This Matters: This is yet another blow to the natural gas and pipeline industries.

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House Dems Pack the “Minibus” Government Funding Bill With Environmental Fixes

House Dems Pack the “Minibus” Government Funding Bill With Environmental Fixes

It’s the time of year that Congress passes funding bills for agencies and this year’s mashup of bills — known as a “minibus” because it only funds some parts of the government — is chock full of environmental provisions intended to reverse Trump rollbacks, take actions the Administration has blocked, and to prevent them from taking others.

Why This Matters:  There are more than 100 environmental amendments that the House will debate and many will pass only on party lines.

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Clean Water Protections Under President Trump Continue to Be Eroded

Clean Water Protections Under President Trump Continue to Be Eroded

The Trump Administration’s severe rollback of the Clean Water Act’s coverage went into effect yesterday with numerous non-profits and states vowing litigation, and Colorado has already successfully pushed back implementing the new rule.  In addition, last week the administration decided not to regulate a chemical used in rocket fuel that has been linked to developmental damage ans the Massachusetts state Department of Environmental Protection failed to send federal regulators reports about the safety of watersheds required by the Act, according to the state auditor.

Why This Matters:  There is not much left of the Clean Water Act with the Trump Administration at the helm of the so-called Environmental Protection Agency.

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Minority Communities Raise Their Voices Against Trump’s Environmental Rule Rollbacks

Minority Communities Raise Their Voices Against Trump’s Environmental Rule Rollbacks

The rallying cry “I Can’t Breathe” that has been heard and seen at protests across the country was invoked by environmental justice advocates on Tuesday in Congress because it also applies to the harmful impact of pollution being experienced by these communities, and it is especially acute in minority communities also seeing disproportionate impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why This Matters:  Under the guise of “helping” communities after the COVID crisis, the administration is making things even worse for so many Americans that are already struggling under the burden of discriminatory pollution and its cascading harms to their health and well-being.

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