Earth NewsComments Off on The Car Doc on leaking oil, private code scanners and more
Q. I have a 2011 Kia Sorento, that I purchased new and it is leaking a bit of oil in the driveway. I had it into the local repair shop and they think it is the rear main oil seal. If they are right they are talking well over $ 1,000 for the repair, do you … oil leak – BingNews
Earth NewsComments Off on $4 Billion Just Raised From Private Sector For Clean Energy
It’s hard to keep a good man—in this case, recently bereaved Vice-President Joe Biden—down. Biden resumed official duties yesterday by hosting the Clean Energy Investment Summit at the White House. You may recall that to support the President’s Climate Action Plan, the White House launched a Clean Energy Investment Initiative in February to catalyze private-sector
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Earth NewsComments Off on BP tells 5th Circuit to throw out private oil spill settlement if business … – NOLA.com
BP tells 5th Circuit to throw out private oil spill settlement if business … NOLA.com A 3-judge panel of the appeals court is considering whether to throw out a multi-billion-dollar settlement of private claims against BP involving the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill. (Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune). Print.
Earth NewsComments Off on BP again asks federal judge to suspend Deepwater Horizon oil spill private … – NOLA.com
BP again asks federal judge to suspend Deepwater Horizon oil spill private … NOLA.com BP has asked a federal judge in New Orleans to suspend the payment of private settlement claims stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill until former FBI Director Louis Freeh has completed his work assisting the claims office in developing and … BP seeks to have Gulf Coast oil spill settlement payments suspendedThe Guardian BP renews request to halt Gulf oil spill settlement paymentsFuelFix (blog) BP agains asking judge to suspend settlement paymentsWEAR Daily Journal all 13 news articles »
Earth NewsComments Off on Climate change is making private heat islands for people of color
As if climate change weren’t enough of a huge jerk, now we find out that it’s racist, too — or at least it’s following America’s lead.
A new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives digs deep under the sidewalks and streets that are soaking up all this new heat in our cities — and finds that not all neighborhoods and racial groups are faring equally. According to the research, blacks, Asians, and Latinos are all significantly more likely to live in high-risk heat-island conditions than white people.
At first glance, this seems to make some sense: Due to a long history of racist policies and lending practices, people of color are more likely than whites to live in poor neighborhoods. Neighborhood infrastructure in poor areas is mostly made of concrete and asphalt (with some soil here and there, often tinged with heavy metals). Those “impervious surfaces” conduct heat like crazy, and turn these areas into “heat islands” surrounded by their richer, greener neighbors.
Dense tree cover in urban areas can improve local health factors and has even been associated with a decrease in crime in some cities. But cities don’t tend to invest in trees for poor neighborhoods, where residents without their own private green space aren’t in a position to invest for themselves.
But this study found something entirely new: The heat-island effect and lack of neighborhood trees is more closely correlated with race than it is with class.
The authors say this is the first study of its kind. They compared Census population data with the 2001 National Land Cover Dataset, mediating for factors such as income, home ownership, and density. Richer folks of color who own their homes are less likely to live in a heat island than the poor, but still significantly more likely than whites. The study doesn’t point to causality, but does mention past and present lending practices which have concentrated people of color in dense, urban neighborhoods that may or may not receive the same level of civic investment as other areas.
Translation: This study highlights the persistent racial segregation of urban areas more than it does a lack of trees. All told, this is just yet another amenity that people of color are losing out on. (Yes, trees are a luxury item!) “[S]egregation is crucial to understanding social drivers of environmental health disparities and, more directly, the potentially disproportionate health burdens of climate change on communities of color,” the study reads.
It’s not just a potential discomfort, but a serious health risk, when extreme heat is a factor in about one in five deaths resulting from natural hazards. The authors ultimately recommend that “urban planning to mitigate future extreme heat should proactively incorporate an environmental justice perspective and address racial/ethnic disparities in land cover characteristics.”
So yeah, cool, more trees! But these neighborhoods don’t just need a few new saplings on the block — they need a more direct challenge to the residual effects of modern residential redlining. Ultimately any significant change for these private urban heat islands will require a combination of environmental justice and social justice.
And probably some clean soil for those new root systems.
Earth NewsComments Off on Public happy face on federal environment cuts smeared by official’s private memo – The Vancouver Sun
OTTAWA — A senior Environment Canada bureaucrat who publicly defended the federal government’s plans to slash funding and eliminate “redundancy” within the country’s ozone monitoring programs, privately approved a briefing note that concluded … Continue reading »
Earth NewsComments Off on Rich Italians buy private islands as beaches lose their charm
Italy’s rich are taking the national obsession with private beaches to a new level by snapping up their own islands as rising seas and environmental damage spoil some of the trendiest bathing spots in the country.While the middle… Continue reading »
Earth NewsComments Off on Wealthy Italians splash out on private islands
Italy’s rich are taking the national obsession with private beaches to a new level by snapping up their own islands as rising seas and environmental damage spoil some of the trendiest bathing spots in the country. Continue reading »