‘A lot at stake’: indigenous and minorities sidelined on climate change fight

The two groups are affected the most by environmental degradation and pollution, but they often feel left out of the movement Bernadette Demientieff, a representative for the indigenous Gwichin nation, finds Washington DC anxiety-inducing, especially compared to the wide open spaces and tall mountains of Alaska. She makes frequent trips to the US capital to fight oil drilling in what she considers sacred caribou calving grounds in the Arctic. But Demientieff is an outsider in the nations capital, where her concerns have fallen on justice and equity, backstage theyre facing a reckoning over the environmental movements homogeneity. According to the 2014 Green 2.0 update to the report found that diversity actually got worse over the past few years. Some groups …

Most US coal plants are contaminating groundwater with toxins, analysis finds

Of 265 US power plants that monitor groundwater, 242 report unsafe levels of at least one pollutant derived from coal ash Almost every coal-fired power plant in the US is contaminating groundwater with unsafe levels of toxic pollution, according to the first comprehensive analysis of the consequences of coal ash waste disposal. Of the 265 US power plants that monitor groundwater, 242 have reported unsafe levels of at least one pollutant derived from coal ash, which is the remnants of coal after it is burned for energy. More than half such facilities report unsafe levels of arsenic, a carcinogen linked to multiple types of cancer, with 60% finding elevated lithium, which is associated with neurological damage. In all, nine out …

If America can find $716bn for the military, it can fund the Green New Deal | Rev William Barber and Phyllis Bennis

If we redirected the trillions spent on fruitless wars, funding Medicare for All and a Green New Deal is perfectly realistic At long last the political debate in the worlds richest country is vibrant with proposals that would help the most vulnerable in our society. And what do we hear in response? A growing chorus of naysayers. challenged Senator Dianne Feinstein to support a Green New Deal, she told them theres no money to pay for it. She probably didnt expect those eight- and 10- and 11-year-old kids to respond immediately: Yes, there is, theres tons of money going to the military. Feinstein responded condescendingly that the military does important things with that money. Our never-ending wars say otherwise. Last …