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Burgess COMMENTARY

Peter Burgess
SubscribeSharePast IssuesRSSTranslate View this email in your browser A smelting company in Norilsk, a Russian city of 176,000 residents north of the Arctic Circle, is responsible for pollution that has carved a barren landscape of dead and dying trees out of the taiga, a boreal forest that is one of the world’s largest carbon sinks. Its wastewater has turned glacial rivers red. The acrid smoke that pours from its stacks carries the worst sulfur dioxide pollution in the world. And last year, 6.5 million gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the company’s complex into the Daldykan River. Despite its environmental harms, the company, Norilsk Nickel, plans to increase production of metals for the “green economy” because electric vehicle batteries pose a major growth opportunity. The company has said it will spend billions of dollars to tackle the air pollution that has poisoned the landscape and reduced the quality of life in the Norilsk region, pledging to reduce sulfur dioxide pollution at Norilsk 45 percent by 2023 and 90 percent by 2025. Yet former workers who have confronted the company for its environmental wrongdoings doubt those goals will be achieved. ‘A Trash Heap for Our Children’: How Norilsk, in the Russian Arctic, Became One of the Most Polluted Places on Earth BY MARIANNE LAVELLE A smelting company has poisoned rivers, killed off boreal forest and belched out more sulfur dioxide than active volcanoes. Now it wants to produce more metal for the “green economy.” Read More A Commonsense Proposal to Deal With Plastics Pollution: Stop Making So Much Plastic BY JAMES BRUGGERS A report from leading scientists found that the U.S. is the world’s leading generator of plastic waste, at 287 pounds per capita. It’s clogging the oceans, and poisoning plankton and whales. Read More Fossil Fuel Companies Stand to Make Billions From Tax Break in Democrats’ Build Back Better Bill BY NICHOLAS KUSNETZ The legislation would increase tax breaks for carbon capture and carbon removal by 70 percent, potentially yielding payouts large enough to wipe out some companies’ income tax bills. Read More Ecuador’s High Court Affirms Constitutional Protections for the Rights of Nature in a Landmark Decision BY KATIE SURMA The seven justices of the Constitutional Court found that mining activities pursued by a state mining company and its Canadian partner threatened the Los Cedros protected area’s right to exist and flourish. Read More The EPA Placed a Texas Superfund Site on its National Priorities List in 2018. Why Is the Health Threat Still Unknown? BY ALEJANDRA MARTINEZ, KERA Predominantly Latino residents in Grand Prairie, west of Dallas, say they’ve been told little or nothing about air, soil and groundwater poisoned by TCE, a known human carcinogen. Read More At COP26, a Consensus That Developing Nations Need Far More Help Countering Climate Change BY AGYA K. ANING The world’s wealthiest nations pledged $100 billion at COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009. Getting there hasn‘t been simple, or easy. Read More Soft Corals Are Dying Around Jeju Island, a Biosphere Reserve That’s Home to a South Korean Navy Base BY HANGYUN KIM The Navy has confirmed that construction of the base damaged the corals. Jeju’s female divers, the Haenyeo, have noticed, as have marine scientists. Read More Finding Bright Spots in the Global Coral Reef Catastrophe BY NICOLA JONES, YALE ENVIRONMENT 360 The first-ever report on the world’s coral reefs presents a grim picture, as losses mount due to global warming. But there are signs of hope. Read More Inside Clean Energy: Here’s How Compressed Air Can Provide Long-Duration Energy Storage BY DAN GEARINO A Canadian company wants to use compressed air to store energy in California. Read More Warming Trends: Swiping Right and Left for the Planet, Education as Climate Solution and Why It Might Be Hard to Find a Christmas Tree BY KATELYN WEISBROD A column highlighting climate-related studies, innovations, books, cultural events and other developments from the global warming frontier. Read More ICYMI Canada’s Tar Sands: Destruction So Vast and Deep It Challenges the Existence of Land and People BY NICHOLAS KUSNETZ Oil companies have replaced Indigenous people’s traditional lands with mines that cover an area bigger than New York City, stripping away boreal forest and wetlands and rerouting waterways. Read More Twitter YouTube Facebook TODAY'S CLIMATE California Moves Toward Launching Nation’s First Heat Wave Ranking System (The Washington Post) Rising Battery Costs Hit Carmakers, Threaten Climate-Change Push (Bloomberg) EU Emissions Increased Nearly 20 Percent As Economies Reopened (The Hill) SIGN UP FOR ICN NEWSLETTERS Copyright © 2021 Inside Climate News, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you signed up on our website: insideclimatenews.org Update Email Preferences | ICN Newsletter Sign Up | Unsubscribe Our mailing address: Inside Climate News 16 Court Street Suite #2307 Brooklyn, NY 11241 This email was sent to peterbnyc@gmail.com why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences InsideClimate News · 16 Court Street · Suite #2307 · Brooklyn, NY 11241 · USA
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