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Environment groups launch lawsuit against Trump’s border emergency declaration

Environment groups launch lawsuit against Trump’s border emergency declaration | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
Three environment and animal advocacy groups are throwing their weight behind a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's decision to declare a national emergency in order to build a border wall.
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A childhood in Deer Park, brought to you by petrochemicals [Opinion]

A childhood in Deer Park, brought to you by petrochemicals [Opinion] | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it

"I came to understand this area as a place I couldn’t trust. Small explosions and leaks became rote for us. I could see the flares burning nearby at night, brighter on holidays. It was our Southern Lights — a gray sky flashing with streaks of orange. Many believed the plants flared more toxic materials on holidays because regulators weren’t paying attention then.

 

Those who lived closest to these plants knew this best. But what could any of us do? These businesses funded the schools and employed the parents. The parents donated money to the student organizations and scholarships. You never spoke ill of the industries outside your door because they were creating prosperity for everyone."

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Houston city council could vote on garbage fee next week

Houston city council could vote on garbage fee next week | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it

"Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Wednesday said he would put a proposed garbage fee on next week’s city council agenda, but will not vote for it.

 

Turner agreed to put the idea promoted by Councilman Dwight Boykins as a way to to offset the cost of firefighter raises mandated by Proposition B to a council vote, even as he called it “regressive” and said it would hurt low-income Houstonians.

 

“I will put it on the council agenda next week to let council members have their say, but I will not vote to impose this fee on the people of Houston,” he said on Twitter."

 

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National Guard called into Houston after chemical fire, residents told to stay inside

National Guard called into Houston after chemical fire, residents told to stay inside | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
Residents were told to stay inside after elevated levels of benzene were detected near the Intercontinental Terminals Company that caught fire this week.
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Climate change could make insurance too expensive for most people – report

Climate change could make insurance too expensive for most people – report | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
Munich Re, world’s largest reinsurance firm, warns premium rises could become social issue
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Not so fantastic: Can Japan end its love affair with plastic?

Not so fantastic: Can Japan end its love affair with plastic? | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
From bento boxes to individually wrapped bananas, plastic reigns supreme in Japan. But amid global concern about single-use waste, new legislation could help end the country's love affair with plastic.
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Solving climate change the American way

Solving climate change the American way | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
If we work together, we can solve the problem of global warming the same way we put a man on the moon and created the internet: by harnessing the power of innovation and intellectual capital. That’s a goal all Americans should embrace.
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Study: Michigan's manufacturing legacy may affect health, environment

Study: Michigan's manufacturing legacy may affect health, environment | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it

"Cotton is being treated at the University of Michigan's Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic, where Dr. Eva Feldman and Dr. Stephen Goutman are trying to better understand exactly what causes ALS as they seek new treatments and potentially a cure for the fatal disease that affects as many as 20,000 people in the United States, according to the ALS Association.

 

It’s still not known which combination of factors — something in a person’s genes, environmental exposure to toxins and perhaps other things like previous military service or being an athlete — determine whether a person will develop ALS, Goutman said."

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Protecting the planet, one social media post at a time

Protecting the planet, one social media post at a time | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it

"Wang Junkai isn’t your average 19-year-old. The thick-fringed teen who rose to prominence through the boyband the TFBoys, is one of China’s most idolised pop stars, with a following of more than 70 million on Weibo—China’s answer to Twitter— and a number of entertainment awards under his belt.

 

But Junkai—known as Karry Wang in the west—is also a passionate environmentalist and one of UN Environment’s youngest goodwill ambassadors. Since being given the title in 2018, Wang has strived to connect China’s youth on some of the most urgent environmental issues of their generation, including pollution, air quality, wildlife protection, ecosystems, and more."

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'No clue': environment department doesn't know if threatened species plans implemented

'No clue': environment department doesn't know if threatened species plans implemented | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
Australia has highest rate of mammal extinction in the world but government admits it ‘does not have data’ on plans
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Environment America and U.S. PIRG experts testify on Mercury and Air Toxics Standards | U.S. PIRG

The EPA is proposing rollbacks to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, even though most industrial plants have already adopted the necessary technology under the regulation--meaning that even industry wants to keep the rule. This shift would also change how the agency uses cost benefit analysis. Advocates from U.S. PIRG and Environment America testified in opposition to the proposal.
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National service for the environment – what an army of young conservationists could achieve

National service for the environment – what an army of young conservationists could achieve | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it

"The Green New Deal has encouraged people to embrace radical solutions to climate change by sharing its name and ethos with the New Deal of the 1930s. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal was a transformation of America’s economy which put thousands to work in manufacturing and redistributed wealth to help the country recover from the Depression.

 

One of the first and most popular programmes of the New Deal was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) – a public work relief programme that enlisted millions of young men in conservation work throughout the natural environment of the US. Reviving the scheme could prove a popular and effective way for countries to mobilise the climate strike generation in environmentally beneficial work."

 

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LyondellBasell, Dow chiefs call on industry to fix plastic waste problem

LyondellBasell, Dow chiefs call on industry to fix plastic waste problem | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it

Leaders of some the world’s biggest plastic chemical makers implored their industry to take ownership over plastic waste Wednesday amid growing public outcry over plastic pollution that is spurring single-use plastic bans across Europe and in the U.S.

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Six countries, one forest, one future

Six countries, one forest, one future | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it

"An ambitious new conservation programme brings six nations together to ensure the future of one of the world’s most vital ecosystems. One of the world’s most vital ecosystems is set to take a step closer to a sustainable future, with the announcement of a US$63-million programme to stabilize forest cover, peatlands, and wildlife populations across the Congo Basin."

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Study: More than 475,000 Harris County residents live in units at risk of flooding

Study: More than 475,000 Harris County residents live in units at risk of flooding | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it

"A new study is raising concerns that restrictions on new construction put in place after Hurricane Harvey could leave low-income residents with fewer choices for affordable housing.

 

More than 475,000 people in Harris County live in multifamily units at risk of flooding, according to the study released Thursday by the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium. The group includes the University of Houston, the Kinder Institute and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, among others. Even without the flooding risk, units are becoming less and less affordable.

 

“The issue of flooding and the issue of affordable housing are very connected,” said Christof Spieler, the consortium’s project manager. "We have a lot of Houstonians who are in the difficult position where the housing they can afford is the housing that puts them at risk of flooding.”"

 

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Trophy gobblers abound, but they won’t be easy targets

Trophy gobblers abound, but they won’t be easy targets | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it

"Hunters heading afield for Texas’ 2019 spring turkey season likely will experience a mix of blessings and curses, swinging between wild optimism and crushing disappointment, and will encounter all the things that make hunting the continent’s largest and often most challenging upland game bird such an addictive and ultimately satisfying experience...Over the past decade or so, Texas’ wild turkeys have experienced peaks and valleys, with populations falling during sieges of record drought and heat that devastated their habitat and resulted in total nesting failures, then booming in wet years when a lush landscape benefited body condition and nesting success. Hunters, too, have seen their fortunes written by record wetness and withering drought and heat, as those variables influence not just the number and composition of the turkey population but also the birds’ behaviors."

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The Houston Petrochemical Fire Released an Astounding Amount of Pollutants in One Day 

The Houston Petrochemical Fire Released an Astounding Amount of Pollutants in One Day  | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it

The fire blazing at a chemical storage facility in Houston has blanketed the city in smoke, shuttered schools, and released a dangerous mix of pollutants.

According to self-reported emissions data posted on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s website, the blaze had sent more than 9 million pounds of pollutants into the air by Monday morning. That’s more than the 8.3 million pounds of pollutants released during Harvey in 2017 in a single day.

The toxic mixture includes carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, toluene, and naphtha. That’s self-reported, so there may be even more pollution. The data, for instance, doesn’t include the particulate matter—or soot—spewing in black plumes from the fire.

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Protecting the environment in Mozambique’s emerging oil and gas sector

Protecting the environment in Mozambique’s emerging oil and gas sector | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it

"Mozambique is expected to become the world’s third largest natural gas exporter by 2023, bringing a projected $39 billion to the Mozambican economy over the next 20 years and creating over 700,000 jobs by 2035. Finding substantial reserves of oil and natural gas can offer significant opportunities for the social, economic and political development of any country. However, without adequate environmental management, oil and gas operations can have lasting social and environmental impacts such as oil pollution and public health risks."

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Deer Park, Texas residents ordered to shelter in place after terminal fire

Deer Park, Texas residents ordered to shelter in place after terminal fire | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said that at the maximum levels detected, the benzene levels could cause headaches and nausea, but no long-term effects.
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Drones change the way advocates protect the environment

Drones change the way advocates protect the environment | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
Riverkeepers, researchers and volunteer monitors have long kept an eye on water quality from the ground and from the river. But, with the help of technology that’s suddenly far more accessible, they’re taking to the skies, too.Unmanned aerial vehicles, also called UAVs or drones, have recently become so affordable and easy to fly that they are winding up in the hands of more environmentalists.
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Texas Tech climate scientist named to list of Most Influential People on Climate Policy

"Katharine Hayhoe, co-director of the Texas Tech University Climate Center and a professor in the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts & Sciences, has been named to the list of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy for 2019 by Apolitical."

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Investigation set to begin amid smoldering Deer Park chemical tanks

Investigation set to begin amid smoldering Deer Park chemical tanks | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it

"After fire crews extinguished the chemical blaze at the Intercontinental Terminals Co. in Deer Park early Wednesday, the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office prepared to send investigators to the smoldering site as state and local officials pledged to closely monitor pollution from the accident. “We will investigate the cause and origin of this fire. We will investigate all aspects of it,” County Fire Marshal Laurie Christensen said."

 

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Public health concerns mount in wake of Texas chemical fire – ThinkProgress

Public health concerns mount in wake of Texas chemical fire – ThinkProgress | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
The nation's petrochemical capital faced days of exposure to pollution during the fire.
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Laredo wants border wall money to pay for municipal project

Laredo wants border wall money to pay for municipal project | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
A decade ago, Laredo leaders hatched an idea for a riverfront development aimed at luring more people to downtown. Now they're trying to get the federal government to make it part of President Donald Trump's border wall.
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Starbucks to test recyclable, compostable cups

Starbucks to test recyclable, compostable cups | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
After years of looking for greener alternatives to its paper cup — which is lined with plastic — Starbucks is testing out something new.
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Dallas launches climate action website

Dallas launches climate action website | Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston) | Scoop.it
The site will complement the upcoming climate action plan and allows the public to track the city's progress on environmental initiatives.
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