Category Archives: Environment

Noise Is Pollution, Not Just An Annoyance

But I’m sure Scott Pruitt’s EPA will get on this (boldface mine): Noise is “the new secondhand-smoke issue,” said Bradley Vite, who pushed for regulations in Elkhart, Ind., that come with some of the nation’s steepest fines. “It took decades … Continue reading

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The Oceans Might Not Be Suffering A Mass Extinction But The Carnage Is Awful

Before I get to the oceans, I’ll describe something that Boston builds every year on the Boston Common: a fishweir. A fishweir is a fence used to catch fish. Believe it or not, it used to work: During the excavation … Continue reading

Posted in Ecology, Environment, Fish, Food

Grabbing The REINS

So this bill, if passed by the Senate and signed by Il Trumpe, will be a disaster–and it went virtually unoticed (boldface mine): Last week, under the cover of a media bliss-out except among Koch funded right-wing channels, the House … Continue reading

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“Just a Few IQ Points”

When the story of the Flint, MI mass poisoning broke, it was clear, based on existing research, just how much of a future educational catastrophe this will be for an already stressed community (boldface added): To put this in context, … Continue reading

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Failing Water and Failing Schools

Flint, Michigan is another predominantly black city in the U.S. whose local government has been replaced by a governor-appointed dictator (usually given the benign title of ‘manager’). This is usually in response to budget deficits and other monetary woes. However, … Continue reading

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Whose Job Is It To Fix the Environment?

David Roberts makes a very good point about much of the criticism that the victorious anti-Keystone Pipeline activists received (boldface mine): Many Keystone skeptics (“Keystone doubters”?) assume that the way to evaluate a climate activist campaign is by the carbon … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Ninnies

Urban Air Pollution Is Still A Problem: No ‘Grand Bargain’ On Pollution

Gregg Easterbrook offers this, erm, Third Way Grand Bargain on air pollution and global warming: Decades ago the E.P.A.’s target for urban smog levels was 120 parts per billion of air. The level has gone down in stages to 75 … Continue reading

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