Archival documents set the timeline of coverups even further back. BY BENJAMIN FRANTA/THE CONVERSATION Four years ago, I traveled around America, visiting historical archives. I was looking for documents that might reveal the hidden history of climate change—and in particular, when the major coal, oil and gas companies became aware of the problem, and what they knew about it. I pored over boxes of papers, thousands of pages. I began to recognize typewriter fonts from the 1960s and ‘70s and marveled at the legibility of past penmanship, and got used to squinting when it wasn’t so clear. What those papers revealed … Continue reading The oil and gas industry knew about climate change in the 1950s
by Common Dreams, Guest Waking Times The same industries fueling the climate crisis and disproportionately polluting Black and brown communities across the U.S are bankrolling police foundations, groups which can help militarize local police departments. That’s according to a new investigation from transparency group Public Accountability Initiative and its LittleSis project. Authored by Gin Armstrong and Derek Seidman and published Monday, the report singles out actions from fossil fuel giants like Shell and Chevron as well as major utility companies and leading financial institutions. “This report sheds a harsh and needed light on the ways police violence and systemic racism intersect with … Continue reading REPORT FINDS OIL GIANTS AND MEGA BANKS FUNDING MASSIVE POLICE PRESENCE IN TOP US CITIES
by Jordan Davidson, EcoWatch Waking Times Researchers found that rainwater in some parts of the U.S. have high levels of toxic chemicals. If the chemicals are found in similar levels in drinking water, it would spur regulatory action, according to The Guardian. The research from the National Atmospheric Deposition Program, which works with the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey, found the toxic forever chemicals per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) present in rainwater samples from across the country, according to The Guardian. The substances are dubbed forever chemicals because they do not degrade in the environment. Exposure to PFAS has been linked to various ailments, including cancers in … Continue reading TOXIC CHEMICALS FOUND IN RAINWATER AND DRINKING WATER THROUGHOUT THE U.S.
by John Vibes, Truth Theory Waking Times According to a new study published on Tuesday in Frontiers in Marine Science, manta rays and whale sharks in Indonesia are consuming between 63 and 137 pieces of plastic pollution per hour. A team of scientists from Marine Megafauna Foundation and Murdoch University, determined this number by collecting and counting plastic waste fragments in the water around reefs across Indonesia, where whale sharks and mantas are known to feed. Then they took their samples back to the lab to find out how much plastic pollution was in these feeding areas. Marine biologist Elitza Germanov, who … Continue reading STUDY ESTIMATES SHARKS AND MANTA RAYS CONSUMING UP TO 137 PLASTIC PIECES PER HOUR
John Vibes, Truth Theory Waking Times The Shell oil corporation is burning off large volumes of ethane because they can’t sell it to their regular customer, which is a plant on the same property owned by ExxonMobil. The location is officially known as “Mossmorran,” and is used by numerous oil and gas companies. Residents near the property where the ethane is burning are complaining of pollution, light, and noise coming from the site. Residents were hoping that the burning would only be happening for a short amount of time, but the ExxonMobil plant won’t be operational again until at least November. … Continue reading SHELL OIL CORPORATION BURNING GAS FOR MONTHS BECAUSE THEY CAN’T SELL IT
‘Ground zero for PFAS pollution’: the DuPont Washington Works plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Photographed on 28 October 2015. Photo by Maddie McGarvey/The Washington Post via Getty Images Synthetics created in the 20th century have become an evolutionary force, altering human biology and the web of life by Rebecca Altman has a PhD in environmental sociology. She is writing an intimate history of plastics, a hybrid memoir-sociology of the material her father once made. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Edited by Pam Weintraub In September 1938, the fall before the New York World’s Fair opened, a 5,000-year time capsule was planted 50 … Continue reading Time-bombing the future
People watch the sunset in Singapore, where the haze Pollutant Standards Index reached a high of 186 in October 2015 EDGAR SU / REUTERS A massive study solidifies the link between particulates from cars and diabetes. by OLGA KHAZAN It’s fairly well-known that a bad diet, a lack of exercise, and genetics can all contribute to type 2 diabetes. But a new global study points to an additional, surprising culprit: the air pollution emitted by cars and trucks. Though other research has shown a link between diabetes and air pollution in the past, this study is one of the largest of … Continue reading A Frightening New Reason to Worry About Air Pollution
by: Edsel Cook (Natural News) Each year, eight million metric tons of plastic finds its way into the oceans of the world – with much of it coming from Southeast Asia. To prevent further damage, environmentalists, the plastics industry, and national governments have all taken steps to reduce plastic pollution and improve waste management, according to an article on Chemical & Engineering News. In addition, plastics companies and non-government organizations have teamed up to find new ways of collecting, sorting, and recycling plastic garbage, following a paper by researcher Jenna Jambeck from the University of Georgia in 2015. In her paper, Jambeck warned that annual plastics leakage could … Continue reading What is being done to limit the 8 million metric tons of plastic that escapes into the world’s oceans each year?
by Vic Bishop, Staff Writer Waking Times A recent viral video of a diver swimming through a sea of plastic is a stark reminder of what we are doing to the world’s oceans. We’ve been reporting on this issue since 2012, watching the development of a massive gyre of plastic forming in the Pacific Ocean, devastating wildlife in the Midway Atolls. “About 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year. In the US alone, about 30+ million tons of plastic waste is dumped into the solid waste system, including various plastic containers, bags and other types of packaging, with only about … Continue reading THE AMOUNT OF PLASTIC IN OCEANS WILL TRIPLE WITHIN SEVEN YEARS, SAYS MAJOR REPORT
image edited by Fernando Kaskais Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon, poses as he stands atop a supply truck during a photo opportunity at the premises of a shopping mall in the southern Indian city of Bangalore © Abhishek N. Chinnappa / Reuters Most companies become successful thanks to their stellar reputations. But not always. RT Business scraped the bottom of the barrel to find the most hated companies trending on the internet. Monsanto The company that needs no introduction, creator of DDT and Agent Orange, Monsanto is one the world’s largest pesticide and GMO seed … Continue reading World’s top 5 ‘most evil’ corporations