environmental justice

The Inevitable Risks of Climate Change Become the Immediate Impacts for Some

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November 20, 2013

As is so often the case, real time global events offer inspiration and motivation for the work being done by Portfolio 21 and undoubtedly for efforts being made by our clients as well. Over the course of two weeks this month, government representatives from around the world are meeting at…  

categories: climate change, energy, environmental justice, global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, natural disaster, weather

190 Countries Meet on Climate Change

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December 20, 2012

Last week, delegates from 190 countries attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar.  In 1992, the first UNFCCC conference was held in Rio de Janeiro and was known as the Earth Summit.  Each year the conference seeks to identify agreements among world governments to…  

categories: climate change, environmental justice, externalized costs, global warming, greenhouse gas emissions

Stop the Frack Attack

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August 10, 2012

Across the United States, the development of natural gas via hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling currently occurs in 32 states.  As the development of shale gas has increased, so has the number of community groups united in an effort to end hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in their communities.  Last week, more…  

categories: environmental justice, global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, natural gas

Fresh Water Deficit

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June 22, 2012

People need fresh water to live; manufacturers need fresh water to produce; and economic growth is dependent on abundant fresh water supplies.  Water is essential for moving waste, keeping us and the environment healthy, as well as for producing food, clothing, and iPhones.  Yet, most people in the developed world…  

categories: ecological limits, ecosystem services, environmental health, environmental justice, water

The importance of Rio + 20

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June 19, 2012

In 1992 the United Nations hosted the Earth Summit, a conference on the environment and development, in Rio de Janeiro.  Ten years later the World Summit on Sustainable Development was held in 2002 in Johannesburg.  Now, twenty years since the original conference, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio…  

categories: ecological limits, energy, environmental justice, greenhouse gas emissions, regulations

Gulf Coast, 2 Years After Deepwater Horizon

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May 21, 2012

New Orleans, Louisiana is, hands down, my favorite U.S. city.  I have visited this city more times than I can count and I just returned from a week in the Big Easy.  The city is seemingly vibrant and rebuilding itself from the destruction of Katrina and the subsequent failure of…  

categories: environmental health, environmental justice, externalized costs

Raising Elijah, and a call for the Precautionary Principle

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March 12, 2012

I was first introduced to ecologist Sandra Steingraber’s work through Orion Magazine and have always considered her writing thought-provoking and meaningful.  Her recently published book, Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis…, is no exception.  As a cancer survivor, Steingraber has dedicated herself to exploring  

categories: ecological limits, environmental health, environmental justice

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