Environment

Longtime residents of the 32-unit Riverdale Mobile Home Village in Jersey Shore, Pa., read in the Feb. 18 Williamsport, Pa., Sun-Gazette that their leases were being terminated “immediately” and they would have to move by April 1. ... Posted Apr 7, 2012



The tornado season in the United States started early this year — a whole season early. Winter’s grip was still on the land when deadly twisters in the Midwest and South disintegrated homes and flung people and animals around like rag dolls. Like everything else about the weather these days, that broke all kinds of records. ... Posted Mar 8, 2012

The world’s eyes are on the state of Georgia as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved plans in early February for Southern Company’s Georgia Power to build the first new nuclear reactors in the U.S. in 30 years at Plant Vogtle in Burke County, Ga. ... Posted Mar 1, 2012

Whether it’s precipitation driven by strong storms or the lack of rain, the weather has been changing — sometimes drastically. It used to be that weather was one of those things you couldn’t change. You just had to accept what came and make the best of it.... Posted Jun 1, 2011

It’s beyond time to stop the ruling class in both the U.S. and Japan from dumping human and financial costs onto the backs of the workers and poor of the world.... Posted Apr 5, 2011

The hearts of workers and the oppressed of the world go out to the Japanese people who have been hit by an earthquake and tsunami and are now threatened with nuclear disaster.... Posted Mar 23, 2011

A three-part New York Times series on the danger of wastewater from natural gas drilling being discharged into rivers upstream from drinking water intake plants cited Pennsylvania’s lax control over drilling as a major problem. ... Posted Mar 19, 2011

After months of demonstrations and repeatedly packing the gallery at City Council meetings, Frack Action Buffalo, a local grassroots group, and its supporters celebrated a major victory. The city of Buffalo’s Common Council became the first major city government in New York State — and the second in the U.S. — to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.... Posted Mar 3, 2011

Excerpts from a talk at the Workers World Party national conference given by Betsey Piette, an organizer of the Philadelphia branch of WWP and a WW contributing editor.... Posted Dec 2, 2010

With the close of the most recent round of climate talks in Tianjin, China, which took place during the first week of October, the world is gearing up for the next major talks in Cancún, Mexico, to begin in late November.... Posted Oct 24, 2010

In what is but the latest in an all-too-long and frequent string of environmental accidents involving natural gas drilling, a section of highway near the town of Hughesville, Pa., located in the upper Susquehanna River Valley was closed Oct. 9 after a low-boy trailer leaked an undetermined amount of frack fluid.... Posted Oct 15, 2010

Hundreds of activists from across Pennsylvania rallied and lobbied in the capital of Harrisburg Sept. 22 for a moratorium on natural gas drilling and against gas-industry-sponsored legislation designed to give the green light to unfettered drilling in the Marcellus Shale that sits beneath much of the state.... Posted Oct 9, 2010

Evidence that Pennsylvania’s Department of Homeland Security is working on behalf of the natural gas industry came to light in early September when internal department bulletins were leaked to an anti-drilling listserve. The department had contracted an Israeli-linked agency to spy on anti-drilling activists.... Posted Sep 22, 2010

Much of the focus on the rapid expansion of natural gas extraction through hydrofracturing, or “fracking,” has centered on methane leaks and chemical contamination of residential water wells. In Dimock, Pa., more than 15 residents sued Cabot Oil and Gas Corp., charging permanent damage to their wells.... Posted Sep 10, 2010

An effort to educate people on the dangers of rapidly expanding drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region brought more than 500 people to the Luzerne County Fairgrounds in northeastern Pennsylvania on Aug. 22. The Gas Stock Festival offered an all-day event with bands, information tables, vendors and a “soap box” section for speakers.... Posted Aug 26, 2010

The race is already on in commodities markets worldwide to wring new fortunes out of the climate catastrophe now raging in Russia. It’s a chilling example of how capitalism works in a time of crisis.... Posted Aug 11, 2010

On June 25 more than 300 people attending the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit took part in a People’s Movement Assembly organized around global ecological justice and environmental racism.... Posted Jul 15, 2010

More than 300 people from the U.S., Canada and Latin America participated in a vibrant People’s Movement Assembly at the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit on June 25 to discuss global ecological justice and environmental racism.... Posted Jul 11, 2010

Potentially toxic and carcinogenic chemicals are used in the hydraulic fracturing process to obtain natural gas from shale. Whenever industry officials are confronted with concerns regarding their use, their standard answer is, “The chemicals account for less than 1 percent of the fluid that is blasted underground.” The problem with this pat response is that they never say what these chemicals are.... Posted Jul 8, 2010

Excerpts from talks given by Teresa Gutierrez and Jen Waller at a Workers World Party/Fight Imperialism, Stand Together forum on June 11 in New York. Both Gutierrez and Waller attended the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, held from April 20-22 in Cochabamba, Bolivia.... Posted Jun 21, 2010

Will the rapid, unregulated expansion of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas give way to the next major disaster in the oil and gas industry? Three separate accidents in just one week signify that this could happen.... Posted Jun 19, 2010

It is an unforgettable, heartbreaking image. A seabird from Grand Island, La., lies in a basket, covered with a thick brownish layer of oil, gasping for air and blinking its eyes as if in stunned amazement. ... Posted Jun 10, 2010

Emem Okon traveled halfway around the world from Nigeria to Houston to attend the annual stockholders meeting of Chevron Oil Company on May 27. But she and 13 others were denied entry despite having legal proxy credentials.... Posted Jun 7, 2010

As millions of gallons of crude oil continue to spew into the Gulf of Mexico, the owner of the collapsed oil rig that caused the disaster is trying desperately to elude responsibility for what has already cost the lives of 11 workers and threatens to become the worst oil catastrophe in U.S. history.... Posted May 20, 2010

Seven British Petroleum executives gathered on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20 to “celebrate the project’s safety record.” Considering the dismal past safety performance of BP, the rig’s owner, this would seem to have been a hollow exercise. Several miles below them, natural forces were preparing to spoil their party in a deadly way.... Posted May 16, 2010

I had the opportunity to attend the April 20-22 World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where people from all over the world initiated a discussion about finding real solutions to the climate crisis. During this conference, I attended an April 21 workshop called “Taking action against corporations that damage the climate,” which brought up the Water Wars against Bechtel Corporation.... Posted May 16, 2010

In the Gulf of Mexico, a churning, swelling slick of dense, rust-colored oil the size of Puerto Rico is threatening to overwhelm a huge portion of not only the natural habitat, but also the human infrastructure of the entire southeastern coast of the United States. The oil leak is an ongoing calamity that some experts say could become the worst petroleum spill in history.... Posted May 6, 2010

Despite industry claims that the rapidly expanding practice of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from deep underground shale layers is “perfectly safe,” on April 15 the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection fined Houston-based Cabot Oil and Gas $240,000 for causing the contamination of 14 residential water wells in Dimock Township, Pa.... Posted May 6, 2010

Thirty thousand people convened at the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The conference, which took place from April 19-22, hosted people from more than 135 countries and 90 official state representatives. Climate activists, community organizers, artists, musicians, scholars and workers from around the world joined forces over the common goal of finding an effective and practical solution to the climate crisis — a task that the rich, ruling countries of the world proved, at the Copenhagen Climate Summit, that they are incapable of accomplishing.... Posted Apr 28, 2010

Faced with organized public opposition from Ohio to Pennsylvania, companies that profit from the expansion of natural gas wells using hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale region are engaged in a campaign to sell the idea that the practice is entirely safe, despite mounting evidence to the contrary.... Posted Apr 18, 2010

Plans by Pennsylvania to expand leasing of public land for shale gas drilling are fueling a growing public concern over potential hazards to the environment and drinking water supplies.... Posted Jan 23, 2010

“Reflections” by Fidel Castro: The youth are more interested than anyone else in the future. Until very recently, the discussion revolved around the kind of society we would have. Today, the discussion centers on whether human society will survive.... Posted Jan 10, 2010

Ever since the Kyoto Protocol of 1997, which the United States never ratified, the capitalist political establishment in Washington has focused on one thing: trying to put the onus on China for the lack of any binding world agreement that could prevent catastrophic climate change.... Posted Dec 23, 2009

The International Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, which was two years in the planning, ended in a train wreck. Nothing was arrived at: no treaty, no deadlines, no binding agreement of any sort.... Posted Dec 23, 2009

Across New York state and Pennsylvania dozens of environmental activist groups are working to ban or limit the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Green Guerrillas’ Youth Media Tech Collective consists of youth of color ages 15 through 19, who plan to create an online movie to expose the issues of natural gas exploitation. Workers World spoke with members of the collective about their activities.... Posted Dec 20, 2009

After a barrage of propaganda emanating from Washington and the big business media, most people in the U.S. have been led to believe that any failure to reach an agreement at the Copenhagen summit on climate change will be China’s fault. Nothing could be further from the truth.... Posted Dec 16, 2009

Imagine finding methane and metals in your drinking water or having your water well explode or catch on fire. Imagine getting thrown out of bed one morning as your entire house is lifted off the ground from an explosion due to methane gas build-up. These nightmares are a reality for a growing number of families whose homes are located near natural gas drilling sites in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and other states across the U.S.... Posted Dec 10, 2009

On Oct. 24, International Climate Action Day, activists in 181 countries around the world participated in over 5,200 events in an attempt to raise awareness about the threats of climate change.... Posted Oct 30, 2009





There's so much news about climate change that many people are either numb or depressed by it all.... Posted Nov 21, 2007

Will it really help save the planet from environmental ruin that former Vice President Al Gore has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change?... Posted Oct 22, 2007

In the capital of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the health of the people and of the environment is high on the agenda of the revolutionary process now underway.... Posted Aug 13, 2007








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