COVID; ecosocial justice 

What Happens When a Pandemic Meets a Heat Wave

"Heat waves kill more Americans that any other kind of extreme weather, and the communities most affected are low-income elderly adults, households that live in poor neighborhoods, and the homeless — the same populations that are disproportionately vulnerable to COVID-19."

bloomberg.com/news/articles/20

Student Linux Club Refurbishes Computers to Support Distance Learning 

"Prior to the shutdown, the Penguin Corps gave away six computers. Between March 16 and the first week of May, we gave away 60 computers."

opensource.com/article/20/7/do

Rise of pandemic pods and 'Zutors': parents turn to private schooling amid coronavirus

"Faced with the reality that many schools will be online-only this fall, families look for solutions – which could exacerbate inequality."

theguardian.com/education/2020

They Shut His Water Off Over an Unpaid Bill – and then a Fire Broke Out

"Shut-offs are one of the worst impacts of America’s water poverty crisis. Can Baltimore show another way?"

theguardian.com/us-news/2020/j

COVID-19; Pollution 

'More Masks than Jellyfish': Coronavirus Waste Ends Up in Ocean

"A glut of discarded single-use masks and gloves is washing up on shorelines and littering the seabed."

theguardian.com/environment/20

Millions of Americans Lack Access to Quality Parks

"Multiple studies have shown that spending time in green spaces reduces stress and improves physical and psychological wellbeing for adults and children."

"Even within cities, access to green spaces...is also inequitable, with low-income households and people of color least likely to live close to parks with basic amenities like bathrooms, playgrounds and basketball courts."

theguardian.com/environment/20

COVID-19; Environmental Racism 

Inside Louisiana's Horrifying 'Cancer Alley,' an 85-mile Stretch of and That's Now Dealing with Some of the Highest Coronavirus Death Rates in the Country

businessinsider.com/louisiana-

How Big Oil and Big Soda Kept the Plastics Crisis a Secret for Decades

"Every human on Earth is ingesting nearly 2,000 particles of a week. These tiny pieces enter our unwitting bodies from tap water, food, and even the air...dosing us with five grams of plastics, many cut with chemicals linked to cancers, hormone disruption, and developmental delays."

rollingstone.com/culture/cultu

How Scientists Wrestle with Grief Over Climate Change

" ... 'instead of documenting nature's wonders ... I was documenting its degradation.' Scientists ... are grieving over the ecological losses they're witnessing firsthand.

They are worried about the probability of more losses to come and are frustrated that warnings about the dangers of unchecked carbon emissions have gone largely unheeded."

sciencenews.org/article/scient

How Mattresses Could Solve Hunger

"Syrian refugees...& scientists...are working together to create a way to grow healthy, fresh food with nothing but water and old mattress foam.

These 'recycled gardens' use the mattresses in place of the soil, which solves two problems....it reuses...plastic mattresses that have piled up in the camp & it allows everyone to grow fresh food in a crowded, desert environment."

bbc.co.uk/news/science-environ

Killer Heat: US Cities' Plans for Coming Heatwaves Fail to Protect Vulnerable

"With heatwaves predicted to worsen dramatically over the next 30 years, many big US cities are failing to fully plan to protect those most vulnerable to extreme heat."

theguardian.com/cities/2019/de

Health Officials in 'Cancer Alley' Will Study if Living Near a Controversial Chemical Plant Causes Cancer

"Louisiana officials will knock on every door within 2.5 kilometers of the only plant in the country that emits chloroprene, which the EPA calls a likely carcinogen. An analysis said the airborne cancer risk near the plant was the highest in the nation."

propublica.org/article/health-

Coal Industry Knew Burning Fossil Fuels Causes Climate Change as Early as 1966

Leaders of the coal industry knew as early as the mid-1960s that burning fossil fuels causes climate change....a now defunct mining research company wrote that the combustion of fossil fuels was increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, causing global temperature increases."

democracynow.org/2019/11/25/he

The New Climate Math: The Numbers Keep Getting More Frightening

"Scientists keep raising ever-louder alarms about the urgency of tackling climate change, but the world’s governments aren’t listening. Yet the latest numbers don’t lie: Nations now plan to keep producing more coal, oil, and gas than the planet can endure."

How Coca-Cola Undermines Plastic Recycling Efforts

"For decades Coca-Cola has burnished its public image as an environmentally caring company with donations to nonprofits. Meanwhile, as one of the world’s most polluting brands, has quietly fought efforts to hold the company accountable for ."

theintercept.com/2019/10/18/co

The Teens Fighting to Save a City from Toxic Air

Three students launch a bid to tackle Pakistan's government head-on in the fight against pollution.

bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-5033

As Disasters Worsen, Cities and Researchers Eye Social Resilience

"To improve their social and psychological resilience to disaster, experts recommend that individuals be informed, volunteer if possible, and stay socially connected."

citylab.com/environment/2019/1

I'm pleased to announce the publication of "Local-Global Linkages: Challenges in Organizing Functional Communities for Ecosocial Justice" in the Journal of Community Practice.

The article explores ecosocial organizing challenges in a Community Technology Center in a US city, which organized around e-waste and digital inequality.

DOI: 10.1080/10705422.2019.1657536

-Waste

"Revealed: 1.6m Americans live near the most polluting incinerators in the US. Lower-income and minority communities are exposed to majority of the pollution coming from waste-burning plants, report finds."

theguardian.com/environment/20

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