Fossil Fuel Leaks, Spills, Flaring & Chemical Releases After Hurricane Ida May Be Worst Ever Recorded

Oil and gas investigative journalist Antonia Juhasz says the extent of damage done after Hurricane Ida from the fossil fuel and petrochemical industry from leaks, spills, flaring, ruptures and chemical releases in the Gulf Coast could be among the worst of such events ever recorded. As half a million electricity customers continue to suffer without power, Juhasz also reports New Orleans faces excessively high durations and frequencies of power outages that mostly hit neighborhoods which are majority people of color and low income. Source link

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As Texas Pushes “Worst Voter Suppression Bill in the Country,” Activists Call on Biden to Do More

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: President Biden met with civil rights groups Thursday to discuss ways to combat voter suppression efforts, as the White House announced a new effort to counter the Republican push to pass voting restrictions in key battleground states. Vice President Kamala Harris also announced that the Democratic National Committee would be spending an additional $25 million on organizing and registration efforts. She spoke at Howard University. VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS: We are going to assemble the largest voter protection team we have ever had, to ensure — to ensure that all Americans can vote and…

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Yemen Enters 7th Year of U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led War That Caused the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis

As the world’s worst humanitarian crisis enters its seventh year in Yemen, we look at the toll of the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led air war. A new report by the Yemen Data Project summarizing the impact of air raids over the past six years finds the bombing campaign has killed almost 1,500 civilians every year on average, a quarter of them children. Journalist Iona Craig, who heads up the Yemen Data Project, says there have been almost 23,000 air raids since the war began in 2015. “We’re still seeing mass civilian casualty events,” says Craig. “We’re still seeing a large number of airstrikes on residential areas and, of course, on…

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Asylum seeker recalls ‘worst experience of my life’ living in UK barracks

An asylum seeker who fled gang violence and kidnap in his home country said being housed in military barracks in the UK was like “a really bad dream”. Eduardo spent more than a month living at Penally camp in Wales, one of two Ministry of Defence sites the Home Office has used to house refugees. And while Penally is now set to close, it is understood that the controversial use of Napier Barracks in Kent is set to continue. Later on Friday, people across the country are to come together for a virtual day of action calling for fair treatment of people seeking asylum. The event is being…

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Biden may have thrown the left a few bones, but he’s keeping some of Trump’s worst policies in place

Recently elected US president Joe Biden is claiming that his administration will herald a new era following the disastrous and reactionary Trump presidency. And he’s also claiming to listen to the progressive wing in his party’s base that supported the candidacy of Democratic primary runner-up Bernie Sanders. But though he has followed through on some of these promises, he’s also left several of Trump’s worst policies completely untouched. We shouldn’t be surprised, though. Because, as The Canary has argued on many occasions, the Democratic Party to which he belongs has long been little more than a slightly watered-down version of the Republicans. And that leaves open the question…

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Failed State: Texas Power Grid Collapse Impacts Millions. Black & Brown Communities Are Worst Hit

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s show in Texas, where millions were plunged millions into freezing cold and darkness as a major winter storm overwhelmed the state’s underprepared power grid. At least 38 people have died. Hundreds of thousands remain without power as Texas faces record-low temperatures. More than 12 million Texans face water disruptions and have been ordered to boil tap water to ensure its safety, even though many lack the electricity to do so. Some parts of Texas have no running water at all. Texas is also running out of food as the storm has…

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One of scientists’ worst nightmares about coronavirus contagion just came true

Conservationists have been raising the alarm about the potential transmission of coronavirus (Covid-19) from humans to other great apes since the virus shook the world in 2020. Now their worst nightmare has come true. A number of gorillas at San Diego Zoo and Safari Park have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Aside from humans, all great ape species are either endangered or critically endangered. So the now-proven susceptibility of gorillas to coronavirus is deeply troubling in terms of the survival of humans’ closest living relatives. Coronavirus transmission According to Steve Unwin, a zoo health management specialist and lecturer in biosystems and environmental change, 40% of pathogens affecting humans and…

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‘People need to be prepared for the worst’ as fake eviction ban weakens renters’ rights

Last week, many UK mainstream media outlets toed the government line and reported that an ‘eviction-ban’ would be extended until mid-February. But campaigners have called the ban a ‘hoax’. In fact the government’s announcement actually weakens protections for many renters. From 11 January, landlords are allowed to evict people who have fallen into more than six months rent arrears. Alva Gotby, a renter and an organiser with the London Renters Union, said on Friday 8 January: The Government has sneaked out this desperately cruel legislation on a Friday night. Clearly they’re ashamed – and they should be. If people are forced out of their homes, the virus will…

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While all eyes were on the election, the US achieved one of its worst accolades in history

The US election consumed much of the news cycle on 4 November. But while all eyes were watching the vote counts in various states, the US achieved one of its worst accolades in history. Because on the same day, it became the first country ever to officially withdraw from the Paris Agreement. A hindrance, or a help? As the BBC reported, Donald Trump announced his intention to leave the agreement in 2017. But due to rules that Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama helped to make, a swift exit was impossible. The rules ensured Trump couldn’t give official notification of leaving until November 2019 and had to endure a 12-month notice…

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‘Worst fears are coming true’: Northerners fear new coronavirus restrictions

The government has announced tighter coronavirus restrictions for several areas, with many northern areas facing the tightest rules. A three-tier system was announced on 12 October, with areas classified as either a ‘medium’, ‘high’, or ‘very high’ alert. Liverpool City Region will be restricted the most, with bars and pubs closed. This comes after other regions in the north, such as the north east and Greater Manchester, having faced tighter restrictions for months. Dan MacDermid, a Newcastle resident, told The Canary: The north is always disproportionately blamed for stuff because it’s typically poorer and an easier target. Ultimately they are putting all the restrictions on it but when…

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