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Environmental Health (News)

White House Environmental Adviser Van Jones Resigns Citing “Vicious Smear Campaign Against Me”

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 09/09/2009 - 3:15pm

The Obama administration’s special adviser for environmental jobs, Van Jones, has resigned citing what he described as a “vicious smear campaign” against him. For the past month, Fox News has run a series of reports on Jones’s alleged association with communists and his decision to sign a petition calling for a congressional probe of the 9/11 attacks. Jones is the founding president of Green for All and author of the book The Green Collar Economy. We speak with James Rucker, who co-founded the group Color of Change with Van Jones, and with Malkia Cyril, founder of the Center for Media Justice. We also talk to Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP.

The Uninsured

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 09/09/2009 - 2:49pm

New York Times Editorial

One of the major goals of health care reform is to cover the vast numbers of uninsured. But how vast, really, is that pool of people? Who are they? And how important is it to cover all or most of them?

Critics play down the seriousness of the problem by pointing out that the ranks of the uninsured include many people who have chosen to forgo coverage or are only temporarily uninsured: workers who could afford to pay but decline their employers’ coverage; the self-employed who choose not to pay for more expensive individual coverage; healthy young people who prefer not to buy insurance they may never need; people who are changing jobs; poor people who are eligible for Medicaid but have failed to enroll. And then there are the illegal immigrants, a favorite target of critics.

Luke Cole - Environmental Justice Lawyer Dies

Submitted by admin on Tue, 06/09/2009 - 5:24pm

Luke Cole, a San Francisco attorney who was one of the pioneers in the field of environmental justice - filing lawsuits for poor plaintiffs or people of color whose communities were being ravaged by corporate polluters - died in a head-on car crash Saturday in Uganda. He was 46.


California Farmers March for Water

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 10:52am
By Rebecca Plevin

Editor's Note: Bob Diedrich, a farmer; Verónica Quinteros, a farmworker; and Felipe González, a business owner, have all been impacted by the lack of water in the Westlands Water District, which covers most of west Fresno County. All three participated in the California March for Water. Watch the videos.

FRESNO, Calif. -- Bob Diedrich uses one word to describe the current situation facing farmers on the west side of Fresno County: "Brutal."

He's not being dramatic.

Diedrich usually farms about 1,100 acres of cotton, dry beans, processing tomatoes, wheat, and almonds on his land in Cantúa Creek.

But this year, Diedrich and other west side farmers were not allocated any water, due to the three-year-long drought and other regulatory decisions.

Pittsburg third-graders catch on to fish safety program

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 04/22/2009 - 12:39pm

If Ruben Rodriguez, Korvail Jenkins or Sierra Smith one day becomes an environmental leader, their third-grade teacher wouldn't be a bit surprised.

The students in Suzanne Licht's class at Pittsburg's Highlands Elementary have been learning a lot about aquatic life in the Bay and Delta over the past couple of months. The class participates in Kids for the Bay, a hands-on program held once a week.

The five in-depth sessions help students learn about watersheds, runoff pollution, food chains, Bay organisms, and environmental justice, said program coordinator Deborah Zierten.



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