Disasters

"From Michigan to Nebraska, Midwest States Face an Early Wildfire Season"

"The blazes come after a record dry winter in the region. “Year to date, we've had close to 300 wildfires statewide,” a Wisconsin official said. “The normal year-to-date 10-year average is about 40 fires.”"

Source: Inside Climate News, 03/29/2024

"Chevron Owns This City’s News Site. Many Stories Aren’t Told."

"The oil and gas company-owned Richmond Standard tells mostly positive stories about the major industry that dominates this California city and its skyline."

Source: Floodlight/NPR, 03/29/2024

"A Great Lakes Pipeline Tangles Politics in Two Battleground States"

"Line 5 crosses tribal lands, runs beneath the water and needs major upgrades. Opponents fear spills. Supporters envision jobs. Everyone sees a fight."

Source: NYTimes, 03/28/2024

Accidents Involving Toxic Vinyl Chloride Are Commonplace, New Report Finds

"A year after a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, the study found vinyl chloride accidents have happened on average “once every five days since 2010.” An industry group says the chemical is safe and “makes modern life possible.”"

Source: Inside Climate News, 03/27/2024

"Water Is Disappearing From Mexico's Vital Desert Oasis Cuatro Cienegas"

"Alfalfa plants sway under a thin veil of mist as towering irrigation equipment rolls above the crops, spraying the vast fields with water. It's an important agriculture product in Mexico's northern state of Coahuila, grown there for hundreds of years."

Source: Reuters, 03/26/2024

Chevron Will Pay Record $13M Fines for Oil Spills in California

"Chevron has agreed to pay a record-setting $13 million to two California agencies in the wake of investigations by The Desert Sun and ProPublica of dozens of oil spills, and of lax enforcement by the state's oil and gas division. But the announcement late Wednesday masks ongoing issues."

Source: Palm Springs Desert Sun, 03/26/2024

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