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Cancer-Causing Benzene Cut In Half At US Refineries In 2023: Report

"The number of U.S. oil refineries exceeding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s action level for benzene in 2023 was cut in half compared to 2020, according to a new report from the Environmental Integrity Project."

Source: EHN, 05/17/2024

Coral Bleaching Near Record Globally Because Of Ocean Heat: Experts

"Ocean temperatures that have gone “crazy haywire” hot, especially in the Atlantic, are close to making the current global coral bleaching event the worst in history. It’s so bad that scientists are hoping for a few hurricanes to cool things off."

Source: AP, 05/17/2024

"BLM Proposals Would End Coal Leasing In Powder River Basin"

"The Interior Department issued plans Thursday to throttle future coal mining in the nation’s largest coal-producing region." "The Bureau of Land Management proposal would end new federal coal leases in the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming, which dominates U.S. coal production."

Source: E&E News, 05/17/2024

Impunity And Pollution Abound In DRC Mining Of Critical Minerals

"In the DRC’s copper belt, pollution from the mining of cobalt and copper, critical minerals for the energy transition, is on the rise and polluters are ignoring their legal obligations to clean it up. Cases of pollution have caused deaths, health problems in babies, the destruction of crops, contaminated water and the relocation of homes or an entire village, residents and community organizations say."

Source: Mongabay, 05/16/2024

"DeSantis Signs Bill Scrubbing ‘Climate Change’ From Florida Law"

"Florida will eliminate climate change as a priority in making energy policy decisions, despite the threats it faces from powerful hurricanes, extreme heat and worsening toxic algae blooms."

Source: Washington Post, 05/16/2024

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