Tag: public health

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Coal Power Means High Bills, Public Health Crisis

EDITOR’S NOTE: San Antonio’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (PDF) hardly mentions coal power. In spite of JK Spruce being the largest emitter of climate pollution in San Antonio, it’s name doesn’t come up. And coal is only mentioned 10 times. How is that possible? It’s because when the largest […]

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In Praise of Nuisance Heronries (Part One)

How the slow attention of local women exposed an institutional war on the birds of San Antonio. Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series. Read part two, “Place of Herons,” here. Marisol Cortez In 1962, Rachel Carson—government scientist, nature writer, breast cancer non-survivor, and queer woman on […]

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San Antonio’s Top 10 Climate Polluters

US industrial greenhouse gas emissions may have dipped slightly last year, but in San Antonio they made a sharp jab skyward, according to numbers released last week by the US Environmental Protection Agency. In 2017, local power plants and industry belched out roughly 1. 6 million more metric tons of […]

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IN DEPTH: IPCC’s 1.5-Degree Report on Climate Change

In South Korea on Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its long-awaited special report on 1.5C. The IPCC is a body of scientists and economists – first convened by the United Nations (UN) in 1988 – which periodically produces summaries of the “scientific basis of climate change, […]

Coal Fly Ash Pollution. San Antonio.
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San Antonio’s 15 Worst Polluters

Deceleration‘s map of San Antonio’s major emitters of greenhouse gases, toxic chemicals, and so-called “criteria” pollutants. Greg Harman To state the obvious, San Antonio’s “Dirty” Deely coal plant is a really dirty polluter. We’re talking dirty to the tune of 2,755,917-annual-metric-tons-of-climate-destabilizing-CO2-pumped-out dirty. Add in the 740 tons of potent methane […]

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Google Map of Hurricane Harvey’s Toxic Releases

It’s past time to stop whining about gas prices. Though the more obvious violence of Hurricane Harvey may be passed, residents of Southeast Texas and Louisiana continue to face threats from the storm’s aftermath. One of those very real threats comes from toxic releases from chemical flaring, explosions, and spills […]

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Coal as ‘Savior’? Sins of Omission Cloud the Story of Big Brown’s Town

“Dread,” read the headline about the East Texas coal belt and proposed federal climate regulations. Finally, I thought. Finally an appropriate response from the coal industry. Obama insists new climate regs are finally coming to the nation’s coal plants. Cue up the rows of tiny violins and pass out the black […]

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Agent Orange: Gulfport Residents Fear Silent Killer Stalks Them

One month after ATSDR gives the “all clear” to current dioxin risk, the U.S. Navy prepares for a new cleanup effort. [NOTE: This is likely the most important story I wrote during my time in Mississippi. While it was on the front page of the Gulfport paper on September 12, […]

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Texas Greyhound Failing Bicyclists: My Open Letter

To improve the air quality of our cities and fight climate change at home, we could use some help from the folks at Greyhound. Despite policies that allow for the transport of bicycles on their buses, Greyhound employees are not prepared to make it happen. Bike boxes are not stocked, […]