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US - Amazon faces activism, rising tide of 'environmental justice'

Amazon and other large companies are under pressure to reevaluate business operations that critics say concentrate pollution in communities of color, an issue gaining focus on the national stage under the Biden administration.

Hawaii & Alaska
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HI - Hawaii Marks World Oceans Day With 9 New Laws To Protect Sharks And Marine Life

The measures cover a range of issues focused on ocean conservation, resource management, regulation and enforcement.

Coastwide
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World - CEOs and investors push world leaders for stronger climate action

A group of 79 company bosses and investors managing $41 trillion issued separate calls on Thursday for world leaders to accelerate action on climate change by enacting more ambitious policies in areas including carbon pricing.

International
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Int'l - EU should promote moratorium on deep-sea mining, lawmakers say

The European Union should promote a moratorium on deep seabed mining until its effects on the environment are better understood and can be managed, the European Parliament said on Wednesday, adding to calls for a pause on the nascent industry.

Hawaii & Alaska
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PT - Why Indigenous knowledge should be an essential part of how we govern world's oceans

Our moana (ocean) is in a state of unprecedented ecological crisis. Multiple, cumulative impacts include pollution, sedimentation, overfishing, drilling and climate change. All affect the health of both marine life and coastal communities.

Pacific Northwest
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PT - Pacific Plunder: this is who profits from the mass extraction of the region's natural resources – interactive

The extraction of valuable resources from across the Pacific has made companies billions but comes at a sometimes catastrophic cost

Southeast
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SC - Climate change, coastlands and the most vulnerable who live there

A rising tide might lift all boats, but not everyone fares the same with rising seas.

West Coast
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OR - Faced With Massive Juvenile Salmon Infection and Year After Year of Drought, Karuk Tribe Declares a Climate Change State of Emergency

In response to record low precipitation in the Klamath Basin, the Karuk Tribe has declared a state of emergency. This emergency declaration acknowledges the reality that climate change is upon us, and the dangers that it poses to rivers, forests, wildlife and communities.

Northeast
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MD - Historic Black town in Maryland seeks justice for stormwater discharge

A Maryland power plant has been releasing stormwater for years into a small Patuxent River town founded in the late 1920s as a vacation resort for Black professionals.

Coastwide
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US - Responsible engineering will deliver social and environmental justice

The time is right for the engineering profession to collectively address the destruction of global ecosystems and the current failure to deliver universal, basic human rights, says Emma Crichton, head of engineering at Engineers Without Borders UK.

International
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Int'l - High seas crime, too big to police and with no clear authority

Two-thirds of the planet is covered by water and much of that space is ungoverned. Human rights, labour and environmental crimes occur often and with impunity because the oceans are vast. What laws exist are difficult to enforce.

Northeast
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RI - No Trespassing: Coastal Land Taken from Indigenous People Walled Off with Signs, Fences and Chains

These testaments to historic theft — not by the current owners but by centuries of violence against this land’s Indigenous people — don’t escape the notice of Narragansett Indian Tribe members as they make their way down house-lined Charlestown Beach Road to the shores of Block Island Sound, a sacred ceremonial place for the tribe for thousands of years.

West Coast
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CA - Bill to return Bruce's Beach to owners' descendants sent to senate floor

A bill to return a scenic and valuable parcel of Manhattan Beach land to the descendants of a Black couple who once operated a beach resort there advanced to the Senate floor Monday.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - Seeking inclusive strategies to help coastal communities adjust, plan for sea-level rise

Recurring flood damage to homes and powerful storms that threaten infrastructure are realities facing many coastal North Carolina communities.

Coastwide
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US - Seeking Inclusive Strategies to Help Coastal Communities Adjust, Plan for Sea-Level Rise

Recurring flood damage to homes and powerful storms that threaten infrastructure are realities facing many coastal North Carolina communities. However, for three predominately African-American, rural communities near the coast, NC State researchers documented additional injustices that threaten the communities’ ability to adapt to a changing climate.