CLIMATE CHANGEWhat Do Latinos Really Care About? Mi Tierra
It’s election season and the news is full of headlines about the issues most on the minds of voters. And for candidates trying to woo Latino voters, there’s nothing more important than immigration, right? Wrong.
Poll after poll shows Latinos are more concerned about the effects of climate change than voters overall and that reducing smog and air pollution, conserving water, and protecting waterways and clean drinking water scored higher than immigration reform. Politicians would do well to pay attention—or pay the consequences.
EMERGING CONTAMINANTSKnown Unknowns: The Toxic Chemicals Swirling Through Your Veins and Why It Didn’t Have to Be That Way
There was a time when the United States was at the cutting edge of protecting human health and the environment. Back in the 1970s we passed something called the "Toxic Substances Control Act," also known as "TSCA," which was intended to regulate chemicals for safety. But TSCA failed to live up to its promise. Of the over 84,000 chemicals in commercial use today, only nine are banned or regulated. The rest? They're in household products, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and toysand they're getting into our air and water.
ENERGYForgotten: Did the State of Colorado Leave Residents with Bad Water?
Gas drilling came to the Raton Basin of southern Colorado in the late 1990s and along with it heavy traffic, noiseand what many locals believecontaminated water. Numerous residents had discovered they had a chemical in their water, "tert-Butyl alcohol" or "TBA." The COGCC, the state agency that regulates oil and gas activities, investigated and published a report suggesting TBA was naturally occurring, among other explanations. Now the case is closed and the report, not only leaves more questions than it answers—it resigns residents to live with water they feel they dare not drink.
August 21, 2016
Residents of this rural town relied on large water barrels on their front lawns, portable showers reminiscent of military camps, and cases of water delivered by volunteers—until now.
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