Green Groups Sue EPA Over Loophole for Big Polluters in Texas

In Texas, Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency is making a mockery of laws and regulations designed to protect the public from air pollution. In this interview, I talk to environmental lawyer Gabriel Clark-Leach about a new lawsuit that aims to force the EPA to uphold the law in the heart of oil country:

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19612:Green-Groups-Sue-EPA-Over-Loophole-for-Big-Polluters-in-Texas

 

Indigenous Groups Win One, Lose One in the Supreme Court of Canada

This week, the Supreme Court of Canada released two important decisions relating to indigenous rights.

In one decision, the Court upheld a ruling by Canada’s controversial National Energy Board that allowed pipeline company Enbridge to expand Line 9. Line 9 is a tar sands pipeline that lies on the territory of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in southern Ontario. Line 9 will now carry highly toxic heavy crude across the Thames River.

In its second decision, the Court struck down an authorization given by the NEB to various petroleum exploration companies that would have allowed those companies to conduct seismic testing in Arctic waters off of Clyde River hamlet in Nunavut.

In this interview for The Real News, I discuss the implications of these two decisions with Jerry Nattanine, the former mayor of Clyde River, and Eugene Kung, a lawyer with West Coast Environmental Law:

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19648:Indigenous-Groups-Win-One%2C-Lose-One-in-the-Canadian-Supreme-Court

 

Israel Flouts International Law While Targeting Human Rights Defenders

In October 2016, Hagai El-Ad, the Director of Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, made an extraordinary, direct appeal to the U.N. Security Council to take decisive action to end Israel’s brutal, 50-year occupation of Palestinian Territories. Two months later, the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2334, which condemns Israel’s “flagrant violation” of international law. In this interview for The Real News, I speak to B’Tselem’s spokesperson Amit Gilutz about Israel’s complete disregard for Security Council resolution 2334 and the Netanyahu government’s relentless efforts to intimidate and silence courageous human rights defenders like those of B’Tselem. My interview of Amit Gilutz can be watched here:

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19623#.WXi4V0RVUM4.facebook

 

First Six Months of 2017 Marked By Wildfires and ‘Extremely Remarkable’ Warmth

This is Part 2 of my most recent interview of leading climate scientist Michael Mann. In this part, we discuss some of the extreme weather events we have witnessed thus far in 2017. According to Professor Mann, there is a “very clear link” between human-induced climate change and the recent, extremely intense wildfires we are seeing in British Columbia, California and Portugal. Part 2 of my interview with Professor Mann can be watched here:

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19616:First-Six-Months-of-2017-Marked-By-Wildfires-and-%27Extremely-Remarkable%27-Warmth.

Michael Mann Responds to ‘Uninhabitable Earth’

On July 9, New York Magazine published a lengthy article by David Wallace-Wells entitled “The Uninhabitable Earth”. The article painted an extremely dire picture of humanity’s future if we continued current trends in greenhouse gas emissions. For The Real News, I interviewed leading climate scientist Michael Mann about the article, and discussed whether humanity’s prospects are as grim as Mr. Wallace-Wells depicted.

My interview with Professor Mann can be watched here:

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19584.

The article in NY Magazine by David Wallace-Wells can be read here:

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/07/climate-change-earth-too-hot-for-humans.html

Rising Sea Levels Put Coastal Cities At Risk

For the Real News, I interview climate scientist Robert Kopp on the increasing threat of sea level rise. As Professor Kopp explains, the last time that the earth was as hot as our greenhouse gas emissions are causing the earth to be, sea levels were six to nine meters higher. Professor Kopp explains further that, if current trends of greenhouse gas emissions persist, then global sea levels could eventually rise to a level that is far in excess of 9 meters above current sea levels. My interview of Professor Kopp can be seen here:

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19564.