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Concerned about the environmental and human toll from Russia’s invasion into Ukraine, over 1,000 organizations and individuals from more than 75 countries released an open letter expressing their solidarity with the people of Ukraine. The environmental impacts include the release of toxic materials into air, water and soil from crumpled buildings, impaired sanitation systems, exploded pipelines and damaged industrial facilities like fuel and chemical storage sites. Experts fear that the fighting could escalate, with Russia targeting Ukraine’s hydroelectric dams, toxic mine tailings dams, and hazardous waste storage sites.

And, a miscalculation could destabilize one of Ukraine’s 15 active nuclear reactors. On Friday morning, Russian forces seized one of those nuclear sites in the southern part of Ukraine, but a fire reported at the plant was extinguished, and there was no immediate indication that radiation leaked into the atmosphere. But, the forest surrounding the defunct Chernobyl power plant may pose a hazard if it catches fire, which could inject a plume of  radioactive smoke and ash high enough in the atmosphere to be carried hundreds or even thousands of miles away. 

Activists Deplore the Human Toll and Environmental Devastation from Russia’s Unprovoked War of Aggression in Ukraine
BY KATIE SURMA
The prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, opening an investigation into alleged war crimes, has authority to bring charges for damage to the environment that is widespread, long-term and severe.
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Chernobyl Is Not the Only Nuclear Threat Russia’s Invasion Has Sparked in Ukraine
BY MICHAEL KODAS
The potential for fires in the “Red Forest” still tainted by radioactive fallout from the 1986 meltdown, and 15 reactors running elsewhere in the country, pose greater risks.
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‘Delay is Death,’ said UN Chief António Guterres of the New IPCC Report Showing Climate Impacts Are Outpacing Adaptation Efforts
BY BOB BERWYN
The findings show the urgency of immediate climate action, but some scientists worry that the conflict in Ukraine may be distracting from the gravity of its message.
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BY JAMES BRUGGERS
A United Nations resolution embraces a broad definition of the problem that encompasses the life-cycle of plastics, from production to disposal.
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BY MARIANNE LAVELLE
Before the Supreme Court, red states and the coal industry invoked the “major questions” doctrine, arguing that the administration lacks authority from Congress to counter climate change.
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BY LIZA GROSS
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BY AMAN AZHAR
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BY MARIANNE LAVELLE
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BY ISABEL KOYAMA, SARAH SUWALSKY, JIMMY CLOUTIER & ZACH VAN ARSDALE
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California’s Strict New Law Preventing Cruelty to Farm Animals Triggers Protests From Big U.S. Meat Producers
BY LEAH CAMPBELL
Proposition 12 bans “gestation crates” for pregnant sows and requires that all eggs be cage-free. Read More
Biden Could Score a Climate Victory in a Single Word: Plastics
BY JAMES BRUGGERS
The administration is supporting the crafting of a global treaty that would address pollution across the plastics life-cycle, from manufacture to disposal. Read More
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BY ARIEL GANS
Inslee, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2019 as a climate change candidate, says, “The way to build hope is to take action.” Read More
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BY DAN GEARINO
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BY KATELYN WEISBROD
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BY NICOLE SADEK, ZOHA TUNIO & SARAH HUNT
A valuable resource is squandered. Experts blame weak regulations, ineffective tracking and a lack of economic incentives to capture and sell the gas.
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