Tag: Pollution

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Generation Y

Environmental groups seek strength in diversity

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins by Kevin BegosAssociated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Thousands of young environmentalists from around the country are heading to Pittsburgh, planning to strengthen the green movement by involving more people of different races and backgrounds. The four-day Power Shift conference beginning Friday takes on some traditional issues in a new way. Organizers are fighting coal mining, fracking for oil and gas, and climate change, but doing it through sessions such as “Racism and the Climate Movement,” ”Sex and Sustainability,” ”Young Leaders from Puerto Rico’s Frontlines,” and “Lessons from Transgender Activism.”

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National

‘Environmental Racism': Future of toxic St. Louis EPA Superfund site to be announced

Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club members Brandon, Khalida and Cortia. (Photo courtesy of Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club) ST. LOUIS (AP) – Over the past several decades, thousands of African American children at the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club in north St. Louis have played across the street from one of the most contaminated sites in the region: an old carburetor factory abandoned nearly 30 years ago.

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Metro

Report faults Heinz Endowments head for gas ties

A large drilling rig sits outside the Covelli Center with some of the Youngstown, Ohio skyline in the background. Officials say drilling in Ohio’s Utica shale region nearly doubled the output of oil and natural gas there since 2011, although some industry experts remain cautious about the long-term potential for production. (AP Photo/Mark Stahl, File) by Kevin Begos PITTSBURGH (AP) — The head of an influential charity is being criticized for his ties to the oil and gas industry, but some experts say the allegations are misguided. The Public Accountability Initiative, a liberal-leaning group that investigates corporations and businesses, released a report last week claiming that Robert Vagt, the president of Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments, hadn’t fully disclosed his ties to the oil and gas industry and his current membership on the board of Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc., the largest operator of natural gas pipelines in the U.S. The report also criticized the Endowments, which are separate from the giant food company, for providing funding for the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, which works with the gas drilling industry to reduce pollution.