Posts Tagged: Environmental Justice

Plans to cut health care for Micronesians will endanger lives Planned cuts could risk health of Micronesians By Gary T. Kubota POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 26, 2010 A proposed cut in the state government’s medical assistance to Micronesians could mean some of them will die as a result, the state was told yesterday during a public hearing. Health experts also raised questions about… Read more »

Agent Orange’s lethal legacy, part 5,0,2121785,full.story AGENT ORANGE: PART 5 OF 5 Agent Orange’s lethal legacy: Defoliants more dangerous than they had to be Papers show firms didn’t act on data to reduce toxicity Before-and-after air views show the effects herbicides had when sprayed in Vietnam during the war. Above is an unsprayed mangrove forest, date unknown, and the bottom… Read more »

DN!: Indigenous Leaders at the Front Line of Climate Change

Malia Nobriga from Hawai’i was interviewed by Democracy Now! at the Copenhagen Climate Change action where 100,000 people marched outside while the states debated inside.  The issue of climate change, rampant development, energy consumption and degradation of the environment is now reaching an irreversible tipping point for the planet, with the poor and indigenous peoples… Read more »

Agent Orange’s lethal legacy, part 4,0,2740259,full.story AGENT ORANGE: PART 4 OF 5 Agent Orange’s lethal legacy: At former U.S. bases in Vietnam, a potent poison is clear and present danger Bases remain polluted from defoliants, underscoring the urgency of a solvable problem By Jason Grotto Tribune reporter December 9, 2009 DA NANG, Vietnam – Part 4 of a Tribune investigation… Read more »

Agent Orange’s Deadly Legacy, part 3

This third article in a series about Agent Orange from the Chicago Tribune looks at the toxic legacy in Vietnam.  The indiscriminate suffering caused by the chemical should clearly mark this as a chemical weapon, a ‘weapon of mass destruction’.   The U.S. is now using depleted uranium weapons which have also been suspected as causing… Read more »

Agent Orange’s lethal legacy, part 2 of 5

This is the second article in an excellent investigative series from the Chicago Tribune on the disastrous legacy of Agent Orange, a toxic defoliant, in essence a chemical weapon,  used in the Vietnam War. >><<,0,7742805,full.story AGENT ORANGE: PART 2 OF 5 Agent Orange’s lethal legacy: For Vietnam War veterans, injustice follows injury Vietnam vets… Read more »

Agent Orange’s lethal legacy: For U.S., a record of neglect

The Chicago Tribune ran a powerful series of articles on the toxic legacy of the U.S. military’s use of Agent Orange in Vietnam.  The nightmarish health effects have haunted generations of Vietnamese and U.S. soldiers and their families.   As a main staging base for air operations in Vietnam, Guam is also heavily contaminated with Agent… Read more »

Hawai’i saw 5% jump in toxic releases

The article in the printed edition was longer and contained information about the military making the top of the persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic substances list, most likely due to the release of lead. >><< Updated at 1:42 p.m., Tuesday, December 8, 2009 Hawaii saw 5% jump in toxic releases Hawaii facilities reported an increase… Read more »

Risking the Lives of the Unborn

In Risking the Lives of the Unborn published in the Huffington Post,  Carl Pope, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, writes “For the last eight years, federal agencies charged with protecting our health were systematically discouraged or even prevented from doing their jobs.” One of the central villains of the great toxic cover-up, the Agency for… Read more »

“Absence of proof doesn’t prove safety” – ATSDR coming under fire

The NYT article discusses the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Control Registry pattern of flawed and irresponsible investigation into the health hazard of environmental contamination.  After coming under strong criticism from government auditors, the ATSDR reversed its conclusions of “no threat” to public health in two contaminated military sites: Camp Lejeune and Vieques.   ATSDR… Read more »