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Mar 28, 2023

Corporate Greed Is a Root Cause of Rail Disasters Around the World

Greece’s worst rail disaster ever is the result of the same corporate cost-cutting and deregulation that led to East Palestine and Lac-Mégantic disasters. On February 25, Greece experienced its deadliest rail disaster ever when a freight train ran headlong into a passenger train coming towards it on the same track, killing 57 people.

Mar 28, 2023

France: Montpellier makes public transport free of charge

After two successful test phases, the city’s decision has been made: bus and tram travel will become free for Montpellier’s residents. From December 2023, none will have to pay for public transport. In this way, the city aims to reduce air pollution, cut emissions and support disadvantaged groups. The measure is part of

Mar 23, 2023

How Climate Change Could Sink the US Real Estate Market

Rising seas, fires, and outdated government policies threaten a repeat of the subprime mortgage meltdown LIZ GREENE HADN’T ORIGINALLY intended to buy this house. She’d been looking at another one here in the River Haven subdivision, 20 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It had the same beige siding, the same slab

Mar 23, 2023

The Toxic Threat in Thawing Permafrost

Scientists are tracking neurotoxic methylmercury production in North America’s largest peatland. Covering nearly the same area as Norway, the Hudson Bay Lowlands in northern Ontario and Manitoba is home to the southernmost continuous expanse of permafrost in North America. Compared with many marine waterways this far south, Hudson Bay stays frozen late into

Mar 16, 2023

Following Ohio Derailment, Concerns Arise Over Expansion of Rail and Pipeline Transport of Hazardous Material

Experts warn that a growing network of carbon dioxide pipelines are dangerous and under-regulated. In the aftermath of last month’s toxic train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, questions and concerns about the adequacy of rail safety regulations have resurfaced. The train, owned by Norfolk Southern, was transporting chemicals and other hazardous materials when

Mar 16, 2023

An unexpected source of methane? Your local sewage plant.

Wastewater treatment plants are typically overlooked when it comes to reducing greenhouse gasses, but new research from Princeton University reveals the plants emit twice as much methane as previously thought. Methane is a particularly potent greenhouse gas and the treatment plants should be part of any plan to reduce emissions, according to the

Mar 15, 2023

Native Plants Are Hiding Up High, but Invaders Are Catching Up

Far from pristine outposts of nature, mountains across the world are being rapidly colonized by non-native plants that spread uphill along roads. Mountain ranges are home to numerous plant and animal species, many of which are specifically adapted to life at high altitudes and occur nowhere else on Earth. But new research suggests