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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A ruling in the request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop a four-state oil pipeline under construction near their reservation will come by Sept. 9.
The tribe is challenging the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to grant permits for Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners' $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which crosses through four states, including near the reservation that straddles the North Dakota-... read more
How does climate change impact the healthcare and public health sectors?
NACCHO’s Climate Change Workgroup is a prime example of public health officials coming together to seek viable solutions and share resources about this critical issue. At the group’s most recent May 2016 meeting in Washington, D.C., members heard updates on climate and health science by federal experts; examined several local case studies; and discussed future strategies to develop, implement, and sustain local climate change activities. Suggestions included:
•Enhancing community awareness by strengthening alliances with private... read more
With politics heating up, it’s time to take a dive into how political parties approach energy policy on coal and climate change in the party platforms. Here’s a quick take on the on the party platforms of the Republicans, the Democrats, the Libertarians, and the Green Party.
“Government should not play favorites among energy producers,” the Republican platform states. “Climate change is far from the nation’s most pressing national security issue,” it continues. Initiatives to cut carbon, like having the Department of... read more
SMHA has a long history of working with Louisiana’s traditional family fishers – helping them find ways to survive in the face of regulations that favored "big business” and/or recreational interests, competition from low-priced (and lower quality) imports, and – more recently – to recover from the impacts of five major hurricanes in seven years plus the man-made BP oil disaster.
SMHA created the concept for the Gulf Coast Fisher Loan Fund in the weeks immediately following the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in 2010. As a result of learnings from fishers and other impacted families ("stories from the field”), SMHA... read more