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Justin Bloom joined Waterkeeper Alliance as eastern regional director in July of 2011. He works on supporting and developing regional and local advocacy efforts by Waterkeeper Alliance members and helping to develop new Waterkeeper programs. Bloom also supports the executive director with administrative and legal matters.
Bloom spent the last six years in a private law practice focused on litigating environmental toxic tort and pharmaceutical fraud, and injury cases, as well as consulting on water related issues. Environmental cases he has worked on included the 20+ million gallon Greenpoint Brooklyn Exxon-Mobil Oil Spill and the Deepwater Horizon/BP Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to his private litigation practice, Bloom was staff attorney for Hudson Riverkeeper, where he brought numerous actions against polluters and was engaged in efforts to protect communities in the Hudson Watershed from inappropriate or illegal development proposals and projects. At Riverkeeper, Bloom advocated for stronger governmental environmental policy and helped develop community based advocacy initiatives. Before joining Riverkeeper, he practiced tort, immigration and environmental law in Florida and was involved in several public interest environmental initiatives in Central America and in the Gulf of Mexico region.
Bloom is a 1991 graduate of The New College of Florida and its Environmental Studies Program. He earned a J.D. from Tulane Law School in 1996 and is a veteran of Tulane’s Environmental Law Clinic. He lives aboard a sailboat on the Hudson River and hopes to sail to meet with coastal Keeper programs in their watersheds.
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Extreme weather events supercharged by climate change in 2012 led to nearly 1,000 more deaths, more than 20,000 additional hospitalizations, and cost the U.S. healthcare system $10 billion, a new report finds.
A Bay Area conservation group struck a deal to buy and to protect the world's largest remaining privately owned sequoia forest for $15.6 million. Now it needs to raise the money, according to CNN.
The Rugby World Cup starts Friday in Japan where Pacific Island teams from Samoa, Fiji and Tonga will face off against teams from industrialized nations. However, a new report from a UK-based NGO says that when the teams gather for the opening ceremony on Friday night and listen to the theme song "World In Union," the hypocrisy of climate injustice will take center stage.
By Wudan Yan
In June, New York Times journalist Andy Newman wrote an article titled, "If seeing the world helps ruin it, should we stay home?" In it, he raised the question of whether or not travel by plane, boat, or car—all of which contribute to climate change, rising sea levels, and melting glaciers—might pose a moral challenge to the responsibility that each of us has to not exacerbate the already catastrophic consequences of climate change. The premise of Newman's piece rests on his assertion that traveling "somewhere far away… is the biggest single action a private citizen can take to worsen climate change."
On Monday, Sept. 23, the Climate Group will kick off its 11th annual Climate Week NYC, a chance for governments, non-profits, businesses, communities and individuals to share possible solutions to the climate crisis while world leaders gather in the city for the UN Climate Action Summit.
By Pam Radtke Russell in New Orleans
Local TV weather forecasters have become foot soldiers in the war against climate misinformation. Over the past decade, a growing number of meteorologists and weathercasters have begun addressing the climate crisis either as part of their weather forecasts, or in separate, independent news reports to help their viewers understand what is happening and why it is important.