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Australia Failed to Protect Torres Strait Islanders From Climate Change, Violating Their Rights, UN Says

Australia Failed to Protect Torres Strait Islanders From Climate Change, Violating Their Rights, UN Says

In a landmark ruling, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee has found that the Australian government failed to take timely and adequate measures to protect Indigenous Torres Strait Islanders against the adverse impacts of climate change and, by doing so, violated their rights. The Committee found the government had “violated their rights to enjoy […]

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    EPA Bans All Food Uses of Pesticide Linked to Developmental Problems in Children

    EPA Bans All Food Uses of Pesticide Linked to Developmental Problems in Children

    By Jessica Corbett Public health experts and labor rights advocates celebrated Wednesday after the Biden administration announced that it “will stop the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on all food to better protect human health, particularly that of children and farmworkers,” following decades of demands for government intervention spurred by safety concerns. The Environmental Protection […]

    The Population Conversation: Lessons From 200+ Organizations

    The Population Conversation: Lessons From 200+ Organizations

    By Adoma Addo and Kelley Dennings In the 50 years since the modern environmental movement was born, human population has more than doubled and our demands on the planet have skyrocketed. The pressure of our growing population, along with the consumption driven by the destructive industries that monopolize food and energy production, are widely recognized […]

    5 Ways to Make Your Coffee Routine More Sustainable

    5 Ways to Make Your Coffee Routine More Sustainable

    Coffee has enormous cultural significance. It’s a staple of culture, cuisine, and everyday life for people all over the planet. Americans alone consume 400 million cups of coffee per day, and the crop is a highly traded commodity of huge importance to global economies. These millions of cups aren’t without consequence, however. The growing, processing, […]

    Essential Farmworkers Deserve Pesticide Protections

    Essential Farmworkers Deserve Pesticide Protections

    By Iris Figueroa and Amy K. Liebman COVID-19 is having disproportionate impacts on our nation’s two million farmworkers, who as essential workers continue to toil in the fields despite numerous deadly outbreaks and no federal COVID-related workplace protections. COVID-19 has pulled back the veil on the strikingly poor workplace conditions of these essential workers, built […]

    Child Labor Linked to Palm Oil in Girl Scout Cookies, Snack Brands

    Child Labor Linked to Palm Oil in Girl Scout Cookies, Snack Brands

    Tens of thousands of children in Indonesia and Malaysia work to harvest the palm oil that ends up in several beloved Western snacks, including Girl Scout cookies. An in-depth Associated Press report published recently used U.S. customs records and the most up-to-date information from producers, traders and buyers to link palm oil harvested using child […]