Air pollution from animal waste pose a threat to the health and safety of people living in communities near large scale animal agriculture operations, and to the workers in these facilities. In addition, these emissions are contributing to climate breakdown, however they are rarely reported or mitigated in any meaningful way and now, thanks (actually no thanks) to Andrew Wheeler’s EPA administration the already insufficient reporting rules have been rolled back even further.

There are several ways in which animal agriculture contributes to air pollution, but this rule rollback specifically pertains to emissions from animal waste products. In Concentrated Animal…

A Quick Overview of the UN Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C

The Report

The United Nations climate report that was released in fall 2018 has deservedly received a lot of attention. Let’s talk a little bit about what was in it!

The UN Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5℃ was just the first in a series of 3 Special Reports being released before 2020. This first report was important because we are running quite low on time to act if we are to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement. The goal of the Paris Agreement is…

This past semester I taught a class in which I gave a lecture called This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things. I sought to lay out why climate action is not happening by teaching about lobbying, fossil fuel subsidies, the revolving door between government and industry, and industry funded denialism put out by conservative think tanks. This December has been a whirlwind of climate related news and a lot of it has been particularly excellent, and appalling, examples of these topics. This is what we are up against if we want a stable climate in the future.

Subsidies

The…

Shaina

I’m a PhD Candidate at UMass Amherst studying climate change. Interests: climate justice, intersectional veganism, biodiversity, gardening.

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