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  ICP has published a (double) book about a variety of inner city-relevant topics, including racism, environmental and otherwise - click here for sample chapters, here for an interactive maphere for fast ordering and delivery, and here for other ordering information.   CBS MarketWatch of April 23, 2004, says the the novel has "some very funny moments," and that the non-fiction mixes "global statistics and first-person accounts."  The Washington Post of March 15, 2004, calls Predatory Bender: America in the Aughts "the first novel about predatory lending;" the London Times of April 15, 2004, "A Novel Approach," said it "has a cast of colorful characters."  See also, "City Lit: Roman a Klepto [Review of ‘Predatory Bender’]," by Matt Pacenza, City Limits, Sept.-Oct. 2004. The Pittsburgh City Paper says the 100-page afterword makes the "indispensable point that predatory lending is now being aggressively exported to the rest of the globe," and opines that that the "novel Predatory Bender: A Story of Subprime Finance may, in fact, be the first great American lending malfeasance novel" including "low-level loan sharks, class-action lawyers, corporate bigwigs, hired muscle, corrupt politicians, Iraq War veterans, Wall Street analysts, reporters and one watchdog with a Web site."  And environmental justice too!  Click here for that review; for or with more information, contact us.

November 29, 2021

Private offices and schools will stay closed on Mondays in Pakistan’s second-largest city in a bid to tackle toxic levels of smog.   The measure will be in place until 15 January, after Lahore was this week declared the most polluted city in the world by an air quality monitor – with residents suffering from shortness of breath, stinging eyes and nausea from thick pollution

November 22, 2021

How about this strategy to crack down on China’s carbon pollution: charge imports for their emissions. This is “one way to get China to have its mind concentrated” on cutting emissions ...

November 15, 2021

Kentucky comparisons: PM 2.5 emissions — Louisville ranks No. 9 with a tonnage of 7,672, compared to Bowling Green with a score of 1,524. Poxides of nitrogen — Louisville ranks No. 2 with a tonnage of 37,796, compared to 5,735 for Bowling Green. Oxides of sulfur — Louisville ranks No. 3 with a measure of 39,231, compared to Bowling Green at 61

November 8, 2021

From COP26 More Emissions of UN Hypocricy Now Fore of UNICEF Which Banned Press Q on Afghanistan

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon  Podcast
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN

UN GATE, Nov 1 – The UN system hypocrisy emanating from COP26 in Glasgow is itself like global warming. From UNICEF, which banned the Press on October 27, and its outgoing chieftain Henrietta H. Fore who headed a steel company and then something called Pozacorp, this: "“COP26 must be the COP for children,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing this generation, with 1 billion children at extremely high risk. Yet, while the outlook is dire, world leaders at COP26 have a significant, time-sensitive opportunity to redirect the terrible path we are on." Yeah.

   On October 27 Inner City Press received an invite from  UNICEF  to sign into WebEx online briefing to ask questions to Yasmine Sherif, Education Cannot Wait director.

But when it did, with questions about Afghanistan and UNICEF including its use of the public's funds, and about UN staff abandoned by Guterres , it was "removed by the host." Video here.

By contrast, only on October 26 Inner City Press was interviewed by NBC TV in Buffalo here.

Inner City Press more than eight hours ago asked three at UNICEF / ECW including Kent Page and Anouk Desgroseilliers for an explanation:

"Subject: Press question about ECW/Sherif presser from which Inner City Press was "removed by the host" - Inner City Press is waiting for an explanation. On deadline, thanks in advance. To: kpage [at] unicef.org, adesgroseilliers [at] un-ecw.org, info [at] un-ecw.org

Hello. This is in the first instance a formal Press inquiry as to why, when yesterday I clicked the WebEx link to virtually attend and ask questions at Yasmine Sherif's press conference, I was first muted, and then "removed by the host" - presumably you / UNICEF.  

This occurred October 27 at midday and Inner City Press is waiting for an explanation.  On deadline, thanks in advance.  Matthew Russell Lee, Inner City Press

Suprising, perhaps, for an organization asking the public for money - but banning and even ousting the Press that has questions about it - no answer from these three. We will ask more. Where is Gordon Brown?  For now, podcast here.

November 1, 2021

“Chase bank alone has provided $317 billion in financing to the fossil fuel industry since the Paris Accords. Big money doesn’t care about our wellbeing. They will continue to fund climate disaster until we hit their bottom line. It’s time to fight for a fossil free future,” said Adam Neville, 19, with the Future Coalition, a national network of youth climate organizations calling for a fossil free future and national protests at Chase Bank

October 25, 2021

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced Friday a lawsuit against a metal scrapper in Pilsen that allegedly violated air pollution codes.  Sims Metal Management, at 2500 S. Paulina St., is accused of failing an emissions capture test in May 2021, Raoul said in a statement. The report alleges the shredder was capturing less than 50%, which was below mandated emissions control requirements of at least 81%.

October 18, 2021

Studies show the California San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad area with the most number of days with ozone and PM 2.5 (particulate matter 2.5) AQI (Air Quality Index) over 50.  The Los Angeles-Long-Beach-Anaheim area came in second, with 209 days and Riverside-San-Bernardino-Ontario ranked third.  Arizona's Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler area was fourth with 149 days and Colorado's Denver-Aurora-Lakewood was fifth.  Areas in Texas, Ohio and Indiana were also in the top 10

October 11, 2021

.  this year in New Jersey when the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) proposed building a new fracked gas power plant in the Ironbound section of Newark. For city residents already living next door to a massive trash incinerator, multiple fossil fuel plants, heavy truck traffic from the East Coast’s busiest port, and a dizzying array of industrial facilities, adding another source of air pollution is unacceptable.

October 4, 2021

A plastics company accused of contaminating residents’ water in a New York town, has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit for over $23 million. The settlement, which was filed on Friday and is pending court approval, would resolve a lawsuit brought by eight plaintiffs that allege that Petersburgh-based Taconic Plastics polluted residents’ water with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) from a nearby plant

September 27, 2021

In the UN General Assembly last week, Greece bragged about making a "green island" with... Volkswagen...

September 20, 2021

A federal circuit court has rejected a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency statewide Idaho permit involving pollution into waterways from large dairy farms.  But the ruling appears to have limited immediate ramifications for the state’s $3 billion dairy industry because no Idaho dairies are required to get such a permit.  The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday said the permit issued in May 2020 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lacked sufficient monitoring provisions for underground discharges that can reach waterways.

September 13, 2021

Serbia: Several thousand people protested in Serbia on Saturday demanding a ban on planned lithium mining in the Balkan country as well as a resolution to scores of other environmental issues that made the region one of the most polluted in Europe.

September 6, 2021

Louisiana Shell refinery left spewing chemicals after Hurricane Ida Power outages from the storm have left air quality tracking systems out of commission, making public health concern hard to gauge

August 30, 2021

 Cans, plastic bags and bottles plague the water and beaches of Tripoli’s Mediterranean coast. Because of pollution, the Libyan environment ministry last month ordered the closure of a number of beaches along the18-mile Greater Tripoli coastline.Daily discharges of untreated sewage from the Libyan capital’s two million people make this the most polluted section of the North African country's coastline.

August 23, 2021

Fight back: The Smiths' struggle to live free from chronic sewage pollution is common across their section of Cahokia Heights, a small, predominantly Black suburb located across the Mississippi River from St. Louis and formed earlier this year from the merger of three communities strained by population loss and aging infrastructure.  The environmental challenges have spiraled into what the group Centreville Citizens for Change says is a crisis, prompting the federal government to step in twice this month and more than two dozen residents, including the Smiths, to file a federal lawsuit in July alleging that "decades of government failure to ensure basic sewage and stormwater services ... have created an environmental injustice for this Black community.

August 16, 2021

Off the coast of five Caribbean countries, reports have identified 18 different polymers of plastic -- including, synthetic fibres, paint flakes and acrylics -- in waters across the Caribbean, with the highest concentrations (5.09 particles per m³) located off the San Blas islands in Panama.  Detailed ocean modelling and an assessment of regional policies indicated the abundance of microplastics in the area likely arose from a combination of distant sources carried by ocean currents and run-off from mainland Panama, which has some of the highest estimated levels (around 44%) of mismanaged waste in the region.  By contrast, the waters off Antigua, Bonaire and Colombia had lower quantities of terrestrial and marine plastics

August 9, 2021

Denver was the most polluted on the planet as of early Saturday afternoon. Rounding out the top five list was Salt Lake City, Utah.   A large area of wildfire smoke from the Dixie Fire in California was to blame for the poor air quality across the west

August 2, 2021

In Illinois, USA:   It's been over a week since the EPA and Winnebago County Health Department advised Rockton residents in the Blackhawk neighborhood to not drink their private well water, but neither group would tell WREX the severity of the tests which caused them to make the recommendation

July 26, 2021

The Corfo Lagoon in Patagonia, southern Argentina, has turned pink after waste from fishing companies was dumped in its waters, sparking alarm among local residents and authorities

July 12, 2021

In the UK, Southern Water has been fined a record £90m after pleading guilty to dumping sewage thousands of times in the space of five years.  The company admitted to causing 6,971 unlawful sewage discharges between 2010 and 2015, which lasted a total of 61,704 hours - the equivalent to one pipe leaking continuously for more than seven years.

July 5, 2021

Giz: A senior Exxon lobbyist was caught on tape admitting that the company has been running a behind-the-scenes campaign to combat regulation on plastics and PFAS, a video released Thursday shows. The tape is the second installment of an undercover investigation

June 28, 2021

An Idaho environmental group is suing Idaho Power, claiming it’s illegally polluting the Snake River through Brownlee Dam in violation of the federal Clean Water Act.

June 21, 2021

On Sri Lanka: The main concern has been about 300 tons of bunker oil used as fuel for the ship. But officials have been saying it could have burned off in the fire.  On Thursday, Lahandapura said the salvage experts have informed her that “there could not be any oil left considering the nature of the fire, heat, duration of the fire and position of the fuel tanks.”  Both Lahandapura and X-Press Feeders said so far there was no oil spill.  The government has asked the United Nations and some other countries for help in assessing the damage to the marine environment and coastal areas

but from the UN, no answer to Press questions...