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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.

July 15, 2024

Marathon Oil Co., which is in deal to be bought by ConocoPhillips in $22.5 billion all-stock deal, has agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Government regulators and to pay $241.5 million in penalties over climate- and health-harming emissions in North Dakota.

July 8, 2024

South Carolina environmental groups are suing a Columbia manufacturer for allegedly pumping dangerous "forever chemicals" into the Saluda River, threatening drinking water supplies used by West Columbia and Cayce

July 1, 2024

Water pollution levels in Paris’s River Seine remain much higher than allowed for bathing, data showed on Friday, one month before the Olympics in which the capital’s landmark waterway is meant to be one of the swimming venues

June 24, 2024

there’s clear evidence that the East Palestine train disaster spread pollutants as far as Wisconsin and North Carolina.

June 17, 2024

150 activists crowded in front of Citigroup's headquarters on Greenwich Street near North Moore Street in Tribeca. The protest began the "Summer of Heat on Wall Street," described by organizers as "a months-long campaign of relentless and disruptive protests to end Wall Street funding for oil, coal, and gas." 52 climate activists were arrested for blocking the doors to Citibank's global headquarters in New York City, where 12,000 employees work.

June 10, 2024

Three Colorado environmental groups will sue Suncor Energy over an “egregious” pattern of violations of air pollution rules at the company’s oil refinery north of Denver, activists say...

June 3, 2024

The reduction of smog particles in China, while beneficial for public health, has contributed to extreme ocean warming events known as "The Blob." Aerosol emissions, which shield the planet from solar radiation, are declining globally, leading to unexpected climate impacts, including more intense regional heatwaves. The cleanup of air pollution in China has altered atmospheric patterns, intensifying warming in the Pacific and potentially leading to larger climatic disruptions


May 27, 2024

Dalita Maje, a small mining community in Dobi Ward, Gwagwalada, located on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, is facing a dire environmental and public health crisis. The activities of mining companies have led to water pollution, and the community's health facilities and schools are in deplorable state, thereby compounding the residents' hardships. Dalita (Maje) and some other communities in Dobi Ward have relied on a local river for daily water needs but their source of water is being contaminated by miners

May 20, 2024

Defenders of Congestion Pricing Say Plaintiffs Too Late and Environmental Justice Is Not Law

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 17 –  Lawsuits against New York City's congestion pricing plan were heard on May 17 by U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Lewis J. Liman. Inner City Press was there and live tweeted. Thread

May 13, 2024

the lower the index score, the worse the air quality.   The metropolitan area of Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario in California, also known as the ‘Inland Empire’, tops the ranking with an overall index score of just 17.03 – making it the area with the worst air quality. Inland Empire experienced only 54 good air days, where the air quality is satisfactory and air pollutions poses no risk, as well as a staggering 59 unhealthy days for sensitive groups.   Greater Houston, or the metropolitan area of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land in Texas, comes in second place with an index score of only 28.36. Greater Houston shockingly saw only 38 good days and 21 days that were unhealthy for sensitive groups. 

May 6, 2024

Brooklyn: There weren't many residents out and about on Friday near the site of a massive fire on Bushwick Avenue - but those who were there, were all wearing masks. One lives on the block and says he is worried about the asbestos and chemicals released in the air from the fire. “I can't take the smoke, you know, respiratory things" he explains. He wore a mask Friday

April 29, 2024

Top ten U.S. metro areas with the worst particulate matter pollution in 2024 Fine particulate matter, or PM 2.5, is created when things are burned. It can cause asthma attacks, strokes and a litany of long term health problems. 4 8 Bakersfield, CA 1 7 Visalia, CA 2 5 Fresno-Madera-Hanford, CA 3 3 2 1 Eugene-Springfield, OR 4 6 San Jose-San Francisco, Oakland, CA 5 9 Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA 6 Sacramento-Roseville, CA 7 Medford-Grants Pass, OR 8 10 Phoenix-Mesa, AZ 9 Fairbanks, AK 10 SOURCE American Lung Association

April 22, 2024

In the spotlight: bonds (loans granted by investors and facilitated by banks) issued by TotalEnergies (1).   Bonds are the French oil and gas major’s main source of financing, and as such enable it to pursue its climate-wrecking strategy by developing new oil and gas projects, ignoring scientific recommendations to limit global warming to 1.5°C. The letters come just days after TotalEnergies raised US$4.25 billion on the bond market, with the help of several banks, including BPCE/Natixis, Standard Chartered and Deutsche Bank

April 15, 2024

A New Mexico district judge heard oral arguments to dismiss a civil lawsuit alleging that the state has failed to meet its constitutional duty to protect air, water and environment from oil and gas pollution. First District Judge Matthew Wilson said Friday he will issue a written order at a later date to determine the fate of the lawsuit Mario Atencio, et al v. the State of New Mexico, et al. It’s unclear when Wilson’s judgment will come down.

April 8, 2024

NYS says it will hold Northrop Grumman accountable for the ongoing cleanup of the Bethpage Community Park after the recent discovery of six, 55-gallon drums in a cordoned-off area beneath the former ballfield.

April 1, 2024

Leaders of San Diego-based business advocacy groups this week sent a letter to President Joe Biden asking for more help with the U.S.-Mexico border pollution problem.  The letter, dated Thursday, asked Biden “to mitigate the severe pollution crisis impacting the Tijuana River Valley

March 25, 2024

EJ in Austin (Texas) - A new study published by researchers at the Dell Medical School at UT-Austin has found that poorer air quality in Austin neighborhoods with a higher population of color triggers more asthma-related trips to the emergency room for Black and Brown Austinites than white residents. The link between asthma symptoms and air quality isn’t new, but this study bears out that longer-term trends of more concentrated air pollution in majority-POC neighborhoods make them less safe to live in

 March 18, 2024

Maine regulators are starting to go after violators of a relatively new law that prohibits the sale of used vehicles that have modifications resulting in more air pollution.  An Auburn auto garage could soon be fined $4,000 for selling a used diesel pickup truck with such modifications, marking one of the first cases in which the state law has been enforced.  Passed in 2021, that legislation was meant to help address a relatively pervasive issue in Maine: the dismantling of systems for limiting the air emissions of diesel trucks. Among the pollutants released by those vehicles are nitrous oxide and a particulate matter known as black carbon.  Many truck owners still remove their emission-control systems to improve the performance of their vehicles — for example, by giving them more torque or fuel economy. That’s particularly the case in Maine, where big, modified pickups are a common sight on rural highways.

March 11, 2024

Per a 2021 World Bank report, emissions from Hanoi's 8 million registered vehicles made up 30% of air particulate pollution, and industry emissions another 30%

March 4, 2024

In Illinois distrust of the city of La Salle by a group of citizens has flared up.The group prompted a hearing in front of the Illinois Pollution Control Board

February 26, 2024

With signs with slogans like “East Chicago demands clear air” and “IDEM, let us breathe,” nearly 100 Northwest Indiana residents and environmental advocates gathered to voice anger and frustration at BP Whiting refinery at a Thursday public meeting held by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Held on the campus of Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana, the event was an opportunity for members of the public to weigh in on a pending air permit renewal application submitted by BP for its refinery.

February 19, 2024

The Thai capital Bangkok has recorded dangerous levels of PM2.5, a fine air particulate that can enter the bloodstream, according to Swiss air quality tracking website IQAir. The site found that levels of PM2.5 on February 15, 2024, were more than 15 times higher than the recommended safety standard. Authorities urged workers to work from home for at least a couple of days to avoid the noxious haze.

February 12, 2024

In Nigeria there is worry of an outbreak of waterborne disease in the Ukwu-Nzu community in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State following pollution of its two major rivers by the alleged activities of coal miners.

February 5, 2024

the 10 most polluted cities in Africa: Rank    Country    Pollution index    Exp pollution index 1    Cairo, Egypt    90.9    164.0 2    Lagos, Nigeria    89.0    159.0 3    Marrakech, Morocco    83.5    149.3 4    Casablanca, Morocco    82.2    146.6 5    Nairobi, Kenya    79.8    142.3 6    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia    76.1    133.6 7    Alexandria, Egypt    74.3    130.6 8    Tunis, Tunisia    72.5    127.0 9    Johannesburg, South Africa    61.1    106.3 10    Pretoria, South Africa    55.1    94

January 29, 2024

Carbon emissions from Canada’s oil sands are “severely” underreported. Using