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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.

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 aircraft-based measures, the study’s authors found that total carbon emissions from Alberta’s Athabasca region exceeded industry-recorded values ​​by 1,900 to 6,300 percent, suggesting that the “traditional” method of calculating pollution “seriously underestimates emissions.

January 22, 2024

Guatemala has approved the alteration of Bluestone Resources‘ (BBSRF) Cerro Blanco gold project near El Salvador's border. What Happened: Bluestone’s stock spiked from C$0.24 to C$0.59, doubling the market cap to C$87.6 million. "After dedicating over two years to obtaining the environmental permit amendment, we are pleased," president, CEO and chairman Peter Hemstead stated in a press release. The goal is to shift the gold project from an underground to an open-pit operation

January 15, 2024

Despite the Nigeria Supreme Court's pro-Shell decision,  Shell still faces challenges in various courts within Nigeria and the United Kingdom. A separate legal battle, involving approximately 1,200 plaintiffs in Nigeria's southwestern city of Akure, revolves around claims of being affected by an oil spill in 2011. Simultaneously, in the U.K., a court ruling permits a group of Nigerian fishermen to proceed with their claims against Shell in another longstanding legal case.

January 8, 2024

Starting in 2026, only cruise ships powered by alternative fuels will be allowed to visit the fjords in Norway. Lawmakers want to protect the unique natural environment and stop marine diesel oil and mass tourism from damaging the ecosystem.

January 1, 2024

According to the 2021 World Air Quality Report, Bangladesh’s air quality remained the worst globally for four consecutive years. Dhaka, the nation’s capital, is the second most polluted capital in the world after New Delhi. The report indicates that particulate matter in Bangladesh is 15 times the limit set by the World Health Organization. Central and South Asia have some of the world’s worst air quality, with 46 of the world’s 50 most polluted cities.

December 25, 2023

China is UNSG Guterres' poster child of environmentali$m now this: "2023 is the first year that China's national average PM2.5 level has increased..."

December 18, 2023

on December 11, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said, "It is time to go into overdrive and rise to the challenge set by COP President Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber" - that is, the head of ADNOC.

Guterres took money from the Gulbenkian Foundation, funded by the Partex oil company - then banned the Press that asked about it.

December 11, 2023

As ADNOC Jaber Cashes Out UN Guterres Cover For Him and His Banks, Banning Press

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Dec 5 – The UN's climate change conference has as its president the head of the United Arab Emirates' oil company, ADNOC.

  As UNSG Antonio Guterres defends and covers for him, Sultan Al Jaber has said that there is “no science” to support the need to keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius and that phasing out fossil fuels would “take the world back into caves.” From Guterres? Nothing. And his propaganda circle of in-house scribes ask him nothing.

 Now this, on ADNOC's bank funders: HSBC (US$ 2.4 billion), MUFG (US$ 2.3 billion), SMBC (US$ 2.3 billion) and JPMorgan Chase (US$ 2.2 billion). A loan, issued back in January, was supported by banks such as Bank of China, ICBC, and Standard Chartered. For the two more recent loans, a lender list has not yet been disclosed.

December 4, 2023

UN Guterres Lies for COP28 Run by UAE Oil Exec But Frmr Marshall Islands Prez Quits

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Dec 1 – The UN's upcoming climate change conference has as its president the head of the United Arab Emirates' oil company, ADNOC.

 Inner City Press noted this typical UN hypocrisy on X (formerly Twitter) on September 20 while reporting from an event across the street from the UN it is banned from even entering. 

There, on November 27, Antonio Guterres was asked: "Can you react to allegations that the UAE has been negotiating carbon fuel deals on the sidelines of COP, and that's their intention? Are you worried about this undermining it?

Guterres: I can't believe it is true

 Yeah. On December 1, a member of the main advisory board of  COP28 resigned because the UAE presidency planned to use the meeting to secure oil, gas deal -  Hilda Heine, former president of the Marshall Islands, said reports that the UAE planned to discuss possible natural gas and other commercial deals ahead of UN climate talks were "deeply disappointing" and threatened to undermine the credibility of the multilateral negotiation process. But Guterres lies about it.

To Inner City Press from UAE bots, the response was indicative of today's UN system.   Robot-like response, from ostensibly unconnected accounts, came in reply.

Inner City Press had written: "Scam COP28 prez Sultan Al Jaber is at the same time the head of ADNOC, the UAE's oil company. But the UAE throws money around in the UN so who cares, right?."  

An account named @afnan_elfakhory replied, "The claim that the head of the UAE oil company is serving as president of the COP28 conference does not correctly reflect reality. The UAE is working hard to achieve global climate goals and promote sustainability. It is necessary to appreciate the efforts made by the UAE." 

But Sultan Al Jaber *is* the head of the UAE oil company. Two similarly robotic responses came from accounts named @asma__daroza and @gana_elsaieg.

  It's not just the UAE, or COP28 - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' head of "global communications" Melissa Fleming has bragged about using the UN's name (and public money) to combat and eliminate messages they don't agree with from the Internet. 

  Fleming and Guterres have banned Inner City Press, ignoring its June 19, 2023 application to enter and cover UNGA 2023 and then ignoring a letter from the pro bono law firm of Duane Morris, drunk with their own impunity.   Watch this site.

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November 27, 2023

Hot air in Antartica, November 24 "HIGHLIGHTS OF THE U.N. SYSTEM 24 NOVEMBER 2023     SECRETARY-GENERAL IN ANTARCTICA  From Antarctica, the Secretary-General said that Antarctica has been called the sleeping giant, but it is now being awoken by climate chaos. What happens in Antarctica doesn’t stay in Antarctica, he said." But maybe someone should?

November 20, 2023

In the run up to COP28 in the UAE the Adnoc LNG field and a number of others are constantly emitting and burning polluting methane. Adnoc claims it has cut the volume of natural gas flared by more than 90 percent since the early 2000s when the company started its ‘zero routine flaring’ policy – referring to flaring that happens every day as part of normal oil operations.  In October, Al Jaber announced that 20 major oil and gas producers from around the world have pledged to eliminate gas flaring and methane emissions by the end of the decade.  Four fields flared on at least 97 percent of the days, with an average of just 14 days unavailable due to cloud cover.

November 13, 2023

DC Councilmember Zachary Parker, alongside Councilmembers Kenyan McDuffie and Christina Henderson, introduced legislation that would require DC regulators to consider existing pollution levels in a neighborhood before granting permits for new businesses, denying permits in neighborhoods that already bear a disproportionate pollution burden

November 6, 2023

Sri Lanka cancelled their training session in Delhi on Saturday afternoon following advice from team doctors, owing to the severe air pollution in the city

October 30, 2023

A group of poultry producers, including Tyson Foods, are asking a federal judge to dismiss his ruling that they polluted an Oklahoma watershed. They claim in a motion filed Thursday that the case is “constitutionally moot” because the evidence is now more than 13 years old. U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell in Tulsa ruled in January that the companies were responsible for pollution of the Illinois River Watershed by disposing of chicken litter that leached into the river.

October 23, 2023

From New Jersey: The planes flying into Teterboro are not commercial airliners carrying ordinary folks flying for vacation trips, to visit relatives or perhaps on business. The planes flying in and out of Teterboro and annoying the good people of Moonachie and Westwood are private jets in which a tiny percentage of us will ever fly.   The carbon emissions of a person flying in a private jet is responsible for 10 to 20 times the atmosphere warming carbon as someone in a commercial airliner

Yes and not only Epstein but SBF flew in there..

October 26, 2023

Called “the largest truck stop in New Hampshire,” a project under construction off Route 101 in Raymond will be outfitted with plug-in power pedestals to reduce truck idling and air pollution as part of the New Hampshire State Clean Diesel Program - many (agencies) in NYC could learn from that...

October 9, 2023

From Alabama: The city of Mobile and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a community meeting in Africatown to discuss an environmental project that has been ongoing for the last two years.  The project began after the EPA awarded Mobile a grant to redevelop properties also known as “brownfields”....

October 2, 2023

From the UK: A judge has given permission for a private prosecution to go ahead against a water company accused over the pollution of one of the UK’s most cherished fishing rivers.  Southern Water will appear in court in February to face allegations linked to diesel pollution in the River Test in Hampshire

September 25, 2023

Oil Exec from UAE Running COP28 Draws Bots on X Like Wider UN of Guterres Censors