It took two weeks for mainstream media to pick up the story of a 150-car train derailment at East Palestine in Ohio, USA. Being referred to as Ohio’s Chernobyl, the residents are alarmed and do not trust what the officials are saying. A “controlled release” of chemicals – including vinyl chloride – occurred to prevent a catastrophic explosion, but there is evidence of massive pollution in the area. The Associated Press noted that the controlled burn of chemicals following the crash spewed “phosgene and hydrogen chloride into the air.”
Since this controlled explosion, we’ve heard stories of dying chickens and pets, people with swollen eyes and sore throats, strong chemical odours, a stream blackened by substances released from the train and dead fish. Sadly, most of the residents in this area are poor, so evacuation, or permanently leaving, is not an option for them.
East Palestine, Ohio residents describe effects of train derailment on their bodies and environment
This is an evolving story and worth a watch. It’s about corporate greed, government incompetence, and a potentially long-term lethal situation for residents.
On the other side of the world is a story that should be getting all our attention. This week we heard of an extraordinary marine heatwave that could threaten Antarctica’s ice shelves. This heatwave has the potential to disrupt critical parts of the global climate system and accelerate sea level rise.
Scientists said their recent voyages have been marked by an eerily warm ocean and record-low sea ice coverage—extreme climate conditions, even compared to the big changes of recent decades.
Described as dramatic, the scientists say: If such conditions recur in the coming years – and we have El Nino coming back this year – it could start a rapid destabilization of Antarctica’s critical underpinnings of the global climate system, including ice shelves, glaciers, coastal ecosystems and even ocean currents. Such radical changes have already been sweeping the Arctic, starting in the 1980s and accelerating in the 2000s.
We ignore this at our peril. Please do look into it, as well as all of the other climate news below, and then join the fight to stop our world descending into a climate ‘doom loop,’ as reported in The Guardian this week too. We are getting closer and closer.
And here’s the content I’ve been reading or watching this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday Glacier’ is in trouble, scientists say
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