Article written by James Carroll for the Courier-Journal and USA Today. Find the original story here.
WASHINGTON — Evidence of the recent use of chlorine gas against people in Syria raises questions about whether its regime is fully complying with an international chemical weapons agreement, according to an expert helping to monitor the situation.
While Syria did not have to declare its chlorine under the chemical weapons treaty Syria signed, in part because of its many home and industrial uses, its use as a weapon is barred.
Chlorine is an irritant that can react with moisture in the lungs to produce hydrochloric acid. Though its effects are less harmful than the sarin nerve gas that Syria gave up, exposure can be fatal.
"I am very concerned that they still maintain some of that material and it has been used on civilian populations," said Director Craig Williams of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation's Chemical Weapons Project, a citizens' watchdog group based in Berea, Ky.
Written by KEF Health Coordinator Deborah Payne as an op-ed for the Courier-Journal. Find the original op-ed here.
On Sunday, an estimated 400,000 people from across the country and around the world filled the streets of Manhattan for the People's Climate March asking UN leaders to take aggressive actions toward climate mitigation. Four-hundred thousand people can create a lot of noise. Cheers that traveled from one end of the march to the other were moving, energizing and generated a groundswell of hope for this very long movement toward change.
Article by Samantha Larson for Grist. Find the original story here.
This weekend, the People’s Climate March made history as one of the largest demonstrations of its kind. Organizers estimate that more than 311,000 individuals showed up from all corners of the world to take to the streets of New York City. Their demands ranged from stopping fracking to divesting from fossil fuels to seeking environmental justice to enabling disaster preparedness. But they all agreed on one thing: We’ve got big climate problems, yo — and they need solving. Together, their perspectives converged into one very, very loud voice.
For those who couldn’t make it in person but were there in spirit, here’s a sampling of who you might have seen marching next to you. (All photos by Samantha Larson).
Deborah Payne – Kentucky “Climate change is one of the biggest threats to health and humanity.”
(See Deborah's photo and the full gallery here).
KEF'S Outreach Coordinator Shelly Biesel is pictured with other activists rallying for action against climate change. Check out the Courier-Journal's photo gallery here, and the full story here.
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