Thomas Schueneman

Tom is the founder, editor, and publisher of and a contributor for Triple Pundit. His work appeared on Slate, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, Earth911 and many other sustainability-focused publications. Tom is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Lease Auction Falls Short

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. The auction to sell off tracts of land for oil exploration fell short. The big players are no longer interested.

Despite the unconscionable and horrifying behavior of Donald Trump and his supporters in Washington. D.C. this past week, another important event transpired deserving our attention. In one of Trump’s last gasp efforts to thwart environmental protections in the Arctic, the Bureau of Land Management executed his bidding and a decades-long GOP wet dream of opening up the vast coastal plain of the Arctic National …

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Pesticide Use Affects People of Color the Most

Pesticides disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color. Over 700,000 farmworkers in California, mainly people of color, live and work in areas barraged by toxic chemicals. They experience more acute pesticide poisoning cases than any other part of California’s population. Take glyphosate as an example. Commonly called Roundup, glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the U.S. The World Health Organization classifies …

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23 Attorneys General Respond to Trump Administration’s Changes to NEPA

 On Aug. 28, 23 attorneys general sued the White House to block changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that would make it easier to launch major projects with less environmental review. NEPA, originally enacted in 1970, is a cornerstone of modern environmental law. The act forces government agencies to review the potential impact of major industrial and construction projects, like power plants, …

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The Link Between Factory Farms and Racism

Factory farms produce meat from large numbers of animals housed in close quarters in confined spaces. Not only is it harmful to animals and human health, but also tied to racism. A Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) is a large scale animal agriculture operation with over 1,000 animal units, which equates to 1,000 beef cattle, 700 dairy cows, 2,500 pigs weighing over 55 pounds, …

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Why Fixing the Nation’s Water Crisis and Combating a Pandemic are Linked

Water is necessary for life. Up to 60 percent of the adult human body is water. Water regulates our body temperature and metabolizes and transports carbohydrates and protein in the bloodstream. Water is also necessary to wash our hands, particularly during a pandemic. Some people in the U.S. lack either access to water or access to clean water. More than two million Americans lack running water …

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The States Lead On Climate Change Action

With the Trump administration inactive when it comes to climate change, the onus falls on states to enact good policies. The good news is the one in three Americans now live in a state or city committed to 100 percent clean energy. Since 2008, local and statement commitments have resulted in nearly doubling renewable energy generation in the U.S. Since 2000, state renewable portfolio …

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How You Can Still Be a Climate Activist During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has put many goals on hold. Many countries intended to introduce new climate initiatives, conferences and more. But our attention isn’t currently directed toward those concerns — and rightly so. How can we make time for coronavirus and activism? With some dedication, it’s still possible to progress. Here are a few ways to fight as a climate activist despite COVID-19. Contribute …

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