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As palm oil companies take over their land, the Marind people of southern Papua, are struggling to feed themselves.

Just days after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro got the bad news that the Amazon 12-month deforestation rate has risen 96% since he took office, his administration fired the researcher overseeing monitoring.
The world’s tropical forests are in serious trouble, with deforestation worsening and the sixth mass extinction accelerating faster than scientists previously thought. This grim news comes more than a decade after the international community agreed on a strategy for curbing the destruction of tropical forests as part of global effort to tackle the climate crisis. […]
A study showed that culling wolves could save caribou. But a second group of researchers saw a flaw in that conclusion.

Opponents of a Taiwan-based company's plans for a $9.4 billion plastics complex asked a federal judge on Tuesday to stop work at the site in Louisiana.

Joe Biden on Tuesday released a $2 trillion plan to address climate change with an emphasis on correcting racial economic disparities.

High unemployment, stay at home orders and rising temperatures due to climate change are fueling energy insecurity and furthering the need for assistance.
Environmental justice is a relatively new focus for Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a disabled veteran whose well-known war record makes her a sought-after voice on national security issues and puts her in contention as a running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

It's the toxic relationship too many of us can't quit. An impulse purchase here, a pick-me-up there. A quick scroll, a flirty click, a casual add-to-basket. Who are we hurting?

In Alabama’s Black Belt, where COVID rates are high and hospitals are understaffed, Dr. Marlo Paul and her plant biologist husband, Anthony, are making house calls and providing free herbal remedies from their own farm.
The first case of Covid-19 has been confirmed in northwestern Syria, sparking fears about the spread of the disease in the embattled region where water is scarce. 

The pandemic's health crisis is spilling over into the economy and politics of Ghana.

More than 50 city declarations put racism’s health impacts on par with disease and addiction. Health organizations and school districts are adopting them too. 
Some argue that more work needs to be done to regain trust and uproot bias in their professions.
People of color make up 87 percent of meat-processing plant covid-19 cases. Worker groups allege that is a sign of racial discrimination.

Trump administration argues current limits on soot are protective of public health, even as critics say stricter rules are needed to protect vulnerable communities.

Hundreds of children in Syracuse are newly poisoned by lead paint each year, mostly in low-income Census tracts.

The new cleanup plan would be the first major work done on the river – contaminated by a GE plant in Pittsfield throughout the 20th century – in two decades.

The government has granted permission to a coal company to build a road that would cut through the highly biodiverse Harapan forest in Sumatra.

Juma Xipaya, a young indigenous woman, medical student and fierce activist, fought the Belo Monte dam and exposed corruption; now she lives in daily terror of two thugs in a white pickup.

The secretive titan behind one of America's largest poultry companies is ruthlessly leveraging the coronavirus crisis to strip workers of protections.

To balance the increases, richer countries may need to scale back, flagship UN report suggests.

Property tax giveaways to oil companies and entrenched poverty around Louisiana refineries help tell the story of race and disease in an American energy hub at a time when the coronavirus is spiking in the South.

The fossil fuel economy is killing Black Americans.

The Dolgans, Nenets, Nganasans, Evenki and Enets all hunt, fish, and herd reindeer among the lakes and rivers north of Norilsk. But the land has long been poisoned by industrial waste.

State agencies implicated in the report dismissed it outright, calling the recommendations outdated and ill-informed.

Bryce Oates traveled along the U.S.-Mexican border, documenting the construction of the 30-feet tall barrier and its effects on Native sacred sites and natural areas.

Now a professor emeritus of geosciences at Penn State, Terry Engelder acknowledged some mistakes by the state and by industry, but challenged parts of the grand jury report.

A statewide grand jury investigating environmental and health impacts of the shale gas industry heard testimony that some children exposed to emissions from those operations develop a painful condition that looks like alligator skin and is common enough to get its own nickname: "frack rash."

Ontario’s vast peatlands serve as home to dozens of First Nations, store immense amounts of carbon and sit on top of the controversial Ring of Fire mining region. Whose vision for the bogs and fens will win out?
The EPA admitted in federal court that it hadn’t set or updated some standards for coke ovens.

Should the oil industry have access to tens of millions of barrels a year for fracking operations or should the aquifer be conserved for local residents?

If the trends continue, 2020 is on track to be the country's worst year for deforestation in more than a decade.

Find out why the international agency exists in the first place—and the ramifications a U.S. withdrawal could have for global health.
Brazil is second in the world for total highest COVID-19 cases and death rate, following the U.S. But it is Brazil’s Indigenous communities who have been hit especially hard, highlighting the ongoing political, social and geopolitical conflict.
Growing food in cities offers a powerful way to reclaim communities and change the dynamics so that people of color have wealth and power.