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Environmental racism has plagued communities of color for decades.

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PITTSBURGH—A recent study found that people with asthma who live near a U.S. Steel facility experienced worsened symptoms following a 2018 fire that damaged pollution controls—and that even prior to the fire, a trend of lower lung function was observed in people living close to the plant.

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The Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General issued a report today taking the agency to task for its failure to protect communities from chloroprene and ethylene oxide.

This human rights violation against First Nations has affected an entire generation. And I’ll never take water for granted again.
An audit of the National Audubon Society confirmed the findings of a POLITICO investigation that the environmental organization fostered a culture of harassment.
A race is on to produce lithium in the United States, but competing projects are taking very different approaches to extracting the vital raw material. Some might not be very green.

A company spokesperson said the discovery was made as part of the company's acquisition of the property and was promptly shared with the DNR.

A new $16 million scheme to financially support people exposed to loose-fill asbestos in their homes in Canberra is announced, with advocates calling it "the missing part of the Mr Fluffy response".
Expectations were high for Angela Merkel as she spoke one last time at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue. But her speech promoting carbon pricing and "international solidarity" left climate experts disappointed.
The grand metropolises of 21st Century civilisation will leave a geological legacy that will last for millennia, but some things will endure far longer than others.

Rich governments are being urged to deliver on an unmet pledge of funding to help developing countries tackle climate change at June's G7 summit and raise it after 2025.

Researchers say concentrations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in drinking water from the lower Cape Fear region "considerably higher" than levels nationwide.

Nearly 80 wells in Fairfield, Benton and Unity Township have tested for high levels of "forever chemicals."
BlackRock’s support of two shareholder-led proposals highlight the growing tension between asset managers who are calling for companies like Berkshire Hathaway to further emphasize ESG issues and executives such as Warren Buffett who are pushing back.
The oil giant owns a carbon sequestration company that could benefit from the law, allowing BP to play both sides of the emissions ledger.
But in solidarity there’s some solace.

Communities awaiting compensation from the worst environmental disaster in Brazilian history say they're being stymied by a convoluted legal process that favors those responsible.

An unprecedented lawsuit by an Indigenous group that was once nearly wiped out seeks $8.2 million in damages for continued invasions and destruction of their territory.

Reports and internal records, which will be released as part of a landmark Treaty Rights case brought by the nation, will shed light on the escalating costs of the project, now billed at $16 billion

The pandemic has contributed to soaring hunger and acute declines in maternal health care that threaten tens of millions of people, the United Nations said Wednesday, underscoring the disproportionate spillover effects on the world's poor.

President Biden has proposed spending $45 billion to replace every lead water pipe and service line in the nation. A public health expert explains why he sees this as a worthwhile investment.

St. Louis and Environmental Protection Agency officials are calling for the passage of President Joe Biden's jobs plan to help update the city's water treatment system to continue to provide safe drinking water.

Sewage and wastewater infrastructure is collapsing all over Mount Vernon city, with old, corroded and overburdened pipes.

Allegheny County proposes new rules to limit industrial and residential air emissions during temperature inversions.

Some rural California communities have waited nearly a decade for state regulators to repair their tainted drinking-water systems.
Some 100 ozone-depleting CFCs and HCFCs are being phased out by the landmark treaty, but can this evolving accord now save Earth from the HFCs — one of which is a greenhouse gas 12,700 more potent than carbon dioxide.

Proposal to log 'heartbreakingly beautiful' Raush Valley — home to trees up to 1,000 years old — would require building a road through a protected area.

Recent pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions fail to account for the rich world's historical carbon debt to poorer ones.

Environmentalists and recreationalists support the idea. Businesses that use it as a way to get rid of waste do not.

The growing opposition to potential mining at the headwaters of the Skagit River in British Columbia now includes the city of Mount Vernon and the Skagit Public Utility District.
EPA Administrator Michael Regan, marked the transfer of the site to the city, saying, "We know it's not just about the cleanup. It's about what's to come after.'

The hum of diesel engines will be gone, as the community's solar farm is now generating power.

This year’s annual Asthma Capitals report published by the nonprofit Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranks the Allentown area as the worst of 100 American cities for people with the inflammatory lung disease.
The restrictions apply to four main areas: fire-extinguishing foam, food packaging, rugs and carpets, and ski wax.

Biden's climate summit highlighted "nature-based solutions," but political and indigenous leaders agree native peoples should lead the way and researchers warn of pitfalls.