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An invasion of up to 5,000 illegal miners is underway in the Raposa Serra do Sol Indigenous Reserve in Brazil’s Roraima state, Indigenous leaders estimate. Analysts say Jair Bolsonaro’s rhetoric has emboldened the miners.

The impact of hurricanes is one of many reasons migrants from Central America are making the dangerous journey to the U.S. southern border to seek refuge — and just one example of climate-exacerbated drivers of displacement and migration.

It is a gross injustice that those who have done the least to cause the climate crisis often suffer most from its effects.

For generations, Indigenous Australians have thrived in the Torres Strait, but some low-lying islands could become uninhabitable within decades if climate change is not curbed.

Even as President Joe Biden and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards take on climate change, a Midwest energy company and Plaquemines Parish officials are reviving efforts to build an oil pipeline and Mississippi River export terminal that would emit more than 500,000 tons of greenhouse gases per year.

A handful of career staffers at the Chicago office helped bring local impacts to light by deploying air monitoring equipment outside an agency warehouse that happened to be next door to Sterigenics, one of the nation’s largest sources of ethylene oxide.
A little-known law has allowed natural gas companies to charge West Virginians for expensive pipeline projects with little oversight.
An update to the proposed regulation to join the cap-and-trade program adds a set of equity principles and a commitment to assess air quality.

Despite pledges of reform, the world's leading supermarket and fast-food companies are doing little to address the environmental and human rights abuses associated with beef production.

The cello virtuoso has been playing Bach concerts on six continents. At every stop, he joins activities to support social justice and environmental causes.
The nation’s largest potato producer—a supplier for McDonald’s french fries—could destroy one of the last uncontaminated areas on White Earth and Red Earth tribal lands in Minnesota.
Critics say the Oakland A’s waterfront development would cost port jobs and increase pollution and traffic.
The Biden infrastructure plan pledges a rethink of federal transportation priorities. But the government agencies that build and maintain U.S. highways might not all be along for the ride. 
The city will remove some lead pipes and pipes prone to water main breaks, officials said.
The Department of Transportation has tied $2 billion in coveted grant funds to the administration’s social-justice goals.
New York City accepted responsibility for a collapsed pipe that flooded 127 homes in Queens in 2019, but it has been slow to pay homeowners.

Several groups shared their frustrations over development on federal land that's considered sacred surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico.

The coastal town of Suralaya in Indonesia's West Java province has eight coal-fired power generating units in its vicinity, which residents blame for respiratory ailments and declining fish catches.

Imagine you have invaded a public land in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest, cut the forest down and, after all that, you get the papers that certify you as the rightful owner of that area.

Three environmental groups have moved to file a lawsuit against a Virginia company that operates a chicken rendering plant on Maryland's Eastern Shore, accusing it of repeatedly exceeding pollution limits.

For months, Cottonwood School of Civics and Science staff, parents, neighborhood residents and public officials have been pleading with federal agents to stop using chemical weapons to disperse protesters outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility next door.

White House nominates physical chemist with Capitol Hill experience to implement TSCA, pesticide laws.

The company's main hazardous waste is lead from die-casting and coating operations.
New research finds that tap water avoidance is on the rise in the US, especially among minorities. An expert on water and health calls for better public education about water quality and testing.

California regulators are stepping up their oversight of Pacific Gas & Electric after finding that the nation's largest utility has neglected the maintenance of an electrical grid that has ignited a series of deadly wildfires in Northern California and forced periodic blackouts affecting millions of people.

After decades of oil pollution, women especially have suffered the consequences of serious pollution, and the health problems associated with it. But they are now leading the movement to change that.

The three biggest county jail systems in the U.S. demonstrate how incarcerated people are uniquely exposed to environmental hazards.
A new study of indoor dust found PFAS and other toxics that can lead to infertility, diabetes, obesity, abnormal fetal growth, and cancers.
A new law could soon see toxic chemicals, including harmful plastics, undergo more rigorous assessments aimed at better protecting vulnerable Canadians, the Trudeau government has announced.
The former nonprofit water advocacy group executive and water utility official is leading the administration’s work to incorporate environmental justice into EPA’s water work.
A regional think tank says damaged mine lands and leaking gas wells that threaten public health and safety could become job generators.
Washing clothes in rivers can damage the ecosytems and make the water undrinkable. A new soap does the opposite—using probiotics to eliminate pollution.
President Biden’s $2 trillion jobs plan would double the federal contribution to public transit. But to fight climate change and broaden access to opportunity, that won’t be enough.
A new survey of mayors points to gaps in policy to tackle the lack of diversity in green spaces.