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Pennsylvania DEP looks to address environmental justice concerns in RGGI rule

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.
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Oakland Stadium project foes see gentrification behind new development

Critics say the Oakland A’s waterfront development would cost port jobs and increase pollution and traffic.
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The coming battle over building better highways

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. 
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As Biden shifts infrastructure focus to climate and racial justice, cities and states alter pitches for federal money

The Department of Transportation has tied $2 billion in coveted grant funds to the administration’s social-justice goals.
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Groups take aim at New Mexico drilling plan amid US review

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

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Simon Berrebi: Biden's infrastructure plan must put transit first

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.
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A more efficient and sustainable trucking industry

In this week’s episode of our ‘World Changing Ideas’ podcast, we talked to the 2020 winner of the Transportation category, a company that helps pack cargo trucks more efficiently.
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Three Pittsburgh artists' plans to get you to pay attention to pollution problems

Artists often create work about nature as a way to draw attention to beauty in the natural world. But can their work also draw attention to pollution and the ways that Pittsburgh's environment can be dangerous?

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Cleaning denim′s reputation, one pair of jeans at a time

Jeans are a fashion staple but an environmental headache. To resolve this dilemma, the industry has become a melting pot of solutions.
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As temperatures rise, so do allergies

Asthmatics hit hard as pollen growing seasons get longer.

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Asthma programs to receive $3.7 million from Port of Long Beach

The Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area has also been ranked in the past for having the worst ozone pollution in the nation.
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Advocates wary Biden’s infrastructure plan won’t right past wrongs

If Biden's infrastructure plan is approved, experts warned that the people whose lives are most affected by the ongoing effects of the Highway Act will have less power to influence the way these new funds are spent.

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California county set for major expansion in oil, gas drilling

Health, environmental concerns aren’t deterring Kern County from a future with thousands more oil and gas wells.
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Satellite images show air pollution returning to pre-pandemic levels as restrictions loosen

After a decline due to the Covid-19 lockdowns, air pollution levels are bouncing back to their pre-pandemic numbers, according to an analysis of satellite imagery.
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Earth Day: Amidst the greenwashing, it's still a good thing

When corporations tout their greenness and journalists get beaten senseless by lame ideas.

‘Forever chemicals’ coat the outer layers of biodegradable straws

More evidence that harmful PFAS chemicals are sneaking into some "green" and "compostable" products.

Pesticide DDT linked to increased breast cancer risk generations after exposure

Groundbreaking study finds women whose grandmothers had high DDT exposure are more likely to be obese and have early menstruation—both breast cancer risk factors.

Want more clean energy? Focus on people, not technology

Energy decisions can be deeply personal. We need to listen to households and communities before we prescribe their energy transition.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

The political, media, and community response to our Fractured investigation

From a media blitz to calls for statewide drilling bans, here's a look at the fallout and impacts so far from EHN's investigation of western Pennsylvania fracking impacts.

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