In three predominantly Black North Birmingham neighborhoods, residents live inside an environmental ‘nightmare’

While many communities of color suffer because of their close proximity to hazardous waste Superfund sites, these three north Birmingham neighborhoods are the Superfund site.

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Birmingham launches England’s first clean air zone outside London

Birmingham is to launch England's first clean air zone outside London to charge private cars, in a move hailed by campaigners as a major turning point for the former UK "motor city" that has been plagued by poor air quality for years.

Clean air zones to tackle traffic pollution delayed or on hold

Measures to tackle illegal air pollution, which kills tens of thousands of people a year in the UK, are being delayed or shelved despite growing evidence of the health risks.

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New eco-friendly routes get ONE biker for every 400 motorists on road

Bikes make up just 1.75 per cent of total traffic on roads - including in Bradford, Brighton and Bristol - which lost a carriageway to a cycle-friendly route, new research has shown.

Coronavirus UK: Infection risk higher in areas with air pollution

People are more likely to catch Covid-19 in areas with bad air pollution because particles can 'carry' the virus, scientists have claimed.

COVID-19 impact on ethnic minorities linked to housing and air pollution

The severe impact of Covid-19 on people from minority ethnic groups has been linked to air pollution and overcrowded and poor-standard homes by a study of 400 hospital patients.

Manchester becomes latest UK city to delay clean air zone

The creation of the biggest clean air zone in the UK to tackle illegal levels of air pollution is being delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.


One way the coronavirus could transform Europe’s cities: More space for bikes

European cities are already reclaiming portions of busy thoroughfares to install new bike lanes.

Birmingham could ban private cars from driving through city centre

Birmingham may become the first British city to ban private cars from driving through its city centre, according to a new transport plan published by the council.

The EPA wanted to clean up toxic soil in Alabama. Why did a lobbyist, a lawyer and a legislator try to stop them?

The EPA wanted to remove toxic waste from a Birmingham neighborhood, which would have cost tens of millions of dollars. The state’s influence machine kicked into high gear.
Drummond Coal's ABC Coke plant is at the heart of a bribery scandal that has led to prison terms for the three people and ethics charges against two more. (Credit: Matt Smith)

From coal lobbyists to community leaders—the plot to keep Birmingham polluted

Editor's note: This is part two of a two-part series on a recent bribery trial over a toxic Superfund site in Birmingham, Alabama. Read part one here.

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Pollution, prejudice and profiteering politicians in Birmingham, Alabama

Editor's note: This is part one of a two-part series on a recent bribery trial over a toxic Superfund site in Birmingham, Alabama. Read part two here.

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Alabama coal executive and lawyer are guilty of bribing politician over pollution cleanup

The men were found guilty of bribing a former state representative to oppose Environmental Protection Agency plans that could have made the coal company help pay to clean up a polluted Superfund site.

Train cars carrying human-waste appear in North Birmingham

An issue that has been a problem for residents in west Jefrerson and Walker counties has spread to Birmingham city limits.

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