The origins of environmental justice—and why it’s finally getting the attention it deserves

Decades of research show that Black and brown communities are on the front lines of environmental harms. Can those longstanding injustices be remedied?
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EPA conducting five-year review of Superfund site in East Chicago

The Environmental Protection Agency has begun its first cleanup evaluation of the USS Lead Superfund site, a review typically done every five years so long as contaminants remain on site.
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Justice

Inuit hunters blockade iron mine in freezing temperatures over expansion

A group of Inuit hunters have braved nearly a week of freezing temperatures to blockade a remote iron mine in northern Canada, in protest over an expansion plan they say will harm local wildlife.

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Justice

How do you create the conservationists of tomorrow? Get kids outside

A new initiative seeks to improve outdoor access for underrepresented youth.
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Toxics

Activists petition EPA to enforce water standards for Ohio River

Activists recently petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the Ohio River. The petition calls for federally mandated numeric water quality standards.

Energy

Environmental protesters tunnel under London to resist eviction

Environmental activists have secretly dug what they described as "a network of tunnels" under a small public garden in front of a London train station as part of their action against the HS2 high-speed rail project.
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Justice

Three books offer new ways to think about environmental disaster

A study of war crimes against nature, a guide for surviving climate change and a call for direct action against fossil fuels.
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Climate

Gov. Inslee's cap-and-invest proposal draws criticism from environmentalists

A climate change proposal from the governor that would establish a cap-and-invest system in Washington is drawing questions and critiques - even from environmental advocates.

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Justice

Memphis treasure: Rita Harris

A Memphis pioneer of the environmental justice movement.
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Water

Deep-sea ‘gold rush’: Secretive plans to carve up the seabed decried

A Greenpeace report warns against granting licences to 'deeply destructive' industry with opaque oversight, and calls for a global ocean treaty.

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Justice

Honduras: Indigenous activist killed in front of family

A group of armed men entered the home of environmental activist Felix Vasquez and killed him in front of his family, according to Honduran police.
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'Anti-protest’ bill passes Ohio House

The Ohio bill calls for stiffer penalties for trespass and tampering of infrastructure like pipelines. Enviro groups say it could stifle legitimate protest.
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Climate

Celebrities rooting for ‘Veganuary’ in UK to combat new rise in meat sales

A host of musicians, actors and sports stars have joined up with businesses and environmental groups in what they hope will be a successful push to get more people to ditch meat, fish and dairy in the new year.

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Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

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.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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