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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Why Yo-Yo Ma thinks culture and music can help protect the planet

The cello virtuoso has been playing Bach concerts on six continents. At every stop, he joins activities to support social justice and environmental causes.

Winona LaDuke, Don Carr: The high cost of cheap McDonald's fries

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.

Regan, Bowser announce EPA loan to replace aging D.C. water mains

The city will remove some lead pipes and pipes prone to water main breaks, officials said.

Raw sewage flooded their homes. They're still waiting for help

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.

South Korea faces a public reckoning for financing coal plants in Indonesia

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.


America’s biggest jails are frontline environmental justice communities

The three biggest county jail systems in the U.S. demonstrate how incarcerated people are uniquely exposed to environmental hazards.

Is a healthy environment a right? New Canadian bill says so

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.

Q&A with Radhika Fox, acting head of EPA’s water office

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.

New research: Reclamation of abandoned oil and gas wells, mine sites could create thousands of jobs

A regional think tank says damaged mine lands and leaking gas wells that threaten public health and safety could become job generators.

This probiotic soap does't pollute rivers it gets into—it helps clean

Washing clothes in rivers can damage the ecosytems and make the water undrinkable. A new soap does the opposite—using probiotics to eliminate pollution.

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.

Parks aren't as equitable as mayors think

A new survey of mayors points to gaps in policy to tackle the lack of diversity in green spaces.

Mapping environmental justice just a few clicks away

The researchers who created this mapping tool tool hope it will spark conversations that lead to help for overburdened communities.

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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 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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