Virginia to hire its first environmental justice director, despite budget constraints

Hiring a director to oversee a broader Office of Environmental Justice is the first of a suite of initiatives the DEQ plans to undertake in the years ahead.

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Trump gutted NEPA regulations, but a Biden presidency could restore them

An environmental lawyer discusses the future of the country’s bedrock environmental law.

EPA's top lawyer to depart

EPA General Counsel Matt Leopold said he will remain in the Washington area to practice environmental law, though he did not disclose specific plans.

Forests are a solution to global warming. They’re also vulnerable to it

Investing in forests to fight climate change seems like a sure bet. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, pump out oxygen, and live for decades. What could go wrong?


Judge prolongs Steven Donziger's house arrest to September

The environmental lawyer who sued Chevron will have spent 13 months in home detention awaiting trial on charges that carry a maximum sentence of six months.

EPA settlements are supposed to hold polluters accountable. Will coronavirus get them off the hook?

Hundreds of cities and polluting industries agreed to clean up their act after being sued by the government. Now, many are asking for leniency.

The hell of sheltering in place without running water

Surviving a pandemic gets all the more complicated when you can't wash your hands or cook or flush your toilets.

As Earth Day turns 50, Pitt helps mine milestones of environmental action

The magazine Environmental Action is a time capsule of articles and essays on the great and small environmental policy topics of the day.

Sierra Club loses legal fight against exemptions for B.C. frack dams

An environmental group has lost its legal challenge of regulatory exemptions given to a pair of dams in northern British Columbia.


50 years of environmental victories, in photos

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we look at conservation milestones since the first official day celebrating our planet in 1970.

As Bolsonaro keeps Amazon vows, Brazil's Indigenous fear 'ethnocide'

President Jair Bolsonaro is moving aggressively to open up the Amazon rainforest to commercial development, posing an existential threat to the tribes living there.

The 'profoundly radical' message of the organizer of Earth Day

Fifty years on, Denis Hayes is still trying to keep the spirit that made Earth Day a world-changing event alive — and to refocus its energy on climate change.

Reading from the Book of Genesis of environmental law

I've been writing about the environment for years, but here are three presidents I don't think I've ever mentioned: James Monroe, Chester Alan Arthur, and William McKinley.

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How the laws that Earth Day inspired have benefited us all

The rules the Trump administration loves to criticize have made life better and healthier for millions of Americans.

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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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