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Biden charts path to Supreme Court with D.C. Circuit pick

President Biden today tapped Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to a powerful appeals court with a heavy environmental docket, putting her on track for eventual consideration for the Supreme Court. If confirmed, Jackson would bring a wealth of environmental law experience to the job.

The human right that benefits nature

More than 100 constitutions across the world have adopted a human right to a healthy environment, which is proving to be a powerful way to protect the natural world.

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.

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.
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Climate change, chaos, and cannibalism

Forty eight years ago, a sci-fi thriller predicted a future with all three—in the year 2022.

U.S. Steel abandons clean tech plans in Pittsburgh region following damning health study

The company scraps planned Pennsylvania investments and will instead shut down three polluting batteries in 2023. The announcement comes a week after a study shows lower lung function in people living near its Pittsburgh-region facility.

LISTEN: The allure of regenerative agriculture

"Every being is the full expression of themselves."

Fertility & Environmental Justice: A conversation with Shanna Swan and Annie Hoang

"These toxics chemicals are affecting you—not just the polar bears, the insects, and the birds."

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.

Can marine protected areas reduce marine disease?

EHN talked to marine disease experts about the role of increasing ocean protection in combating rising disease rates.

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