Denver wants to fix a legacy of environmental racism

Historically, trees and city parks in America go to wealthy, white neighborhoods. Now, a program in Colorado’s capital is trying to correct that injustice.
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Toronto’s racialized communities have less access to urban forests: report

An analysis of communities in the Golden Horseshoe region found race impacts where trees are planted and who takes part in tree planting.


Why the squad voted against Pelosi’s energy bill

The party leadership’s attempt at a bipartisan boost for renewables won only seven Republican votes and alienated progressives, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

An Indigenous Canadian journalist was covering a protest. Then he got arrested

He is one of four reporters arrested while covering Indigenous affairs in a country that has been trying to make amends for its colonial past.

Black Pensacola neighborhood, unfortified against storms, took massive hit from Hurricane Sally

Low-lying Wedgewood neighborhood inundated during the storm, which surged ocean water in and then dropped nearly 25 inches of rain.

Communities of color are dumping grounds for toxic waste in Michigan

Seven of eight hazardous-waste facilities that accept offsite waste in Michigan are in disproportionately Black, lower-income communities in metro Detroit.


Across the US, millions of people are drinking unsafe water

Aging infrastructure, legacy pollution and emerging contaminants are creating a growing urgency to pay attention to the quality of the water we drink.


Chicago: Industrial polluters would face new hurdles to open under zoning changes proposed by Lightfoot

Asphalt plants and other sources of air pollution would face more scrutiny before they’re allowed to open, but critics say the measure doesn’t go far enough.

Poverty and racism leave people more vulnerable to wildfire smoke

As we’ve seen with the coronavirus pandemic, place and race play a role in who is impacted most by wildfire smoke.

51 years later, the Cuyahoga River burns again

The Ohio waterway that so famously caught on fire in 1969, inspiring the Clean Water Act, caught fire again this week

Why Hurricane Katrina was not a natural disaster

Fifteen years ago, New Orleans was nearly destroyed. A new book suggests that the cause was decades of bad policy—and that nothing has changed.

Disasters are driving a mental health crisis

From climate-fueled storms to COVID-19, mounting catastrophes are sowing stress and trauma. The country’s one program to help reaches only a fraction of survivors.

How decades of racist housing policy left neighborhoods sweltering

Redlining helped reshape the urban landscape of U.S. cities. It also left communities of color far more vulnerable to rising heat.
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The chemical BPA is widespread on beaches around the world

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Why environmental justice needs to be on the docket in the presidential debates: Derrick Z. Jackson

If you want to talk about the inequality in our economy, COVID-19, race, and silent violence in our cities, you need to start with environmental injustice.

Our plastic planet

While climate change remains environmental issue #1, the worries over plastic in our water, soil, food, and bodies continue to grow.

Microplastics in farm soils: A growing concern

Researchers say that more microplastics pollution is getting into farm soil than oceans—and these tiny bits are showing up in our fruits, veggies, and bodies.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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