John Podesta, Michele L. Roberts: A path to climate, economic and environmental justice is finally on the horizon

In the next few weeks, congressional leaders have a critical opportunity to join forces with President Joe Biden to turn the tide against climate change, economic inequality, and environmental injustice.
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Should this city’s response to lead in water be a national model?

Ensia is a solutions-focused nonprofit media outlet reporting on our changing planet. Published by the Institute on the Environment.

Racism is magnifying the deadly impact of rising city heat

Scientists are mapping correlations between race, poverty and heat in cities, and suggesting solutions to reduce the dangers.

Flint residents: Proposed lead poisoning settlement too small, racist

Former Flint mayor Karen Weaver contrasted the $641.25-million proposal with other recent legal settlements directed at mostly white communities.

Nick Martin: North Carolina’s Democratic Governor is ignoring black and native communities

For the communities already at climate change’s mercy, Governor Roy Cooper’s support for joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is just another top-down management misstep.

A Black Memphis community says it’s being poisoned by the US government

Cancer-causing arsenic is leaking out of a shuttered coal plant into Memphis groundwater. One local calls it “a ticking time bomb.”

Massive illegal dumping ground in Camden neighborhood has residents calling ‘ environmental racism’

A massive pile of garbage is building up in the middle of a Camden neighborhood. Residents are fed up and want something done about it now.

Science catches up to what residents of Louisiana's 'Cancer Alley' have been saying about pollution

A report from the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic confirms what residents of "Cancer Alley" have been saying about pollution.

Wittenoom's asbestos mining waste continues to lay unresolved after 55 years

The legacy of the Wittenoom asbestos mine site, which devastated the lives of Aboriginal people and workers, is still a thorn in the side of successive governments.

Listen: West Oakland’s ‘diesel death zone’

Meet the Oakland residents fighting environmental racism in one of the city’s most highly polluted neighborhoods.

Robert Bullard: I wrote about this environmental injustice decades ago. It hasn't changed

President Biden’s choice of an appointee for a federal energy panel will test his pledge to protect minority communities from environmental hazards.

Ben Gordesky: The true costs of Hydro Quebec

While this energy is technically "renewable" in the sense that it relies on a fuel source that replenishes itself in a short time period, it definitely isn't clean.

Amazon dams: No clean water, fish dying, then the pandemic came

Indigenous people living near the Teles Pires and São Manoel dams in the Brazilian Amazon say the projects have polluted their river, causing health problems and wrecking the fishery. COVID-19 made things worse.

Bill McKibben: It’s not the heat—it’s the humanity

Rising air temperatures remind us that our bodies have real limits.

Toxic beauty products contribute to health inequity

Toxic chemicals in beauty products commonly used by and marketed to Black people and other people of color could be contributing to racial health inequities.
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Researchers find nearly 300 chemicals linked to breast cancer-contributing hormones in everyday products, and call for a renewed focus on women's exposure risks.

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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.

Measuring Houston’s environmental injustice from space

Satellites show communities of color are far more exposed to pollution in Houston, offering a potential new way to close data gaps and tackle disparities.

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