Charles Ellison: Black voters are the eco-voters climate activists are looking for

"They're not hearing people speak to them on the issue in a manner that resonates."

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Black lives depend on the US dietary guidelines. Don't dilute them.

The draft 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans calls for cutting added sugars from less than 10% of daily calories to less than 6%. That's a good move.

A rare, inflammatory disease is sickening children after COVID-19. An overwhelming proportion is Black and Latinx kids.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome is infecting Black and Latinx children at the same disproportional rates as COVID-19 infections.

Pollution is killing Black Americans. This community fought back

African-Americans are 75 percent more likely than others to live near facilities that produce hazardous waste. Can a grass-roots environmental-justice movement make a difference?

Should the dietary guidelines help fight systemic racism

The new guidelines, published every five years, don’t reflect the nation’s growing diversity, or the particular health and dietary risks that communities of color face.

The doctor-botanist couple healing a community in the rural South

In Alabama’s Black Belt, where COVID rates are high and hospitals are understaffed, Dr. Marlo Paul and her plant biologist husband, Anthony, are making house calls and providing free herbal remedies from their own farm.

Study of 17 million identifies crucial risk factors for coronavirus deaths

The largest study yet confirms that race, ethnicity, age and gender can raise a person’s chances of dying from Covid-19.

Agonizing lag in coronavirus research puts pregnant women and babies at risk

After months of asserting pregnant women were not at high risk for the coronavirus, the CDC recently released a study with sobering findings for expectant mothers. Experts say the data gaps are almost as worrisome as the results.

Climate crisis poses serious risks for pregnancy, investigation finds

Air pollution and heat exposure linked to negative outcomes as researchers discover 'pretty scary health burdens' of global heating.

Environmental justice in the spotlight

A broad national reckoning over structural racism has elevated the perspectives of the environmental justice movement.

‘Fertile Ground’ explores how Jackson, Mississippi, is charting a better food future

The new documentary—and a city-wide public art project—addresses redlining, income inequality, and structural racism through the lens of food.

Destiny Thomas: ‘Safe streets’ are not safe for black lives

A transportation planner warns pedestrian-friendly street redesigns that happen without diverse public input can end up harming the communities they serve.

Want to see food and land justice for Black Americans? Support these groups

Food justice is racial justice. As the nation rises up to protest atrocities against Black people, here are some organizations working to advance Black food sovereignty.
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Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

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Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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