Trump is trying to eliminate EPA programs, 'putting the country and the planet in jeopardy,' expert says

Several of the proposed EPA budget cuts are directed at programs that protect low-income, minority and indigenous communities.
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Drug resistance likely to kill 400,000 Canadians by 2050, report predicts

Superbugs are likely to kill nearly 400,000 Canadians and cost the economy about $400 billion in gross domestic product over the next 30 years, warns a landmark report.

People living near coal plants could be drinking 'toxic' contaminated water until 2028, thanks to new EPA ruling

The proposed changes to the coal combustion residual rule won't survive the courts, says Betsy Southerland, who wrote the rule in 2015. But it will delay protections for vulnerable communities.

When it comes to climate change, gender makes a difference

Gender shapes how climate change affects humans - and how we respond to it.


Oakland is getting a new "virtual power plant"

The solar panels will power low-income housing - and then fill up batteries to use when demand peaks.


Burning sugarcane in Florida is making people sick. Could ‘green harvesting’ change the game?

A class action lawsuit blames sugar companies for health risks in low-income communities of color as a result of burning sugarcane fields, and urges more environmental and economical harvesting methods.

Pittsburgh City Council supports health department’s clean air actions

Pittsburgh City Council on Monday pledged unanimous support for the Allegheny County Health Department's efforts to uphold clean air standards, particularly at U.S. Steel's Edgar Thomson and Clairton Coke Works plants.


Demanding change, Clairton residents and activists rally for cleaner air

Residents of Clairton, Pittsburgh's East End neighborhoods and environmental organizations gathered outside U.S. Steel Corp.'s Downtown headquarters Thursday afternoon to demand the company spend the money needed to fix its Mon Valley coke works where two fires in six months made pollution control equipment inoperable.


Homestead panel examines bridging the blue-green divide

One easily might have assumed the parties gathered in the historic Pump House at The Waterfront Saturday were there to take up opposite ends of a bitter debate that has raged for generations.


Tammy Duckworth, Cory Booker, Tom Carper: Why we formed the Senate's first Environmental Justice Caucus

Time and time again, the government was putting lower-income neighborhoods and communities of color at greater risk of being exposed to environmental and health hazards.

Beto O'Rourke says race is No.1 indicator for location of toxic facilities. Is it true?

If elected president, Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke said he’d launch a $5 trillion plan to combat climate change and invest in communities already dealing with its impact.

Toxic ZIP: Data reveals where KCMO kids are at higher risk of lead poisoning

Lead poisoning could mean lifelong consequences for children who are raised in certain Kansas City, Missouri, ZIP codes.

PSU study: Climate change to hit low income spots worst

A new study from Portland State University said the most extreme effects of climate could have a profound effect on Portland residents who are least able to afford it.

Historic effort launched to clean up toxic air pollution in San Diego's portside communities

Residents living in San Diego’s portside neighborhoods, from Barrio Logan to National City, have for years breathed some of the most polluted air in California. These low-income communities, among those most at risk for asthma and cancer, have pleaded for relief.

“Pretty Much a Failure”: HUD inspections pass dangerous apartments filled with rats, roaches and toxic mold

The system for inspecting federally subsidized properties is failing low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities and undermining the agency's oversight, The Southern Illinoisan and ProPublica have found.

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