Treating people like scrap is the American way

It seems as though the government favors anyone planning to spew pollution into the air, bury garbage or pour crap into waterways where poor and minority people live.It’s been going on for years, and now is happening on the Southeast Side.
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Jeremy Samuel Faust, Harlan M. Krumholz, Rochelle P. Walensky: People wrongly thought COVID was relatively harmless for younger adults

New research shows that July may have been the deadliest month for young adults in modern American history.

Wealthier, whiter areas are more likely to get help after fires, data show

New research offers further signs that racial and economic inequality leave some Americans more exposed to the worsening effects of climate change.

Social inequities explain racial gaps in pandemic, studies find

Higher rates of infection and mortality among Black and Hispanic Americans are explained by exposure on the job and at home, experts said.

Is American dietetics a white-bread world? These dietitians think so

A new generation of practitioners says the profession pays inadequate attention to different kinds of diets, body types and lives.
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Biden shortlist for key post shows environmental justice focus

Candidates for head of Council on Environmental Quality signal likely prioritization of environmental policies to ensure cleaner air and water for poor and minority communities.

Scientific journals commit to diversity, but lack the data

Several prominent publishers said they did not track the race and ethnicity of the researchers contributing to their platforms.

Will the hardest-hit communities get the coronavirus vaccine?

A committee that advises the C.D.C.’s director is working on a plan to equitably distribute immunizations when they become available.

The pandemic's real toll? 300,000 deaths, and it's not just from the coronavirus

A C.D.C. analysis finds that overall death rates have risen, particularly among young adults and people of color.

Hotter days widen racial gap in U.S. schools, data shows

Higher temperatures are linked to worse test scores, but only for Black and Hispanic children. The likely culprit: a lack of air-conditioning.

Watch: How air pollution exposes America's racial disparities

This Pittsburgh-based environmental activist is exposing how air pollution is intrinsically linked to racial disparities in America.

Fear of COVID-19 exposes lack of health literacy

The problem isn’t about reading skills or college education. It’s about whether you know how to ask a doctor the right questions, read a food label or understand medical terms.

U.S. lacks plan for getting vaccine to communities of color devastated by virus

With months before the first shots could become available, there's worry that communities of color could be left behind.

A viral epidemic splintering into deadly pieces

There’s not just one coronavirus outbreak in the United States. Now there are many, each requiring its own mix of solutions.

A climate plan in Texas focuses on minorities. Not everyone likes it

For years, money for flood protection in the Houston area went mostly to richer neighborhoods. A new approach prioritizes minority communities, and it's stirring up resentments.

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The political, media, and community response to our Fractured investigation

From a media blitz to calls for statewide drilling bans, here's a look at the fallout and impacts so far from EHN's investigation of western Pennsylvania fracking impacts.

Move to consolidate US paraquat litigation as cases mount against Syngenta

"The evidence linking paraquat to Parkinson's disease is probably the strongest of any pesticide commonly used."

Op-ed: Flood survivors find common ground in a divided nation

Americans have sorted ourselves into communities defined by geography, demography, ideology. But the shared trauma of flooding offers an opening.

These environmental reporters told you so

Florida's Piney Point is the latest predicted disaster. Maybe we should start listening to these folks?

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.

Racism, inequities move to the center of the climate debate

COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter protests threw underlying systemic inequity magnifying climate change impacts into sharp relief.

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