Protection for the rich, retreat for the poor

How the United States' implementation of climate change adaptation programs is exacerbating inequality and breeding a new form of climate gentrification.

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With climate change intensifying extreme weather events, can at-risk minority communities rely on the police to keep them safe?

Four experts discuss the options to prepare for crisis response—defund the police, reform police practices, or look to communities of color to protect themselves.

The birds are not on lockdown, and more people are watching them

Bird-watching has surged in popularity during the pandemic. It’s easy to start, and you can do it anywhere — even from inside, and even in urban spaces.

'We're screwed': The only question is how quickly Louisiana wetlands will vanish, study says

Because of increasing rates of sea level rise fueled by global warming, the remaining 5,800 square miles of Louisiana's coastal wetlands in the Mississippi River delta will disappear.


Loss of Louisiana marshes that protect New Orleans is ‘probably inevitable,’ study finds

Rising seas are likely to overwhelm the wetlands that line the coast of Louisiana, destroying the protection they offer the city of New Orleans as well as the fisheries and tourism that contribute heavily to the state's economy, a new study says.

New Orleans air pollution plummeted during coronavirus shutdown, but how long will it last?

Take a few deep breaths while the breathing's good. The coronavirus lockdown resulted in a sudden and steep plunge in air pollution across much of south Louisiana.


Map: Killer heat and humidity is emerging sooner than we feared

At a ‘wet bulb’ temperature of 35 degrees Celsius, a human can’t survive for more than six hours, even in shade and with water. We’re starting to see those conditions more and more frequently.

A Vietnamese farmers' cooperative in New Orleans offers a lesson in resilience

VEGGI Co-op has weathered Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. Now, it’s facing the twin threats of the coronavirus pandemic and climate change.

John Hans Gilderbloom, Gregory D. Squires: When pollution and poverty meet coronavirus

The spread of COVID-19 into communities long suffering from environmental inequities could spell disaster for local residents, like in Louisville, Kentucky.

In public housing, a battle against mold and rising seas

Neglected infrastructure, already a source of mold, is also making public housing more vulnerable to climate change.

Sisters of St. Joseph turned their New Orleans convent into a wetland

The 25-acre Mirabeau Water Garden will be one of the country’s largest urban wetlands, managing stormwater and easing the workload of the city’s current drainage system—all thanks to the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Meet cli-fi. It's dark, it's gloomy - and it might help

New Orleans is gone; so is Florida. Oil is outlawed, and the nation is plunged into a second civil war marked by disease and desperate refugees. Climate fiction is a growing genre that might help readers grapple with their anxieties - or add to them.

US drinking water contamination with ‘forever chemicals’ far worse than scientists thought

The contamination of US drinking water with manmade "forever chemicals" is far worse than previously estimated with some of the highest levels found in Miami, Philadelphia and New Orleans, said a report on Wednesday by an environmental watchdog group.


Corps to hold hearings on $3.2 billion, 50-year plan to elevate hurricane protection and river levees

The Corps proposes to keep the levees elevated to the level necessary for businesses and homes to remain eligible for federal flood insurance.

New Orleans forum explores industrial pollution, environmental impact, community action

At a time when already-high toxic emissions in Louisiana are rising, the petrochemical industry continues to grow in the state's most burdened communities.

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Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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.

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.

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