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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Amazon poor go hungry as Brazil slashes social safety net, cuts forests: Study

Worsening Amazon floods with reduced fish catches, along with government policies that shred welfare programs and encourage deforestation, are increasing food insecurity in riverine communities.
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Environmental racism has plagued communities of color for decades.

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Air quality levels back to ‘poor’ after lockdown eased in Punjab

Air quality levels which had improved considerably over the last two months of lockdown and curfew to prevent the spread of Covid 19 have deteriorated after easing of restrictions by May 17 in Punjab.

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Beyond fracking: Oil-and-gas industry's toxic waste is radioactive

Oil-and-gas wells produce nearly a trillion gallons of toxic waste a year. An investigation shows how it could be making workers sick and contaminating communities across America.

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Even Louisiana’s wealthier neighborhoods can't escape toxic air in "Cancer Alley"

Industrial development usually targets poor communities, but Ascension Parish is one of the richest, and most toxic, places in Louisiana. Some residents say the financial benefits of living there outweigh the risks.
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Welcome to “Cancer Alley,” where toxic air is about to get worse

Air quality has improved for decades across the U.S., but Louisiana is backsliding. Our analysis found that a crush of new industrial plants will increase concentrations of cancer-causing chemicals in predominantly black and poor communities.
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India will lose 10% of its economy if climate change is not addressed by 2100: Study

A new study makes a projection for the business as usual scenario and a scenario where the countries have come together to implement the Paris Agreement and suggests that all countries - the rich, the poor, the hot, and the cold ones - will suffer economically by 2100 if nothing is done.

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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.

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Liberals’ water pledges ring hollow for some B.C. First Nations still without drinking water

Federal Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan marked World Water Day by reiterating the pledge to end all boil-water orders by 2021, as nine First Nations in B.C. still can’t drink from their taps.
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Global Health Institute director discusses effect of climate change on health, social justice

The director said "poor countries are suffering, but it is wealthy countries that are causing the problem."
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‘Gentrified out of existence’ as Gowanus, toxic sites get cleaner

The neighborhood around Brooklyn's heavily polluted Gowanus Canal was, for years, an untouched time capsule.

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Blue wave in midwest could resurrect climate compact

A 2007 agreement aimed to reduce regional emissions, then political winds shifted.

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MIT lecturer brings Pennsylvania coalfield justice to Boston

"Without adequate planning and preparation for a potential decline in the coal industry, we'll end up with a massive loss in tax revenue as well as employment opportunities."

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Environmental racism at EPA: first policy, now racist messages written at headquarters

The EPA's chief of staff assured employees that the agency would investigate after a series of racist messages were written on a whiteboard.
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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.

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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