Texas grid crisis exposes environmental justice rifts

While the height of Texas' blackouts left more than 4 million homes and businesses without power, some experts say low-income areas and communities of color bore the brunt of much of the crisis.
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Tony Bridges, John B. King Jr.: How Maryland can become a leader on climate change

The effects of our warming planet are inextricably intertwined with many other structural challenges.

Fix the climate while solving the housing crisis? Olympia’s trying

Since mid-January, Washington legislators have put forward dozens of bills aimed at the climate crisis and runaway housing costs.

When there's no heat: 'You need wood, you get wood'

Community wood banks, like food banks, help people in need. Climate change is shaping their role.

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.

Risk of global food shortages due to Covid has increased, says UN envoy

People living in poverty around the world are in danger of food shortages as the coronavirus crisis continues, the UN's food envoy has warned, with the risk worse this year than in the period shortly after the pandemic began.


Communities with high social capital had less severe COVID outbreaks

A new study examines how social capital — a measure of the “networks, norms, and trust” within a community — helps suppress the spread of coronavirus.

Activist Catherine Flowers: The poor living amid sewage is 'the final monument of the Confederacy'

In rural Alabama where Martin Luther King marched for civil rights, Flowers has waged a long fight for environmental justice.


Rebuild or leave ‘paradise’: Climate change dilemma facing a Nicaraguan coastal town

Two major November hurricanes slammed into the same part of Nicaraguan coast, laying waste to the Miskito village of Haulover. Faced with a future of intensifying storms, the residents must now consider whether to abandon their way of life.


Are conservative policies shortening American lives?

Americans have shorter lives than international peers. Some researchers now say conservative policies may be to blame.

For some COVID patients, pre-existing conditions and long-term consequences part of the struggle

For the already vulnerable, health effects from COVID-19 could have impact for years to come.

COVID-19 adds to challenges of curbing child marriage

The deadly pandemic and resulting economic strife are fueling child marriages, likely reversing 25 years of progress.


Carl Safina: Avoiding a 'ghastly future': Hard truths on the state of the planet

A group of the world's top ecologists have issued a stark warning about the snowballing crisis caused by climate change, population growth, and unchecked development.

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Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

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