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Racism is magnifying the deadly impact of rising city heat

Scientists are mapping correlations between race, poverty and heat in cities, and suggesting solutions to reduce the dangers.

Descendants of slaves say this proposed grain factory will destroy the community

A bitter fight has broken out between the powerful backers of a major new grain terminal on the Mississippi River in South Louisiana and the historic Black community that has been here on the fence line for 150 years.


Memphis pipeline canceled after environmental justice feud

Developers blamed low oil production for axing the Byhalia Connection pipeline. But key officials had soured on the project, worried about drinking water and harm to Black communities.

An illegal gold rush is igniting attacks on Indigenous people in the Amazon

Indigenous communities and isolated tribes in Brazil are under threat as the government moves to legalize mining, logging, and industrial farming.


In Corpus Christi’s Hillcrest neighborhood, Black residents feel like they are living in a ‘sacrifice zone’

Boxed in by refineries, oil tanks, an interstate highway and a bridge under construction, residents in Corpus Christi's Hillcrest area are left in a hollowed-out neighborhood and a broken community.


'The ocean is coming.' A chieftess sees her islands sink

Their descendants persevered through slavery, the Civil War, and past racism. Now the Gullah/Geechee people of South Carolina face another threat: rising seas and the government actions it triggers.

Auckland chapter of Greta Thunberg-linked climate movement disbands itself for being ‘racist’

The announcement by an arm of School Strike 4 Climate comes at a time of increased scrutiny on how ethnic minorities are treated within environmentalist groups.

Florida solar plans stoke fight over 'environmental racism'

A northern Florida town is at the center of a clash between renewable energy developers and residents of a historically Black community - one that highlights an emerging rift between President Biden's environmental justice and clean energy goals.


Luz Cruz: How a year of mutual aid fed Minneapolis

'The murder of George Floyd has been an impetus for those of us who believe in making healthy, whole foods more accessible in a country that constantly fails BIPOC people in a myriad of ways.'

Can removing highways fix America's cities?

Highways radically reshaped cities, destroying dense downtown neighborhoods. Now, some cities are starting to take them down.

‘The food system is racist’: How an activist used a garden to tackle inequities

Renowned urban farmer Karen Washington coined the phrase 'food apartheid'. Now the Bronx-based activist says a shift of power is urgent.


AMA pledges in new plan to dismantle causes of health inequities

The American Medical Association has vowed in a new strategic plan to use its influence as one of the world's most powerful medical organizations to fight and dismantle white supremacy and racism in the U.S. health care system — and within its own walls.


How green is Denver if you’re Black? These residents are about to find out

An oasis of green space has become a lightning rod in ongoing debates about gentrification, open spaces and racial equity.


Report finds drop in Black male, Native American medical students

While U.S. medical schools have talked for years about their efforts to enroll more students of color, new data underscore how little progress has been made and should serve as an urgent call to action, said physicians working to increase diversity.

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Researchers find nearly 300 chemicals linked to breast cancer-contributing hormones in everyday products, and call for a renewed focus on women's exposure risks.

My island does not want to be resilient. We want a reclamation.

Unlearning academic jargon to understand and amplify beauty and power in Puerto Rico.

Measuring Houston’s environmental injustice from space

Satellites show communities of color are far more exposed to pollution in Houston, offering a potential new way to close data gaps and tackle disparities.

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.

The real story behind PFAS and Congress’ effort to clean up contamination: Op-ed

Former EPA official Jim Jones sets the record straight on 'the forever chemical' as lawmakers take up the PFAS Action Act

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