environmental justice

‘The World Can’t Wait’: UN Chief Calls for More Climate Ambition From Wealthy Countries Ahead of COP27

‘The World Can’t Wait’: UN Chief Calls for More Climate Ambition From Wealthy Countries Ahead of COP27

As representatives from countries all over the world gear up for the COP27 climate change conference in Egypt, Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) António Guterres has been painting a stark picture of intensifying climate impacts around the globe. Guterres accused the wealthiest 20 countries in the world of not doing enough to prevent Earth […]

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    Nearly 2,000 Environmental Defenders Killed in Last 10 Years

    Nearly 2,000 Environmental Defenders Killed in Last 10 Years

    At a rate of every other day for the past 10 years, an environmental defender has lost their life protecting their home. That’s one sobering statistic from the latest Global Witness report “Decade of Defiance: Ten Years of Reporting Land and Environmental Activism Worldwide.” For every year since 2012, the environmental and human rights organization […]

    EPA Launches New Environmental Justice Office

    EPA Launches New Environmental Justice Office

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new office focused on solving environmental problems in marginalized communities.  The agency announced the formation of the Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights on Saturday, a move it said was in keeping with President Joe Biden’s environmental priorities.  “From day one, President Biden and […]

    Denmark Becomes First Wealthy Country to Pay for ‘Loss and Damage’ From Extreme Weather

    Denmark Becomes First Wealthy Country to Pay for ‘Loss and Damage’ From Extreme Weather

    Denmark has become the first high-income country to pledge to pay for “loss and damage” in other countries affected by increasing cases of extreme weather events. More than 100 million DKK ($13 million) is being sent to impacted countries.

    The funds are part of Denmark’s Finance Act 2022, and the country has a target to direct at least 60% of its climate funds to help other countries adapt to climate change. Over $5 million will go to countries impacted by climate change, including the Sahel region in Africa. Yale Environment 360 reported that another […]

    Major Tech and Car Companies May Be Using ‘Blood Gold’ Mined Illegally From the Amazon Rainforest

    Major Tech and Car Companies May Be Using ‘Blood Gold’ Mined Illegally From the Amazon Rainforest

    Your iPhone may contain gold linked to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.  A new report from Amazon Watch and the Association of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples (APIB) published Monday reveals that the gold used by major tech and car companies including Apple, Tesla, Samsung, Microsoft, Intel, Sony, Volkswagen, Ford and General Motors could have been […]

    Judge Revokes Permits for Massive Cancer Alley Plastics Complex

    Judge Revokes Permits for Massive Cancer Alley Plastics Complex

    A state court has struck down permits for a massive petrochemical plant that would have doubled or tripled the emissions of cancer-causing chemicals polluting the already beleaguered Cancer Alley.  Louisiana’s 19th Judicial District Court ruled September 14 that the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) failed to protect the public when it issued air permits […]

    10 Events to Attend This Climate Week NYC

    10 Events to Attend This Climate Week NYC

    Starting Monday, Climate Week NYC is launching again for its first fully in-person program since the coronavirus pandemic disrupted lives across the world more than two years ago.  2022’s week, which runs from September 19 to 25 in conjunction with the UN General Assembly, will build on the momentum of last year with the same […]

    Boil-Water Notice Lifted in Jackson, Mississippi But Concerns Remain Over Lead

    Boil-Water Notice Lifted in Jackson, Mississippi But Concerns Remain Over Lead

    Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves and officials of the state’s capital, Jackson, lifted boil-water orders on Thursday, September 16 after a water crisis that lasted nearly 7 weeks. And it’s not over. There are still concerns over lead and copper in the water, and residents are urged to not use the water if they are mixing baby formula.

    Along with concerns over still-contaminated water after the boil-water notice was lifted, emergency repairs are still ongoing at the source of the problem, a faulty water treatment plant. In August, heavy rains in central Mississippi changed the quality of water entering water treatment plans, NPR reported. Water treatment plants took longer to treat the water […]

    Environmental Justice Activists Call for Rejection of Manchin’s Fossil Fuel Side Deal

    Environmental Justice Activists Call for Rejection of Manchin’s Fossil Fuel Side Deal

    Black, Indigenous, and people of color from across the country rallied on Thursday, demanding Congress and President Biden reject an energy permitting overhaul that would expedite fossil fuel infrastructure, including pipelines like the beleaguered Mountain Valley Pipeline. “For so long… these industries have been placed in BIPOC communities that are too often targeted by these projects. It’s […]