environmental justice

Legal Agreement Could Cut Toxic Emissions in Cancer Alley

Legal Agreement Could Cut Toxic Emissions in Cancer Alley

A legal settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the town containing the census tract with the worst air pollution in the country could significantly reduce harmful emissions in the area known as “Cancer Alley.”  The proposed agreement was posted on the Federal Register Tuesday and would settle two lawsuits brought by members […]

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    More Than Half of Dollar Store Items Tested Contain Toxic Chemicals

    More Than Half of Dollar Store Items Tested Contain Toxic Chemicals

    Discount or dollar stores are sometimes the only choice for people living in low-income neighborhoods without access to larger grocery stores. But are these cheaper products safe? A report released April 12 from the Campaign for Healthier Solutions found that more than half of products tested from the leading dollar stores in the U.S. and […]

    Puerto Rico Suffers Massive Power Outage

    Puerto Rico Suffers Massive Power Outage

    Puerto Ricans remain without power (both electrical and in Congress) after an island-wide power outage plunged the disenfranchised colonial territory into darkness Wednesday evening. Every customer on the main island lost electricity when “all the generating units went offline,” Josue Colon, Puerto Rico’s lead telecommunications and infrastructure engineer, told reporters, and more than one-third of Puerto […]

    Extreme Weather 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Extreme Weather 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Extreme weather is what we call it when a particular weather event like a flash flood or a heat wave is significantly different from the average weather pattern for an area. It is important to understand these events because they can be disruptive and even deadly, harming human communities, agriculture and ecosystems. 

    Why Switching to Electric Vehicles Could Save Lives

    Why Switching to Electric Vehicles Could Save Lives

    Switching to electric vehicles could save lives. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the American Lung Association (ALA), which found that a national transition to electric vehicles powered by renewable energy could prevent more than 100,000 early deaths.  “Zero-emission transportation is a win-win for public health,” ALA National President and CEO Harold Wimmer […]

    Marvel Superhero Takes on Climate Change, Environmental Justice

    Marvel Superhero Takes on Climate Change, Environmental Justice

    Superhero Marisol Rios de la Luz will take on climate change, political corruption, and the myriad social injustices stemming from the two in the upcoming installment of the La Borinqueña graphic novel series, Earther reports. The Nuyorican heroine and her team, the Nitainos, will tackle the rippling impacts of climate change on the islands, covering issues such as domestic […]

    Reliance on Natural Gas Explains Why Electricity Bills Are So High

    Reliance on Natural Gas Explains Why Electricity Bills Are So High

    If you are staring at your energy bill this winter and wondering why it is so high, you’re not alone.  The cost of natural gas went up 24 percent in February compared to the year before and electricity went up by nine percent, The Guardian reported. This means that customers are seeing some of their […]

    Historical Redlining Predicts Air Pollution Exposure

    Historical Redlining Predicts Air Pollution Exposure

    The legacy of U.S. racism has permeated the very air of its cities.  In a textbook example of environmental racisim, a new study from UC Berkeley and the University of Washington (UW) found that neighborhoods subject to discriminatory housing practices nearly 100 years ago still have higher levels of air pollution today.  “Racism from the […]