Posted inEnvironmental Justice, Extreme Weather

How Biden’s Goal to ‘Electrify Everything’ Contributed to a Flooding Crisis

Sometimes, even when it’s not raining, 78-year-old widower Willie Horstead Jr. thinks he hears the floodwaters seeping beneath his home, sucking the metal box deeper into Alabama’s rich soil.  When it does rain – which is often in Coffee County, Alabama – the U.S. Army veteran is afraid he’ll fall through the floor of his […]

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The Ways Pollution and Climate Change are Linked to Policing and Incarceration

Hurricane Ida was the second strongest storm to hit Louisiana over the last three centuries, dwarfing the beast that was Katrina. As virtually every Gulf Coast city was put under evacuation orders, thousands of incarcerated people were forced to stay put, some in flooded facilities that lacked electricity and running water, and had sustained intense […]

Posted inEnvironmental Justice, Unsafe Water

Record Investment Merely Scratches the Surface of Fixing Black America’s Water Crisis

Gwendolyn Reed-Davis recalls living without running water during the holiday season last year, merely months after a water crisis left Jackson, Mississippi, residents struggling to bathe, cook, and flush their toilets.  The mother of 12 says the city’s years-long struggle has harmed public health and threatened the development of a whole generation of children.  Since […]

Posted inEnvironmental Justice, Water Quality

Alabama Discriminated Against Black Residents, Feds Confirm

For the first time in U.S. history, the Justice Department has concluded an environmental justice inquiry through the Civil Rights Act of 1964, determining that the state of Alabama and Lowndes County discriminated against Black residents for decades.  The findings from the investigation have led to an agreement involving the Alabama Department of Public Health […]

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Black Communities Overburdened by Power Plant Pollution May See Relief

A monumental federal plan would require most fossil fuel power plants to slash their greenhouse gas pollution by 90% by 2040 — or shut down.  The Biden administration plan, announced on Thursday, could limit the amount of climate change-causing emissions released. If implemented, for the first time in U.S. history, the amount of greenhouse gasses […]

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Get Prepared: Researchers Predict Very Active Hurricane Season

Get ready for a very active hurricane season, as researchers are forecasting there could be nine coming this year. Since 2014, a team at the University of Arizona has accurately predicted hurricane activity in the U.S.  Typically, the Gulf and East coast see roughly seven hurricanes annually, with less than half being major events, but […]

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Chemical Plants Destroyed These Black Towns. The EPA Hopes New Regulations Will Help.

As the Environmental Protection Agency moves to curb the amount of cancer-causing pollution spewed out by 218 of the country’s largest oil and chemical plants, environmental leaders and Black residents in some Southern states say the proposal doesn’t go far enough. Roughly two-thirds of these plants are sprinkled across Texas and Louisiana, where many of […]

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As Disasters Pile Up, Louisiana’s Hurricane Victims Wonder if They’ll Ever Recover

Nearly two years after Hurricane Ida gutted her home, Maria Populis cries every day because she’s lost everything – and fears she’ll be homeless. “I’m not supposed to be living on nobody’s street,” the 60-year-old grandmother says. “I feel like a failure.” The record-breaking storm destroyed her Edgard, Louisiana, home – which had been in […]