Posted inClimate Change, Environmental Justice

Combating Climate Change Begins With Reparations, Bay Area Residents Say

Freda Linder walks daily past a small sign donned with 20 words in Crescent Park Apartments, a majority-Black housing complex in Northern California’s Bay Area. “WARNING,” the placard reads. “This area contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.” Linder lives in Richmond, a city of […]

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 […]

Posted inAir Pollution, Environmental Justice

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, Partner Content, Water Quality

Black and Hispanic Communities More Likely to Have Drinking Water with PFAS

This story was originally published by Grist. Sign up for Grist’s weekly newsletter here. Black and Hispanic communities are disproportionately exposed to “forever chemicals” in their drinking water, according to a first-of-its-kind study from Harvard University that said 18 million Americans are exposed to PFAS levels that exceed limits proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. PFAS or, […]

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 […]

Posted inAir Pollution, Environmental Justice

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 […]