Environmental Justice

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The U.S. Leads the World in Number of Climate Change Court Cases

There are three times the amount of climate change litigation in the United States as in the rest of the world combined.

Trash bag full of water bottles sits in front of a home.

Flint City Council Votes for Moratorium on Property Liens for Unpaid Water Bills

Council president Kerry Nelson: “Enough is enough. I’ve made up my mind tonight to do what I need to do for the people who elected me.”

Activists hold signs as they protest in front of the White House against the Keystone XL pipeline January 13, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

Tribes Unite Across U.S. and Canada to Oppose Keystone XL in Declaration

It is intended as a message to President Donald Trump and may be sent to the United Nations.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-TX) (C) speaks with (L-R) representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Judy Chu (D-CA), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) and Delegate Donna Christensen (D-VI).

Representatives of Color Receive Near-Perfect Score on Environmental Voting Record

The report looks at how congressional members voted on issues concerning environmental justice and public health.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder stands and listens the boos of the crowd when he takes to the stage to speak before former President Barack Obama at Northwest High School about the Flint water contamination crises May 4, 2016, in Flint, Michigan.

Environmental Group Gives Michigan Governor Failing Grade for How He Handled the Flint Water Crisis

It called Governor Rick Snyder's role in the issue "shameful."  

Two protestors hang suspended from ropes above the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears football game on January 1, 2017, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The protesters unfurled a banner in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

U.S. Bank Pulls Funds from All Oil and Gas Pipeline Construction

The financial institution is, instead, prioritizing solar and wind.

The Dakota Access Pipeline progressing across Southern Story and Northern Polk Counties in Central Iowa on September 13, 2016, when it was still being built.

#NoDAPL Camps Move to Iowa Where Legal Battle Continues

Landowners argue that the Iowa Utilities Board wrongfully took their land via eminent domain.

Bristol Bay in Naknek, Alaska, on July 6, 2007.

EPA Clears Path for Alaskan Mining Project

The Obama administration blocked the Pebble Mine Project in 2014 out of concern for its impact on waterways and dependent communities.

Cassandra Rush, Anyah Carpenter, and Rosa Rush walk through floodwaters in their neighborhood on October 15, 2016, in Lumberton, North Carolina. The town still needs $7 million  for clean up.

How North Carolina Is Recuperating Post-Hurricane Matthew

A by-the-numbers look at the state's recovery. 

A sheen of oil floats in a marsh on April 19, 2011, at Middle Ground in southern Louisiana. More than seven years later, the Gulf Coast region still feels the disaster's effects.

A Louisiana Parish Just Received $45 Million To Help Rebuild From the BP Oil Spill

Plaquemines Parish still deals with the impact of the 2010 accident, and experts have differing ideas on how the money can best help the community.  

The Narragansett Indian Tribe hold a pow wow on August 12, 2012, in Charlestown, Rhode Island. They are accusing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of violating federal law in regards to their sacred sites.

Pipeline Expansion in Northeast Threatens Tribe's Ceremonial Land

The Narragansett Indian Tribe accused the Federal Regulatory Commission of violating federal law May 9.

Native Americans and their supporters rally in front of the Trump International Hotel April 27, 2017, in Washington, D.C., to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Keystone XL Pipeline and others they say damage the environment.

Dakota Access Pipeline Sees Its First Spill

The 1,172-mile long crude oil pipeline is not yet operational.

The sun rises over an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is booming on March 24, 2014, near Lost Hills, California.

Senate Rejects Resolution to Remove Methane Emissions Regulations

Environmental organization Friends of the Earth: “Today’s victory against Trump’s plan to hand our public lands to Big Oil is a win for the American people.”

Activists posted "No KXL" signs to ATMs inside the downtown Chase bank branch on Second Avenue in Seattle on May 8, 2017.

26 Activists Arrested in Seattle #ShutDownChase Actions

Native-led demonstrators hit 13 branches of JPMorgan Chase bank for the company's dealings with TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a press conference where he addressed issues related to the city's murder rate and the city's Sanctuary City policy on January 25, 2017, in Chicago.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel Puts Climate Change Data Trump's EPA Dumped on His City's Website

 “The Trump Administration can attempt to erase decades of work from scientists and federal employees on the reality of climate change, but burying your head in the sand doesn’t erase the problem,” Emanuel said in a statement.

People walk down the elevated, raised wooden sidewalks, which were created so people don't sink into the melting permafrost, on July 5, 2015, in Newtok, Alaska. This village has to relocate due to melting permafrost and rapid erosion of a nearby river.

U.S. Native Coastal Communities Moving Due to Change Climate Change

Rising sea levels, eroding coasts and flooding are forcing 17 communities to relocate, according to a new analysis.

 The Franklin Mountains, which sit in El Paso, Texas, where the two pipelines will run through.

DAPL Developer Has 2 New Natural Gas Pipelines in West Texas

After months of pushback from local Native and Latinx environmentalists, the Comanche Trail and Trans-Pecos pipelines are in service. 

Colorlines screenshot of The Daily Show video, taken on May 4, 2017.

WATCH: The Daily Show Breaks Down What Could Get the President to Take Climate Change Seriously

Trevor Noah's solution to getting the president on board? Potential harm to his real estate property.

People march from the U.S. Capitol to the White House for the People's Climate Movement to protest President Donald Trump's environmental policies April 29, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

The People's Climate March Is Over. Now What?

Five organizers on where the movement heads following last weekend's big event in Washington, D.C.

The tide comes in on a beach along the Chukchi Sea on July 7, 2015, in Shishmaref, Alaska. Worries have returned to locals amid the administration reopening the Arctic regions, including the Chukchi sea, to offshore drilling.

Trump Administration Is Hit With 2 Environmental Lawsuits in 1 Day

Both relate to fossil fuel companies and their restrictions (or lack thereof).