Environment

A street is flooded during the passing of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

Asthma Rates Rise in Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Maria

Doctors and public health officials say they have never seen anything like this.

New Reports Confirm How Ill-Prepared Puerto Rico is For Hurricane Season

With ongoing problems with both its electrical and water infrastructure, the island is in a weakened state.

A buried section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline emerges a few miles north of the Yukon River on July 21, 2002 in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Activists, Attorneys Say Government Ignored Data on Negative Impact of Pipeline on Natives, Blacks

The number of Indigenous people who could be negatively impacted is larger than those living near the Dakota Access pipeline.

The La Perla neighborhood the day after Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 21, 2017, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Advocates, Officials Outraged at Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria Death Count

The government’s count is 64 fatalities, but a new study says the real number is closer to 5,000.

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Michigan Seeks to Enact Nation's Strictest Rules on Water Lead Levels

The changes are a response to the ongoing Flint water crisis.

People take shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey inundated the city on August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Houston Still Struggling to Rebuild on Eve of Hurricane Season

The 2018 hurricane season begins in just one week, and homeowners and government officials in Houston are still scrambling to recover from the havoc of last year’s Hurricane Harvey.

Black boy in orange shirt tries to drink from a water fountain, his tongue is stuck out

EPA, White House Blocked Release of Study on Widespread Water Contamination

Emails released under the Freedom of Information Act show the decision was driven by politics, not health.

 Flint Continues To Struggle With Water Contamination Crisis

ICYMI: Nestlé to Donate Water to Flint

Nestlé reportedly pays just $200 per year to access underground aquifers in the Michigan town of Evart, just two hours from Flint.

Pipelines in Williston, North Dakota, on June 15, 2011.

Judge's Order Derails Plans to Complete Bayou Bridge Pipeline

The pipeline is slated to run through St. James Parish, an area with a high number of oil refineries—and residents afflicted with cancer. 

Indigenous man in grey hat and navy jacket in front of brown rock

WATCH: Martin Sensmeier Hikes Through Threatened Bears Ears Monument in 'America Divided'

The Alaska Native actor learns about the Native American conservationists who are fighting to protect the Utah monument from the Trump administration.

A buried section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline emerges a few miles north of the Yukon River on July 21, 2002 in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Appeals Court to Decide if Bayou Bridge Pipeline Construction Can Continue

It’s owned by same company as the Dakota Access pipeline.

Man stands in front of collapsed building

Houston and Puerto Rico Unprepared for Upcoming Hurricane Season

Amid housing and financial concerns, residents face the possibility of new storms from a disadvantaged position.  

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New Legislation Aims to Prevent the Next Flint Water Crisis

Representatives Keith Ellison and Ro Khanna introduced The WATER Act on the fourth anniversary of the day Flint’s water woes began.

Puerto Rican children sit in a shelter sitting on a light blue bench two of the children are playing with a phone the other three are watching.

Puerto Rico to Close 283 Public Schools, Teachers Condemn Decision

The news comes two weeks after Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Roselló signed a bill to implement a charter school and voucher program.

A Jetski is used to help people evacuate homes after flooding with Hurricane Harvey on August 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

New Houston Rule Could Save Homes From Flooding, Drive Up Prices

The City Council passed a regulation that may help and hurt the city’s most vulnerable residents.

 Flint Continues To Struggle With Water Contamination Crisis

Testing Shows That Flint's Kids Still Attend Schools With Elevated Lead Water Levels

Free bottled water for students is only guaranteed through the end of this school year.

 EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Testifies At House Hearing On Mission Of The EPA

#BootPruitt Campaign Aims to Oust EPA Administrator

The Hip Hop Caucus and Green Latinos are two of the organizations working to pressure the administration to fire Scott Pruitt.

 Rising Seas And Warming Temperatures Force Alaskan Coastal Community To Move Inland

Federal Spending Bill Allocates $30 Million to Relocate Alaskan Coastal Villages

The Alaskan village of Newtok will receive the majority of the money to move its residents further inland.

 Mustafa Ali, former EPA environmental justice official, speaks on human rights and the environment during an event by the Wilson Center on June 22, 2016.

Hip Hop Caucus Launches New Environmental Justice Podcast

Co-host Mustafa Santiago Ali: “‘Think 100%’ comes at a crucial time for our communities now and for future generations.”

Eighteen of the 21 youth plaintiffs and two of their siblings showcase their solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. They recently won with a court judge moving their case forward.

Court Refuses to Dismiss Climate Kids' Lawsuit Against Federal Government

The case puts the Trump administration on trial for its actions regarding the environment.