Environment

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.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) logo is displayed on a door at its headquarters on March 16, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

EPA Rules That Landfill in Majority Black Alabama Town is Not a Health Hazard

The agency said there was “insufficient evidence” to pursue the civil rights case.

Protesters in clean rain ponchos. Shirts say, "I believe that we will win."

Do We Need An Economic Bill of Rights?

The American Prospect says yes: “Today, we must transcend the racial, ethnic and regional divisions by building universal policies that are cognizant of identities and intersectionality, and inclusive of race, gender, nationality, sexuality and ability.”

US Border Patrol agents carry out special operations near the US-Mexico border fence, some 60 miles east of San Diego, California

Judge Clears Legal Roadblock for Administration to Build Border Wall

Center for Biological Diversity: “We intend to appeal this disappointing ruling, which would allow Trump to shrug off crucial environmental laws that protect people and wildlife.”

Person in dark, lit only by flashlight

Federal Government Cuts Number of Contractors Restoring Power in Puerto Rico

Hundreds of thousands of residents are still without electricity.

A cyclist passes the El Segundo Power Plant on November 29, 2006 in El Segundo, California.

EPA Report Proves That Black Communities More Likely to Breathe Toxic Air

People of color have a 35 percent higher chance of living near emission polluting facilities than their White counterparts—and the number is higher for Black residents.

Pepsico Admits That Aquafina Water Comes From Tap

STUDY: As Bottled Water Sales Rise in Communities of Color, So Do Environmental Dangers

A new study examines the role of big business in promoting to people of color—and pressuring politicians not to improve water infrastructure. 

What the Budget Deal Means for Puerto Rico

The $16 billion allocated for the island’s recovery effort is a great help—and a major disappointment.

A man waves down to rescue crew as he tries to leave the area after he was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

106 Members of Congress Urge Trump to Call Climate Change A National Security Risk

“It is imperative that the United States addresses this growing geopolitical threat.”

Purple solar panels on a huge white board

Energy Democracy: People Power for a Cleaner Planet [OPINION]

By putting power—literally—in the hands of the people, “energy democracy” could have potentially game-changing benefits for low-income people and communities of color. 

Scott Pruitt heads the Environmental Protection Agency under President Donald Trump.

Trump Administration Has Extensively Removed Climate Change Info From Federal Websites

“Why are these federal agencies putting so much effort into ‘science cleansing’?” asked the authors of a new report.

A school bus crosses a makeshift automobile bridge, after the original bridge was washed away during Hurricane Maria flooding, on December 20, 2017 in Morovis, Puerto Rico.

EPA Cautions There is Raw Sewage in Some Water Sources in Puerto Rico

Upwards of 76,000 residents of the hurricane-devastated island still lack access to clean water.

Man stands in front of collapsed building

The New Normal: Petty Actions Accelerate Climate Change, Reshape the Earth

Global warming does not care who wins the midterm elections.

Scott Pruitt heads the Environmental Protection Agency under President Donald Trump.

Report Says EPA More Lenient on Polluters Under President Trump

An investigative analysis by The New York Times finds a steep decrease in enforcement under the Trump administration.