Environment

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Trump's Claim That Nation's Air Has Never Been Cleaner Disproved By His EPA

Pollution is actually up since President Barack Obama left office.

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READ: A Push to Rebuild Safe Spaces For LGBTQ+ Puerto Ricans

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and recent legislative challenges to their rights, members of Puerto Rico’s queer community are working to restore life-saving spaces.

LISTEN: How Puerto Ricans Are Preparing For The Next Hurricane

NPR spoke to politicians and residents of the island about what they are doing in the face of government inaction.  

Black and yellow billboard in Flint, Michigan, reads, "Boiling your water does not remove lead."

UPDATE: After Protests, Rick Snyder, Governor During the Flint Water Poisoning, 'Turns Down' Harvard Fellowship

The former Michigan governor, whose decisions led to the Flint water crisis, was going to teach government at the university.

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Louisiana Activists to Chemical Plant: 'Stop Poisoning Black People'

Cancer Alley activists travel to Japan to confront Denka, the company that is currently killing them.

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Top Medical Orgs Declare Climate Change World's 'Greatest Public Health Challenge'

The 74 medical and health groups stressed that communities of color are the most at-risk.

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Two Popular Hawai‘i State Parks Reopen Following 2018 Flood

Kaua‘i island’s Hāʻena State Park and Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park welcome visitors back after a 2018 flood forced them to close.

Protesters shout and raise fists outside a Flint, Michigan, municipal building.

Flint Update: Prosecutors Examine Phone And Hard Drive of Former Governor Rick Snyder

A search warrant was executed to delve into data stored on devices used by Snyder and 66 other government officials.

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Trump Administration Seeks More Prison Time For Pipeline Protesters

The Department of Transportation wants Congress to update the law to send anti-pipeline activists to prison for up to 20 years.

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Does Your City Employ Environmental Justice Best Practices?

A new study examines how cities from San Francisco to Baltimore are making the environment safer for residents of color.

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EPA Reverses Rule That Curbed Power Plants From Releasing Toxins in Communities of Color

Texas won a lawsuit it filed against the government agency.

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Inside a Louisiana Town's Fight Against Environmental Racism

Reserve, located in “Cancer Alley,” is the focus of a year-long investigative series by The Guardian. 

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STUDY: How Hurricane Maria Affected Mental Health of Children in Puerto Rico

A new study from the  Puerto Rico Department of Education and Medical University of South Carolina found that nearly one-third of the children surveyed reported strong predictors of PTSD following the storm.

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New Study Finds Global Wealth Inequality Is Tied to Climate Change

Wealthy nations are getting richer as countries inhabited by people of color get hotter and more economically disadvantaged, say researchers.

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Flint Residents Get Greenlight to Sue EPA

Thousands have joined a lawsuit that says the federal agency was negligent in its response to the city’s water crisis.

The city of Flint Water Plant is illuminated by moonlight on Jan. 23, 2016, in Flint, Michigan. The state approved new funds for the city yesterday.

Flint Receives $77 Million to Fund New Water Projects

Five years after the water crisis began, the city continues to recover with projects to protect residents and update infrastructure.

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READ: Puerto Ricans Face Food Shortages, Crumbling Infrastructure As Relief Aid Stalls

These are the real life consequences of Capitol Hill in-fighting.

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Senate Rejects Bill That Would Send Relief Money to Puerto Rico

Democrats say the bills aid package is another sign of Republican disregard for the island.

People walk through flooded streets the morning after Hurricane Irma swept through the area on September 11, 2017 in Naples, Florida.

FEMA Releases Bank Info, Home Addresses of 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors

The agency calls the error a major privacy incident.

Keystone Oil Pipeline Protesters Demonstrate Outside Of Obama Fundraiser

South Dakota Criminalizes Protest Against Keystone XL Pipeline

The states tribal communities say the governor is placing the interests of big business over their safety.