Environment

Satellite image of a storm landing on the United States Atlantic coast.

South Carolina Refused to Evacuate Incarcerated People Ahead of Hurricane Florence

“If Governor McMaster truly does not want to ‘gamble with the lives of the people of South Carolina,’ he needs to make sure that the prison system is up to par, or evacuate the inmates just as he has ordered the rest of us to do.”

DHS documents show FEMA diverted money to ICE to deport immigrants, just as 2018 hurricane season began

Trump Administration Funneled $10 Million from FEMA to ICE Detention Program

Newly released DHS documents show that, at the start of hurricane season, the money was diverted to buttress the federal government’s detention and deportation efforts.

Hurricane Florence Likely To Strike East Coast With Damaging Effect

How Climate Change Could Make Hurricane Florence More Dangerous For Communities of Color

Global warming not only impacts the strength of the storm, but it can also impact the mental health of those affected by it. 

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.

Race, Class Impact Houston Resisdents' Recovery From Hurricane Harvey

A year after the storm, many Black and Latinx Houstonians are still unable to safely live in their homes.

A child walks in his flooded neighborhood on May 4, 2017, in Arnold, Missouri. Towns along the Meramec River braced for the river to crest after days of rainfall in the region.

STUDY: After Natural Disasters, Whites Accumulate Wealth While People of Color Lose It

There are marked racial differences in the cost of disasters.

Puerto Rico Faces Extensive Damage After Hurricane Maria

All of Puerto Rico's Residents Have Electricity Again, But Grid Is Still Fragile

Nearly one year after a full blackout, the electrical utilitys executive director acknowledges the situation remains a mess.

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

Racial Justice Groups Enjoy Tenuous Victory in Halting Atlantic Coast Pipeline Construction

The completed pipeline would expose Black communities along its path to dangerous levels of pollution, says the NAACP.

Work Begins In Flint To Replace Lead Water Pipes

Dangerously High Lead Levels Found In Suburban Chicago Homes

Researchers who helped in Flint, Michigan, are now intervening in Illinois.

Several incarcerated firefighters in orange jumpsuits look on as a plane passes over a burned down field.

California Uses Prison Labor to Battle Dangerous Wildfires

Some 2,000 incarcerated firefighters from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation are earning just $2 a day to contain the largest wildfire ever recorded in the state’s history.

Puerto Rico Officials Finally Admit Hurricane Maria Killed More Than 64 People

In a report to Congress, they placed the number at approximately 1,427 people. Meanwhile, a May study said the death toll was at least 4,645.

Robert Taylor. Black man wearing light blue buttondown shirt stands in front of brown brick building

WATCH: Robert Taylor Battles Chemical Plant in 'Breathing While Black'

The 77-year-old man’s majority Black hometown—Reserve, Louisiana—carries a cancer risk more than 700 times the national average.

Overhead shot of town with green and brown grass and trees and buildings and smoke in blue sky

WATCH: New Docuseries Explores Environmental Pain and Resistance in 'Braddock, PA'

Episodes follow an urban farmer, aspiring politician and others fighting forces that threaten this Pennsylvania borough. 

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New Report Details How Poorly The EPA Handled Flint Water Crisis

The EPAs inspector general says the agencys passivity worsened a catastrophic situation.”

A plume of exhaust extends from a coal-fired power plant built in New Eagle, Pennsylvania.

Real Estate Agents Encourage People of Color To Live In Polluted Neighborhoods

A new study finds an insidious reason behind the racial imbalance of residents in toxic communities. 

Puerto Rican Families Displaced By Hurricane Maria Facing Hotel Eviction Hold Rally At City Hall

FEMA Admits It Bungled Response in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

The agency released a report that supports the criticisms leveled against it.

A Native man wearing a turquoise t-shirt prays while a group watches

Reflections From the Historic Protecting Mother Earth Conference [PHOTO ESSAY]

Hundreds of Native climate justice activists came to Washington State’s Frank’s Landing to share lessons, celebrate victories and build unity.

Jenifer Lewis. Brown woman wearing red shirt and red, white and green scarf on head and hoop earrings

Watch Jenifer Lewis' Viral Video About Flint

“Flint ain’t fixed!”

Man stands in front of collapsed building

Nearly 2,000 Puerto Rican Hurricane Survivors Face Eviction

A federal judge will decide if Puerto Ricans forced to evacuate their homes following Hurricane Maria will be evicted from their hotels and motels, as FEMA seeks to end the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program.

Puerto Rico's Water System Is Almost Fully Operational

Finally, some good news about post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico.

White and grey and brown building on green grass in front of green trees and grey sky

Indigenous Hospital, Home of Formerly Enslaved Man Added to List of Endangered Sites

The National Trust for Historic Preservation features sites of historic and cultural importance to Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Carribean communities on its 2018 list of the “11 Most Endangered Historic Places.”