Environment

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.”

Pump jacks and wells are seen in an oil field on the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 23, 2014, near McKittrick, California.

STUDY: Pennsylvania's Communities of Color In More Danger From Health Consequences of Fracking

Researchers found a disproportionate number of people of color living near power plants. 

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.