Environment

protestors hold signs against the Dakota Access pipeline

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.

Male farmers in a fruit field in Central Valley, California

READ: California Water Crisis Hits Latinx Farmworkers

A New York Times article examines how the success of the state’s agricultural industry is polluting the water of the people who work in it.

Baltimore City Hall

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.

An oil refinery is shown near Houston following Hurricane Harvey August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

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

Texas won a lawsuit it filed against the government agency.

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

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. 

Children in brightly colorled clothes in shelter in Puerto Rico, child in front wears red and white and carries blue bag

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.

Black man stands among his family's ruined possessions

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.

Black protestors holding signs to fix Flint

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.

Puerto Rican flag

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

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

A Puerto Rican flag hangs from a black-shuttered window set in a bright blue exterior wall

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.

China's Coal Dependence A Challenge For Climate

STUDY: White Americans' Consumer Habits Pollute the Air That Black and Latinx People Breathe

Researchers say there is a stark racial difference in who suffers from toxic air and who causes it.

People march from the U.S. Capitol to the White House for the People's Climate Movement to protest President Donald Trump's environmental policies April 29, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

READ: What It Means That the Environmental Justice Movement is Overwhelmingly White

A new report explores how people of color are sidelined in the fight against climate change—despite the fact that they disproportionately suffer more from its effects.

Floods Hinder Recovery Efforts In Southeast Texas

Congress Investigates EPA For Refusing NASA's Help After Hurricane Harvey

The space agency offered to assess air pollution caused by the storm—and was essentially told No, thank you.

Puerto Rico Marks Holiday Season Amidst Slow Hurricane Recovery

Scientists Hope Hurricane Maria Can Reveal How The Earth Recovers From Increasingly Intense Storms

Caribbean ecosystems devastated by climate-related extreme weather have global implications.

Warren Washington

Pioneering Black Climate Scientist Honored With Top Prize in the Field

Warren Washington was one of the first physicists to create models for understanding the earths climate. 

A one-level light brick and mint green house sits on a green lawn with a blue sky and green trees around it

People of Color Benefit From New Public Lands Protection Bill

With bipartisan support, the Senate passed a measure that includes provisions aimed at Indigenous and African Americans. 

 Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.

READ: Flint Whistle Blower Says Government Is Still Failing Residents

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha believes the state legislature is taking actions that could cause another water crisis.