Environmental Justice

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.

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.

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.

 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.

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.

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

REPORT: How Pollution Trading Harms Black and Latinx Communities

A new analysis examines how corporations buy their way out of reducing emissions.

A security vehicle sits outside Exxon / Mobil refinery September 23, 2005 in Baytown, Texas.

Hazardous Chemicals Released Into Air Following Hurricane-Related Refinery Accidents in Houston

ExxonMobil acknowledged that two of its refineries were damaged, and there was an unrelated pipeline leak. 

 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.

Former EPA Official Mustafa Ali on Environmental Justice Under the Trump Administration

“They have not yet moved forward on a policy that would be beneficial to low-income communities, communities of color or indigenous populations.”

Maryland's Prince George's County Fights New Power Plants

The five plants will bring jobs to the area—but they will also cause a rise in pollution for the predominantly Black community.

 Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.

Two Flint Whistle Blowers Honored With $250K Prize

Both intend to donate the money to further recovery efforts.

]A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle sits waiting for undocumented immigrants at a fence opening near the U.S.-Mexico border on January 5, 2017, near McAllen, Texas.

First Segment of Proposed Border Wall Would Run Through Wildlife Refuge

In Texas, the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge is attempting to bring back the endangered ocelot. The border wall could change that.

Crude oil pipeline construction in Jefferson County, Texas, in August 2008.

Texas Pipeline Spills Over 50K Gallons of Crude Oil

The incident led to the evacuation of 15 residences.

Bristol Bay, Alaska, in July 2007.

EPA Proposes to Remove Protections for Alaskan Watershed That Is Home to 30 Native Villages

The agency wants to re-open the discussion on the Pebble Mine Project, which could jeopardize the region’s wild salmon population.

Joe Shlabotnik / Flickr

Did the Flint Water Crisis Increase the City's Infant Mortality Rate?

Current numbers don’t show a huge change, but researchers are keeping their eye on trends.

Saginaw Street in downton is shown on February 7, 2016, in Flint, Michigan, where a lead crisis continues to plague its predominantly Black residents.

New Harvard Analysis Highlights How Media Failed the People of Flint

“There is not much hope for the environmental security of all Americans if the media does not respond to emergencies in a nondiscriminatory way.”

Protesters demonstrate against the G-20 economic summit during a protest march on July 08, 2017, in Hamburg, Germany.

U.S. Further Isolated As Result of G-20 Anti-Climate Change Decisions

The rest of the leading economies vowed their commitment to the Paris Agreement—and to aiding the developing world with climate change impacts.

A solar generating station at the Nellis Air Force Base on February 16, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Activists Launch a Solar Campaign to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline

If the idea is successful, panels would dot the route instead.  

Earth as seen from a distance of 1 million miles by a NASA scientific camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft on July 6, 2015.

New Climate Change Study Shuts Down Climate Deniers

The peer-reviewed research shows that future global warming may be worse than scientists had previously projected.

Military veterans confront police guarding a bridge near Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 1, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota, during a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Company Behind DAPL Removes Private Security Firm From Site

Energy Transfer Partners spokesperson: “We continue to have security measures in place in North Dakota, just no longer need boots on the ground.”