Ayana Byrd

What the Budget Deal Means for Puerto Rico

The $16 billion allocated for the island’s recovery effort is a great help—and a major disappointment.

A street is flooded during the passing of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

Congress Investigates FEMA's Failure to Deliver 18.5 Million Meals to Puerto Rico

The agency awarded a $156 million contract to a company with no experience in the food industry.

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.

STUDY: Outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease Linked to Flint Water Crisis

Researchers trace a rise in the illness to the water source that triggered the crisis.

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

Puerto Rico: Post Hurricane Maria, Island Can't Pay Down Debt

Meanwhile, residents continue to leave the island in the face of rising unemployment.

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.

106 Members of Congress Urge Trump to Call Climate Change A National Security Risk

“It is imperative that the United States addresses this growing geopolitical threat.”

Scott Pruitt heads the Environmental Protection Agency under President Donald Trump.

Trump Administration Has Extensively Removed Climate Change Info From Federal Websites

“Why are these federal agencies putting so much effort into ‘science cleansing’?” asked the authors of a new report.

A school bus crosses a makeshift automobile bridge, after the original bridge was washed away during Hurricane Maria flooding, on December 20, 2017 in Morovis, Puerto Rico.

EPA Cautions There is Raw Sewage in Some Water Sources in Puerto Rico

Upwards of 76,000 residents of the hurricane-devastated island still lack access to clean water.

Man stands in front of collapsed building

The New Normal: Petty Actions Accelerate Climate Change, Reshape the Earth

Global warming does not care who wins the midterm elections.

White man wears patch on jacket that reads, "Grand officer, Ku Klux Klan, Realm of Georgia."

The New Normal: White Supremacists Remove Their Hoods

Have we hit rock bottom yet?

Black woman at protest carries sign that reads, "No means no."

The New Normal: #MeToo, I Am Heard

“Men sexually harassed women because they could. Women are talking today because, in this new era, we finally can.”

A Black woman with a shaved head wearing a white tank top stares piercingly into the camera as she stands in a room awash with blue lighting.

2017 Favorite: N.E.R.D and Rihanna's 'Lemon' Video

The Colorlines team is sharing our favorite 2017 videos, books, hashtags, movies and more. Here, contributing editor Ayana Byrd explains why “Lemon” is so amazing. 

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.

Ancient granaries are shown here in the South Fork of Mule Canyon in the Bears Ears National Monument on May 12, 2017 outside Blanding, Utah.

Five Tribes File Complaint Against Trump Administration to Protect Bears Ears Monument

The complaint says the president’s move was unconstitutional. 

The 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah protects one of most significant cultural landscapes in the United States, with thousands of archaeological sites and important areas of spiritual significance.

Trump Announces Drastic Size Reduction of Bears Ears and Other Protected Monuments

What’s next, President Trump, the Grand Canyon?” asked one environmentalist. 

Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline To Run From Canada To Gulf Of Mexico

Keystone Pipeline Spill Caused By Construction Damage

The cause has officials concerned about additional leaks in the future. 

Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline To Run From Canada To Gulf Of Mexico

The Keystone XL Pipeline Is a Go. Now What?

Environmentalists are declaring partial victory, while Indigenous leaders vow to continue fighting.

Keystone Oil Pipeline Protesters Demonstrate Outside Of Obama Fundraiser

Keystone Pipeline Leaks 210,000 Gallons of Oil

The spill potentially threatened a bordering Indigenous reservation.

Primatene Mist, a nonprescription inhaler used to help asthma patients breathe better during an asthma attack.

REPORT: Oil Refineries Increase Health Risks for Millions of African Americans

A new report examines the dangers of gas and oil pollution in Black communities.

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.

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STUDY: Flint's Water Crisis Led to a Decrease in Fertility and Increase in Fetal Deaths

Researchers believe there was a “substantial” drop in the number of babies born.