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Environmental Justice

May 12, 2020, 8am PDT
The economic and health effects of coronavirus have spread unevenly across racial lines in the United States, as further revealed by new research from the Pew Research Center.
Pew Research Center
Feature
May 7, 2020, 7am PDT
Several cities have modeled an economic recovery that centers environmental justice. Political will is necessary to ensure a safer and healthier future for all communities.
Joan Fitzgerald
April 26, 2020, 1pm PDT
We can't go back to the way of life that makes pollution and climate change acceptable, according to multiple articles published on and around Earth Day. It's time for change.
Los Angeles Times
April 14, 2020, 11am PDT
The realities of social distancing are allowing for innovations and experimentations with real opportunities for long-term benefit in cities, according to an article by Allison Arieff.
The New York Times
April 14, 2020, 5am PDT
Black and Latino Americans in the United States are dying from COVID-19 at a much higher rate than whites. The foundation for the tragedy has been laid for decades.
ProPublica
February 2, 2020, 9am PST
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania took the dramatic step of officially declaring racism a public health threat. Public policy has yet to mitigate the city's worsening air quality, however.
CityLab
December 18, 2019, 6am PST
Despite the decades-long activities of environmental justice advocates in the Motor City, low-income and people of color bear the brunt of pollution in Detroit.
OneZero via Medium
December 17, 2019, 1pm PST
Almost 80% of oil extraction in the nation's sixth largest oil-producing state occurs in Kern County. Supervisors see the California governor's climate plan to reduce oil production as a threat to the county's economic well-being.
The Bakersfield Californian
October 1, 2019, 12pm PDT
Trucks, which disproportionately contribute toward air pollution, will soon be subject to similar types of smog checks that apply to light-duty vehicles. A second bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom will spur movement toward cleaner alternatives.
The Mercury News
September 7, 2019, 7am PDT
A recently published report finds more evidence to elevate heat as a matter of environmental justice.
NPR
June 26, 2019, 11am PDT
When the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection adopted new rules for power plants on June 17, the Garden State becomes the tenth to participate in a cap-and-trade program known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Utility Dive
May 13, 2019, 8am PDT
Long used to promote inequality, zoning and land use are now helping to keep vulnerable communities safer and cleaner.
CityLab
May 3, 2019, 7am PDT
A longread, written by Sam Boch and published by Places Journal, has been creating a stir online and is highly recommended for those with an interest in intersections between social justice and urban design.
Places Journal
April 29, 2019, 12pm PDT
Noise pollution tends to impact low-income communities more than others. For those who can afford the luxury, there are ways to shut out the noise.
The Guardian
March 1, 2019, 12pm PST
China's decision to halt imports of most recyclables from the United States has caused turmoil. With few markets for their recyclables, Philadelphia is sending half of them to a waste-to-energy incinerator in Chester not designed to burn them.
The Guardian
February 15, 2019, 1pm PST
A new study confirms the facts of environment justice that has long been common knowledge in affected communities. Now the evidence can be mapped, as well.
Union Of Concerned Scientists
October 31, 2018, 6am PDT
A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that Chicago's South and West sides face more air pollution than the wealthier parts of the city.
Chicago Sun Times
July 21, 2018, 5am PDT
More residents in the state will be protected by environmental regulations enforced by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
State Impact
June 19, 2018, 8am PDT
The legal controversy over the Genesee Power Plant in Flint, Michigan has finally ended, with a court forcing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to better investigate and resolve complaints of environmental discrimination.
Pacific Standard
May 18, 2018, 11am PDT
Shipping coal from Utah to export to Asia through a new cargo facility in Oakland, California took a significant step forward on May 15 with a strongly worded ruling condemning the adequacy of the city of Oakland's environmental analysis.
KQED: California Report