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Pollution

February 7, 2021, 7am PST
The Biden administration's climate plan calls for sweeping reform in the country's energy policy and places new focus on addressing racial and economic disparities.
The Washington Post
December 1, 2020, 11am PST
Tires wear down and shed toxic microplastics into stormwater, which eventually ends up in rivers and the ocean. Recent research sheds new light on the extent of the damage.
Hakai Magazine
November 18, 2020, 10am PST
In rural Alabama, a long history of racial inequality and poverty has left people struggling to survive in uninhabitable housing.
The New York Times
October 6, 2020, 10am PDT
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimated its new rule change will result in up to 1,258 tons of additional emissions of hazardous materials every year.
The Hill
September 30, 2020, 5am PDT
New Jersey is now home to one of the "most stringent" environmental justice laws in the country.
Next City
September 17, 2020, 8am PDT
In the United States, busy roads shorten lives in more ways than one, but when it comes to the ill effects of noise pollution, almost no efforts are made to reduce the damage.
Streetsblog USA
August 31, 2020, 10am PDT
Wildfires in California and Colorado are spewing out smoke that is traveling to other parts of the country. The health effects of the dirty air are substantial, and they could last long after the fires are out.
Inside Climate News
August 20, 2020, 8am PDT
Zoning in the U.S. was originally intended to keep noxious uses out of residential areas. Around Houston, which famously lacks a traditional zoning system, polluting uses are still granted broad permission to operate in residential areas.
One Breath Partnership
July 8, 2020, 6am PDT
The environmental gains at the beginning of the pandemic were only temporary., and there are signs more signs every day that the economy will be dirtier than ever in the future.
National Geographic
June 21, 2020, 7am PDT
A Trump administration decision not to tighten Clean Air Act restrictions on soot pollution will have more consequences for Black Americans.
Vox
May 12, 2020, 11am PDT
Transportation activity is down considerably, but other sources of carbon dioxide are still going strong.
Grist
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 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
April 6, 2020, 12pm PDT
During the outbreak, the agency will allow companies to monitor themselves for pollution violations.
The New York Times
January 9, 2020, 12pm PST
Southern California’s Salton Sea has long struggled with environmental issues, but wetlands have been springing up and nurturing diverse ecosystems.
Los Angeles Times
January 6, 2020, 12pm PST
Cars and vehicle emissions are undoubtedly central to the climate change problem. The solution, however, might not be cleaner vehicles but rather a drastic change in our relationship to automobiles and driving.
The Guardian
December 24, 2019, 7am PST
As many as 1 million species are at risk of extinction if the world, including planning professionals and politicians, doesn't make big changes.
Vox
December 20, 2019, 11am PST
A new report says funding and staffing cuts at the state’s environmental protection agency could prevent it from adequately protecting public health and the environment.
Phoenix New Times
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
November 20, 2019, 11am PST
Vehicle pollution is making cities around the world unlivable. Some cities have taken steps to curb auto use and emissions, with varying levels of success.
The New York Times