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Laura Hautala explores how climate change is reshaping the urban landscape, prompting cities like Tacoma, Washington, to seek drought-tolerant trees from regions like Northern Cal

The latest State of the Air report by the American Lung Association reveals that over one-third of Americans, approximately 130 million people, regularly inhale unhealthy air

The Biden administration's announcement of $7 billion worth of project support through the Solar for All program, part of the Inflation Reduction Act

Maureen Penjueli, an Indigenous advocate from Fiji, voices skepticism about the concept of "clean energy" amidst concerns about deep-sea mining's impact on her people and the envi

A lawsuit filed by a coalition of advocates and inmates against the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) over extreme temperatures in state prisons

President Joe Biden has announced the opening of applications for the American Climate Corps, aiming to enlist 20,000 individuals in its inaugural year.

Newsweek reports that the National Weather Service (NWS) Climate Prediction Center forecasts a months-long drought in western Texas, exacerbating concerns about water scarcity.

Efforts by the Texas Land Office and Houston City Council to locate 900 households owed relocation assistance due to the buyout of four low-income housing complexes following Hurr

A new study published in Nature revealing that climate change-induced extreme weather events could lead to a substantial reduction of approximately 19% in global income by 2050.

FEMA's enforcement of the 50 percent rule, which mandates the rebuilding of flood-damaged homes above flood level, has sparked controversy in Lee County, Florida.

As preparations for COP29 ramp up, the debate over the financial commitments of wealthy nations to support developing countries in decarbonization and disaster recovery intensifie

The Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a key organization setting standards for corporate emissions reduction, is in turmoil following its decision to allow carbon offsets t

The Biden administration's allocation of $830 million in grants to fund 80 projects aimed at strengthening the nation's infrastructure against the impacts of climate change.

a recent study suggesting that installing solar panels on nonresidential buildings like schools and stores could substantially reduce the energy equity gap in marginalized neighbo

Geothermal energy, long considered a niche player in the U.S. energy landscape, is now poised for significant growth thanks to a confluence of factors including technological adva

A biomass and carbon capture project slated for California’s Central Valley came to an abrupt halt after San Joaquin Renewables withdrew federal and local permits under scrutiny f

The imminent groundbreaking of the largest urban solar farm in the United States, located in Houston's Sunnyside neighborhood.

HR Dive discusses the initiative undertaken by over 50 environmental justice organizations, including notable names like the National Parks Conservation Association and Sierra Clu

Ruxandra Guidi explores the pivotal role of youth in climate activism, citing examples like Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a young activist involved in Juliana v. United States

The Brazilian Specialized Inspection Group (G.E.F.) led by Felipe Finger, combat-trained environmentalists, fighting to protect the Amazon rainforest from illegal mining activitie

Landfills, often overlooked as sources of greenhouse gases, are emerging as significant contributors to climate change, according to a study published in Science.

A study indicates that flooding could impact one out of every 50 residents in 24 coastal cities in the United States by 2050 due to sinking coastal lands

In a comprehensive examination of the pervasive health risks associated with plastic chemicals, Grist reports on the urgent need for stricter regulations and global action.

As carbon capture and storage projects gain momentum across the United States, concerns arise regarding the integrity of underground storage sites.

Meeka Outlaw's childhood experiences in South Philadelphia, living near industrial plants, underscore the findings of a recent study published in the journal Geohealth.

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that petrochemicals, a byproduct of fossil fuel production, are not only fueling climate change but also contributing to

Despite reliance on fossil fuel-generated electricity in the U.S., heat pumps significantly reduce emissions compared to traditional heating systems.

Despite regular violations of pollution permits, a new report by the Environmental Integrity Project reveals that the booming petrochemical buildout on the Gulf Coast has attracte

The pressing issue of sinking land compounded by sea-level rise, particularly along the Gulf Coast.

In Florida, the deadliest state for heat-related fatalities, Laurie Giordano's impassioned plea led to the Zachary Martin Act, ensuring safety provisions for student athletes afte

The article discusses a damning report by Human Rights Watch accusing the Southern Cardamom REDD+ project in Cambodia of violating the rights of Indigenous Chong peoples.

A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report reveals that extreme heat, intensified by global warming, disproportionately affects women-led households in 24 low- and

The Green Door Initiative, a Detroit-based nonprofit led by Donele Wilkins, addressing environmental justice and workforce development.

The acquisition of Carbon Engineering by Occidental Petroleum for $1.1 billion.

ZME Science reported on a study conducted by UK researchers revealing the significant impact of green interventions on cooling down cities facing urban heatwaves.

Two analyses revealing that the Biden administration's climate-focused funding for American farmers is being allocated inefficiently.

The Texas power grid, prone to disruptions from tropical cyclones, faces increasing risks with global warming.

In a groundbreaking development, the Inflation Reduction Act's Solar for All program is close to realization, offering a historic $7 billion to aid low-income families in accessin

In a bid to ensure Chicago's Black community is not excluded from the emerging green economy, Naomi Davis of Chicago’s Blacks in Green is championing geothermal energy.

The article discusses the concept of 'ecocide,' focusing on the devastation caused by wars and conflicts, with an emphasis on Gaza, Ukraine, Sudan, and Yemen.

Aerosol pollutants, including sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, have significantly influenced rainfall patterns in the United States.

A report from First Street Foundation highlights that rising temperatures and larger fires, driven by climate change, are contributing to a "climate penalty" resulting in unhealth

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced an award of $73.5 million in loans and grants under the Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP).

The Supreme Court is considering a request to block federal Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "Good Neighbor" plan, aimed at reducing downwind ozone pollutants in 23 states

In a hearing before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Small Businesses, House Republicans criticized Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations as "burdensome" for

The small Norwegian industrial town of Mo i Rana, on the verge of the Arctic Circle, faced dashed hopes of a green energy boom as the electric battery company, Freyr, shifted its

Erica Grieder discusses a study by consumer advocacy group, naming Houston as the riskiest city in the U.S. for homeownership.

Minnesota's community solar program, one of the oldest and largest in the U.S., is undergoing significant changes with a new state law aiming to enhance equity and residential

Claire Elise Thompson explores the concept of resilience hubs, physical spaces designed for community-building and climate resilience.

The EPA has released a long-anticipated rule tightening restrictions on fine particulate matter, or PM2.5, a pervasive and hazardous form of air pollution

The article discusses Vermont's initiative to join Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York in making the fossil fuel industry financially responsible for climate change impacts

The article explores a World Economic Forum report predicting that climate change will cause 14.5 million additional deaths by 2050.

Amidst a record-breaking year of heat in 2023, concerns over public health have surged, particularly in Texas, Arizona, and across the United States.

Efforts in cities like Tucson, Arizona, to combat extreme heat and food insecurity by planting trees.

The Green Energy Justice Cooperative (GEJC) has secured the first, second, and fourth positions in the Illinois Power Agency's community solar project selection.

The article discusses a new analysis from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and NREL emphasizing geothermal heat pumps as a crucial element in transitioning to clean energy.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration's (OSHA) potential new rule to provide federal protection against heat exposure in the workplace.

The Guardian exposes the Propane Education & Research Council (Perc), a US lobbying group, spending nearly $30 million to promote propane as "clean" or "renewable" energy

According to the International Energy Agency's Electricity 2024 report, renewable energy is expected to constitute over one-third of the world's total electricity generation by th

The article discusses a report by First Street Foundation indicating that 9% of census blocks in Harris County, Texas, are considered "climate abandonment areas" where residents a

The Houston Climate Justice Museum and Cultural Center, focuses on the intersectionality of climate change, race, and gender, challenging traditional museum narratives.

The article discusses the challenges faced by low-income Americans, such as Cindy Camp from Baltimore, dealing with rising utility costs.

Discusses the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to hand over permitting duties, known as "primacy," for carbon capture projects to Louisiana regulators

2023 broke the record for the hottest year by a significant margin

Researchers address the complex justice questions arising from climate change and decarbonization in a recent article published in Nature Climate Change.

The Harvard Six Cities Study, a groundbreaking air pollution study, celebrated its 30th anniversary in December, leaving a lasting impact on U.S. air pollution control efforts.

The Biden administration's negotiations with hydrogen industry leaders on legally binding commitments for its $8 billion hydrogen hub program are facing challenges.

As the Biden administration seeks to emphasize its climate and environmental accomplishments, it faces opposition from Republicans and industry groups who criticize its agenda

Residents along the Gulf Coast, particularly in areas like Lake Charles, Louisiana, express growing concerns about toxic air pollution from refineries and chemical plants.

The Biden administration has granted Louisiana regulators increased power to attract and approve carbon capture projects, allowing the state to issue permits for wells storing car

In 2023, climate litigation witnessed significant milestones globally.

On the Louisiana coast, a company aims to construct a $10 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal known as CP2, sparking a clash between economic growth, geopolitics,

The alarming connection between climate change and a surge in rare disease outbreaks in 2023, offering a grim glimpse into the future.

Environmental justice communities need real change—not a rebrand of the same discriminatory plans that slow the clock on fighting the climate crisis and reinforce the status quo.

Ohio and Pennsylvania are leading the way in the completion of a more robust national charging network, but the scale of the work ahead remains significant

This article sheds light on Arizona State University's (ASU) efforts to combat the escalating heat in Maricopa County, particularly in areas like Phoenix.

This article explores the impact of extreme heat on urban areas, referring to it as a "silent killer."

A study published by The Guardian reveals that the damage caused by the climate crisis through extreme weather events has cost an estimated $16 million (£13 million) per hour.

This NPR piece explores how the U.S. military is increasingly adopting microgrids to enhance climate resilience and combat global threats.

Grist's staff writer, Kate Yoder, reports on an interactive map released by the Environmental Defense Fund and Texas A&M University.

Published on Grist, Paul Krantz delves into the environmental impact of tire pollution, a concern exacerbated by the increasing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).

Forbes contributor Silvio Marcacci discusses President Biden's launch of the American Climate Corps, drawing parallels with President Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation.

In August 2023, Del Norte County in California faced a power crisis when wildfires threatened its only transmission lines, leaving its 27,000 residents in the dark.

NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS) in New York reported that the summer of 2023 was the hottest on record for Earth since global temperature records began in 1880.

In this article by Charlotte Horwood published on TechRound, the significance of solar power in sustainable urban planning is explored.

Harris and Galveston counties in Texas have been designated as "disaster resilience zones" under the Community Disaster Resilience Zones Act of 2022.

Africa Climate Week 2023 (ACW) concluded after a dynamic week in Nairobi, Kenya, highlighting Africa's commitment to becoming a global leader in climate action.

This research report by Hannah Stephens, Manann Donoghoe, and Andre M. Perry highlights the disproportionate impact of extreme heat and energy insecurity on Black renters.

This article from Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center explores the critical relationship between urban tree canopy cover, surface temperatures, and human health.

A report by Grist discusses the underestimation of climate-related deaths in the United States, highlighting that the country's death surveillance system is ill-equipped to handle

In South Texas, a relentless and scorching heat wave has been contributing to the deaths of migrants attempting to cross the border from Mexico into the United States.

The article discusses the emergence of tiny forests, densely packed clusters of native plants, and their significant environmental benefits.

A study conducted by economists of nearly 15,000 public companies has estimated that corporations worldwide could lose about 44% of their profits if they were to pay damages.

The Biden administration's plan to establish a direct air capture (DAC) hub in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, as part of a $1.2 billion investment to combat climate change.

The article highlights the negative impact of extreme heat on student learning and test scores, particularly in the context of rising temperatures and heat waves.

A study from the University of Massachusetts Amherst reveals that the top 10% earners in the U.S. are responsible for 40% of the country's greenhouse gas emissions.

Maui County's lawsuit against major oil and gas companies, filed in 2020, accuses them of concealing their knowledge that fossil fuel emissions.

The United States is undergoing an accelerated transition toward clean energy, moving away from fossil fuels and embracing wind, solar, and other renewable sources of energy.

The City of Chicago is working to address environmental justice issues by overhauling its zoning and land use policies. The city is consulting with communities affected by industr