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14 public universities, including the University of Arizona, profiting in the billions from extractive industries on stolen Indigenous land.

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) proposes enhanced integration of community-generated environmental data into federal systems to improve environmental governance.

Anita Hofschneider highlights the increasing costs and delays faced by renewable energy projects that fail to recognize Indigenous rights.

Discusses research findings indicating that newborns in the heavily polluted areas of Louisiana, particularly in the infamous "Cancer Alley," experience low birth weights at over

The article delves into the Biden administration's decision to pause approvals for new liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports while reviewing regulatory approaches and assessing pote

Waste Management has found hidden value in the decomposition process.

The ongoing battle in St. James Parish, Louisiana, after the 19th Judicial District Court granted Formosa Plastics the air permit necessary to construct a petrochemical plant.

A Louisiana appellate court affirmed the Department of Environmental Quality's decision to issue air permits for Formosa Plastics' proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Pari

The article explores the prolonged struggle against North Carolina's largest landfill in Sampson County.

A recent study reveals the alarming environmental injustice caused by the disproportionate impact of pesticide exposure on communities, particularly highlighting racial, ethnic, a

On January 17, 2024, a coalition of nurses, physicians, and health experts in Michigan, represented by Earthjustice, filed an amicus brief challenging the EPA's decision to weaken

A recent study, published in Nature Communications on January 17, 2024 conducts an environmental justice analysis of air pollution emissions in the United States from 1970 to 2010

On January 17, 2024, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case involving Texas landowners, led by Richie DeVillier, seeking compensation from the state after a highway project resulted

President Biden's historic investment in environmental justice through the Justice40 initiative faces challenges as barriers hinder some Black organizations from benefiting.

More than a decade after Congress passed legislation to enhance pipeline safety, lawmakers are in disagreement over the need for increased oversight of the pipeline sector.

The controversial expansion plan for the Hawthorn Park Landfill in northwest Houston's Carverdale neighborhood has been withdrawn following strong opposition from residents.

The article investigates the challenges faced by residents and environmental activists in Alabama trying to shut down Rock Creek Stone, a sandstone quarry operating without requir

The Environmental Protection Agency named 11 “grantmakers” today, universities and nonprofit organizations that will be in charge of doling out $600 million of federal funding.

Monsanto, has been ordered by a jury in Washington State to pay $857 million to former students and parent volunteers who claimed they fell ill after being exposed to dangerous ch

The Jewel Streets, also known as the Hole, a low-lying neighborhood on the Brooklyn-Queens border, grapples with environmental challenges, including recurrent flooding, snakes, an

Community organizations that serve and are led by people of color are banding together to secure billions of federal dollars earmarked for environmental and climate causes.

Shalom Mennonite Fellowship, a church in Tucson, Arizona, exemplifies the potential of microgrids for enhancing energy resiliency, especially in the face of climate challenges.

The article highlights the impact of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), officially known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), over the past two years.

The article explores the challenges faced by developing countries, particularly South Africa, in transitioning from coal to clean energy with the support of the Global North.

On November 6, 2023, the Houston Chronicle reported that the Midtown Redevelopment Authority, tasked with acquiring lots to prevent gentrification in Houston's Third Ward.

Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome, Federal Chief Environmental Justice Officer, discusses the release of a groundbreaking Environmental Justice Playbook by the White House Council.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released the Adaptation Gap Report 2023, revealing a concerning deceleration in global progress towards climate adaptation.

Grist reports on a recent investigation by nonprofits Beyond Plastics and the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN), labeling chemical recycling as a "dangerous .

This opinion piece, co-authored by Prof Saleemul Huq (who tragically passed away on October 28, 2023) and Farhana Sultana, expresses concerns about the upcoming United Nations.

President Joe Biden recently approved $7 billion in federal funding for seven regional hydrogen hubs aimed at developing "clean" hydrogen in the United States.

Guy Hagstette and Elizabeth Love highlight the underfunding of Houston's city parks, ranking last among U.S. cities with populations over one million in park spending.

The article highlights a study conducted by Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research, revealing that Houston's spending on parks significantly trails .

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is accused of underestimating cancer risks associated with air pollution by using an older algorithm.

Texas property owners, including Richard Devillier, affected by Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Imelda are taking their compensation plea to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Texas has experienced the highest number of billion-dollar, climate-related disasters from 1980 to 2023.

Inside Climate News reports on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) initiative to address environmental justice by awarding $12 million in grants .

Two new reports highlight the global impact of wildfire smoke on air quality. One study reveals that over two billion people worldwide were exposed to fire-related air pollution.

The article discusses the need for President Joe Biden's American Climate Corps (ACC) to prioritize equity, especially for Black youth, drawing parallels .

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opened a civil rights investigation in 2022 into whether the State of Louisiana disproportionately burdened Black communities along.

In this article by Emily Pontecorvo, the author discusses the Biden administration's decision to align with fossil fuel companies in the pursuit of carbon removal technologies.

This Canary Media article, written by Jeff St. John, delves into the battle over community solar in California.

Houston, known as the "Energy Capital of the World," has received nearly $500,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The city of Chicago reached a historic settlement in May 2023 with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and three South Side environmental justice org.

Addressing environmental justice and correcting racial disparities in city planning is essential to improving the health and life expectancy of communities.

The United States is sitting on a vast source of clean energy beneath the Earth's surface, and a race is underway to harness it.

The leader of BlueGreen Alliance talks about what brings his members together and some of the big challenges.

It’s not found anywhere in state law or the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s rules, but for years the agency has denied citizens the ability to challenge air pollution

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the city of Atlanta a $40 million grant to revitalize the former Bowen Homes neighborhood.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a $14.7 million Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support multi-year research, development, and demonstration (RD&D)

Legacy oil wells in Texas have reanimated, causing environmental concerns and spewing toxic mixtures of crude oil, salty water, and methane from decades-old wells.

Environmental justice advocates and the Indiana Department of Transportation are working to reach middle ground on equity concerns over an electric vehicle charging program.

Chicago's historic Bronzeville neighborhood is implementing a groundbreaking microgrid cluster, becoming the first of its kind in the United States.

The Biden administration has proposed stronger requirements for the removal of lead-based paint dust in homes and child care facilities built before 1978, aiming to eliminate lead

The EPA has announced that it will provide a grant of nearly half a million dollars to the Houston Health Department to monitor air quality in environmental justice communities.

The city of Port Arthur, Texas, known for hosting three large oil refineries and several petrochemical facilities, is grappling with the complex issue of environmental justice.

The study highlights the significant health costs associated with air pollution from the oil and gas industry, with Texas being one of the states most affected.

A district court judge has ruled in favor of Houston leaders in a 4-year-old lawsuit, countering allegations that Mayor Sylvester Turner and the City Council illegally shortchange

Despite their invisibly small size, ultrafine particles have become a massive concern for air pollution experts.

30 more microgrids are on their way promising additional economic prosperity and energy resilience to a region with a 60% poverty rate.

The Ogallala Aquifer serves farming communities in multiple states. When it runs dry, the agriculture industry in Texas and the nation is in jeopardy.

The deal followed an agreement by Chemours, DuPont and Corteva to pay $1.19 billion to help resolve claims that the chemical manufacturers contaminated drinking water.

Louisiana wants oversight of industry carbon storage, and EPA is prepared to grant it. Activists see it as risky, and fear it could perpetuate the state’s fossil fuel industry.

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have conducted a study on extracting critical materials from water to support the clean energy supply chain.

Industry says it’s adapting to threats, but advocates say more rules needed

Soot and smog disproportionately harm communities of color and low-income communities

EJ advocates testified that curbing plastics production and disposal is the only way to alleviate serious health problems, but others said halting production is unrealistic

An investigation by Grist reveals the extent of excess emissions in Texas, where numerous industrial facilities consistently release more pollution into the air than their permits

Data shows Black and brown people are already disproportionately exposed to elevated levels of poor air quality.

Negotiators worked around the clock this week to reach procedural agreements and content alignment for a new Global Plastics Treaty.

Through a scoping review, the authors survey the literature on the unequal health impacts of climate change due to racism, xenophobia, and discrimination.

Environmental justice investors believe that the Biden administration, the (EPA), and the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund could quickly realize their aims of reducing greenhouse gas

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission looks to be withdrawing from a practice of doing environmental impact statements (EISs) for most projects that add capacity.

According to a report produced by the Environmental Integrity Project, 81 oil and gas refineries around the nation dump almost 500 million gallons of toxic wastewater per day.

The Climate Action Against Disinformation (CAAD) coalition led the development of a real-time unit to monitor, expose, and resist anti-climate campaigns in the run-up to the 2022.

The NAACP appointed Abre' Conner as Director of Environmental and Climate Justice as part of its broader civil rights efforts.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed the "Cumulative Impacts" bill into law, making New York the second state in the US to require an evaluation of "cumulative impacts" impacting

Over the last year, the Supreme Court has rapidly restrained government agencies from addressing climate change, health crises, and other critical challenges. The Biden administra

According to the American Cancer Society, black individuals have the highest mortality rate for most cancers. Furthermore, current FDA statistics reveal that more than 75 percent

At COP27, the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ), WE ACT for Environmental Justice (WE ACT), and Texas Southern University's Bullard Center for Environmental and

The IPCC was established by the UN to provide scientific advice, but some nations desired to delete references to its most recent results from the final agreement.

COP27's final agreement wording included a clause to promote "low-emissions energy."

The specifics of how the "loss and damage" fund will function remain to be worked out.

The IMF has $1 trillion in lending capacity to nations in financial straits, but only a tiny portion of this is dedicated to climate funding.

According to Earthjustice, COP27 this year was marked by the expanding and maturing climate justice movement.

Countries decided last year at COP26 in Glasgow to concentrate on limiting global warming under 1.5 C (2.7 F), a threshold above which people would severely interfere with the....

Why climate reparations are top of the agenda at COP27

From 1980 through July 2022, the United States experienced 332 disasters that each caused at least $1 billion in damages – and their frequency is escalating.

Two Louisiana parishes devastated by repeated hurricanes and two rural Nebraska counties had among the highest rates of households with missing information

The Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights will focus on supporting minority communities in the U.S. being disproportionately affected by pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency on Saturday launched an office that will focus on supporting and delivering grant money to minority communities in the U.S. disproportionally

Scientists, health experts and environmental groups have condemned new legislation negotiated in secret by the fossil-fuel-friendly

UN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions Michael R. Bloomberg launched Beyond Petrochemicals: People Over Pollution.

Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir, is so low it's getting perilously close to what's known as "deadpool," the level where the dam's hydropower turbines would be shut off.

Burwell, a long-time activist and community leader, was given a new perspective on an issue she had struggled with for a while.

Interactive Mapping Features Will Provide Communities with Location-Based Information on Extreme Heat, Drought, Wildfires, and Other Climate Impacts