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The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has greenlit a significant methane gas pipeline project through predominantly Black and brown communities in Tennessee, raising environmental

On June 27, the Supreme Court paused the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) "good neighbor" rule, which aimed to reduce interstate pollution by holding polluters accountable.

A new study by the University of New Mexico’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies links air pollution to low birth weight among infants born near industrial sites in

The Supreme Court's recent decision to eliminate the Chevron deference marks a significant shift in regulatory authority, potentially weakening numerous environmental protections.

Insurance companies are grappling with the financial fallout from PFAS, or "forever chemicals," which are increasingly linked to environmental and health damages.

A new report from Rice University's Kinder Institute reveals that while homeownership is becoming more historically affordable in some areas, it remains out of reach for many

A new investigation by The Examination has uncovered widespread toxic gas leaks from oil companies across Texas

A recent study has revealed alarming health risks in Louisiana's Cancer Alley, a region notorious for its high concentration of petrochemical plants.

A recent study has detected cancer-causing chemicals in the sediment of the Houston Ship Channel amid ongoing expansion efforts.

The development of the ARCH2 Hydrogen Hub in Appalachia has ignited a debate over its environmental justice implications.

The EPA announced a $115 million funding initiative to address the ongoing water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi.

A new study highlights the environmental and health impacts of sugarcane burning in Florida, framing it as a critical environmental justice issue.

Severe convective storms, or "kitty cats," are driving up home insurance costs in the Midwest. These storms cause significant damage through hail and tornadoes, resulting in

The Biden administration is accelerating the implementation of significant environmental regulations, including a historic ban on asbestos and stringent limits on toxic chemicals

Lylla Younes reports on the efforts of twenty-three Republican attorneys general to petition the Biden administration's EPA to cease using Title VI of the Civil Rights Act to regu

Over $300 million is being directed towards addressing the migrant crisis while longstanding issues of poverty in their communities have been overlooked for decades.

The activism of Black-led environmental organizations, such as Outdoor Afro and Justice Outside, in combating environmental racism and advocating for marginalized communities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has granted Houston an extension to utilize or reimburse $5.7 billion earmarked for Hurricane Harvey housing recovery

Daji Aswad reports on the launch of a pollution tracker by Lone Star Legal Aid, enabling Houston residents to report environmental issues directly.

The United States Department of Justice issued an amicus brief supporting claims from a Wisconsin tribe that Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline is trespassing on tribal lands.

Grist’s examines President Biden’s ambitious environmental justice initiative, Justice40, aimed at directing 40 percent of certain federal climate and environmental

Walter Moorer and other residents of Chin Street in Africatown, Alabama, have long protested against the environmental hazards posed by the Hosea Weaver asphalt plant, which emits

The Mayor’s Office of Climate & Environmental Justice released a comprehensive report unveiling the profound social inequities exacerbating environmental issues in New York City

A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives investigated the link between long-term exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarker

Santander's investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in the Gulf Coast, despite its climate policy opposing fossil fuel investments.

Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city, faces an unprecedented collapse of its water system, leaving millions without access to water.

Golden State Natural Resources' proposal to construct wood pellet plants in California's Lassen and Tuolumne counties for exporting a million tons annually raises environmental

The article discusses the environmental consequences of the Israel-Hamas conflict, noting over 30,000 fatalities and significant environmental damage.

Facing challenges with securing final financing in a high-interest rate environment, developers of a significant solar farm project in Sunnyside, Houston, announced a delay in con

The impact of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) on clean energy investment in the U.S. According to an analysis, for every dollar invested by the government, the private sector

The New Mexico Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on March 11, 2024, regarding regulations for the state's community solar program.

Originating from the now-closed Houston Wood Preserving Works plant, the contamination has prompted concerns about health issues and led to a voluntary buyout plan proposed by Hou

The US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) updated 2023 Equity Action Plan, emphasizing its focus on incorporating equity, civil rights, and environmental justice into all asp

Residents living near the Houston Ship Channel are urging immediate action following a 131-page report by Amnesty International that designates the area as a "sacrifice zone.

Arizona faces a dire water crisis as the aftermath of extensive groundwater drilling becomes increasingly evident.

A civil court judge has issued an injunction temporarily halting the construction of an industrial warehouse in Southern Dallas, siding with Friendship-West Baptist Church.

A transition to zero-emission electric vehicles (EVs) could significantly improve the lives of millions of children growing up near highways in the U.S.

There's a concerted effort by the plastics industry, backed by fossil fuel companies, to influence classroom education and shift responsibility for plastic waste onto consumers.

A report by the Center for Climate Integrity (CCI) reveals that plastic producers have been aware for over 30 years that recycling is not a economically or technically viable

Newly released FBI documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request indicate that the U.S. government initiated a decade-long campaign against the anti-pipeline

Earthjustice, along with over 65 climate and environmental organizations, has voiced strong support for President Biden's pause on liquefied natural gas (LNG) export approvals.

Inside Climate News presents a report from Port Arthur, Texas, highlighting the stark economic disparity between the thriving petrochemical industry and the impoverished.

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.