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How much do rich countries owe in climate aid? That’s the trillion-dollar question

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

DOJ thinks Enbridge Line 5 pipeline is trespassing on tribal lands

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.

A climate pledge verifier said it would allow more carbon offsets. Its staff revolted

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

Biden’s Environmental Justice Scorecard Offers More Questions Than Answers

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

Biden awards $830 million to toughen nation’s infrastructure against climate change

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.

For a just transition to green energy, tribes need more than money

The importance of more than just financial support for Indigenous communities in transitioning to green energy.

Rooftops of schools and stores could power underserved communities

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

The US aims to ‘crack the code’ on scaling up geothermal energy production

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

Black Alabamans Urged Officials to Stop a Plant Polluting Their Neighborhood

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

New Report Reveals N.Y.C. Areas Most Hurt by Environmental Inequities

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

Biomass Carbon Capture Project Canceled in California’s Central Valley

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

What They Are Saying: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Historic $20 Billion in Awards to Expand Access to Clean Energy and Climate Solutions and Lower Energy Costs for Communities Across the Nation

The Biden-Harris Administration, as part of its ambitious climate agenda, announced a $20 billion investment in clean energy and climate solutions, aimed at reducing energy costs

Largest Urban Solar Farm Ready to Break Ground in Sunnyside

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

Association between Fine Particulate Matter Exposure and Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease among a Cognitively Healthy Population-Based Cohort

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

City of Houston Must Return at Least $45 Million to State After Failing to Build Affordable Housing

City of Houston is obligated to return at least $45 million in federal funding to the state after failing to fulfill its commitment to construct affordable housing.

Why More Than 50 Environmental Justice Organizations Are Conducting Pay Audits

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

Youth are leading the way on climate action

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 Special-Forces Unit Fighting to Save the Amazon

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

Cancer-causing Chemicals Exceed Normal Levels near Union Pacific Railyard, EPA Says

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has discovered cancer-causing chemicals in groundwater and air beneath the soil near the Union Pacific railyard in northeast Houston.

March 29, 2024
Ecocide in Gaza: Does Scale of Environmental Destruction Amount to a War Crime?

The Guardian reports on the extensive environmental devastation in Gaza following Israel's invasion, with nearly half of the territory's trees razed and farms devastated.

March 29, 2024
With energy demand surging, utilities fall back on their old standby: Fossil fuels

In a report by Grist, Emily Jones explores how utilities, faced with surging energy demand, are reverting to fossil fuels despite federal incentives for clean energy.

March 29, 2024
IRS and Treasury Issue Guidance for Solar and Wind Powered Energy Facilities in Low-Income Communities under the Inflation Reduction Act

The Department of the Treasury and the IRS have released Revenue Procedure 2024-19 to provide guidance for owners of solar or wind facilities constructed in low-income communities

Garbage Lasagna: Dumps Are a Big Driver of Warming, Study Says

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

Sinking Coastal Lands Will Exacerbate the Flooding from Sea Level Rise in 24 US Cities, New Research Shows

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

Can Artificial Intelligence Help Eliminate Health Disparities?

William A. Haseltine, PhD, discusses the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to address health disparities by leveraging social determinants of health (SDOH) data.

Texas energy companies are betting hydrogen can become a cleaner fuel for transportation

Emily Foxhall's report for The Texas Tribune explores Texas energy companies' growing interest in hydrogen as a cleaner fuel for transportation and industrial processes.

Plastic Chemicals are Inescapable — and They’re Messing with Our Hormones

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.

Santander’s Investment in LNG Buildout Contradicts Climate Policy

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.

Taps run dry across South Africa's largest city in unprecedented water crisis

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

Companies Are Poised to Inject Millions of Tons of Carbon Underground. Will It Stay Put?

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