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Northern Birmingham Still Dealing with Human Rights Issues: Living Room Leadership with Charlie Powell

By: Ruth Rodriguez, Communications Intern Charlie Powell, of People Against Neighborhood Industrial Contamination (PANIC) in Birmingham, AL shared his experience as an activist for CHEJ’s Living Room Leadership series. He has been fighting to get his community relocated since 2012 from toxic facilities. Before moving to Birmingham, Powell was in Phoenix, AZ. Because his father [...]

Biden taps Michael Regan to lead EPA, Deb Haaland for interior secretary

President-elect Joseph R. Biden tapped North Carolina environmental regulator Michael Regan to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and named Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico as his pick for interior secretary, as he moved Thursday to fill out the team tasked with implementing a far-reaching climate agenda. Mr. Regan, a veteran of the EPA during [...]

BIDEN LINKS CLIMATE CHANGE, JOBS AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Introducing his climate team, President-elect Biden said his administration would respond to the existential threat of climate change “by building a modern, climate-resilient infrastructure and a clean energy future” that would put millions of Americans to work. “And we are committed to facing climate change by delivering environmental justice.” Read more... Photo credit: Angelia Weiss, Getty Images [...]

Arctic sea-ice shrinks to near record low extent

This summer's Arctic sea-ice shrank to its second lowest ever extent in the era of satellite observation. The floes withdrew to just under 3.74 million sq km (1.44 million sq miles) last week, preliminary data indicates. The only time this minimum has been beaten in the 42-year spacecraft record was 2012 when the pack ice [...]

Environmental Group Threatens California Governor Over Oil Drilling Permits

A national environmental organization on Monday threatened to sue Gov. Gavin Newsom to halt all new permits for gas and oil wells in the state, saying the governor has failed to protect Californians and the environment from hazards and pollutants released by the state’s billion-dollar petroleum industry. In a letter sent to Newsom on Monday, [...]

Biden Releases Environmental Plan in Bid for Progressive Vote

By Paolo Padova, Science Intern Last week the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, released his climate and energy plan. Biden’s plan puts an emphasis on environmental justice and its intersection with racial inequality. The plan commits to creating a new Environmental and Climate Justice Division within the Department of Justice to hold contaminating corporations accountable. [...]

Climate Change Tied to Pregnancy Risks, Affecting Black Mothers Most

Air pollution and increased temperatures are not only tied to climate change but have also been tied to the increased likelihood of having premature, underweight, and stillborn babies. Given that many low-income and minority communities are disproportionately impacted by industrial pollution and many can’t afford air conditioning in their homes, they are at a much [...]

Virtual Public Comment Forums are Creating Concerns on Oil Expansion Project

As social distancing continues, the Trump Administration has organized virtual meetings to receive public comment on the oil and gas drilling expansion efforts on Native lands. Local Native Americans are concerned that Zoom calls will hinder their ability to comment of the project. Many Native American groups do not have easy access to the Internet, [...]

A Look at the History Behind Earth Day

The Rolling Stones sits down with Earth Day founder, Denis Hayes, to learn more about the history behind the first Earth Day in 1970 and how the day has changed over the last 50 years. Hayes offers his insights on how renewable energy, climate change, media and the pandemic have changed Earth Day and how the public perceives [...]

Students relocated after Mercury testing on school grounds

Northport Middle School, in Long Island, NY, has taken action to relocate its students after findings of high levels of Mercury on school grounds. Parents staged a "sick out" rally last week to express concern for the safety of the students. The school will remain closed for the remainder of the year for continued testing [...]

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