Environmental Justice

Baltimore Won’t Expand Help For Residents' Clean Up After Sewage Backups

"Baltimore City has refused to comply with a directive from state and federal environmental regulators that it expand the scope of a program that helps residents clean up after sewage backs up into their homes."

Source: Inside Climate News, 07/26/2023

Texas Prisoners Struggle To Endure Heat Wave Without Air Conditioning

"A deadly heat wave continues across the Southwest, and an often forgotten group of people affected are prisoners. Many inmates struggle to stay cool in aging facilities, including in Texas — where some 100,000 prisoners live in large facilities that lack air conditioning."

Source: Texas Public Radio, 07/25/2023

Catastrophic Calif. Flood Plunged Marginalized Farmworkers Into Crisis

"It was half past midnight on March 11 when a cacophony of sirens and shouting jolted Emilio Vasquez and his family from a sound sleep. “Get out of your houses immediately!” a voice barked in Spanish through a bullhorn. “The water is coming!”"

Source: Inside Climate News, 07/24/2023

Race-Blind Biden Effort On Air Pollution Disparities Will Fail: Report

"The Biden administration has pledged to address deadly air pollution disparities in communities of color that resulted from historically racist policy decisions. But its efforts are destined to fail if officials follow through on a decision to dismiss race as a factor to determine where federal aid should be focused, a new report says."

Source: Washington Post, 07/21/2023

In N. Birmingham EPA Studies ‘Cumulative Impacts’ Of Pollution And Racism

"With the EPA review ongoing at the 35th Avenue Superfund site, the Southern Environmental Law Center on Friday threatened new federal litigation against Bluestone Coke for alleged wastewater pollution."

Source: Inside Climate News, 07/18/2023

9th Circuit Denies Bid By Greens And Tribes To Block Nevada Lithium Mine

"The latest bid by conservationists and tribal leaders to block construction of a huge lithium mine already in the works along the Nevada-Oregon line was denied by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday."

Source: AP, 07/18/2023

Industry Wants New Pipeline on Navajo Land Scarred by Decades of Drilling

"For the last several months, one of the nation’s largest pipeline operators has gone from one local government meeting on the Navajo Nation to another, outlining plans for what could end up being the country’s longest hydrogen pipeline."

Source: Inside Climate News, 07/14/2023

"Birds Get Revenge By Using Anti-Bird Spikes In Nests"

"In cities around the world, anti-bird spikes are used to protect statues and balconies from unwanted birds - but now, it appears the birds are getting their own back. Dutch researchers have found that some birds use the spikes as weapons around their nests - using them to keep pests away in the same way that humans do."

Source: BBC News, 07/13/2023


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