Environmental Justice

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Clean Air: WHO’s new air pollution guidelines reflect deadly toll of fossil fuels

Bolstering arguments for rapidly phasing out fossil fuels to not only combat the climate emergency but also potentially save millions of lives annually, the World Health Organization on Wednesday updated its guidelines on air quality for the first time in over 15 years. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams  “The burden of disease attributable to air pollution is now […]

September 25th

Environmental Justice: Restore the Delta head quits Delta Conveyance Design & Construction Authority Stakeholders Engagement Committee in protest

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta, resigned in protest Friday from the Stakeholder Engagement Committee (SCE), for the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCDCA). By Dan Bacher “When our good faith efforts produce no results and are met with resistance, Restore the Delta will shift and move into a new direction to […]

September 25th

Progressives slam House Dems’ tax plan

Democrats on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee are reportedly planning to unveil a slate of changes to the U.S. tax code that would raise the rates paid by large corporations and the rich—but not to the extent that President Joe Biden proposed earlier this year. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams According to a brief draft document circulating […]

September 15th

9/11 survivors’ exposure to toxic dust and the chronic health conditions that followed offer lessons that are still too often unheeded

The 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York resulted in the loss of 2,753 people in the Twin Towers and surrounding area. After the attack, more than 100,000 responders and recovery workers from every U.S. state – along with some 400,000 residents and other workers around ground zero – were exposed […]

September 11th

Biden EPA moves to protect Bristol Bay from salmon-killing Pebble Mine

Conservationists, local tribes, and commercial fishers celebrated on Thursday the Biden administration’s move to permanently protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed from the proposed Pebble Mine and similarly destructive projects. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Placing a massive mine at the headwaters of the world’s greatest, most productive wild sockeye salmon fishery has been a terrible idea […]

September 10th

RIP Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO leader, champion of environmental justice, clean energy and green jobs

Sad news: Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO, passed away last month. Trumka was the most pro-climate, progressive leader of the labor movement we have encountered. He was a third-generation coal miner who understood that the climate movement and the labor movement should work together, not in opposition, to generate millions of good paying union […]

September 6th

The Squad protests Line 3 Pipeline in Minnesota: ‘We are here because the climate crisis is here’

Members of the progressive “Squad” held a press conference in Minnesota on Friday to draw attention to the Indigenous-led fight against Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline, which water protectors and environmentalists have been battling on the ground and in court. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Hosted by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), the press conference also featured remarks […]

September 6th

Joining fight against Line 3 Pipeline, health professionals urge Biden to block project

U.S. doctors, nurses, and other health professionals came together Tuesday for a national day of solidarity against Line 3 that included various events and a letter calling on President Joe Biden to block Enbridge’s tar sands project. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The health professionals are pressuring Biden to “take action that climate science demands, listen to the […]

August 23rd

‘Victory for Environmental Justice’: Review Ordered for Proposed Cancer Alley Plastics Complex

Environmental justice and climate campaigners celebrated after a federal official on Wednesday ordered a detailed review of the impacts of a massive Formosa Plastics complex set to be built on over 2,000 acres in an area of Louisiana long known as “Cancer Alley.”   By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Today’s announcement is the ultimate David v. […]

August 20th

Amid climate crisis, HBCUs are investing in pathways to environmental sustainability

With the consequences of climate change growing more dire every year, the need to remove barriers to environmentally sustainable lifestyles has become increasingly urgent, especially for Black people. As the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report details, sea levels will continue to rise and extreme weather will grow even more frequent in the coming […]

August 18th

CA Hoopa tribe advise Haaland that Trump policies remain threat to Tribe’s fishery, CA environment

On August 10, the Hoopa Valley Tribe advised Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland that Donald Trump’s policies remain a threat to the Tribe’s fishery and California’s environment. Here is the full press release from the Tribe: At Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland’s August 10 Tribal Leaders Roundtable in Eureka, Hoopa Chairman Joe Davis thanked Haaland for […]

August 17th