California’s Focus on Environmental Justice Creates Model for Other States

California’s Focus on Environmental Justice Creates Model for Other States

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Since 2018, Californians have benefited from a new addition to the state government: the Bureau of Environmental Justice. Launched by Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the bureau is focused on protecting communities disproportionately harmed by pollution and contamination. The environmental justice bureau is the first of its kind, with six […]

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States Are Beginning to Enact Environmental Justice Laws

States Are Beginning to Enact Environmental Justice Laws

With the Trump administration rolling back environmental protections and exacerbating environmental inequalities, the burden had landed on states to take up measures to protect minority and poor communities.

Why This Matters:  Environmental Justice (EJ) was still not well known in 2019 when Senators Cory Booker, Tammy Duckworth, and Tom Carper created the first EJ Caucus in the Senate in 2019. And as with climate, state governments are leading the way.

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The Military Can Lead on Energy Innovation and Environmental Justice, Starting in Georgia 

The Military Can Lead on Energy Innovation and Environmental Justice, Starting in Georgia 

By Sherri Goodman and Monica Medina While our nation’s first priority must be to tackle the COVID crisis, we must also address the challenge of climate change and the opportunity of the energy transition in a way that creates more jobs and improves health and safety for more Americans. Today, our military, in Georgia and […]

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Top Ten Stories of 2020: Biden-Harris’ Historic Win

Top Ten Stories of 2020: Biden-Harris’ Historic Win

When 2020 began, many people were counting Joe Biden out and Kamala Harris’ Presidential run had already ended — what a difference a year makes.  Biden surprised many progressives with a strong climate and environmental justice plan that only got stronger as the campaign went on.

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As COVID Spikes Again in Alabama, Environmental Injustice Prompts a “Moral Moment”

As COVID Spikes Again in Alabama, Environmental Injustice Prompts a “Moral Moment”

E&E reports in an in-depth piece on Tuscaloosa, chronic illness and exposure to air pollution are exacerbating the spiking COVID rates and increasing the risks for people living in neighborhoods just outside the boundaries of industrial plants and refineries across the country. 

Why this Matters: Clean air should be a right, not a privilege. Across the country, communities of color face disproportionate local air pollution and higher COVID rates.

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Heightened PFAS Levels Linked to Severe COVID-19

Heightened PFAS Levels Linked to Severe COVID-19

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer A new Danish study has found that elevated levels of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of man-made chemicals linked to cancer, in the bloodstream are linked to severe COVID-19. The study observed 323 patients infected with the virus and found that those with elevated levels of the […]

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