Environmental Justice

"Mapping America’s Access To Nature, Neighborhood By Neighborhood"

"Using satellite imagery and data on dozens of factors — including air and noise pollution, park space, open water and tree canopy — NatureQuant has distilled the elements of health-supporting nature into a single variable called NatureScore. Aggregated to the level of Census tracts — roughly the size of a neighborhood — the data provide a high-resolution image of where nature is abundant and where it is lacking across the United States."

Source: Washington Post, 04/11/2024

US Agrees With Native American Tribe That Line 5 Pipeline Is Trespassing

"The Biden administration straddled the line on a controversial Canadian oil pipeline in a court filing Wednesday, saying a lower court’s order to drain portions running through tribal land may violate a 1977 treaty but agreeing with a Native American tribe that the operator is trespassing on tribal land."

Source: The Hill, 04/11/2024

Trump Appointees Barred EPA Staff From Warning Senate About PFAS Loophole

"Trump administration officials barred experts from warning legislators that they were about to write a major environmental loophole into law, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staffers alleged in newly revealed internal communications."

Source: The Hill, 04/11/2024
April 19, 2024

DEADLINE: Planet Forward Frontline Climate Fellowship

The Planet Forward Frontline Climate Fellowship, June 10-July 19, is seeking six unique, highly diverse college students to report environmental stories from, by and about underserved communities on the front lines of climate change and environmental inequity. This is a paid opportunity. Apply by Apr 19.

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"Mercury Exposure Widespread Among Yanomami Tribe In Amazon, Report Finds"

"Many Yanomami, the Amazon’s largest Indigenous tribe in relative isolation, have been contaminated with mercury coming from widespread illegal gold mining, according to a report released on Thursday by Brazil’s top public health institute."

Source: AP, 04/05/2024

Courage and Caring — Documentary Celebrates Environmental Icon Stewart Udall

While the name of Stewart Udall, U.S. interior secretary through the tumultuous 1960s, may have faded from public memory, his influence on environmental policies is still felt today. Contributor Francesca Lyman shines the spotlight on a new documentary about Udall and his legacy, and talks with director John de Graaf about Udall’s insights and inspiration.

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