Environmental Justice

Gulf Petrochemical Buildout Draws Tax Breaks Despite Pollution Violations

"A booming petrochemical buildout on the Gulf Coast has drawn billions of dollars in public subsidies from state tax abatement programs despite regular violations of pollution permits, according to a new report released Thursday."

Source: Inside Climate News, 03/15/2024

Toxic Air Lingers In Texas Latino Community, As Air Monitoring Fails

"Public data from a network of state air monitors around the Houston Ship Channel is hard to interpret and is often inadequate, leaving Latino-majority neighborhoods like Cloverleaf unaware of whether the air they breathe is safe."

Source: EHN, 03/15/2024

SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism Awards $47,605 to Support Stories on the U.S. Clean Energy Transition

The Fund for Environmental Journalism has awarded $47,605 for 11 projects selected through the 2023-24 round of competition for stories on the U.S. Clean Energy Transition. 100% of the story projects focus on under-represented communities or share diverse perspectives on environmental issues.

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South American Lithium Mines Threaten Native Water, Culture And Wealth

"In the “lithium triangle” – a region spanning Argentina, Chile and Bolivia – native communities sit upon a treasure trove of the stuff: an estimated trillion dollars in lithium."

Source: AP, 03/14/2024

"Miss. Senate Votes To Change Control Of Jackson’s Troubled Water System"

"For the second year in a row, the Mississippi Senate has passed a bill that would transfer control of the state capital city’s troubled water system to a regional board."

Source: AP, 03/14/2024

Maryland Lawmakers Balk at Ending Subsidies for Trash Incineration

"Within a year of moving to Cherry Hill, a majority Black neighborhood on Baltimore’s southern tip, Shanae Thomas noticed her asthma—a health problem she was born with—had gradually worsened."

Source: Inside Climate News, 03/13/2024

"Canada, U.S. Launch Intl. Inquiry Into Southeast B.C. Mine Pollution"

"Nearly 12 years after Ktunaxa Nation first urged the Canadian and U.S. governments to task an international body with investigating the mine pollution coursing through its territory, the two countries have agreed to a step the nation says is key to addressing contamination from B.C.’s Elk Valley coal mines."

Source: The Narwhal, 03/12/2024

"Florida Passes ‘Cruel’ Bill Curbing Water And Shade Protections For Workers"

"The Florida legislature passed a bill on Friday that prevents any city, county, or municipality in the state from adopting legislation aimed at protecting outdoor workers from extreme heat, prompting many to call out lawmakers for being “cruel” to the “most vulnerable workers”."

Source: Guardian, 03/12/2024

Six Ways To Cover the Environmental Impacts of Animal Agriculture

Animal agriculture is a massive industry with a vast environmental footprint, so there are plenty of reporting opportunities for journalists on the “eat beat.” In the second of two parts, following last week’s examination of diet-related greenhouse gas emissions, food-and-climate journalist Jenny Splitter serves up a variety of story ideas and information sources, plus some thoughts on solutions journalism.

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