Politics

Why environmental justice needs to be on the docket in the presidential debates: Derrick Z. Jackson

If you want to talk about the inequality in our economy, COVID-19, race, and silent violence in our cities, you need to start with environmental injustice.

When Fox News announced the lineup of topics for the upcoming presidential debate, climate change and environmental justice were nowhere to be seen.
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Politics

Time to cancel the term 'minority.'

Nearly three decades ago, I wrote the following sentence in a Boston Globe column: "Let us bury the term 'minority.'"

Silly me, thinking in 1991 that I could eliminate this amorphous, diminutive label for people of color with a few taps on a keyboard.

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Pol Tavarez, Vatic Kuumba, Leah Bamberger (left to right) have all helped shape the Providence, Rhode Island, Climate Justice Plan. (Credit: Derrick Z. Jackson)
Solutions

Derrick Z. Jackson: A Rhode Island city gets serious about climate justice

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Vatic Kuumba, a local poet and playwright, has little tolerance for climate change resilience plans that leave out low-income families forced to be resilient for decades from environmental degradation.

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Politics

Op-ed: Coronavirus pandemic—the consequences of sidelining science

Having paved over the science on pandemics, the Trump administration puts up parking lots. Literally.

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Mural on a house on Lawndale Avenue in the Little Village area of Chicago, Illinois. (Credit: Terence Faircloth/flickr)
Solutions

Op-ed: Toxic injustices

A sobering afternoon in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago with Antonio Lopez showed what any Green New Deal must undo, let alone do.

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Causes

Op-ed: Natural gas vs. renewable energy — beware the latest gas industry talking points

The natural gas industry is on an aggressive public relations tear to convince Americans that for decades to come, it is the "bridge" between coal and renewable energy.

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Impacts

Op-ed: The biggest casualty of Trump’s Dorian deceit? Our common bonds

President Trump's lies to corroborate his false claim that Hurricane Dorian would hit Alabama caused a destructive gale of its own. With this attack on science, Trump ripped at a thread of our nation's social fabric—the weather.

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America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Wreck on the Green Highway

Most of us are trying to forget Tuesday night's debate debacle. But one interaction is worth revisiting.

Climate change will continue to widen gaps in food security, new study finds

Countries already struggling with low crop yields will be hurt most by a warming climate.

Our plastic planet

While climate change remains environmental issue #1, the worries over plastic in our water, soil, food, and bodies continue to grow.

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