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New study confirms: Structural racism in STEM programs needs fixing

“Our study indicates that something is happening in the classes themselves."

A groundbreaking paper published last month in PNAS Nexus, a sibling journal to the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, offers stark quantitative data showing the continued blight of structural racism in academic STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs in the United States.

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EPA's chemical safety rule tests the Biden administration’s commitment to environmental justice

In christening a new office of environmental justice, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan proclaimed on Sept. 24 that “underserved and overburdened communities are at the forefront of our work.”

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Solving the climate crisis will help both ‘sacrifice zones’ and ‘cute’ puffins

When I tell bird-loving audiences what puffins mean to me, I start with the expected.

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Good news: A good year for puffins and terns, despite climate change

The title of supervisory wildlife biologist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service does little justice to Linda Welch (pictured above). In practice, she is the housing and unusual development secretary for seabirds on Maine’s Petit Manan Island.

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Derrick Z. Jackson: Children will suffer the consequences of recent Supreme Court rulings

It appears to be of no concern to the Supreme Court’s 6-3 ultraconservative majority how children are collateral damage in its monumental rulings to close the 2021-22 term.

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Derrick Z. Jackson: Roe v. Wade draft bodes ill for air, wetlands and the EPA

Science and the U.S. Supreme Court are on course to become oil and water, much to the joy of Big Oil and to the dread of those who support actions that protect our planet.

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Climate colonialism at COP26: Derrick Z. Jackson

The refusal of the United States and fellow rich nations to compensate developing countries for the devastation wrought by air pollution and climate change smacks of a kind of modern colonialism at its worst.

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