Juan Declet-Barreto

Kendall Science Fellow

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Juan Declet-Barreto is a joint Kendall Science Fellow for the UCS Climate & Energy program and the Center for Science and Democracy. He partners with environmental justice groups and activists to research the potential effects of carbon trading on disadvantaged communities, as individual states begin implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. See Juan's full bio.

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Irma, September 5. Photo: US Naval Research Laboratory

¿Está en zona de peligro de inundaciones por Irma o José? Esté atento a los avisos de las agencias locales y usa éste mapa para enterarte de tu riesgo.

No bien hemos pasado el susto de la destrucción causada por el Huracán Harvey en Houston, ya se nos encima Irma, y José parece que no tarda. Preocupado por el paso de éstos dos peligrosos fenómenos , me dí a la tarea de crear mapas que puedes utilizar para evaluar el riesgo de que el lugar donde vives se inunde. Pero es más importante saber que estar fuera de las áreas de inundación en el mapa no garantiza que no se vaya a inundar el área en que vives. Hay que estar atento a los avisos del National Hurricane Center acerca de la cantidad de lluvia esperada, ya que estar afuera de las áreas de inundación en el mapa no garantiza que estarás a salvo.

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The ExxonMobil refinery in Baytown, TX. Photo: Roy Luck/CC BY 2.0 (Flickr)

Hurricane Harvey Magnifies Climate and Petrochemical Toxic Risks for Environmental Justice Communities in Houston

The last few days have been difficult for people in Houston. Though they have been difficult for everybody, the environmental justice communities like Manchester and Galena Park in eastern Houston are now facing a double whammy of climate change and toxic contamination. Read more >

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Science Institution Can Help Alleviate Puerto Rico’s Crisis—If It’s Free of Political Interference

In the midst of Puerto Rico’s most severe social, political, and economic crisis in its modern history, a public institution shines brightly to help develop the economy by advancing science and technology. The Puerto Rico Science, Technology, and Research Trust is an independent, non-partisan entity that provides grants and infrastructure for academic and enterprise-focused research, fostering the business, environmental, human health, and biotechnology research communities in Puerto Rico. Read more >

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Trump Budget Bares Wholesale Disregard for Environmental Justice Communities, But a New Bill Gives Hope

Many low-income communities and communities of color in the U.S. have not always enjoyed the environmental and public health benefits of environmental safeguards. These communities and their advocates have long demanded redress of the unequal environmental burdens they experience, and had been hopeful that the progress made under President Obama’s EPA would continue and improve under a new administration.

But those hopes were recently dashed by President Trump’s proposed EPA budget, which allocates exactly zero dollars and zero cents to Environmental Justice programs within the agency. Read more >

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Science Just Saved My Daughter—The Most Important Reason Why I #StandUpForScience

The morning of April 4, 2017 began with excitement. My family and I were ready to fly to Boston, where we were to meet up with friends and their children at the geography conference. Our five-month old baby Amaia had lost some weight and been all kinds of fussy over the last two weeks, so we stopped to see her doctor in the morning thinking she would get some antibiotics for a stomach bug and we would be on our way. Read more >

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