Juan Declet-Barreto

Climate Scientist

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Juan Declet-Barreto is a climate scientist 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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View of the ship channel in Houston with city in the back, and air pollution.

La EPA elimina una protección vital para mantener el aire libre de sustancias tóxicas, poniendo nuestra salud en peligro

La EPA ha eliminado regulaciones que nos protegen de 187 sustancias tóxicas, y que han evitado cada año desde 1990 la emisión de 1.5 millones de toneladas de contaminantes atmosféricos tóxicos. Read more >

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1973 EPA photo of a smokestack of the DuPont chemical plant on the Houston Ship Channel.

EPA Eliminates Vital Protection to Keep Air Clean of Toxics, Threatening Our Health

For decades, the Clean Air Act has protected us from the dangerous health effects of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). Thanks to strong federal rules that protect us from 187 toxic air pollutants, the EPA estimates that we have avoided emitting 1.5 million tons of these pollutants every year since 1990. But the EPA, recently—and quietly—eliminated these protections. Read more >

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Photo: Steve Garvie

EPA Quietly Moves to Allow More Toxic Air Pollution that Causes Cancer

A recent move by the EPA puts communities across the country at risk. By rolling back a key policy that protects people against cancer-causing air pollutants, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is exposing us all to more toxic air. Read more >

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Ciencia para un planeta sano para todos

Vivimos momentos de mucha incertidumbre entre nuestra comunidad. Nuestro mundo se ve amenazado por la intolerancia y el odio a los inmigrantes, el desmantelamiento de las protecciones federales a nuestra salud y del ambiente, la negación de la realidad del cambio climático, y más recientemente, por el triste fracaso de nuestros líderes en tomar acción para frenar la epidemia de violencia con armas de fuego que afecta al país.

Como científico climático y padre de familia sé cuán urgente es que toda la sociedad se movilice para frenar éstos preocupantes ataques a nuestra salud y bienestar, y no estoy sólo en ello: La comunidad de origen latinoamericano en EE.UU., también exige a nuestros líderes que protejan nuestra salud, bienestar, y medio ambiente, y al mismo tiempo, fortalezcan nuestra democracia. Read more >

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Dialogue About Risks of Environmental Exposure Begins with Taking Environmental Justice Concerns Seriously

Public health officials are tasked with one of the most critical jobs in our modern risk society: to research, understand, educate, and help prevent the multiple and complex ways in which people are exposed to and suffer from disease. But when public health officials deflect attention away from significant sources of toxic pollutants that put people at risk (and instead blame the overexposed population’s race, lifestyle, or genetics), they do a disservice to the people they are supposed to protect. Read more >

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