Adrienne Hollis

Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

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Adrienne L. Hollis is the Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist for the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In that role, she leads the development, design, and implementation of methods for accessing and documenting the health impacts of climate change on communities of color and other traditionally disenfranchised groups. Dr. Hollis works with environmental justice communities to identify priority health concerns related to climate change and other environmental assaults, and evaluates climate and energy policy approaches for their ability to effectively address climate change and benefit underserved communities. She develops and implements projects to document health impacts of climate change on communities of color, and ensures scientific information from UCS is communicated in a culturally competent and helpful manner to vulnerable populations.

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Pollution released by refinery fire. Greg Kunit/Creative Commons (Flickr)

While You Were Focused on COVID-19, EPA Gave Polluters Free Rein, Threatening At-Risk Communities

On March 26, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an order–retroactive to March 13–giving polluters the power to “self-regulate,” suspending environmental enforcement and giving industry a free pass to pollute. This is the latest and most brazen act by an administration determined to remove any semblance of federal environmental oversight or protections for the public. Read more >

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Catch-22 of Coronavirus for Seniors Most at Risk, and the Importance of Up-to-Date Information

The choices we have made together about keeping safe during this pandemic are based on the best available information we can access. This highlights the need for government scientists to be able to tell us what they know, when they know it–something that seems easier said than done right now. Read more >

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An oil refinery stands in the background as children play on a basketball court in Port Arthur, Texas, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A Conversation with the NEPA Ninja

The Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that came out a couple of weeks ago on NEPA is inexcusable and disgraceful. I find it hard to believe that an environmental organization like CEQ would engage in activities designed to put lives in grave danger, all so that companies who stand to benefit from more lax environmental laws can do so. Once again–profit over people. The National Environmental Policy Act (fondly known as NEPA) requires federal agencies to engage in a review process to identify any significant environmental, economic, social, or health impacts a project may have before decisions are made and construction begins. Read more >

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Preparing for the September 20, 2019 Global Climate Strike in Boston, MA.

Environmental Justice in 2019: Impacts and Anniversaries

This is the third and final blog post in a series on environmental justice milestones, anniversaries, and impacts in 2019. Read more >

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Activism and Action in 2019, a Banner Year for Environmental Justice

This second blog in a series on environmental justice milestones looks at significant EJ actions and activism in 2019. Read more >

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