environmental justice

Clean Air for All? What the EPA’s Ozone Rule Tells Us About Who Air Pollution Laws Leave Behind

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Today the nation enjoys far cleaner air than it did 50 years ago when the Clean Air Act was signed into law. But it isn’t clean everywhere. In fact, the quality of the air you breathe depends on where you live, and there are huge discrepancies in air quality across states, within cities, and between neighborhoods. Why is this? How can such differences exist when the law is the same across the country? The reasons are many, but one thing is clear: the laws are not enough, and the Trump administration’s new draft rule on ozone provides a telling example of how the Clean Air Act can fail to protect those who need it most. Read more >

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Hurricane Michael

With Hurricane and COVID-19 Preparedness, Communities Are Damned if they Do and Damned if they Don’t

, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

Hurricane season is arriving in the middle of a global pandemic. What is the plan? Read more >

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Real-Time Lessons on COVID-19 and US Hurricane Response: What We’ve Learned from Hanna and Isaias

, climate scientist

This hurricane season is particularly unique in a couple of ways – not only has it had various earliest named storms, but it is happening amidst a pandemic. The novel coronavirus is everywhere in the U.S. and in the world, and to respond to a disaster under the threat of contagion is nothing short of an extraordinary challenge. Read more >

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Massachusetts, Act Now on Environmental Justice and Climate Action

, Senior energy analyst

The two-year Massachusetts legislative session is down to the wire, scheduled to end this Friday. Some key environmental justice and climate bills are in play, and now is the time to ramp up pressure and get them across the finish line. We can’t afford to wait till next year on either of these issues. If you live in Massachusetts, now’s a great time to let your legislators hear that you want action, and you want it now. Read more >

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Extreme Floods and Superfund Sites: A Pending Disaster for Underserved Communities

, Research scientist

In a new UCS report released today, A Toxic Relationship: Extreme Coastal Flooding & Superfund Sites, we demonstrate how the Trump administration’s sidelining of science would disproportionately put the health of communities of color and low-income communities at risk. More specifically, we model how sea level rise would contribute to extreme coastal flooding along the East and Gulf coasts and lay bare the risks faced by many vulnerable communities located near hazardous facilities. Read more >

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