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Top Four Ways that the Biden Administration Can Center Environmental Justice Reform

, Research Analyst

One of the greatest tragedies in our country is that many communities—especially communities of color, low-income communities, and Indigenous communities—are unnecessarily burdened with higher levels of air pollution, contaminated water, and other environmental stressors. It’s a genuinely encouraging sign that the incoming Biden administration has pledged to carry out significant reforms to promote and center environmental justice. Here are our top four actions that we think the incoming Biden administration should take to fulfill this promise. Read more >

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Responder al COVID-19 no tiene que significar sacrificar a las comunidades vulnerables

, Senior Analyst

En su respuesta a la crisis COVID-19, es imperativo que el gobierno no cargue a las comunidades vulnerables y a los trabajadores esenciales con las consecuencias de decisiones apresuradas. Read more >

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Communities Face Harm When the EPA Dismantles Chemical Safety Protections

, Research Analyst

If chemical facilities are regularly catching on fire or exploding in your neighborhood – like the recent TPC Group plant chemical fire near Houston that dangerously blazed during the Thanksgiving holiday – you would want the government to do something about it. You would want to know what is going on in these facilities. You would want to know what actions are being taken to prevent another catastrophe. And you would want to know that the lives of you, your family, friends and neighbors are being protected by the government through science-based rules and regulations.

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Report: When the Trump Administration Sidelines Science, Underserved Communities Face the Worst Consequences

, Research Analyst

As a public health researcher and a woman of color, I am acutely aware that in the United States some people live in communities which are afforded more science-based protections, allowing them to breath cleaner air, drink cleaner water, eat more nutritious food, and work at safer workplaces. And some people live in communities which are not afforded these protections. Read more >

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Scientists Advocating for Climate Action in Oregon: Why we are stepping up and speaking out

Sharon C Delcambre, PhD, Visiting Instructor of Environmental Studies, University of Portland; Frank D. Granshaw, PhD, adjunct faculty in Geology and University Studies, Portland State University, , UCS

We are two climate scientists, currently teaching about climate change at two universities in Portland, Oregon. We are also two concerned scientists who understand the severe threats that climate change is posing to human well-being, as well as two concerned parents (and one concerned grandfather) who are worried about the future of climate extremes that our children and grandchildren must bear. As members of the UCS Science Network, this year we have used our voices as scientists and experts to speak with Oregon state legislators and advocate for strong climate action in Oregon. Here are our stories.

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