Keystone Continues, Despite Warning Signs

Last week, the Nebraska Public Service Commission approved a permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline that, although approving an alternative route, cleared the final regulatory hurdle in a multi-year fight against the pipeline. The decision to…

Regenerative Agriculture to Combat Poverty?

Poverty has long been a topic of discussion in political spheres, and the ideas proposed to combat poverty are far too numerous for this post. However, one recently discussed idea not only reverses poverty but also…

Hurricanes and Toxic Waste

What happens to toxic waste and other chemical pollutants after a hurricane? A more fundamental question is what happens to all debris after a hurricane? If you place waterlogged wood, drywall, metal, oil, and other debris…

Community Gardens Rejuvenate Milwaukee

Milwaukee boasts more per capita community gardens, farms, and farmers’ markets than any other city in the nation. In addition, the city of about 600,000 boasts numerous “farm-to-table” restaurants. For a city where about 30% of…

Racial Disparities Still Exist in Air Pollution

A new federally funded study found that people of color are still more likely to suffer from air pollution than the white population in the United States. While the results of this study aren’t shocking, the results…

Environmental Justice, Hookworm, and the American South

Hookworm, an intestinal parasite often found in areas of extreme poverty, is making a comeback in an unexpected place: the American South. More than one in three people tested in southern Alabama tested positive for the…

The Problem of Lead in a Trump Administration

In Buffalo, NY, Lacie Manzella’s three children had dangerously high levels of lead in their blood, resulting in nosebleeds and development disorders for her youngest son. County inspectors found at least 15 lead-based violations in her…

Resiliency Nationwide

This blog has previously discussed the importance of building climate resilient cities, and how the need for resilient habitats will become increasingly important with changing weather systems and climate. With President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to…

The Commercial Case for Planting Trees

Justin Adams, from the Nature Conservancy, has made a compelling economic case for regreening the earth and replenishing trees across the globe. In addition to the health benefits of planting trees in cities, which we have…

Rebecca Bratspies The Climate Injustice Conference, Condensed

Rebecca Bratspies, CUNY Law professor, introduced her panel. She asked “what tools do we have at our disposal, what forces do we have as human society and our institutions to deploy?” Courtesy of The Roosevelt House…