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‘Major Victory for Public Health’: Court Orders Trump EPA to Ban Pesticide That Harms Kids’ Brains

By Jessica Corbett ~ Common Dreams ~ “Children, farmworkers, rural families, and science are all huge winners today… EPA’s job is to protect public health, not industry profits.” In a “major victory for public health,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Thursday ruled the Trump administration illegally blocked a ban on chlorpyrifos—a pesticide linked to brain development delays in children and nervous systems issues for all…

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The U.S. Government Tried to Stop These Kids’ Lawsuit Over Climate Change. It Didn’t Work

By Annie Reneau ~ Upworthy ~ Since 2015, 21 young people aged 8 to 20 have been engaged in Juliana v. the United States, a lawsuit over climate change. The plaintiffs argue that the federal government has not taken sufficient action to battle catastrophic climate change and that the dire future of the planet infringes on their constitutional right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They contend that…

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As Electricity Returns to Puerto Rico, Its People Want More Power

By Larry Greenemeier, Louis Dzierzak ~ Scientific American The island has long-term plans to make its main public electrical grid smarter as residents turn to solar power and microgrids for faster relief A nine-month, $3.8-billion effort to end the longest blackout in U.S. history has restored power to much of Puerto Rico. Unfortunately though, this year’s Atlantic hurricane season is underway and the still-fragile electrical grid is unlikely to fare…

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Climate Change and Vulnerable Communities — Let’s Talk About This Hot Mess.

By Talia Buford ~ ProPublica ~ In my first episode of this PBS Digital Studios show, I dissect why minorities and disadvantaged people will face bigger consequences in a warming world. Climate change will impact us all, no matter who we are or where we live. But that doesn’t mean it will hit us equally. Climate change may not discriminate, but people do. As a reporter at ProPublica, my focus…

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How Young Activists Hope to Make Climate Change a Political Priority

By Amy Sisk ~ StateImpact Pennsylvania Standing in the middle of a grassy field just outside Pittsburgh, Anaïs Peterson recalled the years she spent playing soccer here. “That’s the goal you always want,” she said, nodding to the east. A mile beyond that goalpost in Indiana Township lies a natural gas well pad that didn’t exist during her soccer days. “It’s like 2 miles from two schools, a daycare, a…

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Could Air Pollution be Linked to Higher Crime Rates?

By Gary Haq ~ CityMetric The impact of air pollution on human health is well-documented. We know that exposure to high levels of air pollutants raises the risk of respiratory infections, heart disease, stroke, lung cancer as well as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. But there is growing evidence to suggest that air pollution does not just affect our health – it affects our behaviour too. Lead was removed from petrol…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Ideas City 2013; Innovators Working Towards Environmental Justice

Ideas City 2013; Innovators Working Towards Environmental Justice

Ideas City, founded by the New Museum, is scheduled to take place May 1-4 2013 in downtown New York. This incredible festival combines innovators from all over the world who have pitched “greener” ideas for the future city. The theme of this year’s event is “Untapped Capital”, as Ideas City focuses on using natural resources that may be underutilized. As we all know, there has been a lot of talk…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | The Electric Car; why is it not happening?

The Electric Car; why is it not happening?

Our cars say a lot about who we are, especially since they are one of the biggest ways that we affect our environment on a daily basis. Since the revolution of the Prius, Americans have begun to change the way they look at their vehicles, and are going with the “greener” choice. However, these cars can be quite expensive. The most affordable electric car on the market right now is…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Why Parks and Open Space Matter

Why Parks and Open Space Matter

Do you think there is a difference between a child that grows up near a park and one that grows up in a pure urban environment? Policy Link recently highlighted a case study on the impact of open space in urban developments: The City Project: Building a New Green Urban Movement Selected case study from Why Place and Race Matter Nearly two-thirds of the children who live in Los Angeles County…

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