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All over the country, there are direct actions, lawsuits, and calls for the Biden administration to shut down more pipelines

Photo of climate change rally in Washington D.C.
Photo of climate change rally in Washington D.C.

This is The Color of Climate, a weekly column from Future Human exploring how climate change and other environmental issues uniquely impact the future of communities of color.

Indigenous communities and environmental groups are fighting a battle against a planned tar sands pipeline they say could do irreparable damage to ecosystems in Northern Minnesota. Known as Line 3, the project was ordered by President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice in 2014, which aimed to replace a pipeline built in 1968 that has a long history of oil spills — including the largest inland oil spill in United States history. That…


THE COLOR OF CLIMATE

But replacing them might not be as easy as previously thought

This is The Color of Climate, a weekly column from Future Human exploring how climate change and other environmental issues uniquely impact the future of communities of color.

A group of public health and environmental researchers from across the United States are calling for reforms in how we regulate a group of chemical compounds that are harmful to women and children.

In a paper published in the American Journal of Public Health in February, the group recommended policies that they hope will eliminate the use of the chemicals in consumer products.

Ortho-phthalates, the chemical group in question, are neurotoxins that…


The Color of Climate

California was once the leading producer of oil and gas in the United States, and is slow to move away from fossil fuels

This is The Color of Climate, a weekly column from Future Human exploring how climate change and other environmental issues uniquely impact the future of communities of color.

On the outskirts of Bakersfield, California, it doesn’t take much effort to stumble upon an oil or gas well.

“You don’t have to drive far, especially once you get out into those rural areas,” Julie Solis, who lives in the city, tells Future Human. “The rural communities are really where they’re getting hit the hardest.”

Two of Solis’ four children attend school at Bakersfield College, which is on the edge of town…


The Color of Climate

Some say trading water as a commodity could help mitigate future water crises, but others are highly skeptical

This is The Color of Climate, a weekly column from Future Human exploring how climate change and other environmental issues uniquely impact the future of communities of color.

In 2016, California experienced one of the worst droughts in the history of the state. Over 100 million trees died and billions of dollars in agriculture were lost. Farmers across the state were stuck between a rock and dry place: They needed more water for their crops, but the price of water was higher and more uncertain because of the drought.

Now, despite a powerful recent winter storm that brought rain and…


The Color of Climate

New research shows the U.S. is among the world’s top plastic polluters but isn’t doing its part to clean up

This is The Color of Climate, a weekly column from Future Human exploring how climate change and other environmental issues uniquely impact the future of communities of color.

In late 2018, I traveled to Kenya with a colleague on a reporting trip. On one of my few days off, I explored Nairobi, the country’s capital and one of the largest cities in East Africa.

My colleague’s friend, Enos, showed me the city’s awesome graffiti, street art, and tricked-out matatus (small van taxis with TVs and loud music). We rode one to Dandora, a suburb near the outskirts of Nairobi, and…


The Color of Climate

After decades of exposure to nauseating pollution, activists and residents filed a civil rights complaint against the state

Danger Hazardous Waste sign
Danger Hazardous Waste sign

This is The Color of Climate, a weekly column from OneZero exploring how climate change and other environmental issues uniquely impact the future of communities of color.

The U.S. Ecology hazardous waste facility is located in a predominantly Black area in Detroit. Residents say that fumes and odors from the facility give them nausea and cause appetite loss. Dust from the plant aggravates their asthma. They keep the windows of their homes closed to keep the air pollution out. They can’t enjoy fresh air.

The residents have been dealing with pollution from the facility for decades, but the coronavirus pandemic…


The Color of Climate

For some activists, the Great American Outdoors Act isn’t all that great

This is The Color of Climate, a weekly column from OneZero exploring how climate change and other environmental issues uniquely impact the future of communities of color.

Last week, Donald Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law. The bill, which was passed by Congress with bipartisan support, will fully and permanently fund the conservation of the country’s land and water and provide $9.5 billion over five years to national parks for repairs and upgrades. It’s a pretty major piece of legislation, as far as conservation is concerned.

Environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council…


The Color of Climate

Extreme heat threatens us all — but some people more than others

This is The Color of Climate, a weekly column from OneZero exploring how climate change and other environmental issues uniquely impact the future of communities of color.

A historic heat wave that scorched the southwestern United States last weekend set a new high-temperature record in Los Angeles County. “No A/C” trended on Twitter because many people had no relief from the heat.

It was particularly unbearable for vulnerable populations like Los Angeles’ homeless community. The city has over 66,000 homeless residents, the majority of whom are Black or Latino, and only had six cooling centers opened throughout the city over…

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