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The Color of Climate

Opponents of the move say most of the oil and gas wells will be drilled near Hispanic communities

The text “The Color of Climate” is illustrated in a circle pattern  around a globe icon. Behind the text there are two images side-by-side — on the left is a gavel and an “I Voted” sticker, and on the right is an oil drilling machine.
The text “The Color of Climate” is illustrated in a circle pattern  around a globe icon. Behind the text there are two images side-by-side — on the left is a gavel and an “I Voted” sticker, and on the right is an oil drilling machine.

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 Monday, the Kern County Board of Supervisors in California voted to approve an ordinance that will allow fast-track permitting of tens of thousands of new oil and gas wells. The vote was unanimous, despite a months-long campaign waged by a coalition of county residents and environmental activists and eight hours of public testimony in opposition to the ordinance that the board heard on the day of the vote.

Kern County, which…


The Color of Climate

New research links mass incarceration and increased carbon emissions

Photo illustration: “The Color of Climate” text and photos of silver handcuffs, and heat station pipes behind barbed wire
Photo illustration: “The Color of Climate” text and photos of silver handcuffs, and heat station pipes behind barbed wire

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.

As historically large wildfires raged up and down the United States West Coast in 2020, people incarcerated in jails and prisons in California, Oregon, and Washington were strangled by dense smoke. Prisoners and activists pleaded with state law enforcement officials to release or evacuate prisoners from smoky areas.

After Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, prisoners in Texas were stranded without food and water in flooded jails and prisons, writing to the National…


The Color of Climate

Deforestation at the hands of richer, whiter nations is to blame

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.

The Upper Guinean Forest was once a lush tropical ecosystem that spanned 103 million acres along the southern border of six West African countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Togo. Over the past 40 years, more than 80% of the forest’s original canopy has been chopped down to make space for agriculture and a rapidly growing population.

Deforestation makes pandemics more likely, say researchers. The types of animals that…


The Color of Climate

Environmental justice activists from around the United States analyze President-elect Joe Biden’s plans for the climate and environment

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris walk on stage wearing masks.
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris walk on stage wearing masks.

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.

At the last presidential debate in October, NBC news anchor and debate moderator Kristen Welker asked Donald Trump and Joe Biden a series of questions about climate change, and how oil refineries and chemical plants affect the health of people of color.

It was the first time the moderator of a presidential debate had ever asked about environmental justice, according to Judith Enck, a former regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency…


THE COLOR OF CLIMATE

Researchers are empowering residents to advocate for better protection by providing them with hyper-local health data

Healthcare workers push a patient into a less intensive unit from the Covid-19 Unit at Houston United Memorial Medical Center
Healthcare workers push a patient into a less intensive unit from the Covid-19 Unit at Houston United Memorial Medical Center

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.

Over 48,000 people have died of the novel coronavirus in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas — the five states that make up the Gulf Coast. That’s 20% of the over 234,000 people who’ve died across the country. In all of those states, Black people have had either the highest or second-highest coronavirus death rate in these states, according to APM Research Lab. …


The Color of Climate

As California wildfires send smoke all over the United States, activists scramble to help vulnerable populations

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.

On a recent Tuesday evening in August, trans disability activist Quinn Jasmine Redwoods drove into Oakland to buy 12,000 KN95 respirator masks.

Redwoods is the founder of Mask Oakland, a group that collects and distributes masks primarily to Oakland’s houseless population, which is disproportionately Black, and other housed people of color.

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