Stacks at the Nucor Steel plant – one of the types of manufacturing sites that would be affected by a carbon tax – in front of the Space Needle in Seattle.
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Washington state's plan to create a carbon tax would make it a climate leader, but local environmental groups are fighting it. What gives?
Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe protest construction of an oil pipeline near their reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
What is the months-long North Dakota Access Pipeline protest really about? A Native American scholar connects the dots to environmental justice and the legacy of U.S. colonialism.
Residents of Flint, Michigan wait at a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C. on the water crisis.
Hillary Clinton has elevated environmental justice to a high level as a presidential nominee, but as the Flint water crisis demonstrates, the deeper problem lies in ineffective government agencies.
If sea level rise takes away someone’s land, should that country be compensated and how?
Despite the fanfare of signing the Paris Agreement on climate, little progress has been made on compensating poor countries for irreparable damages from climate change.
The hidden costs of affordable housing in the outer suburbs include poorer access to services and long hours of commuting.
Australian cities should be made to work for all inhabitants. This involves evenly spreading the disadvantages of industrial and commercial activities as well as the advantages of good access to services.
Flint, Michigan residents couldn’t get answers about their water – so they did their own research.
A new model of citizen-led science is emerging – as in the case of Flint, Michigan's poisoned water. Rather than simply supporting scientists, citizens ask their own questions and set the research agenda.
Tap water in Flint’s hospital on October 16.
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If Flint, Michigan were an affluent suburb, would residents have been exposed as long to drinking toxic water? Pioneering scholar Robert Bullard calls Flint's crisis a classic case of environmental discrimination
Severe floods in Chennai. How should developing countries hold richer countries to financial commitments to adapt to climate change?
How to ensure rich countries will live up to their promises of money and carbon emissions cuts? Developing countries need to look to the Allies' unified strategy in World War II.
Ahead of the Paris climate summit, protesters in the Philippines march for climate justice.
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A narrow debate of what countries should pay to respond to climate change obscures a bigger moral discussion that touches on economics, ethics and people's relationship to the natural world.
South Africa is heavily dependent on burning coal to generate electricity.
Environmental racism remains a reality in South Africa. It is poor, black citizens who live on the most damaged land and in the most polluted neighbourhoods.
Among certain minority religious communities, there’s a focus on homegrown or locally grown food.
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Yes, environmental racism is still a problem, but recent research shows that minority groups care about protecting the environment because of the positive experiences they've had.
Laudato Si’ challenges us to examine the root causes of environmental ills and injustices.
The pope's encyclical Laudato Si' tells us to protect nature and act on climate change for more than reasons of self interest.
Shining a light on religion and politics.
The pope's encyclical challenges the belief in markets to solve social ills – a difficult message for Catholic Republican presidential candidates to accept.
As a geopolitical figure, the pope has urged the West to combat global poverty and preserve the environment.
By equating human rights to the protection of nature, the pope's encyclical opens up an international debate with broad political implications.
Reaching the faithful – and many others.
For people who take the Bible seriously – not only Catholics – the pope's encyclical on climate change and the environment will change minds.
Showing his stripes: visiting a favela in Brazil in 2013.
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The pope's encyclical turns climate change into a moral discussion by focusing on the disproportionate impact of climate change on poor countries and regions.
Protesting in West Baltimore.
Freddie Gray had high levels of lead as a child, one of the environmental injustices suffered by poor and minority groups.
Trying to stop an incinerator project in Baltimore.
The EPA and other federal agencies have yet to address environmental justice – despite a long history of poor and minority communities suffering environmental ills disproportionately.