Reading Time: 8 minutes The billion-dollar redevelopment of a housing project in the South Los Angeles community of Watts raises disturbing questions about lead contamination in the soil, air, and water — and how Latino and African American children are already suffering the impacts.
Reading Time: 8 minutes EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to change the way the agency measures the costs and benefits of rules. It may sound wonky, but critics call it “sophisticated sabotage” — aimed at gutting rules protecting public health and the environment.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Can the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act level the playing field between factory farms and community activists? One community showed how it can be done.
Reading Time: 3 minutes An emergency relief act demands that all infrastructure be replaced as it was before a natural disaster. But what if the original infrastructure was disastrous beforehand? Build it bad again, it seems.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Can victims of corporate wrongdoing pursue justice in other countries? A Canadian court is dealing with that question this week and its ruling could have sweeping consequences across the globe.
Reading Time: 6 minutes An annual celebration of open government felt more like a funeral last week as transparency advocates, journalists, and former federal officials bemoaned the Trump administration’s unprecedented push for secrecy.
Reading Time: 2 minutes A group of children and teenagers has been trying to force the US government to take action on climate change for years. Now it looks as though they will finally see their day in court.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The murder of Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres shows that corruption reaches right to the top in the hydropower industry.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The administration’s 30 percent tariff on solar panels deals a double blow to the environment and the economy.
Reading Time: 9 minutes As Congress struggles to agree on a long-overdue budget and spending bills, the devil is in the details as Republicans try to sneak through provisions that would harm the environment, public health, and democracy.