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Chemical Breakdown part 1. Lifting the High Energy Burden in America’s Largest Cities: How Energy Efficiency Can Improve Low Income and Underserved Communities. In Detroit, Fighting Hopelessness With a Climate Plan. Report: Efficiency could provide big benefits to low-income renters. Low-income households spend up to three times as much of their income on energy costs as higher-income households do, and would benefit significantly from efficiency upgrades, according to a new report.

Report: Efficiency could provide big benefits to low-income renters

Since their total income is lower, it’s not surprising that such households would see a higher proportion of it spent on energy. But these households are often paying more than they should be for energy because they are more likely to live in inefficient buildings, often where they don’t have control over heating and cooling or the power to make efficiency upgrades. On average, the report found, low-income households spend 7.2 percent of their income on energy while higher-income households spend only 2.3 percent. But the study found that increased efficiency measures could close this energy burden gap by about one-third.

Researchers also found that minorities pay a larger portion of their income for energy. Energy and affordable housing. Summary Report. Today in Paris, United States delegates representing the NAACP, the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) and students from HBCUs held a demonstration at the high-profile climate talks. - Baltimore City Paper. Civil rights investigation probes environmental justice in Illinois. An aging coal plant north of Chicago was a hot topic at a hearing yesterday exploring whether ongoing industrial pollution in minority neighborhoods amounts to civil rights violations.

Civil rights investigation probes environmental justice in Illinois

Every year the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights chooses a topic to investigate for possible civil rights violations and for "statutory enforcement" -- whether the relevant agencies are enforcing the laws. For 2016, the theme is environmental justice with a focus on coal ash and hydraulic fracturing. The chairman of the commission, Martin Castro, and the Illinois Advisory Committee to the federal commission convened in Chicago March 9 to hear testimony from community members, academics, industry representatives and government officials. Your Grandfather’s Coal Plant – The Clean Air Act’s Flawed Legacy. Tiny air pollutants are big, big killers. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Air pollution is now the world’s fourth leading cause of early death.

Tiny air pollutants are big, big killers

It killed some 5.5 million people in 2013 alone. And those numbers are only likely to grow, reports an international team of researchers. They just shared the grim news, here, at a major science meeting. Air pollution includes many substances that can cause illness and death. The new research focused on one type known as particulates. “That air pollution is known to be a serious cause of a number of health effects,” says Michael Brauer. The Environmental Justice Movement. Environmental Issues > Environmental Justice Main Page > All Environmental Justice Documents By Renee Skelton and Vernice Miller Championed primarily by African-Americans, Latinos, Asians and Pacific Islanders and Native Americans, the environmental justice movement addresses a statistical fact: people who live, work and play in America's most polluted environments are commonly people of color and the poor.

The Environmental Justice Movement

Environmental justice advocates have shown that this is no accident. Communities of color, which are often poor, are routinely targeted to host facilities that have negative environmental impacts -- say, a landfill, dirty industrial plant or truck depot. The statistics provide clear evidence of what the movement rightly calls "environmental racism. " Toxic Targets: Polluters That Dump on Communities of Color Are Finally Being Brought to Justice (July-August 1998) Toxic Targets Polluters That Dump on Communities of Color Are Finally Being Brought to Justice By Jim Motavalli On September 10, 1997, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Carol Browner issued a simple but unprecedented order: She disallowed the state of Louisiana's approval of an enormous polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant in Convent, a small, mostly African-American community already inundated with 10 other toxic waste producers.

Toxic Targets: Polluters That Dump on Communities of Color Are Finally Being Brought to Justice (July-August 1998)

This by-no-means fatal blow to the Japanese-owned Shintech plant (the state can simply amend the filings) was nonetheless a shot across the bows of the waste industry, which has never before suffered such a setback at the hands of the federal government. Still pending against the Shintech application is a legal complaint, filed by the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, charging that the state of Louisiana is in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits any agency receiving federal funds from practicing racial discrimination.

A Speech Given By Terri Swearingen. Speech by Terri Swearingen July 29, 1994 Second International Citizens Conference on Dioxin St.

A Speech Given By Terri Swearingen

Louis University, Missouri. The Biomimicry Institute – Inspiring Sustainable Innovation. Flint Isn’t the Only Place With Racism in the Water. Last month, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) delivered his fifth State of the State address, a ceremonious speech that typically presents the governor’s legislative priorities and vision for the year ahead.

Flint Isn’t the Only Place With Racism in the Water

But instead of talking about pressing priorities—such as the need to reform the state’s public education system, improve its job market, or invest in its infrastructure—Governor Snyder was forced to apologize for his government’s failure to provide clean, safe water to the people of Flint, Michigan. The Flint water crisis began in April 2014 with an effort to cut the budget. Government officials chose to switch water access from the clean Lake Huron to the more corrosive and polluted Flint River. As Curt Guyette, a journalist for the ACLU explained on TalkPoverty Radio, almost immediately residents began complaining of hair loss, rashes, and tap water that looked and tasted strange. The long history of environmental racism.

Environmental Racism: When Where You Live Determines How Fast You Die. Two homes in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., Feb. 27, 2014.

Environmental Racism: When Where You Live Determines How Fast You Die

How the EPA Has Failed to Challenge Environmental Racism in Flint—and Beyond. Long before people in Flint, Michigan, had to worry about brownish, putrid-smelling, lead-laced water, they worried about poisoned air.

How the EPA Has Failed to Challenge Environmental Racism in Flint—and Beyond

In 1992, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources approved a permit for a new power plant in a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Flint that was already home to a cement plant, an asphalt plant, and other hazardous facilities. Dumping On the Rio Grande. According to the TNRCC, there are over 1200 warehouses in the Laredo area, many of which have been built near tributaries without protection for spills or other safeguards.

Dumping On the Rio Grande

Last October, Laredo City officials discovered a "mountain of sludge, concrete, plastic bags, old tires, used sofas and empty industrial containers next to a channel running into the river. " (3) Included in the rubble were 75 empty containers of muriatic acid, a chemical used to clean air conditioners and toilets that can be harmful if inhaled. Toxic Fish in the Rio Grande In 1994, the Mexican and United States Governments completed the first phase of the Binational Study Regarding the Presence of Toxic Substances in the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo and Its Tributaries Along the Boundary Between the United States and Mexico. Which U.S. States Have the Highest Cancer Rates? [Infographic] – Insight. In a country as geographically vast as the United States, and with a large and mobile population, it’s not surprising that cancer rates vary by region, by state – and even by localities within states.

Geographical differences exist in overall cancer rates and in specific types of cancer, according to a 2014 study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For example, breast cancer incidence rates are highest in the Northeast, followed by the Midwest and the South. But death rates from breast cancer are highest in the Midwest, followed by the South and the West. Lung cancer rates in men are highest in the South, followed by the Midwest and the Northeast. Across the 50 states, incidence rates vary between 380-510.7 new cancers per 100,000 population. Toxwrace87. Environmentalism’s Racist History. Madison Grant (Yale College 1887, Columbia Law School) liked to be photographed with a fedora, or just his dauntingly long head, tilted about thirty degrees to the right. He belonged, like his political ally Teddy Roosevelt, to a Manhattan aristocracy defined by bloodline and money. But Grant, like many young men of his vintage, felt duty-bound to do more than enjoy his privilege.

Anapra (Juarez): Iglesia Luterana San Lucas. Anapra is located on the extreme West side of Juarez; it is one of the poorest communities in the area, growing out of the city’s old garbage dump many years ago. Cardboard shacks and pallet houses are common forms of shelter for the people that live there, and many roads are unpaved and ridden with potholes. Despite great economic need however, there has been incredible dedication from the people of this community to serve the first of two YLM affiliated congregations there, Iglesia Luterana San Lucas (“St.

Luke”). Lessons from Anapra. Building Without Borders: Sustainable Construction for the Global Village. Who's%20in%20Danger%20Report%20and%20Table%20FINAL. Environmental justice. Broadcast Yourself. Robert Bullard - The Genesis of Environmental Justice. The Environmental Justice Movement. The Facts of Environmental Racism To civil rights activists looking on as the events in Warren County played out, the actions of the North Carolina state government in forcing a toxic landfill onto a small African-American community were an extension of the racism they had encountered for decades in housing, education and employment. The perfect example of environmental racism. The perfect example of environmental racism. Making a cancer cluster disappear. Built-in weaknesses The vinyl chloride studies most often cited today — including a major study soon to be published — in fact are updates of a study first done in 1974.

The Water Next Time: Professor Who Helped Expose Crisis in Flint Says Public Science Is Broken. EJ State Guidance final V.2 Jan 13 20163. Web Resources for Environmental Justice Activists. Environmental Justice / Environmental Racism. CALL TO ACTION: THE COP21 PARIS ACCORD FAILED HUMANITY. Big Energy has tried to turn people of color against solar power since forever.

Big Energy has tried to turn people of color against solar power since forever. Our Power Campaign » Resources. U professor nurtures neighborhood solar garden. Environmental racism persists, and the EPA is one reason why. Ann ny ac sc 2011. A Grist special series. CleanPowerPlan_lowincome.docx. How a poor Nigerian town got Shell to pay for major oil spills.

How a poor Nigerian town got Shell to pay for major oil spills. Poisoned Places Map. Resources. State Supreme Courts in the US decide 95% of cases filed and are of particular importance to most citizens because they issue rulings that impact criminal justice, voting rights, environmental justice, and reproductive rights, among others. How Fossil Fuels Make Inequality Worse. Alcoa Worldwide Pollution: A Detailed History of Toxic Operations. In smog battle, industry gets help from unlikely source: black business group. U.S. fracking linked to higher hospitalization rates: researchers. A Google Earth, of Sorts, Tracks the Rise (and Fall) of Coal-Fired Power Plants : Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis. Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air. Signing a Lease.

Natural gas quest: State files show 270 drilling accidents in past 30 years. New Studies Expose Public Health Risks From Fracking. Would You Rather Get Your Water From Your City Government—or From a Corporation? Would You Rather Get Your Water From Your City Government—or From a Corporation?