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Can We Laugh at the Climate Crisis?

When David Perdue applied to be part of a climate comedy program, he felt a little out of his element: “I couldn’t recall one time I’d ever had a conversation with my friends about climate change,” said the Atlanta-based comic. Purdue, who is Black, added, “But I knew it was an issue that was going toREAD MORE

The US Towns Swallowed by Big Oil’s ‘Chemical Soup’

In the mid-2000s, the United States unearthed a huge amount of methane – the main ingredient in natural gas. To ship it overseas, companies built factories to compact it into a liquid. But these facilities weren't just built in industrial areas; they were also built near people's homes. In this video, four residents whose communities wereREAD MORE


Can We Game Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis?

Europe is planting trees to offset its emissions but is swiftly hit with massive wildfires. The United States is investing in mining operations abroad to wean off its dependence on fossil fuels but harbors concerns about trading with an abusive government. Meanwhile, a coalition of countries from the Global South must decide whether to accept constructionREAD MORE

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The ‘Gift of God’ That Has Poisoned American Kids for 100 Years

Generations after scientists found that lead was dangerous to humans, American infrastructure is still rife with lead: homes, water pipes, automobile fuel and more. This means an astounding number of America's most vulnerable children have high levels of lead in their blood. To understand why lead has been so difficult to remove from one of theREAD MORE

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Ravaged by Hurricanes, a Historic Black Community Fights for Survival (VIDEO)

Ironton, a small incorporated community in Louisiana, was devastated by Hurricane Ida. But the destruction was not inevitable. Founded by freed people who were previously enslaved, Ironton residents had to fight for running water, sewage – and levees. Federally funded levees built after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 stopped short of Ironton, leaving homes to flood duringREAD MORE

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The Racist History of Toilets in America (VIDEO)

America invested in sanitation systems throughout the 20th century – but it often left out communities of color, and they're still trying to catch up. This video explains how specific policies caused these inequities, and talks to some of the people who still lack proper sanitation systems in 2022. Additional reporting and production by Jocelyn TabancayREAD MORE

‘Every Street Has Its Own Problem’: Majority-Black City Sees Hope After Years of Sewage Crisis (VIDEO)

In the shadow of one of the world’s richest cities, the people of Mount Vernon, New York face an unpleasant problem inside their homes: sewage. The city’s under-resourced sanitation crew struggles to keep up with complications stemming from its crumbling, 100-year old sewer system—a system strained even further by the extreme rain brought on by climateREAD MORE

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Inside South Baltimore’s Fight Against Burning Trash (VIDEO)

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story.  When Meleny Thomas first moved to South Baltimore, she thought the towering smokestack emblazoned with the city’s name was a welcome sign. She later learned what it really was: a trash incinerator releasing pollutants into her neighborhood.  The incinerator,READ MORE