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‘We’re Basically Condemning Them to Unhealthy Pregnancies.’

When Jamika Jones was pregnant with her son earlier this year, her mother worried about her drinking water from the tap. Jones lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where more than a third of the water service lines contain lead; when those pipes corrode, they can release the neurotoxin into the water flowing through them.  Lead exposure hasREAD MORE

Doulas as frontline climate workers

Doulas Are Frontline Climate Workers

As Hurricane Ian approached southern Florida in late September, Tifanny Burks got a call from a recent client.  A single mother of three, including an infant Burks had helped deliver, was facing eviction and scrambling to find a place to weather the storm.  Burks, who uses they/her pronouns, connected their client with lawyers who could helpREAD MORE

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Composting in Detroit Gets a Boost From the Philippines

On a recent Saturday morning, Pamela McGhee and several neighbors were busy at work in a community garden on Detroit’s East Side, weighing food scraps and assessing compost piles for compliance. Items in the compost are assessed according to a “yuck” and “yay” system. “Yuck” items, like animal bones and meat, which do not compost well,READ MORE

Can Indigenous Cultural Burning Fix America’s Wildfire Crisis?

Before fire suppression policies were put in place at the turn of the 19th century, Indigenous communities across California relied upon regular brush clearings to access culturally important plants. Where dead twigs, branches and leaves burned, ferns and tobacco plants re-emerged with healthy root systems, free from overgrowth that could sap their access to rainwater. TheseREAD MORE

Can a ‘Green Amendment’ Deliver Environmental Justice?

According to locals, two different types of odors emanate from the 366-acre High Acres Landfill, which sits just outside Rochester, New York.  “There’s the gas odors, and then there’s the garbage odors coming from when they open the landfill and are actually dumping, or the trains unloading from New York City,” Gary McNeil told City, aREAD MORE

Audrey Trufant Salvant surveys the damage to Ironton, Louisiana.

Six Months After Hurricane Ida, a Historic Black Community Races To Save Its Future

Audrey Trufant Salvant has deep roots in Ironton, a close-knit, majority-Black community 25 miles downriver from New Orleans.  Her great-great-great grandmother, who had been enslaved, is buried here, and her descendents kept the unincorporated town in Plaquemines Parish alive, despite near-impossible circumstances.  Founded by formerly enslaved people in the late 1800s, Ironton’s residents have since enduredREAD MORE

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A Tale of Two Climate Migrants

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story.  Climate change is fueling longer dry spells, bigger floods and more violent storms across the globe, but the effect is most pronounced in the tropics, where even a small rise in temperature can turn a heat wave from miserableREAD MORE