It was not surprising that a Harvard University study published in April showed that higher levels of particulate matter are associated with a 15 percent higher COVID-19 mortality rate. We have long known about the health vulnerabilities that air pollution causes; during the Obama administration, I led the EPA’s analysis of waste facilities that revealed communities adjacent to these facilities were disproportionately minority or low-income and at greater risk of exposure to hazards. The facts of environmental injustice and health consequences — and recommendations to combat it — are also laid out in the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis’ new action plan. With 80 percent of solid waste incinerators located in environmental justice communities (communities hampered by pollution and other industrial sources), some of the underlying reasons for a racially disproportionate COVID-19 death rate are all too clear. … [Read more...] about The racist suffocation of environmental justice
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The dust cloud swept across the Atlantic from Africa over the past week, covering the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico since Sunday and hitting south Florida in the United States on Wednesday, authorities there said. … [Read more...] about Sahara Dust Cloud Looms Over Cuba, Caribbean and Florida
The online Astra Nova School, which is slated to open its virtual doors in September, would succeed an ultra-exclusive school that operated out of Musk’s SpaceX rocket factory until recently and had many of the same staff. It’s a model experts on the intersection of education and inequality said was not exactly in keeping with the most urgent needs of this pandemic moment. … [Read more...] about Would You Pay $7,500 to Educate Your Kid Like Elon Musk’s?
"This is a gross violation of academic freedom for Dr. Peris and his students," the undergrad wrote in a letter to the UCLA Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion on Wednesday. "Honest classroom discussions end where infringement on academic freedom begins." … [Read more...] about White UCLA professor under investigation after reading MLK’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’
“While the events of the last week have been painful and traumatic for so many of us, they have brought forward the devastating impacts of police violence against African Americans in this country,” Breed said. “Reforms to any single system, such as the criminal justice system or the police department, must go hand-in-hand with closing the gaps and ending the disparities that we know exist. … [Read more...] about Defund San Francisco police? Chief Bill Scott says he’s open to the idea