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Derrick Z. Jackson: Roe v. Wade Draft Bodes Ill for Air, Wetlands and EPA

If Alito’s draft remains the foundation of the court’s final ruling, then he is also likely prepared to let white-run industry off the hook for fouling the land, air, rivers, and lakes, poisoning communities, which today are disproportionately of color.

May 23, 2022 · 3 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Nearly One Million US Deaths from COVID-19 | The Grim Consequences of Sidelining Science

One million US deaths from COVID-19. Catatonic politics on climate change. Communities suffocating from environmental injustice. All these issues are tragically linked by the hardening divisions in the United States … Continue reading

March 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: A Big Climate Warning from One of the Gulf of Maine’s Smallest Marine Creatures

Often likened to a grain of rice, this “copepod”—or microscopic crustacean—is the keystone of the sub-polar food web that makes the Gulf of Maine one of Earth’s richest marine ecosystems.

February 18, 2022 · 4 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: No Climate Justice Without Voting Rights

In a 2020 Yale University and George Mason University poll, 69 percent of Latinos and 57 percent of Black respondents said they were “alarmed” about climate change. That compares to just 49 percent of White respondents.

February 11, 2022 · 3 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: We saved the puffins. Now a warming planet is unraveling that work.

Seabirds are climate change prisoners. Our inaction makes us the executioners.

January 14, 2022 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Climate Colonialism at COP26

The refusal of the United States and fellow rich nations to compensate developing countries for the devastation wrought by air pollution and climate change smacks of a kind of modern colonialism at its worst.

December 6, 2021 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: The People of the People’s Trail

I am the very accidental Black nature lover.

November 7, 2021 · 13 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: ‘Code Red’ for Climate Means Reducing US Oil and Gas Production Now

For all the obvious climate impacts, the United States does not yet seem disturbed enough to demonstrably disrupt our burning of fossil fuels.

October 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: How Boston’s Charles River went from polluted to pristine

What the cleanup tells us about the power of Federal waterway protections.

July 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Building Back Severed Communities

The Biden administration wants to reconnect historically Black and Latino neighborhoods cut off by highway construction. There’s promise and peril in that.

June 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: There’s No Compromising on Science When it Comes to Protecting the Nation’s Rivers and Streams

Unlike the previous administration, the Biden administration must prioritize science and water quality over the demands of big industry.

May 28, 2021 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Biden’s new moonshot — An offshore wind industry to rival Europe’s

Today, Europe has 5,400 turbines rising from the ocean with a capacity of 25 gigawatts, of energy – enough to power more than 8 million homes.

May 3, 2021 · 3 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Systemic Racism Continues to Plague Pandemic Response

The chaotic roll-out of the vaccines has meant that people with access to the internet, reliable transportation and flexible hours have a much easier time getting vaccinated.

April 20, 2021 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: States Dismantle COVID-19 Safety Protocols at Our Peril

Many policy makers have completely forgotten the deadly consequences of last spring’s abrupt, premature ending of lockdowns.

March 17, 2021 · 2 Comments

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