Saturday, May 25, 2024

Indigenous Woman from the Amazon Wins the Goldman Environment Prize

Alessandra Korap was recognized with Goldman Environmental Prize, an award that honors grassroots activists worldwide dedicated to protecting the environment and promoting sustainability. Korap was born in the mid-1980s in her Indigenous village in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. As she grew up, the bustling streets and commercial activity of nearby cities crept closer and […]

Latino Communities Affected by Soot Pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposal on January 6 to strengthen annual standards for delicate particulate matter, commonly known as soot. Despite overwhelming evidence that more substantial limits are necessary to mitigate soot pollution, the EPA has changed standards from 12 ug/m3 to 9 and 10 ug/m3. Decades of soot pollution have been […]

The Hispanic Access Foundation Wants Latino Heritage Park Sites Protected

The Hispanic Access Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes and provides resources to boost Latino civic engagement, has identified 12 parks, monuments, and wildlife refuges connected to Latino heritage that should be prioritized for protection next year. Among the Latino heritage sites is the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, which is proposed to be expanded to […]

Latina Moms in El Paso Fight Air Pollution, Demand the EPA Intervenes

When Nayelly Melendez, a Latina mom of three, said her youngest child was experiencing difficulty breathing, the doctors figured out that where they lived in Chamizal, located in El Paso, Texas, could be a possible explanation for the child’s sudden respiratory issues. The American Lung Association ranks El Paso as the country’s 13th worst city […]

Hurricane Eta destroys communities in Central America

Just last week, countries in Central America; Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Belize, among other Caribbean countries, were hit by Hurricane Eta, category 4. Hurricane Eta was expected to bring high winds, but the storm lasted for several days in Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, these countries were not […]

US Army’s top engineer ‘not satisfied’ with post-Maria recovery in Puerto Rico, but claims he can’t go any faster

It’s been 150 days since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, but the island still isn’t at a level of recovery that satisfies the U.S. Army’s top engineer. “I am not satisfied that people in Puerto Rico should have to wait that much time for power,” Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite said Wednesday during an interview […]

Trump’s America First Environmental Policy Agenda: Killing Clean Energy and Targeting Latinos

The Trump Administration’s decision to backtrack from the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) is a continuation of its attacks on environmental protections and underscores its anti-science policy agenda, and policies that discriminate against communities of color with unparalleled precision.

Houston Mayor Promises to Represent Immigrants Seeking Safety If Faced with Deportation

In a press conference on Monday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) said that he will represent any immigrant who faces deportation after seeking help during Tropical Storm Harvey. Turner stated that there is absolutely no reason any individual shouldn’t call for help. “I and others will be the first ones to stand up with you,” […]

DHS Circumvents Environmental Laws to Speed Border Wall Construction

On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would be waiving several environmental laws necessary to build the controversial wall with Mexico, citing a 2005 law. The Trump administration is circumventing numerous environmental laws, with the affected border segment being the area of San Diego. “The San Diego border area remains an area of […]

Latino Leaders Evaluate Trump’s First 100 Days

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of over 46 national Latino organizations, gathered on Wednesday to assess the Trump administration’s early impact on Latino issues. NHLA released its report, First 100 Days: Analysis of the Trump Administration’s early impact on Latino Priorities, and struggled to identify, even one area, where the administration has […]