After Chemical Fires, Texans Worry About Toxic Effects

Read the full story at NPR. Shannan Wheeler was born and raised in Baytown, Texas, an industrial suburb east of Houston that is part of the so-called chemical coast. Houses are tucked between chemical storage tanks. Parks back up to refinery smokestacks. "I grew up around five of the biggest petrochemical facilities on the planet," …

Children’s environmental health successes

Read the full story in Environmental Factor. NIEHS/EPA Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers Impact Report — Protecting Children's Health Where They Live, Learn, and Play provides a comprehensive overview of the research programs each center conducts and their scientific advances, including an extensive reference resource.

Hydroponic Veggies Are Taking Over Organic, And A Move To Ban Them Fails

Read the full story from NPR. Dave Chapman and dozens of other long-time organic farmers packed a meeting of the National Organic Standards Board in Jacksonville, Fla., this week. It was their last-ditch effort to strip the organic label from a tide of fluid-fed, "hydroponic" greenhouse-grown vegetables that they think represent a betrayal of true …

Enviros and Developers: A Love Story

Read the full story in Grist. Environmentalists are usually thought of as folks who are trying to stop something: a destructive dam, an oil export terminal, a risky pipeline. But when it comes to housing, new-school environmentalists — like Wiener — understand that it’s necessary to support things, too. To meet California’s ambitious goals to …

What Miami taught me about climate gentrification

Read the full story in the Columbia Journalism Review. I wrote in the Color of Climate series that climate is “a threat multiplier” that intensifies the challenges facing those individuals and communities “marginalized by race, income level and immigration status, just to name a few.” Climate gentrification expands upon conventional gentrification by focusing on environmental concerns, like rising sea …