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Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Thinking of César Chávez and a Changing Climate

*Climate change and the environment may sound like new struggles, new causas, but they’re as ingrained as Cesar Chavez’s organizing ideas. VL By Jose Gonzalez, Green Chicano “It’s amazing how people can get so excited about a rocket to the moon and not give a damn about smog, oil leaks, the devastation of the environment

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

5 Questions: Latina Climate Scientist On Carbon Emissions Rule

*The environment, superficially the president’s new rules on coal-fired power plant emissions, is vital to Latino health because we’re more vulnerable than others. VL By NBC News Now that President Barack Obama has finalized new rules on coal-fired...

Monday, July 27th, 2015

LULAC Asks Congress to Save Land and Water Conservation Fund

By Brent Wilkes, LULAC Sometimes it’s easy to take things for granted. We may spend a Saturday with our families at a soccer game or cookout in a park, not always thinking about the peaceful setting we...

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

On climate change, Hispanic Catholics hear pope’s message – and it’s personal

*When it comes to the Pope’s messages on climate justice and his call for a phase-out of fossil fuels to protect the poor, the important question is whether Francis can make a difference in a slow-moving threat. Many...

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Latino Voters Key Factor in Success of Environmental Ballot Initiatives in 2014

*There has been more reporting and analysis written about Latino voters and the environment this year than in years past. All of those reports point to the importance of the environment to Latino voters in the urban...

Monday, June 1st, 2015

California Is Finally Getting Serious About Pesticides Near Schools

*The most distressing thing about this is that the original complaint was filed by six Latino families 12 years ago. VL By Liza Gross, The Nation More than a year ago, public health officials warned that Latino children in...

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

The Silencing of Hector Valenzuela

*What is the story?: A Latino agriculture scientist at the University of Hawai’i, studying alternatives to GMO experimenting, claims he was silenced by his superiors. Why is it important?: Agricultural biotechnology and GMO’s are controversial issues. The Monsanto...

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

By  Dr. Herny Flores, NewsTaco The horrible earthquakes that have recently ravaged Nepal have left me thinking about the strange situation of Texas.  What, you say do these two countries have in common.  Yes, Texas is a...

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

From the Fields to Congress: Latinos Are Environmental Champions

*There’s a lot of praise for Cesar Chavez and his legacy in this piece, it’s well-intentioned and well received. It proves that concern for the environment is not new to the Latino community. But read down to...

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

A change in the landscape: L.A.’s parks no longer belong to street gangs

*Here’s an example to follow. This kind of transformation will go a long way to help Latino families, Latino health, and security. VL By Sam Quiñones, Los Angeles Times At  Sycamore Grove Park in Highland Park a...

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Breakdown of negotiations in Peru puts Climate Change Convention in peril

*This wasn’t the best start possible … Developing countries say the developed world should carry a larger burden to correct climate change. U.S. says the fix is equitable. VL By EFE/Fox News Latino The absolute breakdown of...

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

“Crucial” climate summit begins in Peru

*The problem for U.S. politics is that much of the data discussed at the summit rely heavily on science. You could expect many of the agreements reached in Peru to face stiff opposition in congress. VL By EFE/Fox...

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Playing the Environmental Card: A Winning Strategy for Mobilizing Latinos in 2014

*Here’s something new on an old topic. How to get more Latinos to the polls in the midterms. I don’t know that the green issue will do the trick, but it’s interesting that the environment polls almost...

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

A New Shade of Green; The Anthropocene, Climate Change and Latinos

*An irony that needs to be noted: ” … while poor and minority communities are more likely to be impacted by the consequences of climate change, they are also less likely to contribute to its underlying causes. …...

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