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Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Urban Heat Islands amplify global climate change impacts for Latinos

*Take away: “place matters in identifying the most vulnerable populations” to climate change. Read this piece. Inner cities, where most U.S. Latinos live and work, are heat islands, paved-over, radiating heat. The effects of climate change are multiplied. VL By Kim Knowlton, NRDC The effects of climate change are negatively impacting the health of people

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Want to build the second century of American conservation? Look to César Chávez.

*César Chavez’s son writes about his father as a guide for Latinos as the future of American conservation.  It makes good sense for Latinos to take the lead of the environmental cause. VL By Paul F. Chavez,...

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

The Heroic Resistance of a Latino Community Besieged by Fracking

*I thought you’d find this interesting. Kern County, California is 51.5% Latino and it generates more than 95% of the fracking oil output in the state. It has one of the highest asthma rates in the country....

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Poor, minorities carry the burden of frack waste in South Texas

*Fracking industry representatives say the study is flawed. The concern is that fracking wastewater will contaminate groundwater. And there are 217,000 minorities living within three miles of a fracking waste water well. Eighty-three percent of them are...

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Grijalva Wants to Diversify Environmental Movement

*There’s a growing movement of Chicano/Latino environmentalists, I’m sure Grijalva has it in mind when he talks about diversity. But my feeling is he wants to go deeper, to make the environment an even more prominent issue...

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Monarch butterfly reserve in Mexico lost 24 acres to illegal logging, studies show

*Scientists have been working for several years, trying to figure out why the population of Monarch butterflies is diminishing. This isn’t to say that unlawful logging is the reason, but it doesn’t help. VL By Associateds Press MEXICO...

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Latino Leaders Stand Up for Clean Air

*According to the National Hispanic Medical Association “As of 2008, 4.7 million Hispanics had been diagnosed with asthma. In their lifetime, Latinos are three times more likely to die from asthma than other racial or ethnic groups.”...

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

EPA Slow to Halt Use of Deadly Pesticide

*This is a cause that doesn’t go away because the use of pesticides doesn’t subside. The chemical in this case, Endosulfan, is, according to an environmental toxicologist, “highly, highly, highly toxic.” VL   By Viji Sundaram, New...

Friday, October 30th, 2015

There’s a Little “Wild” Out There For All of Us

*What is a Chicano environmentalist? It’s not that far-fetched an idea. VL By Jose G. Gonzalez, Medium Growing up, my memories of the outdoors are a combination, a blend, amestizaje of a childhood in Mexico and California....

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

California’s drought is hitting indigenous Latino workers hard

*There’s no denying that the drought affects all Californian’s in some way. There are some in California, though, who are affected directly and, because they live off the radar, go unnoticed. In this case they’re indigenous Mixteca...

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Tierra Y Agua: The Land & Water Conservation Fund

*We don’t talk too much about environmental issues in the Latino community, so we have to fight the perception that we’re a one-issue community. Latinos have a history of heritage and involvement in the environmental and conservation...

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Science as a Tool for Connecting Latino Youth to Nature

*Welcome to our newest collaborators! Latino Outdoors. These good folks are fighting the good fight for the environment and passing their love of all things nature to the next generation of Latinos. VL By Aandres Esparza, Latino...

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...

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...

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