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Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Mayan Elders from Guatemala Traveled to Standing Rock to Show Their Support for #NoDAPL

*Meanwhile, some struggles continue. VL By Andrew S. Vargas, Remezcla (1.5 minute read)  While the #NoDAPL protests at Standing Rock have galvanized the US’s Native peoples in ways we haven’t seen since the height of the American Indian Movement in the early 70s, the battle of indigenous peoples to protect our earth from destruction has been

Friday, October 14th, 2016

North Carolina Latinos left homeless by Matthew await help

*The good news is that a group of Latino residents of nearby Raleigh arrived in Newton Grove this week with emergency supplies. VL By EFE/Fox News Latino (2 minute read)  Around a hundred Hispanics have been sleeping...

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Latinos Are Especially Hard-hit by Climate Change

*A majority of Latinos live in California, Texas, Florida and New York, which are the most affected by extreme heat, air pollution, and flooding. And 9 in 10 Latinos want climate action like carbon pollution limits. VL   By Natural...

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Latinos in America Are Far More Likely Than the Average Citizen to Breathe Polluted Air

*This is a top issue for U.S. Latinos – 1.8 million Latinos live within a half-mile of oil and gas facilities. But there’s been no mention of it from the presidential candidate’s stumps. VL By Jennifer Velez,...

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

The impact of climate change on Latino communities

*The environment consistently rate among the highest concerns of Latino voters. VL By Angela Goldman, Bloomberg Government (2 minute read) During an election season in which terrorism, immigration and the economy have been at the forefront, another issue...

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

REPORT: EPA is Failing to Protect Low-Income Communities of Color

*This is distressing. In 2008 4.7 million Latinos were diagnosed with asthma, most because of environmental causes. VL By Yessenia Funes, Colorlines (1.5 minute read) The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report Friday (September 24) on the...

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change: 3 Things to Know

*Indigenous communities consistently fly under the climate change radar. They’re mostly isolated across Latin America and they’re being affected in unprecedented ways. VL By Maria Martinez, NRDC Each August 9, the United Nations observes International Day of...

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Hispanic interns try to diversify audience for bird watching

*This is about shortening distances. It’s a long way from a knee-jerk “¿Andas mirando pajaritos?” to traveling the length of the western seaboard, birdwatching, making the country’s national parks accessible to U.S. Latino culture. I love the...

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...

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...

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