Environmental Justice http://kvpr.org en Commentary: Climate Change Raises Tough Ethical Questions http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-climate-change-raises-tough-ethical-questions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Jerry Brown recently said, “humanity is on a collision course with nature.”&nbsp; He was referring to climate change and the early advent of the fire season here in California.&nbsp; In related remarks, Brown said we have to “live with nature.”</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 03:00:23 +0000 Andrew Fiala 35451 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Climate Change Raises Tough Ethical Questions New Pollution Mapping Tool Aims To Aid Environmental Justice Fight In Central Valley http://kvpr.org/post/new-pollution-mapping-tool-aims-aid-environmental-justice-fight-central-valley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, the state of California released a new interactive online map that lets you look at how environmentally burdened your neighborhood is compared to the rest of the state. The tool, called </span><a href="http://oehha.ca.gov/ej/ces2.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">CalEnviroScreen 2.0</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> combines both data on pollution sources and the demographics of a community, including poverty, unemployment and linguistic isolation to compute a score that reflects a community’s overall environmental burden.</span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:22:22 +0000 Joe Moore 31922 at http://kvpr.org New Pollution Mapping Tool Aims To Aid Environmental Justice Fight In Central Valley New Analysis Of Pollution Burdens Ranks Fresno, Valley Counties Worst In State http://kvpr.org/post/new-analysis-pollution-burdens-ranks-fresno-valley-counties-worst-state <p>A new ranking of environmental health in California shows that many Fresno County neighborhoods rank among the worst in the state when it comes to pollution.</p><p>The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment's CalEnviroScreen 2.0 database examines how the state's approximately 8,000 census tracts rank on a variety of indicators in two major areas: pollution exposure and socioeconomic factors that increase vulnerability to pollution. The database combines the two to give each tract a score.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:24:54 +0000 Joe Moore 31591 at http://kvpr.org New Analysis Of Pollution Burdens Ranks Fresno, Valley Counties Worst In State Kettleman City Resident Uneasy With Landfill's Connection To Clean Water Plan http://kvpr.org/post/kettleman-city-resident-uneasy-landfills-connection-clean-water-plan <p>Maricela Mares Alatorre says she has a “hate-hate” relationship with Kettleman City’s water, which contains unsafe amounts of naturally occurring arsenic.</p><p>“Usually, very early in the morning or late at night, there’s like a petroleum smell, like gas,” Alatorre says. “Sometimes during the day, while we’re washing the dishes, we’ll have a white dish, and all of a sudden, we’ll see the water is totally brown.”&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:30:30 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 25631 at http://kvpr.org Kettleman City Resident Uneasy With Landfill's Connection To Clean Water Plan Earlimart Pesticide Warrior Honored For Advocacy http://kvpr.org/post/earlimart-pesticide-warrior-honored-advocacy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you arrive at Teresa De </span>Anda’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> house on the edge of </span>Earlimart<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, you might think the biggest health threat here is her pack of dogs. But from De </span>Anda’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> perspective, the almond orchard directly across the street, and the nearby vineyards and fields, are much more dangerous.</span></p><p>“It’s nice not having neighbors across the street, but it’s not nice having all the spraying and the tilling and the dirt and the bees,” De Anda says.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 00:34:05 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 25452 at http://kvpr.org Earlimart Pesticide Warrior Honored For Advocacy West Fresno Residents, Health Advocates Fight City Hall Over Controversial Projects http://kvpr.org/post/west-fresno-residents-health-advocates-fight-city-hall-over-controversial-projects <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bob Mitchell grew up in a vibrant neighborhood.</span></p><p>“We had cleaners, ice cream parlors, and the types of amenities that make a community whole,” Mitchell recalls.</p><p>But over the years, the community changed.</p><p>“As Fresno continued to grow, West Fresno began to see its demise,” he says. “West Fresno was one of the older communities, but as you can see now, it is just a shell of what it once was.”&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:14:52 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 23704 at http://kvpr.org West Fresno Residents, Health Advocates Fight City Hall Over Controversial Projects When It Comes to Sustainability, Look to Huron http://kvpr.org/post/when-it-comes-sustainability-look-huron <p>Rey Leon works on sustainability in the city of Huron, California. Sustainability is a common enough word on the California coast, where hybrid cars, organic food, and solar power are status symbols as green as the money that buys them. But what does sustainability mean in Huron, population 6,733?</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:07:06 +0000 Lisa Margonelli 22330 at http://kvpr.org When It Comes to Sustainability, Look to Huron