Istanbul Canal

In order to alleviate the traffic pressure of the Bosphorus Canal, reduce the potential risks of ships loaded with dangerous materials, and promote the country’s economic development, Istanbul Canal will be built connecting Marama Sea and the Black Sea. However this project will cause insecurity for Russia, upset environmental stability, pollute freshwater resources and deplete land for people's living.

Lowndes County Sanitation Disparity

Lowndes County in rural Alabama faces inadequate sanitation practices resulting in 90% of community members having failing sewage systems polluting their living spaces. Current policies in place further exacerbate the problem. A hopeful solution to the issue is a USDA fund to help the community replace the current septic tanks.

Extreme Flooding Events in Quang Nam, Vietnam

Vietnam, particularly the region of Quang Nam, are located in an area extremely vulnerable to flooding events, which devastate the mostly agricultural region, and climate change has directly resulted in these flooding events getting worst in the past twenty years. Instead of addressing changes that could actually address the issue, however, the government has focused most of its effort on reforestation and forest management, despite lack of evidence that these actions are at all likely to help mitigate disastrous flooding events.

Tar Creek Superfund Site

The Tar Creek Superfund site is located in northeastern Oklahoma on Quapaw tribal land and is the site of former zinc and lead mining site. The acid mine drainage from this site has been polluting the local community and watershed for over 50 years and is still toxic despite being a superfund site since 1983. Local community members have been fighting to continue the cleanup of the site despite the slow progress made by the EPA.

New Jersey Environmental Justice Law Forces Contaminated Site Cleanup

New Jersey's Environmental Justice Law helps protect underrepresented and disadvantaged communities from environmental impacts by limiting industrial and waste facilities in those communities. Additionally, greater attention has been focused on cleaning up contaminated waste sites and holding those accountable for polluting these communities.

Environmental justice and drinking water quality: are there socioeconomic disparities in nitrate levels in U.S. drinking water?

This study was conducted to address possible disparities across socioeconomic strata in regards to drinking water contamination. Seeking to look specifically at nitrate, a number of findings were made that raised concern - specifically that Hispanic communities are much more likely to experience high nitrate contamination in the water.

Black Lives Matter in Engineering, Too! An Environmental Justice Approach Towards Equitable Decision-Making for Stormwater Management in African American Communities

This dissertation details the stormwater management practices and history in East Tampa, and uses them as a framework to address stormwater management on a larger level. It goes into detail about East Tampa, although it also mentions a number of other places, and does so by approaching the subject of stormwater management through a lens influenced by both environmental justice and critical race theory.

South Wake Landfill in Holly Springs

In the early 90's, the town of Holly Springs was predominantly African American, and was chosen for a site for a landfill to be built. Over time, the area shifted demographics until it was predominantly white, at which time the permit for the site was issued, denied, and re-issued. This is in spite of the fact that there appeared to be no such concerns when the area was predominantly African American.

Valley Park Levee along the Meramec River

In recent years, the Meramec River has been experiencing historic flooding that may be exacerbated by the Valley Park levee that was built by the Army Corps of Engineers and protects an affluent community. Nearby communities who are less fortunate, experience frequent flooding where homes are routinely lost and rebuilt at the expense of lack of flood management in the area and the nearby levee being built on outdated models.

Safer Bike Routes in D.C. to Improve Children Health Inequities

In recent years, D.C. has added extensive bike paths to increase cycling safety and cycling options to allow children to bike to school to increase physical activity. Lack of physical activity is a concern in the D.C. school area that serves underrepresented communities whose students may not be able to participate in extracurricular sports. The addition of bike paths can help decrease air pollution and offer a chance to decrease child health inequities in the community.

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