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Escaping a Wildfire and Fighting to Stay Here

Luis, a DACA-recipient, lost his home when the Tubbs Fire swept through Santa Rosa on October 8th. Brian L. Frank When he first smelled smoke, Luis just thought a neighbor was having a barbecue. But the scent lingered, and the 25-year-old aspiring neuroscientist soon learned that a forest fire was barreling straight toward his home in…

Here’s How NYC Is Storm-Proofing Its Parks

Vistiors at the Brooklyn Bridge ParkMary Altaffer/AP This story was originally published by CityLab and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  New York City’s parks are green oases amid glass, concrete, and steel. But though they feel transportive, they’re often not far away from the city’s edge—and particularly those parts of the city’s silhouette that are…

Trump’s War on the Environment Is a Civil Rights Emergency

Children play basketball in Port Arthur, Tex. neighborhoodDavid Goldman/AP This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  The Trump administration’s dismantling of environmental regulations has intensified a growing civil rights battle over the deadly burden of pollution on minorities and low-income people. Black, Latino, and disadvantaged people have…

While You Were Shopping, Trump Set Off a Civil War at a Consumer Protection Agency

Alex Edelman/Zumapress Washington remains fairly quiet over the Thanksgiving weekend, but the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)—the financial watchdog agency championed by Wall Street critic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and loathed by some Republicans—is in the middle of a major power struggle triggered by President Trump.  The back-and-forth began last week, when Richard Cordray, the Obama-appointed director of the CFPB, announced…