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    • Erica Tunnell educates her neighborhoods about environmental threats. Credit: Emma Lee/WHYY

Why Philly isn't giving up the fight for environmental justice

It was a stormy night in Memphis, Tennessee, and Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t feeling very well. He had a slight fever and a sore throat and felt exhausted after the…

    • Bridge over the Wissahickon in winter (Credit: Gary Citrone)

As 2017 comes to an end, a look back at Philadelphia’s response to mounting environmental challenges

If everyone keeps their new sustainability resolutions made this year, Philadelphia will be an environmentalist’s dream 15 years from now. In 2017, the city signed a handful of commitments to dramatically…

    • Workers planting trees

Philadelphia gets grant for planting at least 400 extra street trees a year

Philadelphia could be a lot greener. Only 20 percent of the city’s ground is covered by trees, which is below the national average (27 percent) — a little lower than New…

    • Opponents of SEPTA's gas plant gathered at the Catto Memorial outside City Hall arguing the location of the plant was racist.

Health Department authorizes SEPTA natural gas plant in Nicetown

On Wednesday, Philadelphia Air Management Services (AMS) issued a permit allowing SEPTA to move ahead with its proposed natural-gas power plant in Nicetown. Local environmentalists had fought the SEPTA proposal for…

    • Leo Brundage in front of his house in Eastwick.

In Eastwick, belief that flooding during Hurricane Floyd was intentional still muddies the water

Eastwick residents have long endured regular flooding. The Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood is home to the lowest point in the city. The community sits within the federally-designated floodplain. Historically, Eastwick was a…

    • A lone rower cruised under the setting sun

Lacking federal support, rowing community turns to its own to fund much needed dredge

The Schuylkill River needs to be dredged. From the neoclassical Fairmount Water Works down to Route 1’s modernist Twin Bridges, the river bed has been slowly rising, bringing with it a…

    • Clean Currents Home

Philadelphia explains how it would make deep cut in carbon emissions

The City of Philadelphia on Tuesday unveiled its vision for how to meet its ambitious goal of cutting carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. The 55-page paper by the city’s…

    • SEPTA hybrid bus

SEPTA showcases plans for cleaner, greener commutes with updated energy action plan

If you want to reduce carbon emissions, one of the easiest and most effective things you can do is to trade in your daily commute by car for taking the bus.…

    • Philadelphia is actively helping rebuilt Puerto Rico. In the picture, man retouching Puerto Rican flag in Norris Square Park.
    • Food donations are sorted by volunteers at the Unidos Pa' PR warehouse at 956 East Erie Ave.

Displaced by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans move to Philadelphia

Taina Gomez saw no other option. Over a month ago, she lost everything to Hurricane Maria. Her house near the beach in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, was completely destroyed. Also gone was…

    • As part of the Solarize Philly program, the city is training Philadelphia public school students for future jobs in the solar industry.

Environmentalists cheer Philadelphia’s plan for 100 percent clean energy by 2030

Energy experts and environmental advocates described the city’s new energy master plan for fulfilling Mayor Jim Kenney’s pledge to reduce city-wide greenhouse gas emissions  by 80 percent by 2050 as smart,…

    • Environmental organizations symbolically delivered 20,000 public comments to EPA in support of the clean water rule.

Pennsylvania environmental activists submit 20,000 comments on proposed changes to EPA’s clean water rule

A coalition of Philadelphian environmental organizations hand-delivered more than 20,000 public comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Philadelphia office last week, all in support of the Water of the…

    • Danaje Elliott, on the right, was one of 18 students that completed the training this summer.

Philadelphia works to bring solar energy costs down to earth

Anthony LoCicero, a 33-year-old structural engineer raised in South Jersey, has been flirting with the idea of installing solar panels on his three-bedroom brick townhouse in South Philadelphia since he bought…

    • Schuylkill River flooding, May 2014 | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

Harvey-level damage probably won’t happen in Philadelphia, but intense flooding already does

The heart-wrenching scenes from Houston’s devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath have started a national discussion about flood control and water management. Experts and city authorities say it’s unlikely…

    • Veolia plant at Christian Street from the Schuylkill River

Trump’s proposed cuts to EPA could cost Philadelphia millions, report finds

President Donald Trump’s plan to cut the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget by 30 percent would put Pennsylvania residents and economy at great risk, according to an Environmental Defense Fund…

    • Community members, activists, academics and politicians rallied on Tuesday to demand for local action against climate change

Philadelphians rally to protect limits on power plants carbon emissions

Almost two years ago, on August 3, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency set carbon dioxide emission limits for new fossil fuel-fired power plants for the first time. Plant emissions represent about…

    • The plan recommends giving away lidded recycling bins to prevent trash flying on windy days

Pathway to greener pastures: Philadelphia presents plan for a litter-free city by 2035

It may be hard to imagine, but if Philadelphia succeeds in implementing its new and comprehensive Zero Waste and Litter Plan, the city’s infamous nickname Filthadelphia may be completely obsolete in…

    • Staying cool in a changing climate workshop in North Philadelphia.

Climate change’s impacts on health are not new, but the Health Department’s response is

It wasn’t too difficult for the crowd of around 40 seniors gathered at the McPherson Public Library in Kensington on Wednesday to get into the right mindset for the evening’s discussion:…

    • Food waste disposer

City explores ways to transform commercial food waste into renewable energy

Everytime you throw scraps of vegetables or leftover food into your garbage disposal, the organic matter gets liquefied and transported through Philadelphia’s sewage system to water pollution control plants, where they’re…

    • Manuel Ortiz said he was not notified of the water main replacement happening in his block in North Philadelphia.

Philadelphia’s building boom gives rise to another hidden lead risk

About five years ago, doctors found high levels of lead in the blood on Manuel Ortiz’s oldest son. Ortiz and his wife were scared. And surprised: Manuel Jr. acted like a…

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