Unfairness alone is upsetting enough to drive people to punish lucky recipients of unfair outcomes.
Sept. 30, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: morality psychology inequality competition motivation behavioral-economics evolutionary-psychology psychology-research fairness morals punishment justice deterrence stealing moral-outrage theft inequity social-inequity
The risk of preterm birth rises near gas flaring, reflecting deep-rooted environmental injustices in rural America
A study shows that low-income communities and communities of color are bearing the brunt of the energy industry's pollution in the region. The risks also extend to the unborn.
Aug. 20, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: health environment pregnancy pollution industry air-pollution environmental-justice oil air social-justice hispanics flaring
Framing cats as responsible for declines in biodiversity is based on faulty scientific logic and fails to account for the real culprit – human activity.
July 30, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: conservation biodiversity birds ethics mice science australia rats cats sixth-mass-extinction conservation-biology logic justice moral-panic predator compassion apex-predators habitat-degradation
Fine-particle air pollution has decreased across the US, but poor and minority communities are still the most polluted
A new study shows that while fine particle air pollution has declined nationwide over the past 40 years, the health and environmental benefits haven't been shared evenly.
July 30, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: public-health inequality air-pollution environmental-justice particulates us-environmental-protection-agency environmental-health us-environmental-policy monitoring
A global team of researchers searches for insights during a weeklong virtual “datathon.”
July 1, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: machine-learning covid-19 pandemic policy statistics data research innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie special-events-and-guest-speakers technology-and-society quest-for-intelligence idss martin-trust-center-for-mit-entrepreneurship social-justice analytics technology-and-policy mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing
A new study finds an association between living near active oil and gas wells in California and low birth-weight infants, adding to findings elsewhere on health risks from oil and gas production.
June 18, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: environmental-justice oil california us-energy-policy los-angeles environmental-health natural-gas oil-and-gas-industry oil-and-gas-field low-birth-weight-babies
Police forces across the country now have access to surveillance technologies that were recently available only to national intelligence services. The digitization of bias and abuse of power followed.
June 12, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: protest policing big-data facial-recognition surveillance police predictive-analytics george-floyd big-brother civil-liberties black-lives-matter police-reform racial-justice
Turning food scraps and yard trimmings into compost improves soil, making it easier for people to grow their own food. City composting programs spread those benefits more widely.
June 11, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: climate-change soil microbes compost methane food-waste soil-carbon seattle gardening san-francisco social-justice equity landfills
While African Americans account for about 14% of the US population, they have accounted for about 60% of deaths from the virus. Several physicians offer an idea they think could help.
June 3, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: covid-19 health-disparities medical-education coronavirus-2020 social-justice health-gaps health-equity
Many Native American tribes are reporting high COVID-19 infection rates. State and federal agencies are impeding tribes' efforts to handle the pandemic themselves.
June 1, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: covid-19 pandemic health-disparities native-americans coronavirus-2020 environmental-justice environmental-health oil-and-gas salmon north-dakota-access-pipeline alaska-natives border-wall
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