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.

Lara Cushing, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health environment pregnancy pollution industry air-pollution environmental-justice oil air social-justice hispanics flaring

City compost programs turn garbage into 'black gold' that boosts food security and social 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.

Sue Ishaq, Assistant Professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Maine • conversation
June 11, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change soil microbes compost methane food-waste soil-carbon seattle gardening san-francisco social-justice equity landfills

Doctors can't treat COVID-19 effectively without recognizing the social justice aspects of health

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.

Ryan Huerto, Family Medicine Physician, Health Services Researcher and Clinical Lecturer, University of Michigan • conversation
June 3, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  health-disparities  medical-education  coronavirus-2020  social-justice  health-gaps  health-equity

3Q: Ernest Moniz on the Vatican climate dialogue | MIT News

Professor emeritus and former U.S. energy secretary reflects on recent meeting with Pope Francis and energy and finance leaders.

MIT Energy Initiative • mit
June 12, 2018 ~4 min

Tags:  sustainability  climate-change  energy  environment  poverty  carbon  ethics  religion  greenhouse-gases  emissions  faculty  technology-and-society  3-questions  mit-energy-initiative  social-justice  econimics

The task of history | MIT News

At community dialogue, MIT historians discuss the power of historical knowledge to make a better world.

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences • mit
May 22, 2018 ~11 min

Tags:  history  latin-america  special-events-and-guest-speakers  school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences  faculty  social-justice  humanities  slavery  mit-libraries  haiti

J. Phillip Thompson named deputy mayor of New York City | MIT News

Appointment recognizes Thompson's expertise in urban politics and coalition building.

School of Architecture and Planning • mit
Feb. 28, 2018 ~3 min

Tags:  cities  economics  policy  government  school-of-architecture-and-planning  urban-studies-and-planning  faculty  social-justice

Defiance: Disobedience for the good of all | MIT News

MIT Media Lab summer event explores responsible dissent, embodied in its new Disobedience Award.

MIT Media Lab • mit
July 25, 2017 ~12 min

Tags:  climate-change  ethics  awards-honors-and-fellowships  media-lab  school-of-architecture-and-planning  special-events-and-guest-speakers  comparative-media-studieswriting  technology-and-society  social-justice  center-for-civic-media  shass

3 Questions: How philosophy can address the problem of climate change | MIT News

MIT professor of philosophy Kieran Setiya explores how individuals and societies can think about and act on climate change.

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences • mit
Feb. 8, 2017 ~9 min

Tags:  climate-change  environment  ethics  economics  philosophy  faculty  3-questions  social-justice  shass

Analyzing the 2016 election: Insights from 12 MIT scholars | MIT News

Experts from the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences weigh in on topics from polling to rhetoric to individual campaign issues.

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences • mit
Oct. 12, 2016 ~7 min

Tags:  climate-change  history  economics  gender  policy  immigration  health-care  philosophy  russia  research  diversity-and-inclusion  comparative-media-studieswriting  faculty  technology-and-society  security-studies-and-military  social-justice  political-science  center-for-international-studies  shass  diversity  voting-and-elections

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