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Why New York Must Pass the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA)

By Abraham Reiss Published January 14, 2022

With new environmental legislation, New York policymakers can harness revenue from polluters and make a stride towards a safer and more equitable future. Passing the CCIA would constitute a bold commitment by the state to confront the climate crisis and to address the disproportionate dangers faced by marginalized communities.

Op-Ed: The U.S. Must Further its Climate Commitment to Live Up to its “Fair Share”

By Abraham Reiss Published September 10, 2021

While President Biden’s climate leadership has been a positive development, the U.S. has a serious responsibility to go much further in order to combat the global climate crisis.

Why COVID-19 is an Issue of Environmental Injustice in New York City’s Low-Income Neighborhoods of Color

By Abraham Reiss Published January 11, 2021

In New York City, the Coronavirus pandemic has hit hard in low-income neighborhoods of color, creating a severe health disparity that directly stems from the results of environmental injustice. Extreme levels of pollution due to heavy industry and traffic in these areas have led to towering rates of respiratory illness, making their populations highly vulnerable to the pandemic.