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Ghost Forests and Environmental Racism

Our recommended reading this week includes two articles featuring the climate crisis and environmental racism, respectively, both with a North Carolina perspective.

Ghost Forests

Duke environmental researcher Emily Eury, writing in NC Policy Watch, describes how rising sea levels are killing entire forests on the Carolina coast with salt poisoning, creating “ghost forests” large enough to be seen from space.

“This is environmental racism”

The Washington Post recounts how an outrageous environmental crime and a proposed toxic waste dump in the mostly Black community of Warren County, North Carolina, in the early 1980s gave rise to the modern environmental justice movement.

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