Environmental Racism And The Biden Administration : Short Wave People of color experience more air and water pollution than white people and suffer the health impacts. The federal government helped create the problem, and has largely failed to fix it. NPR climate reporter Rebecca Hersher talks about the history of environmental racism in the United States, and what Biden's administration can do to avoid the mistakes of the past.

Read Rebecca's reporting on how Biden hopes to address the environmental impacts of systemic racism.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

Biden Promises To Grapple With Environmental Racism

Biden Promises To Grapple With Environmental Racism

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In this April 7, 1966 photo, grape strikers on a 300-mile march from Delano, Calif., approach their goal, the Capitol in Sacramento. Walter Zeboski/AP hide caption

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In this April 7, 1966 photo, grape strikers on a 300-mile march from Delano, Calif., approach their goal, the Capitol in Sacramento.

Walter Zeboski/AP

People of color experience more air and water pollution than white people and suffer the health impacts. The federal government helped create the problem, and has largely failed to fix it. NPR climate reporter Rebecca Hersher talks about the history of environmental racism in the United States, and what Biden's administration can do to avoid the mistakes of the past.

Read Rebecca's reporting on how Biden hopes to address the environmental impacts of systemic racism.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Thomas Lu, edited by Gisèle Grayson and fact-checked by Rasha Aridi. The audio engineer for this episode was Patrick Murray.