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Leanna First-Arai


Memphis, TN, United States

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Recent articles by Leanna:

Nuclear Subsidies May Be Slowing Transition to Clean Energy, Advocates Say

New York state’s nuclear facilities received over $500 million in 2020, whereas renewables received just $5 million. → Read More

California’s Wildfire Season Looms. Regenerative Agriculture Could Offer Hope.

Regenerative agriculture practices could slow California’s grim fire season this year. → Read More

Fossil Fuel Phase Out Must Begin Where the Industry Has Hurt People the Most

Low-income and communities of color have borne the environmental brunt of our reliance on polluting fossil fuels. → Read More

"Just" Transitions Are Possible, But They Require State Investment

A national strategy that weaves local initiatives into a more inclusive economy will bring solutions that workers want. → Read More

Winter Storms Offer a Taste of the Climate Chaos Ahead If We Don’t Cut Emissions

Weather extremes are what we must expect as we fill the atmosphere with fossil fuel emissions, a climate scientist says. → Read More

Republicans Are Using Capitol Breach as Excuse to Promote Anti-Protest Bills

GOP lawmakers are taking advantage of white supremacist violence to criminalize racial and climate justice protests. → Read More

Climate Justice Advisory Groups Are in Vogue. But Are State Agencies Listening?

Members of the advisory groups say government agencies often fail to act on their input regarding racial justice. → Read More

Federal Workers Are Forced to Invest in Fossil Fuels. A New Bill Would End That.

The RESPOND Act and RISE Act together would help facilitate fossil-fuel-free pension plans for federal workers. → Read More

Hundreds of Thousands of Students Traveled Home This Week Amid COVID Spike

Masking, social distancing and single-household celebrations are key to stopping new outbreaks. → Read More

Factory Farms Are Poisoning Rural Communities. Will Biden Take on This Crisis?

Public health researchers say Biden must take action to protect the rural communities overrun by factory farms. → Read More

Opponents of Trump’s Border Wall Are Getting Out the Vote in Texas

Canvassers are building opposition to the wall among affected communities in a newly competitive state in the 2020 race. → Read More

Youth Activists Are Transforming the Election by Leading Protesters to the Polls

In three major battleground states, early voting from people under 29 has increased by almost 700 percent since 2016. → Read More

The climate crisis is eroding Trump’s support among farmers. Will they swing the vote?

Farmers’ support for Trump has fallen from 89 percent to 71 percent since April. → Read More

Farmers Are Plagued by Debt and Climate Crisis. Trump Has Made Things Worse.

Experts suggest that the U.S. must urgently look inward to address its own climate-related food security issues. → Read More

Trump Is Losing Farmer Support in Climate Crisis. Will They Swing the Election?

Amid the worsening climate crisis, farmers’ support for Trump has fallen from 89 percent to 71 percent since April. → Read More

In a cross-state aquifer spat, a view of a water-stressed future

Mississippi sued Memphis over its use of a deep aquifer. A possibly paradigm-shifting Supreme Court decision looms. → Read More

In a Cross-State Aquifer Spat, a View of a Water-Stressed Future

Mississippi sued Memphis over its use of a deep aquifer. A possibly paradigm-shifting Supreme Court decision looms. → Read More

This Appalachian Collective Has Launched Its Own "Green Stimulus"

West Virginian beekeepers are supporting local agriculture and demonstrating the benefits of non-extractive livelihoods. → Read More

Youth Climate Activists Have Endorsed Bernie Sanders. Can It Tip the Scales?

A recent wave of endorsements reflects the Vermont senator's appeal for younger voters who are concerned with climate. → Read More

More Climate Lawsuits Could Spur Federal Legislation and a Just Transition

Municipalities are increasingly suing Big Oil at the state level to recover costs related to climate change. → Read More