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Environmental Justice

The environmental movement in the United States has traditionally focused on resource conservation and species preservation, while international efforts have been more expansive and incorporated the concept of environmental justice. Environmental justice efforts can generally be defined as advancing equal and fair access to the environments in which people live, work, worship, and play, supporting equal protection under the law and just enforcement of all environmental regulations. Environmental justice involves rectifying the disproportionate burdens select communities have suffered as a result of the placement of environmental hazards. The United States has seen an increasing inclusion of environmental justice within the framework of the environmental movement since the late 1960s. News accounts of environmental issues are sometimes inspired by environmental justice considerations, and environmental reporters need ...

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