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Investigating environmental justice in 2014

I envision that 2014 will offer opportunities for the blog to investigate new challenges for the environmental justice community. The “energy-water” nexus will increase in importance as the hydraulic fracturing and rural community water systems draw from the same groundwater source to supply their constituents.  The increased growth of desalination plants in Texas and beyond also require further inquiry as the energy required and waste produced have consequences beyond the immediate production site.  The continued challenge of providing safe drinking water to the most vulnerable will require further consideration –whether it means addressing old infrastructure, new technological fixes for water delivery, or alternative regulatory or governance structures.  The final themes that requires deeper engagement is that of climate change and adaptation and social vulnerability to hazards.  While not new in the environmental justice community, the increased frequency and intensity of environmental change require us to address these issues directly in the coming year.

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