Brownfields and Superfund Sites: Climate Change is Exacerbating Our Toxic Waste Problem

From old petroleum sites to chemical dumping grounds, toxic waste sites are disproportionately located in low income and minority communities, and carry lots of adverse health and environmental impacts. And today, climate change threatens to make it even worse, with floods, hurricanes, and wildfires ravaging brownfields and spreading toxins into these communities. Today, we cover what brownfields and Superfund sites are, what problems they create, and some strategies for how to clean them up. With special guest Dr. Lemir Teron: Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

This episode is part of Covering Climate Now’s Living Through the Climate Emergency joint coverage week, reporting on the realities of climate change and its solutions through the week leading up to Earth Day 2021.

This is part of our partnership with The Sweaty Penguin — Antarctica’s Hottest Podcast! Hosted by Ethan Brown, each week we focus on one pertinent climate change issue with the goal of getting people of any political ideology or interest level to learn, engage, and find common ground.