Lawmaker raises concern with disaster program inequities
The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said the Small Business Administration should "take a long, hard look" at its disaster loan program following an E&E News investigation that showed large racial disparities in how the loans were distributed.
Credit scores are discriminatory. How the feds can fix that
The Small Business Administration needs to make more funding available to Black communities after natural disasters, experts said yesterday following an E&E News article that revealed large racial disparities in the agency's disaster loan program.
Disaster loans foster disparities in Black communities
A federal program approves twice as many disaster loans in white areas than in Black communities. The practice is perpetuating disparities in wealth among Black Americans.
Disaster experts study inconsistent tallies of COVID-19 deaths
An expert panel created by Congress to study disaster-related deaths is now analyzing the COVID-19 pandemic and possible ways to improve the accuracy of the death count from the disease.
In a first, U.N. refugee report names climate as a threat
The United Nations' refugee agency cites climate change for the first time in its annual report on displaced persons, signaling a growing recognition that planetary warming aggravates the growing crisis of refugees and internally displaced persons.