The only racism relevant to the environment is the WaPo-reported history full of “racist and exclusionary practices” among enviro groups.
In “Does climate change disproportionately do harm to African-Americans?” MSNBC reports:
Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd, president of the American Meteorological Society and director of the Atmospheric Sciences program at the University of Georgia, says air pollution is a problem in communities of color, where substandard air can contribute to a multitude of health problems.
“In the era of climate change cities will warm faster with greater density than rural areas.” These high temperatures increase the risk of respiratory problems, heat-related stress and other illnesses.
“Blacks are 30 percent more likely to have asthma than whites,” says Shepherd.
There is no credible evidence that American ambient air — even in urban areas — hurts anyone, whether black, white, brown or whatever. Blacks may indeed be more likely to have asthma than whites, but the reasons are not understood — but it certainly has nothing to do with global warming. Cities are warmer because of the urban heat island effect — not global warming. Finally, air quality and climate change are not at all the same issue.