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Black and brown people from urban areas face many barriers to outdoor recreation. Here's how one group overcame them on Lake Superior.

The number of vaccine doses administered to children dropped by as much 63 percent as stay-at-home orders were issued in spring of 2020.
The Biden administration says it will consider tougher limits on a deadly air pollutant that disproportionately affects low-income and minority communities.
Colorado’s Front Range ground-level ozone air pollution broke the federal health limit this week. Here’s what you need to know this summer.
Sen. Patrick Leahy wants to know how the EPA can ensure issues like the PCB contamination at Burlington High School don’t happen again elsewhere.
Despite slower population growth, we are still speeding toward environmental catastrophe, with greenhouse gas emissions all over the planet rising steadily.
Providing free meals to all students is important, but kids also need a school food program that addresses historical discrimination, celebrates diverse foodways, and creates a more just future for our children.

The technology that schools have been snapping up in the fight against Covid “has not shown significant disinfection effectiveness" to install on its planes, Boeing found. Now the company's study is being debated in a proposed class-action suit.

I have fond childhood memories of going to dollar stores with my mom. It was what we could afford.

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Years ago, pesticides containing dangerous chemicals were spread across orchard lands in the Yakima valley. Today, many of those orchards are now neighborhoods, with those toxic chemicals still contaminating soil in gardens and backyards.

Colorado has made some progress toward reducing the ozone pollution. New rules that lean on automobiles and oil and gas producers are needed to really move the needle.

Carmarthenshire council have insisted that the material posed "very little risk." Concerned residents insist otherwise.

The court will not hear a case in which the vaping industry challenged the agency's broad authority to oversee what goes into tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

Parents have triumphed over Ocado after the High Court banned the food delivery company from building a "polluting" distribution centre three metres from their children's school.

Researchers warn that climate change will cost wealthy countries twice as much as the pandemic of the new coronavirus unless further measures are taken to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The air quality gets so bad from wildfires that we are left clinging to our air purifiers.

Mabon is an 8-year-old boy from the north Welsh coast. He works with his mother to keep the beaches there clean, spending hours each week scouring the coast for plastic washed up on the sand.

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Women are disproportionately exposed to deadly substances—and may be getting disproportionately sickened by them.

It may be time to envision a Clean Soil Act, like the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts mobilized in the 1960s and 70s.

“The full extent of the problem is becoming more obvious every day,” a state legislator said. “It’s time for Rhode Island to do something.”
The company that built a device that’s been used to scans the bones of Flint residents to determine their exposure to lead wants the practice to end.
The higher the chemical levels found in a woman's blood, the fewer eggs they had left in their ovaries.
"It really is a national tragedy when you start looking at these schools and understand what kids are subjected to," said an environmental engineer for the Philadelphia teachers union.
The worker alleges dusty conditions at Gopher Resource, Florida’s only lead factory, resulted in his son’s lead exposure.

Some good news for people in Butte: the most recent study by the Butte Residential Metal Abatement Program shows lower lead levels in residents' blood.

A fire at a chemical plant and a pandemic-driven boom in the construction of backyard pools are the causes of a nationwide shortage of chlorine tablets, experts say. Panic buying could make it worse.

Declining fish diversity in the Peruvian Amazon could affect nutrition for many of the region's 800,000 people, according to a new study.

Johnson & Johnson is asking for Supreme Court review of a $2 billion verdict in favor of women who claim they developed ovarian cancer from using the company's talc products.

To reduce the spread of eastern equine encephalitis and other mosquito-borne diseases, the state has sprayed millions of acres in recent years with a pesticide found to contain significant amounts of PFAS.
Legislation in Springfield would give Chicago 50 years to complete its lead service line removal program. Given the dangers of lead in drinking water even in trace amounts, that’s an untenable timeline.
The Biden administration has announced plans to begin implementation of the updated form of the revised Lead and Copper Rule, which aims to protect Americans from lead contamination in water. Because the revised rule remains deeply flawed and dangerous to America’s children, the EPA should go back to the drawing board to drastically revamp it.

This week looking beyond the headlines, Host Steve Curwood and Environmental Health News editor Peter Dykstra discuss wintertime "zombie fires" in the Arctic and a new study showing elevated levels of PFAS chemicals in American mothers' breast milk.

Desperate to reopen and loaded with stimulus cash, schools are spending millions on high-tech purifiers. But are they safe?