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Peter Dykstra and Host Steve Curwood learn about a group of rescued Bornean orangutans that were released back into the wild via helicopter to minimalize COVID risk. Next, they unravel an unexpected link between glyphosate use on banana plantations and the release of another pesticide stored in the soils.

Heat, environmental problems and the pandemic concentrate in certain neighborhoods. Here’s a new idea for what to do about it.
The agency received more safety complaints during the pandemic than the same period in 2019 yet performed significantly fewer inspections.

The COVID-19 pandemic cut global greenhouse gas emissions, but the benefits won't last unless dramatic reductions continue for years.

People eligible for the coronavirus vaccine tell us they are running up against barriers that are designed into the very systems meant to serve those most at risk of dying of the disease. We plan to continue tracking these roadblocks.

A landmark initiative in California is taking vaccines to the fields, targeting an immigrant work force that is at high risk for COVID-19. Many of the workers are undocumented, raising questions about whether they should have priority.

Since President Jair Bolsonaro took office in January 2019, Brazil has approved 57 pieces of legislation that weaken environmental laws, from relaxing forest protections to declassifying the toxicity of dozens of pesticides, according to a new analysis.

Spread of the coronavirus has exposed troubling problems at fur farms and how we respond to outbreaks there.
Adolescents are being tested now. Younger children will be next. Why did vaccine manufacturers wait to study them?

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A few states with large agricultural populations have, so far, left farmworkers out of their COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Once again, demand for seeds is sky high again. Many say that signals a longer-term shift towards growing food at home.

Disinfectant use has exploded during the coronavirus pandemic as people try to keep their hands and surfaces clean. But one family of cleaning chemicals is receiving scrutiny for potential health concerns.

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A century since the 1918 flu claimed an estimated 675,000 lives in the United States, COVID-19 is about to claim its 500,000th life in the nation.
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In Los Angeles County and around the country, doctors have had to decide who gets a lifesaving COVID-19 treatment and who doesn’t.

A new report depicts the financial challenges of providing water service in unprecedented times.

Trust in science is growing during an era of misinformation. Science educators are determining the best ways to navigate correcting students’ misconceptions.

A lack of pharmacies, hospitals, providers and transportation has emerged as a significant concern in those communities, where COVID-19 has wrought its worst damage.

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated farmers' feelings of isolation, according to a recent survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation. The percentage who said social isolation affects farmers' mental health jumped more than 20%.

Scientists say coronavirus may spread through poor ventilation in multiunit buildings, and urge that airborne transmission be taken seriously.
Health professionals speculated that the end of 2020 and 2021 may be busy for expecting parents. But unlike after World War Two, it’d seem people are putting off conceiving until the world is a little more certain.
Once the pandemic is over, London's gravitational pull is likely to come back into play.
The pandemic has created an opening for durable emissions reductions if governments steer recovery in a green direction.
Governors continue to open indoor dining and other activities before vaccinations become widespread. Experts warn this could create superspreading playgrounds for dangerous variants and squander our best shot at getting the pandemic under control.

OSHA and USDA waited more than three months into the pandemic and after a plant shut down because workers fell ill — to plan a response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases at meatpacking plants, according to emails obtained by Public Citizen.

A key House subcommittee cited reports by ProPublica and other news outlets in launching an investigation into how the country’s meatpacking companies handled the pandemic, which has killed hundreds of workers to date.

Sens. Romney, Sinema also introduce legislation to expand access to drinking water on tribal nations.

Pollution put these Chicago residents at higher risk for COVID-19. Now they’re last in line for the vaccine.

Efforts to address shortfalls hindered by missing data and disorganization.

As we gradually work our way out of the pandemic with the development and distribution of vaccines, what does our evolving success tell us about the possibilities of resolving the climate change crisis?

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For the already vulnerable, health effects from COVID-19 could have impact for years to come.
A cluster of viral mutations seems to be speeding the spread of COVID-19—and scientists are racing to understand how they work.