How widespread are PFAS chemicals? Connecticut officials are about to find out

Connecticut's health and environmental agencies believe there are pockets of contamination hiding throughout the state.

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In three predominantly Black North Birmingham neighborhoods, residents live inside an environmental ‘nightmare’

While many communities of color suffer because of their close proximity to hazardous waste Superfund sites, these three north Birmingham neighborhoods are the Superfund site.

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Why vaccinated people are getting 'breakthrough' infections

The vaccines are effective at preventing serious illness and death, but they are not a golden shield against the coronavirus.
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Report: Appalachian states face billions in mining cleanup

The cleanup and reclaiming of coal mines in seven Appalachian states will cost billions, and Kentucky and West Virginia have the largest bills coming due, according to an environmental group's new report.

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After generations of hauling water, a corner of Appalachia still waits for a better future

New efforts to close the “water access gap” face hard realities in McDowell County, W.Va., and other communities across the country.
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Alabama says mine shutdown not warranted after creek pollution

Environmental group Black Warrior Riverkeeper called on the state commission to force the mine to stop discharging until they can fix a leaking waste pond that is sending fine particles of coal waste into the creeks.

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New Reports: Cleaning up coal sites and plugging gas wells could create thousands of jobs

Hazards from abandoned wells and coal mines plague Appalachia. Cleaning them up could be an economic boon for the region.
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ADEM shuts down 'waste sludge' dumping operation in North Jefferson, Alabama

Late Wednesday afternoon state environmental regulators announced the state had issued a cease and desist order for a biosolid dumping operation in North Jefferson.

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Alabama bill aims to reduce children’s exposure to lead paint

Last year, pediatricians across Alabama discovered elevated lead levels in more than 1,000 children.
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Air Force to discuss environmental impact after contamination at Cannon AFB

The Air Force is looking for public input on the environmental impact of Cannon Air Force Base and the contamination of the surrounding area by firefighting chemicals.

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The right to flush and forget

Catherine Coleman Flowers, author of the new book Waste, warns that a failure to develop proper sewage infrastructure will spread disease and poverty.
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Filthy water: A basic sanitation problem persists in rural America

Residents of Alabama's Lowndes County lack adequate wastewater systems and must contend with sewage backing up into their yards and homes.

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In Alabama, Poverty and the Coronavirus Are a Double Blow

Before she died of Covid-19, Pamela Rush opened her home to show the world what environmental injustice and poverty look like.

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For Alabama’s coal ash pond closures, disagreement between energy leaders and environmentalists over methods

The pending closure of three coal ash ponds, with more to come, have energy industry leaders and environmentalists arguing over the best and safest way to dispose of the dangerous substance.

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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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