2014 Yellowknife wildfires saw higher ER rates for Indigenous people: study

Researchers suggest lack of access to care, inadequate housing and systemic racism may have played a role in health outcomes in Inuit and Dene communities during record-breaking wildfire season
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How 2014's smoky NWT summer affected our health

The NWT's extreme 2014 wildfire season saw big shifts in the number of people seeking help for conditions like asthma and pneumonia. A study examined the data.

New toxic plant in Chicago minority neighborhood sparks hunger strike

A metal recycling plant is due to open on the polluted Southeast Side months after the same firm shut a metal scrapyard in a white, affluent part of town.

California is still oil country. This county wants to keep it that way

Kern County is already super polluted, but it wants to fast-track 67,000 oil and gas wells.

From asthma to premature births: pediatricians seeing impacts of climate change in children

The American Academy of Pediatrics calls climate change one of the top health threats to children around the world. Now, doctors around the country are driving a call to action.

City of San Diego wants community input to address environmental inequities

The plan will be laid out in the environmental justice section of the city’s general plan and include which communities within the city will be prioritized.

Sen. Duckworth wants EPA to install metal emission monitors at Sauget incinerator

The Illinois senator wants to know how much arsenic, cadmium, lead and other metals the plant puts into the air.

Lawsuits challenge London's car restrictions

Restrictions on cars are intended to make more space for bikes and pedestrians. But a new court ruling says they could have an adverse impact on disadvantaged groups.

How climate change may affect your health

No matter where you live or how high your socioeconomic status, climate change can endanger your health, both physical and mental, now and in the future.

How beer delivery is creating cleaner air in the Bronx

As the south Bronx is known as asthma alley and the borough has the highest asthma rate in the city, one business in Hunts Point is helping to reduce air pollution while delivering alcohol.

Why are breathing disorders more common in some Dallas neighborhoods? The city hopes to find out

Nine air monitors have been installed in Dallas neighborhoods to compare parts of the city with high rates of childhood asthma to other areas with fewer breathing problems and less poverty.

Man saved from deportation after pollution plea in French legal 'first'

A Bangladeshi man with asthma has avoided deportation from France after his lawyer argued that he risked a severe deterioration in his condition, and possibly premature death, due to the dangerous levels of pollution in his homeland.


Disinfecting during pandemic puts asthmatics at risk

The study does not prove that increased frequency of disinfecting caused uncontrolled asthma. Still, the authors say, people with asthma need safer cleaning options.

Cities want to tear down these urban highways—and Biden can help

Removing urban highways could transform cities and help heal a legacy of racist planning. But it won’t be possible without help from the federal government.
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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