Floods have swamped the US. The next health problem: mold

The goo that grows in soaked buildings can cause infections and allergies—an issue that’s understudied even as climate change leads to more frequent deluges.
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The mystery of 9/11 first responders and dementia

Many who worked at Ground Zero are experiencing alarming cognitive decline. Is 9/11 to blame?
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EPA chief to tour EJ suburb studded with oil rigs

The oil industry funded a baseball field next to drilling rigs in the Los Angeles suburb of Wilmington. But the air is so polluted that some kids can be seen sucking on asthma inhalers as they play, according to local activists.


Michigan studying asthma prevalence near odorous Kalamazoo paper mill

State and federal analysis is part of broader look at potential health risks from Graphic Packaging Inc. wastewater odors.

A Black community in Northeast D.C. is surrounded by industrial pollution. The city plans to add more.

The D.C. government is preparing to build a sprawling school-bus terminal in the historically Black enclave of Brentwood, where residents have long lived amid industrial sites that discharge pollution into their community.


Red Tide isn’t just bad for fish, as a Tampa Bay man learned in the ER

The toxin causes respiratory issues and skin irritation — but can also trigger neurological problems and harm dogs, too.

Smoking and vaping limits have unclear impact in North Carolina County

The recent smoking and vaping rule is intended to limit the public's exposure to secondhand smoke from both cigarettes and vapes.

Some veterans exposed to toxics from burn pits to have compensation fast-tracked by VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday created a fast-track to disability compensation for certain veterans who developed asthma, rhinitis or sinusitis because of their exposure to burn pits during overseas deployments.

Parts of Pennsylvania got hazy because of intense western wildfires. It could happen more often

As climate change creates conditions that lead to more intense wildfires, Pennsylvania could see more pollution from them.

Researchers to explore how indoor air pollution affects our health

Three new research projects have been awarded funding to investigate how indoor air pollutants affect children with asthma and people living in urban homes.


This map shows the gaps between who is causing climate change and who

The areas with highest emissions and the areas with highest temperature increases are not the same places.

Trucks are banned on Oakland's I-580. These sixth graders wondered why

A 70-year-old ban on large trucks on Interstate 580 pushes diesel-burning vehicles, and their pollution, to Interstate 880. Students living along the 880 corridor want their elected officials to do something about it.
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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

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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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