Federal housing agency failed West Calumet families, leaving kids exposed for decades to lead, report says

A damning federal report concluded several agencies missed “multiple opportunities” to shield children living at the former West Calumet Housing Complex in East Chicago from lead and arsenic poisoning.
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Climate

Hurricane wind-speed doubled and other climate change briefs

Bermuda gets some protection from hurricane storm surges from of its reefs. But coral is useless at shielding the island nation from winds. Now a study has shown that the maximum wind speed of hurricanes in the subtropical Atlantic around Bermuda has more than doubled in the last 60 years.

Justice

EPA, Pennsylvania settle lawsuit against Palmerton zinc recycling plant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection have reached a $7.6 million settlement with American Zinc Recycling over pollution from it's Palmerton plant.
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Justice

Feds investigating Pritzker for approving new scrap shredder on Chicago’s polluted Southeast Side

The probe announced Monday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency comes amid a separate-but-related investigation of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration.
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Climate

Oregon lawmakers reluctantly make $17 million downpayment on wildfire preparedness

Despite scores of recommendations that the governor's Council on Wildfire Response said were urgent back in 2019, the Oregon Legislature made no headway on the issue last year after two Republican walkouts over climate change legislation.

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Climate

Average winter temperatures in Northeast have warmed by up to 4.8 degrees since 1970, new research shows

No one says snow and cold spells are things of the past, but winters have warmed considerably since 1970 in the Northeast, according to data compiled by Climate Central, an organization of scientists and journalists that research and report on climate.

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Toxics

Worst air pollution on planet latest blow for Oregon healthcare workers

After seven dangerous and frightening months dealing with the highly infectious coronavirus, Oregon hospitals and healthcare workers are now facing a different hazard - the thick layer of choking smoke blanketing the state.

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Climate

Scientists find new way climate change can ruin life as we know it

T-Rex would have liked having the heat return to dinosaur territory, and other ironies of global warming.

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Climate

Climate change threatens Cyprus's sea turtles

Hatched baby sea turtles on the island of Cyprus struggling to crawl to the sea now face the added threat of climate change as they dig their way out of nests in the sand, scientists say.
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Climate

Conservations say state regulators are allowing power plant developers to avoid carbon fees

Opponents of a proposed power plant in Umatilla County say state regulators are poised to allow construction of a “road to nowhere” that would allow the plant’s backers to avoid paying millions of dollars in extra fees under a strengthened global warming standard established this spring by Gov. Kate Brown.
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Opinion

Forest Fires Are Setting Chernobyl’s Radiation Free - The Atlantic

Trees now cover most of the exclusion zone, and climate change is making them more likely to burn.
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Biodiversity

How the pandemic defeated America

A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees.
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Climate

Commemorating a patriarch in a heat wave

As heat mounts and much worse is anticipated, the Haaretz climate change briefs look at the stories we need to know – including ones we wish we didn't.

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Biodiversity

Orca who carried her dead calf for 1,000 miles is pregnant

An orca known as Tahlequah, who raised worldwide concern when she carried her dead calf for 17 days and more than 1,000 miles almost two years ago, is pregnant, scientists said.

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Climate

Trapped between conflict and climate change

Herders like Boubacar Moukaila are caught between climate change, which has made grazing land too dry for his livestock, and conflict, which prevents him from travelling elsewhere to find fertile pastures.

From our Newsroom

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

EHN.org 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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