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When wildfires and a pandemic coincide

As smoky summers become the new normal, cities were learning how to handle them. Then COVID-19 came along.

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Advocates say citizen mining complaint process weakened by rule change

Environmental and community advocates in Appalachian coal communities are concerned about a new federal rule, finalized this week, that is changing the process that allows citizens to file complaints about polluting coal mining operations.

Toxics

'Urgent need' to ban sale of lead paint

Environmental health experts said there is an “urgent need" to boost efforts to ban the production, importation, and sale of lead paint, as they highlighted the need to protect children's brain development from lead and other toxic chemicals.

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Tajikistan, "House of Water," where half of the population lacks access to water

Despite Tajikistan's natural water wealth, according to a 2018 UN study, Tajikistan ranks 156th among 177 countries in the world in terms of its population's access to drinking water.

www.europeanscientist.com
Toxics

Exposure to forest floor enhances young immune systems, study finds

'Forest floor' playgrounds at daycare centres in Finland promoted diverse communities of friendly bacteria that enhance young immune systems.
theconversation.com
Toxics

The spooky and dangerous side of black licorice

Who knew that black licorice had a dark side? A scientist explains when this treat becomes a threat.
grist.org
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Will COVID-19 give Santa Ana officials an excuse to ignore the city’s lead crisis?

The California attorney general says the city needs to collaborate with overburdened communities to address its dangerous lead contamination.
montrealgazette.com
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Pregnant Inuit women more exposed to 'the new PCBs' than other Canadians: study

"These contaminants (PFAAs), which are on the increase, are an additional environmental injustice," Université Laval researcher says.

gothamist.com
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New York City quietly triples estimate of NYCHA apartments with lead risk to children

Some NYCHA tenants have long suspected that the true number of children exposed to lead is much higher than the city was admitting.
www.nytimes.com
Toxics

Schoolchildren seems unlikely to fuel coronavirus surges, scientists say

Researchers once feared that school reopenings might spread the virus through communities. But so far there is little evidence that it’s happening.
www.hindustantimes.com
Toxics

Pollution rising? Warrior moms are here to fight against bad air days

A group of environmentally conscious mothers have joined hands to raise their voice against air pollution and fight for the right to breath clean air.
www.wtvm.com
Justice

Sgt. Maj. of the army tours military housing at Ft. Benning

The tour came after continued concerns over conditions with reports of mold and pest infestations, along with lead poisoning that could affect children.
capitalandmain.com
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Exide’s 'forgotten of the forgotten': housing project still waiting for lead testing

Estrada Courts sits within the Exide contamination zone, but the state has yet to test the homes there for lead.
ensia.com
Toxics

Will climate change increase the presence of pathogens in drinking water?

As storms grow more severe and temperatures climb, contamination of groundwater by animal and human waste could be on the rise as well.

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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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