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Intimidation of Brazil’s enviro scientists, academics, officials on upswing

Firings, threats, thefts, gag orders, attempted kidnappings and other intimidation against environmental researchers and civil servants appear to be on the rise; many blame an incendiary Bolsonaro government.
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Union files OSHA complaint against one of the largest pork plants in the country

The complaint states Seaboard Foods in Guymon, Oklahoma, did not report coronavirus cases to federal authorities and also failed to implement worker protections, such as social distancing measures.
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Toxics

Federal agencies plan to investigate link between PFAS exposure and viral illness

Two federal health agencies are planning to investigate potential links between exposure to toxic PFAS chemicals and susceptibility to viral illnesses like COVID-19.

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Toxics

Rise of coronavirus variants will define the next phase of the pandemic in the U.S.

Vaccines are effective against the three major new strains of the virus, but some places say they need more to fight highly transmissible types.
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Toxics

I’m pregnant. Here’s why I decided to get the coronavirus vaccine

Though the official advice from health authorities remains cautious, the evidence is piling up.
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Justice

A year later, food workers still experience waves of COVID-19

More than 50 U.S. food and meatpacking plants have had repeated outbreaks of Covid-19. Yet most workplace locations remain undisclosed.

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Toxics

The coming diseases: As the climate warms, Alaska faces new threats from zoonotic illnesses

The warming climate in Alaska and across the circumpolar North is creating new health and safety risks for people, animals and ecosystems.

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Climate

Canada's environmental workforce adds 34,600 jobs during pandemic: report

Canada's environmental workforce grew by five per cent in 2020 — adding nearly 35,000 net new jobs — even as the impact of the pandemic rattled the economy and labour markets, according to a new report.
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Toxics

Matt Bai: The Deborah Birx dilemma is a lesson for the ages

Work within the system and maybe mitigate the tragedy, or say what she knew and possibly resign herself to powerlessness?
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Justice

Miriam Pawel: Who will fulfill the vision of Cesar Chavez?

The next generation, the one Chavez presciently foresaw, must find ways to bring reform, not just in the cities but also in the fields.
Justice

Bolsonaro govt wanted to ‘run the cattle’ through environmental protections. It was a stampede

The government of President Jair Bolsonaro accelerated its agenda of environmental deregulation during the COVID-19 pandemic, issuing a slew of measures weakening existing protections and slashing the amount of fines imposed on violators.

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Climate

Biden’s infrastructure push: What a climate and transit bill could look like

Shortly after passing his $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package, President Joe Biden is preparing to unveil his "Build Back Better" plan Wednesday during a public address in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Toxics

China’s exotic farms may be a missing link behind the pandemic’s leap to people

Farms supplying live civets, snakes, and bamboo rats may be where the virus jumped between species.
Justice

Why Chobani is giving its workers the vaccine at its factory

Workers at the yogurt company’s Twin Falls, Idaho, plant don’t have to go anywhere or make complicated appointments to get their shots. They’ll happen right at work.
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These environmental reporters told you so

Florida's Piney Point is the latest predicted disaster. Maybe we should start listening to these folks?

Racism, inequities move to the center of the climate debate

COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter protests threw underlying systemic inequity magnifying climate change impacts into sharp relief.

More than 2 million Americans exposed to high levels of strontium in drinking water

The unregulated metal can harm bone development in children.

LISTEN: Veena Singla on turning science into policy

"I love science … but many of the aspects that were my strengths in science don't necessarily fit with an academic research career."

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.

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

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

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