Downtown Pittsburgh office occupancy is way down, but energy use? Not so much

Many Downtown workers have not gone back to the office yet. But energy use in office buildings has stayed close to pre-pandemic levels.
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Biodiversity

Gorillas at Zoo Atlanta test positive for Covid

Teams are collecting samples for testing from the zoo’s entire gorilla population, which numbers 20 members living in four troops.
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Details emerge about coronavirus research at Chinese lab

More than 900 pages of materials related to U.S.-funded coronavirus research in China were released following a FOIA lawsuit by The Intercept. They don't look good for the Eco-Health Alliance, which aggressively dismissed concerns about the possibility that COVID-19 emerged from a lab accident..

Toxics

The tranquility of lockdown

For marine animals in New Zealand’s busy waterways, COVID-19 restrictions brought brief respite from noise pollution.
Toxics

Japan's Moderna vaccine contamination woes: 1 million more shots suspended

Moderna Inc's Covid-19 vaccine contamination woes in Japan have widened with another million doses being temporarily suspended, after foreign substances were found in more batches and two people died following shots from affected lots.

Originals

Peter Dykstra: Stop, you’re killing me

Tens of millions of my fellow Americans are trying to make me sick, in more ways than one.

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Toxics

The delta variant. Wildfire smoke. Now is the time to break out the N95s, experts say

N95 masks are the best bet for protection against both the delta variant and wildfire...
Justice

The women on the front lines of safeguarding the Amazon

Mongabay's special reporting project, "Amazon Women," shares their victories, visions, and struggles via a wide-ranging series of reports, interviews, videos and podcasts.

Justice

Four Pittsburghers share their neighborhood-based approaches to food security

Four individuals living in food-insecure communities in the Pittsburgh region explained how they help provide fresh, healthy food.
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Coronavirus Newsletter

Covid could lead to long-term autoimmune disease

Evidence is growing that in some people covid infections are producing autoantibodies targeting the body’s organs. If true, it could mean years of lingering sickness and misery for many.
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Water

Orlando urges reduced water usage as liquid oxygen used to purify water goes to COVID patients

The city of Orlando and its water utility are urging residents to cut back sharply on water usage for at least several weeks because of a pandemic-triggered shortage of liquid oxygen used to treat water.
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Climate

Wildfire smoke linked to Covid-19 cases and deaths in the West

Thousands of coronavirus cases and hundreds of deaths may be attributable to the particulate matter in wildfire smoke
Toxics

How wildfire smoke supercharges the coronavirus

Research in BC and beyond finds that soot in the air makes the pandemic more dangerous.
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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

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

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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