Air pollution killed nearly a half-million newborns last year, study says

New research says air pollution is the leading cause of death for newborns in their first month of life, and was responsible for killing nearly a half-million babies last year.

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Legionella and other pathogens still lurk in U.S. drinking water

Though less common than in the past, microbes that contaminate tap water continue to sicken - and sometimes kill - Americans.


'Incredibly dangerous job': concerns safety is slipping at US meat plants

Freedom of information request shows dramatic fall in number of inspectors and 30% rise in whistleblower complaints.


How North Korea built a fleet of ghost ships

North Korean policies are driving fishermen—desperate, hungry, and ill-equipped—into dangerous, distant waters.


Brain-eating amoeba in water supply spurs Texas city to declare disaster after boy, 6, dies

A city in Texas issued a disaster declaration Saturday after a brain-eating amoeba was found in water supplies, weeks after a 6-year-old boy died after contracting the microbe.

Study: Air pollution increases risk of stroke in people with AFib

People with the heart disorder, atrial fibrillation, who are exposed to greater levels of air pollution have a 1.2-fold higher risk of stroke than their peers who live with less pollution.


How America’s air pollution might be spiking COVID-19 deaths

Places like Louisiana and New York, where certain industrial factories are prevalent, are experiencing higher COVID-19 death rates.

‘It’s taking away our wise men’: COVID-19 hits Peru’s Indigenous people hard

“This pandemic is taking away our wise men," Zebelio Kayap, the Indigenous leader of the Organization of Border Communities, says in a broken voice.


UPDATE: All four bodies found after Corpus Christi explosion

A private contract dredging vessel hit a propane pipeline in the Corpus Christi ship channel Aug. 20, killing four people and injuring six others.


Coal generation kills 800 a year in Australia, says new report

New report finds pollution from Australia’s 22 remaining coal power plants is causing hundreds of premature deaths a year, thousands of chronic respiratory illnesses.

Exposure to air pollution may increase risk of COVID-19 death, major study says

Long-term exposure to air pollution may increase the risk of death from Covid-19, according to a large study by the Office for National Statistics.

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Air pollution shortens life expectancy by 2 years

A new study quantifies the effect air pollution has on human life expectancy around the world. It's not good news, researchers report.

Heat could kill as many as infectious diseases by 2100, study finds

Climate change is bringing heat waves that are longer, more intense and more frequent, and some researchers predict that heat will take a worsening toll in human lives as temperatures continue to rise.


US could avoid 4.5M early deaths by fighting climate change, study finds

The U.S. stands to avoid 4.5 million premature deaths if it works to keep global temperatures from rising by more than 2 degree Celsius, according to new research from Duke University.

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Rising temps could kill millions a year by century's end

Deaths due to temperatures rising as a result of climate change could match the global death rate for all infectious diseases combined, researchers say.
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Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

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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

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