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.

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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.

How devastating pandemics change us

Deadly outbreaks have plagued societies for centuries. But they can lead to medical breakthroughs—if we learn the right lessons from them.
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Study provides evidence linking air pollution with early death

A study published in the journal Sciences Advances offers more evidence that suggests that exposure to air pollution for extended durations of time is a key cause behind premature death among older people.


PG&E confesses to killing 84 people in 2018 California fire

The dramatic court hearing was punctuated by a promise from the company's outgoing CEO that the nation's largest utility will never again put profits ahead of safety.


Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine to protect against coronavirus, dismissing safety concerns

Clinical trials, academic research and scientific analysis indicate that the danger of the drug is a significantly increased risk of death for certain patients, particularly those with heart problems.

Accepting death by coronavirus or climate crisis is not an option

The worst-case scenario with coronavirus is not mass death. It’s that people come to accept mass death—to accept that someone will die in the U.S. every 30 seconds as “just how it is.” Yet that is the proposition being thrust on us now.

Air pollution was already killing us. Then came the coronavirus

Around the world, air pollution is responsible for as many as 7 million premature deaths each year—more than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. But the crisis of air pollution isn't always visible—at least when there isn't a dark plume lingering in the sky from one more chemical disaster.


Greta Thunberg asks UN to back lawsuit against Germany and others

Greta Thunberg launched a formal complaint against five countries for backing fossil-fuels and endangering children. Minors face ''increased death and disease'' as a result of climate change, she and 15 others warned.

Decade after BP Deepwater Horizon spill, oil drilling is as dangerous as ever

A decade after the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion, it appears the prerequisites for disaster, have not improved.


NC State prof: air quality standards should change

Professor Chris Frye blames EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler for disbanding a science panel that determined federal air quality standards should be lowered.

When a pandemic threatens to erase a community’s memory

First Nations are working to protect Elders in the face of COVID-19 threat.
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Stranded whales and dolphins offer a snapshot of ocean contamination

"Many of the chemical profiles that we see in cetaceans are similar to the types of chemical profiles that we see in humans who live in those coastal areas."

Cutting forests and disturbing natural habitats increases our risk of wildlife diseases

A new study found that animals known to carry harmful diseases such as the novel coronavirus are more common in landscapes intensively used by people.

The President’s green comedy routine

A token, triumphal green moment for a president and party who just might need such a thing in an election year.

Diversity and community focus: The future of science communication

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