I tested my tap water, household products and cat for toxic 'forever chemicals'

The extent of PFAS contamination is only now coming into focus. Here's what I learned from investigating my home.

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Pledge drive urges funding racially diverse climate efforts

Donors of Color Network have launched a Climate Funders Justice Pledge, challenging the nation's climate philanthropists to shift 30% of their donations toward environmental efforts led by Black, Indigenous, Latino and other people of color.

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Judge gives preliminary OK to $641M Flint water deal

A judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a $641 million deal that would benefit thousands of Flint residents who were harmed by lead-contaminated water.

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Flint families welcome water crisis charges, seek healing

"I literally could have cried," said Ariana Hawk after learning Tuesday that former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and others in his administration were expected to be charged in the water crisis.

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Food insecurity is rising in Detroit. So is the number of people fighting it

The pandemic has made hunger more widespread and visible, but across the city, food banks, schools, and social services have made a tremendous pivot to ensure people are able to eat.
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Paris’s 15-minute city could be coming to an urban area near you

From Paris to Portland, cities are attempting to give residents everything they need within a few minutes of their front doors. Can it work—without leaving anyone out?
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COVID pandemic: Southwest Detroit faces pollution, COVID-19 outbreaks

Have acres of industrial buildup around a Motor City neighborhood left residents especially vulnerable?
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New report underscores the risks of lead in water, especially to bottle-fed babies

A new report by Healthy Babies Bright Futures underscores the risks of lead in water. Black infants are particularly vulnerable. Here's how consumers can protect themselves and their families.

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Will pandemic-era voters support public transit?

Through ballot measures this November, some U.S. voters will decide if they're willing to pay more taxes for public transportation after COVID-19.

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Detroit: Public updated on Marathon deal that includes air quality upgrades for school

State regulators on Wednesday began accepting public comment on a proposed agreement with Marathon Petroleum Co. over emissions violations.

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Detroit area toxic green “ooze” site cleanup continues with a $4 million pricetag

The cleanup of a toxic site in the metro Detroit suburb of Madison Heights is ongoing, but state and federal agencies say it'll cost more than originally predicted - around $4 million.

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Millions of Americans are in water debt

Most Americans give little thought to water bills. But for a subset of homeowners and renters, water debt is constant and menacing.
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Could a Detroit experiment unleash the power of urban soil?

A multi-year study underway aims to build healthy urban soil quickly at minimum cost, yielding local, fresh food and climate mitigation as a bonus.
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Rediscovering Detroit’s roots through Indigenous food

Through a collective maple sugaring effort, pop-up dinners, seed saving, and more, an urban community is reconnecting to its Indigenous foodways.
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Amid a pandemic, transit authorities turn to technology

As COVID-19 rages on, cities are eyeing microtransit to create a responsive system. But experts say there are tradeoffs.

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Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

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

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

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.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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