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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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Seth Mullendore: It’s time to shut down polluting urban power plants

The link between pollution and coronavirus mortality rates makes it even more clear why we must shut down peaker power plants.
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Detroit families still without clean water despite shutoffs being lifted

Families say city has not made them aware water is back on, after thousands of homes were shut off under widely criticized debt-collection plan
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In the shadows of America’s smokestacks, virus is one More deadly risk

Nationwide, poor communities are exposed to much more air pollution than wealthier ones. Scientists are racing to understand what role this may play in Covid-19.
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Connecting the dots between environmental injustice and coronavirus

Scientist Sacoby Wilson has long focused on health issues related to environmental injustice. In an e360 interview, he discusses how social and environmental inequality have contributed to the outsized impact of COVID-19.

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John Hans Gilderbloom, Gregory D. Squires: When pollution and poverty meet coronavirus

The spread of COVID-19 into communities long suffering from environmental inequities could spell disaster for local residents, like in Louisville, Kentucky.

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From rust to resilience: What climate change means for Great Lakes cities

Even as Great Lakes cities cope with economic turbulence, climate change brings new challenges and opportunities.

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Pandemic shines a light on critical water issues — will Congress fund solutions?

Clean water is essential during the COVID-19 health crisis, but so far Congress hasn’t directed funds to help water utilities or stop water shutoffs in low-income households.
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Pollution hotspots home to people of color hit hardest by coronavirus

Polluted neighbourhoods in cities such as Los Angeles, Houston, Newark, Detroit, and the Navajo Nation are among the country's worst virus hot-spots, a Guardian analysis found.

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Black Americans face alarming rates of coronavirus infection in some states

Data on race and the coronavirus is too limited to draw sweeping conclusions, experts say, but disparate rates of sickness — and death — have emerged in some places.
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Disinfection dangers: How to avoid viruses without exposing yourself to toxics

COVID-19 has all of us cleaning more—but the products designed to kill viruses and bacteria can have dangerous health impacts. Here's how to scrub safely.

Algoma Steel workers allege company had ‘full knowledge’ of exposure to lethal, cancer-causing chemicals

Employees and the union allege minimal enforcement by Ontario's Ministry of Labour is to blame for lax oversight at a plant already linked to cross-border air pollution in the region.

Solar power on the rise at US schools

Report finds an 81% increase in K-12 schools using solar power over the last 5 years.

Microplastics in farm soils: A growing concern

Researchers say that more microplastics pollution is getting into farm soil than oceans—and these tiny bits are showing up in our fruits, veggies, and bodies.

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