Looming fight: Millions of disabled workers could ask for COVID-19 protections under ADA

More employees with health conditions demand workplace accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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Victims left behind in US Agent Orange cleanup efforts

Vietnamese victims have yet to receive compensation – and many live in desperate poverty.

Climate change adversely affects human health, says new report

Climate change may progressively affect human health for the worse, requiring prompt and resolute action to stabilize it, reports a consortium of 27 leading scientific academies in Europe.

As smog returns, China's cities issue pollution alerts

A government research center says the latest bout of air pollution has lingered because of 'unfavorable' weather conditions.

Local inaction threatens China’s snow leopards, report says

"Human population growth and grassland degradation are likely to push some species to the edge of extinction."

Plastic Pollution

Penny Pepper: I rely on plastic straws and baby wipes. I’m disabled - I have no choice

I know the environmental damage they cause, but I don't have the luxury of a plastic-free life.

The town that rations water by the hour

One dried-up county in China only turns on the tap three times a day.
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Commentary: Disability and climate change—impact on health and survival

Mention "climate change and disability" and many are puzzled — but that lasts only a few sentences into further explanation.

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Shanxi officials detained for covering up chemical dumping

A state-owned company in China was found to have offloaded industrial waste into a pit the size of two soccer fields.

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We’re dumping loads of retardant chemicals to fight wildfires. What does it mean for wildlife?

As western wildfires become bigger and more intense, state and federal fire agencies are using more and more aerial fire retardant, prompting concerns over fish kills, aquatic life, and water quality.

LISTEN: Why is it taking so long for Pennsylvania to regulate toxic chemicals in drinking water?

The chemicals, known as PFAS, are linked to health effects including cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, pregnancy-induced hypertension, asthma, and ulcerative colitis.

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.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

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."

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