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20 years later, fallout from toxic WTC dust cloud grows

Two decades after the twin towers' collapse, people are still coming forward to report illnesses that might be related to the attacks.

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Ross commissioners asked to ban coal tar asphalt sealants

The Ross Township Environmental Advisory Council has recommended that the township draft and adopt an ordinance banning coal tar substances to seal asphalt.

Toxics

Shocking report says air pollution is cutting years off the lives of billions of people

“Air pollution is the greatest external threat to human health on the planet.”
Health Care

The entire health care sector needs to battle climate change

The health sector, with its mission to help and heal, should be front and center in the fight against climate change. Inexplicably, it isn't.
Toxics

West Deer residents preparing to fight a proposed gas well pad for fracking

Ahead of a public hearing this week, a group of concerned citizens is preparing hours-long statements opposing the construction in West Deer of a natural gas well pad for hydraulic fracturing.

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Toxics

Pittsburgh’s air quality in 2021 on pace to have one of worst years in recent history

Poor conditions regarding air quality in Pittsburgh like pollution from out-of-state wildfires, fireworks, and record-breaking exceedances of certain gases are pushing 2021 to be the worst years in recent memory.

theconversation.com
Toxics

Male fertility is declining – studies show that environmental toxics could be a reason

People are exposed to toxic substances – like pesticides, chemicals in plastics and radiation – every day. A growing body of research shows that this exposure is causing a decline in male fertility.
theconversation.com
Justice

Lead exposure during childhood may influence adult personality, and not for the better

Early exposure to lead pollution may lead to less mature personality traits as an adult.
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Justice

Are Canadian uranium workers still more likely to die from lung cancer?

A study by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is examining health data from 80,000 people who have worked in Canada’s uranium mines, mills and processing and fabrication facilities.
Toxics

Parts of Pennsylvania got hazy because of intense western wildfires. It could happen more often

As climate change creates conditions that lead to more intense wildfires, Pennsylvania could see more pollution from them.
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Justice

Should this city’s response to lead in water be a national model?

Faced with a lead crisis that drew comparisons to Flint, Michigan's, some people have called Newark, New Jersey's response a "national model." Still, eliminating lead from drinking water nationwide will not be an easy task.

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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.

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."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

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

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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