Urban oil wells linked to asthma and other health problems in Los Angeles

Photos from the early 1900s show LA's forests of oil derricks. Hundreds of wells are still pumping, and new research finds people living nearby and struggling with breathing problems.
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China adds more parks to its cities to raise quality of life

A national push to build urban parks is transforming Chinese cities, as the country tries to improve the quality of daily life.
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More than a third of heat deaths are tied to climate change, study says

Sweeping new research found that heat-related deaths in warm seasons were boosted by climate change by an average of 37 percent.
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Where should Pittsburgh environmental groups focus to combat the city's racist legacies?

Several environmental groups have done studies to identify which neighborhoods and blocks could benefit the most from environmental improvements.
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The inequality of American parks

Neighborhoods of color have access to 44% less park space, according to a new analysis. 
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East Coast AGs criticize Louisiana plastics plant; local leaders say it's none of their business

Raising concerns about environmental justice, five Democratic attorneys general for New York, the District of Columbia and three other states in the Northeast said they want the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a more thorough review.

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EPA watchdog: Trump officials interfered in 2018 dicamba decision

Senior Trump Environmental Protection Agency officials changed career scientists’ analyses and conclusions in order to support the re-registration of the herbicide dicamba in 2018, according to a report from a federal watchdog published Monday.
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Delaware County sues PFAS makers for contamination at fire-fighting sites

Delaware County’s district attorney said contamination could have been prevented if companies that made the chemicals “had been honest with consumers.”
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CommonSpirit: 13 months of virtual care saved 15K tons of CO2

After COVID-19 drove many medical appointments online, one of the nation's largest health systems says a year of virtual care delivery has had major benefits for the environment.
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Air pollution takes a toll on the brain

Even short-term exposure to polluted air may impair mental ability in the elderly. Aspirin and other NSAIDs showed some protective effects.
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New Mexico strengthens proposed regulations to reduce greenhouse gases

State officials want the petroleum industry to cut ozone-causing pollutants, but say understaffing will make enforcement tricky.
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Limetree Bay refinery halts operations after raining oil on St. Croix local residents once again

A troubled refinery in St. Croix announced Wednesday evening it would temporarily halt operations after raining oil on local residents for the second time in just over three months.
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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.

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