Over-50s want climate crisis addressed ‘even if it leads to high prices’

The majority of over-50s believe the UK government should be doing more to address the climate crisis, even if it leads to higher prices, a study has found.

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U.S. to set up office to address climate change issues

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will establish an office to address climate change and health equity at the national level, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra says.

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Federal fleet electrification faces delays

Agencies are drafting a plan to phase out hundreds of thousands of internal-combustion engines, which analysts say could save the government billions of dollars and make a dent in one of the most intractable carbon-emitting sectors.

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Feds suspect dumpsite toxins enter Space Coast beachside homes via  vapor intrusion

"It’s as if a giant plunger was forcing toxic air into these homes every time the tide rises … it’s common sense that was intentionally ignored."
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Michigan groups urge bold action to tackle climate change

As Congress works on an infrastructure package, advocates for climate action say bold steps to curb greenhouse-gas emissions and transition to a clean-energy economy are necessary and urgent.

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Global warming increased U.S. crop insurance losses by $27 billion in 27 years, Stanford study finds

Higher temperatures attributed to climate change caused payouts from the nation's biggest farm support program to increase by $27 billion between 1991 and 2017.

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EPA opens public comment period on petition to ban Seresto collars

The petition comes about four months after an Investigate Midwest and USA TODAY story found the popular flea and tick collar had been linked to about 1,700 pet deaths and more than 75,000 incidents of harm.
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The Biden administration has defended some of former President Trump’s pesticide decisions

Although President Joe Biden has promised to limit people's exposure to “dangerous chemicals and pesticides," his administration has defended several actions by the Trump administration that generally deregulated pesticides.

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Kenya's huge railway project is causing environmental damage. Here's how

Although the actual land area affected by the railway itself is small, parts of it are raised and it cuts through a wide range of the country's ecologically fragile and important ecosystems.

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Seresto pet collars under EPA review, but the fight over their safety could take years

The U.S. EPA launched a review into the best-selling Seresto flea and tick collar this spring after media reports about injuries and deaths linked to the product spurred a congressional inquiry, class-action lawsuits and a formal complaint.

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U.S. senators haggle over funding of $1 trillion infrastructure compromise

A bipartisan infrastructure plan costing a little over $1 trillion, only about a fourth of what President Joe Biden initially proposed, has been gaining support in the U.S. Senate, but disputes continue over how it should be funded.

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Some incarcerated meatpacking workers spent ‘100 percent’ of their time in high-risk settings during pandemic

Some meatpacking plant workers found themselves at the intersection of two of the riskiest settings during the pandemic: Correctional facilities and meatpacking plants.

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Biden policies would help unwind destructive forces of inequality, climate change, Yellen says

The U.S. economy needs ambitious fiscal policy to help unwind destructive forces, such as racial inequality and climate change, that have kept prosperity out of reach for millions of Americans, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told lawmakers Wednesday.

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Ottawa to review all new and expanded coal mine projects over water contamination concerns

All proposed new and expanded coal mines that could contaminate waterways with an element called selenium will now automatically undergo a federal impact assessment, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson has announced..

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Dr. Amy Shah: We've cleaned up our makeup. It's time to clean up our medicine

Most homeopathic and over-the-counter medicines on the market today include potentially harmful chemicals and fillers in the form of inactive ingredients, some of which are allergens that have already been banned from leading clean beauty brands.

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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.

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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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