The West Coast had the world’s most polluted cities in September

Wildfire smoke poisoned the air in California, Oregon, and Washington State for more than a week. Here's what it means for public health.
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The coronavirus mostly spares younger children. Teens aren't so lucky

Younger children are about half as likely as older teenagers and adults to become infected, new studies suggest.

Brain-eating amoeba in water supply spurs Texas city to declare disaster after boy, 6, dies

A city in Texas issued a disaster declaration Saturday after a brain-eating amoeba was found in water supplies, weeks after a 6-year-old boy died after contracting the microbe.

Emails show how pesticide industry influenced U.S. position in health talks

The U.S. insisted that new international guidelines on combating drug resistance omit any mention of fungicides — a demand that the industry made but that ran counter to science.

Wildfires 2020: Scientists fear smoke could lead to long-term lung damage

During the peak of the recent wildfires, cities like Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, suffered some of the dirtiest air in the world, making breathing the air like smoking a pack of cigarettes in a day.

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If world handles climate like COVID-19, U.N. chief says: 'I fear the worst'

The United States, China and Russia fought on Thursday during a United Nations Security Council meeting on the coronavirus pandemic after U.N. chief Antonio Guterres had warned the body that if the climate crisis was approached with the "same disunity and disarray" of COVID-19, then: "I fear the worst."

With lives at stake, nurses faced harrowing choices

With warnings of "unsurvivable" storm surges as Hurricane Laura's high winds barreled toward Lake Charles, La., last month, nurses in the neonatal intensive care unit sounded the alarm.

FDA must do more to regulate thousands of chemicals added to your food

The US Food and Drug Administration hasn't regulated the 10,000 chemicals added to your food, according to a petition filed Wednesday by groups representing pediatricians, the environment, public health, as well as food and consumer safety advocates.

Residents of historically redlined neighborhoods may experience more COVID-19 risk factors

The long-lasting impacts of redlining are still felt in some Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

How to protect yourself from low air quality, pollution amid raging wildfires

Wildfire smoke can be harmful to both animals and humans, and people with preexisting lung conditions, children and pregnant women are especially at risk for becoming seriously ill from poor air quality.

How can smoke from West Coast fires cause red sunsets in New York?

Last week, much of the Midwest and eastern US experienced hazy skies and red sunsets. The cause was smoke transported from the Western US by the jet stream and spread as far as Boston and even Europe.

New soil documentary promises a powerful solution to the growing effects of climate change

The makers of 'Kiss the Ground' explain how our actions to improve soil and food in the next 20 years will shape a thousand years of human civilization.

No matter what the CDC says, here’s why many scientists think the coronavirus is airborne

The change on Monday was the third time the CDC posted coronavirus guidance or recommendations only to reverse its stance. In the spring, it revised information about contact transmission within days of publishing it.

Advice on virus transmission vanishes from C.D.C. website

The new guidance, published only on Friday, had acknowledged that fine particles floating in air may spread the virus.
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