WHO slashes guideline limits on air pollution from fossil fuels

The World Health Organization has cut its recommended limits for air pollution and urged nations to tackle dirty air and save millions of lives.

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The FDA's meeting on Covid-19 boosters may not provide an answer to all the questions, experts say

The US Food and Drug Administration is meeting Friday about Covid-19 vaccine boosters, but the long-awaited discussion may not yield an answer as to whether all vaccinated Americans will get a third dose, experts said.
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What contaminants lurk in the UK's drinking water? An expert explains

Recently, a school project made an alarming discovery: the presence of five times the recommended maximum amount of lead in water samples taken from 14 schools across the UK.


EPA whistleblower testifies her advocacy for stronger health protections drew agency retaliation

Children's health expert Ruth Etzel on Monday testified in a public hearing that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) worked to silence and harass her, removing her from a top-level position after she complained about agency delays in advancing a lead poisoning prevention program.

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Martin's Point Health Care to open new, eco-friendly health care center in Maine

"As a health care organization, we are committed to ensuring that our new facility is both people- and environment-friendly," said Dan McCormack, Chief Operating Officer, Martin's Point Delivery System.


Air pollution takes away billions of years of life expectancy - and many countries aren’t doing enough about it

Millions of people are dying each year from air pollution levels that exceed international guidelines. But even low concentrations of polluted air may pose health risks.


Margaret Renkl: Southern Republicans cannot be trusted with public health

There are no winners in the National Calamities tournament of 2021. Here in the South, especially, there are only losers.


More than 200 medical journals call for emergency action on 'catastrophic' climate change

A global temperature rise of more than 1.5C risks "catastrophic harm to health that will be impossible to reverse," according to a shared statement published in over 230 of the world's leading medical journals.

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Covid hospital admission risk linked to air pollution

The mayor of London has said "bold action" is needed to tackle air pollution after a new report found it causes a greater risk of Covid-19 hospital admission.


Science project reveals high lead levels in schools’ water

Pupils at 14 schools taking part in the Great British Water Project have made a startling discovery - their drinking water contains lead that is up to five times higher than the recommended maximum.


COVID-19 and the fight against climate change: What have we learned?

As the world continues to battle the COVID crisis, we must not lose sight of the greatest long-term threat faced by mankind: climate change.

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Decades-old water pollution ravaged the health of two Ontario First Nations. Elders are still fighting for justice

Contaminated water in the English-Wabigoon river system has impacted the people of Grassy Narrows and Wabauskang First Nations for generations. Today, elders are still fighting for the government to acknowledge its ongoing impact.

Sensors provide a real-time glimpse at Chicago River quality

Rowers, kayakers and other users of the Chicago River are getting a real-time look at one measure of water quality in the system that weaves through downtown and several neighborhoods.

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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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