Wildfires mar first day of play at Australian open qualifiers

Smoke from the wildfires shrouded the courts and caused one player to double over in coughing fits.
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Government report acknowledges Hurricane Harvey made worse by climate change

A new climate-change report by the U.S. government offers little doubt that Hurricane Harvey's catastrophic rainfall was worsened by rising global temperatures.

You can’t put America first if you put climate change last

Climate change is a national security issue. By neglecting it, Trump puts us all in danger.

Maria likely blasted Puerto Rico with Cat 5 winds, NHC reports

The National Hurricane Center released its final report on Hurricane Maria Monday and concluded that parts of the mountainous island likely got blasted by more fierce Cat 5 winds.

FEMA to end emergency food and water operations in Puerto Rico

FEMA announced Tuesday that the agency's food and water aid to Puerto Rico is no longer needed for emergency operations.


Donors pledge $2 billion to help hurricane-hit Caribbean

The international community, including the United States and Haiti, has pledged over $2 billion in grants and loans to help rebuild the Caribbean after hurricanes Irma and Maria. The amount is far less than the islands’ $5 billion rebuilding price tag, however.

FEMA Had a Plan for Responding to a Hurricane in Puerto Rico — But It Doesn’t Want You to See It — ProPublica

The disaster-relief agency, under fire after Hurricane Maria, won’t release the plan, even as a comparable document for Hawaii remains public. -Justin Elliott and Decca Muldowney, ProPublica
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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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