When it comes to COVID, 'hot spot' isn't just a metaphor

Heat, environmental problems and the pandemic concentrate in certain neighborhoods. Here’s a new idea for what to do about it.
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Brazil’s COVID crisis is a warning to the whole world, scientists say

Brazil is seeing a record number of deaths, and the spread of a more contagious coronavirus variant that may cause reinfection.

Scientists warn of rebound after record 7% fall in world emissions

Future emissions will largely depend on the alignment of post-pandemic economic recovery plans with climate targets and green growth, researchers say.


COVID-19 helped slash 2020's carbon dioxide emissions. How will we keep it going?

The COVID-19 pandemic cut global greenhouse gas emissions, but the benefits won't last unless dramatic reductions continue for years.


California’s vaccine rollout has yet to reach most farmworkers

While some large ag companies are working to bring on-site vaccination stations to their workers, complications abound in protecting these front-line workers from COVID-19.

Farther, faster and no sweat: Bike-sharing and the e-bike boom

Social-distancing, sustainability and accessibility helped accelerate e-biking during the pandemic, and the trend is showing up in urban bike-sharing programs.

Virus variant in Brazil infected many who had already recovered from COVID-19

The first detailed studies of the so-called P.1 variant show how it devastated a Brazilian city. Now scientists want to know what it will do elsewhere.

How inequity gets built into America's vaccination system

People eligible for the coronavirus vaccine tell us they are running up against barriers that are designed into the very systems meant to serve those most at risk of dying of the disease. We plan to continue tracking these roadblocks.

Thousands of farmworkers are prioritized for the coronavirus vaccine

A landmark initiative in California is taking vaccines to the fields, targeting an immigrant work force that is at high risk for COVID-19. Many of the workers are undocumented, raising questions about whether they should have priority.


Why ventilation is a key to reopening schools safely

A simulation of airflow in a real New York City classroom shows how simple ventilation and filtration can reduce the probability of coronavirus exposure.

Congress on track to approve millions more in federal funding for water debt relief

First-ever federal program for household water-bill assistance could see another $500 million.

The coronavirus is plotting a comeback. Here's our chance to stop it for good

Many scientists are expecting another rise in infections. But this time the surge will be blunted by vaccines and, hopefully, widespread caution. By summer, Americans may be looking at a return to normal life.

Could Africa′s taste for bushmeat trigger the next pandemic?

Bushmeat is considered a virus vector and a cause of countless diseases. But the problem goes far beyond the consumption of bat stew. And the next pandemic is already lurking.

What the mink COVID-19 outbreaks taught us about pandemics

Spread of the coronavirus has exposed troubling problems at fur farms and how we respond to outbreaks there.

A new coronavirus variant is spreading in New York, researchers report

The variant contains a mutation thought to help the virus dodge the immune system, scientists said.
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Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

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.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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