Big Pharma's COVID-19 profiteers

How the race to develop treatments and a vaccine will create a historic windfall for the industry — and everyone else will pay the price.

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Health experts warn about perils of new virus data collection system

An administration shift is putting a burden on hospitals and undercutting the integrity of data on the pandemic, current and former members of a federal advisory panel said.

On Native American land, contact tracing is saving lives

As the coronavirus spread on the Fort Apache reservation in Arizona, medical teams sought out residents who might have been exposed. The effort paid off in unexpected ways.

Communities suffering from pollution demand justice

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the corrosive legacy of environmental racism in the United States.

This billionaire governor keeps firing top officials when he has a crisis

Similar to President Donald Trump, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has been particularly aggressive at forcing out top officials, including most recently the state’s top public health officer, faulting others when things go wrong.

Pandemic and protest in a meatpacking town

When COVID-19 spread rapidly through slaughterhouses, most workers stayed quiet. But their kids did not.


Utilities ordered to forgive customer water debt

A Circle of Blue investigation found that more than 1.5 million households in a dozen large U.S. cities owe $1.1 billion to their water departments. Some city leaders have started to take note of the burdens.


How Russia’s rushed COVID-19 vaccine could backfire

Vaccines are among the safest medical products in the world — but only because of the intense rigor of the clinical trials that test their safety and effectiveness.

'Double whammy' disaster risks loom over Trump's FEMA gambit

President Trump's plan to apply up to $45 billion in federal disaster aid to fund COVID-19 unemployment benefits could deplete the nation's primary disaster relief fund while providing only moderate relief for 16.3 million laid-off Americans, experts say.

Green recovery policies could make or break climate change

The lockdown measures instituted in response to the coronavirus have dramatically reduced greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution around the world. But these measures will have little long-term effect on climate change, a new study suggests.


Higher COVID-19 rates seen in health care workers of color

A new study shows minorities are more likely to report inadequate PPE and to work with Covid-positive patients.

Contura Energy will accelerate exit from thermal coal business, citing global transition away from fossil fuels

Contura Energy announced last week it will speed up its exit from producing coal used to generate electricity.

Antarctica is the last continent without COVID-19. Scientists want to keep it that way

Studying Antarctica is critical to combating climate change, but most scientists can’t travel to the continent this upcoming season.

Changes to school meals have made low-income kids healthier. Will they last?

New research shows that adding more fresh vegetables and whole grains to school meals helped curb childhood obesity for vulnerable children, prompting questions about recent USDA rollbacks.

Climate change, pandemic, violence are volatile mix in Chad

A warming climate was already making life difficult in Chad, a landlocked country squeezed against the encroaching sands of the Sahara.

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Organic diets quickly reduce the amount of glyphosate in people’s bodies

A new study found levels of the widespread herbicide and its breakdown products reduced, on average, more than 70 percent in both adults and children after just six days of eating organic.

Stranded whales and dolphins offer a snapshot of ocean contamination

"Many of the chemical profiles that we see in cetaceans are similar to the types of chemical profiles that we see in humans who live in those coastal areas."

Cutting forests and disturbing natural habitats increases our risk of wildlife diseases

A new study found that animals known to carry harmful diseases such as the novel coronavirus are more common in landscapes intensively used by people.

The President’s green comedy routine

A token, triumphal green moment for a president and party who just might need such a thing in an election year.

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