Smoky skies are the new normal. Are they making us sick?

Scientists know that tiny particles from smoke can be inhaled deep into a person's lungs and even enter the bloodstream. But the long-term health effects of this are not fully understood.
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Lingering ‘long-hauler’ symptoms seen in one out of four pregnant people with COVID-19

A comprehensive analysis digs into how the coronavirus unfolds in this often overlooked but high-risk group.

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.


No safe level of coffee drinking for pregnant women, study says

Pregnant women should cut out coffee completely to help avoid miscarriage, low birth weight and stillbirth, according to a study of international evidence about caffeine and pregnancy.


She was pregnant with twins during COVID. Why did only one survive?

Why being Black and giving birth in New York during the pandemic is so dangerous.

Tura Beach mother Jen Spears fears bushfire smoke's impact on her unborn baby's health

Bushfire smoke followed pregnant Jen Spears "like a horror movie". Months later the anxious mother of two is worried about the effect the smoke had on the health of her unborn third child.

Study: Pregnant women can transmit coronavirus to their babies, results suggest

In a preliminary study, Italian researchers found the virus that causes covid-19 in umbilical cord blood, breast milk and elsewhere among a small sample of women who had the infection.

Study raises concerns for pregnant women with the coronavirus

Pregnant women who are infected wind up in hospitals and I.C.U.’s at higher rates, a federal analysis suggests. But the data is far from conclusive.

Black women may face particular risk from pollution and climate change during pregnancy

A new study suggests that increasingly common environmental exposures exacerbated by climate change are significantly associated with serious adverse pregnancy outcomes across the U.S., likely impacting Black women the most.

Climate change tied to pregnancy risks, affecting Black mothers most

Women exposed to high temperatures or air pollution are more likely to have premature, underweight or stillborn babies, a look at 32 million U.S. births found.

To Kid Or Not to Kid review – why women choose to be childless

Director Maxine Trump's heartfelt documentary explores the pressures and prejudices facing women who do not want to be mothers.


Exposure to plastic chemicals before conception tied to premature births

Pregnant women exposed to phthalates, found in plastic toys, soaps and food packaging, may be at increased risk of preterm delivery.

What pregnant women should know about coronavirus

The risks, so far, seem no greater than for anyone else, but the research is thin and only applies to later stage of pregnancy.

Sanders says he’ll enact national drinking water standards

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said Tuesday that he would enact federal drinking water standards for a group of toxic chemicals that have caused widespread contamination in New Hampshire and other states.

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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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