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Almost 2/3 of Americans live in counties with levees - up from 10 years ago, FEMA data shows

The share of Americans living in counties and parishes that are at least partially protected by earthen and concrete levee systems increased to 62%, or more than 201 million people,
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Ecuador races for emergency infrastructure as river’s collapse threatens dam

San Rafael waterfall's collapse and subsequent erosion of the Coca River has ruptured three oil pipelines in Cayambe Coca National Park.

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A new survey links vaping to higher COVID-19 risk

A Stanford University report shows that teens and young adults who use e-cigarettes are five to seven times more likely to test positive for the virus.
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Smoking, and possibly vaping, can increase risks of serious health consequences from COVID-19

Research shows that smoking cigarettes and other activities that inflame the lungs are linked to heightened risk of serious complications from COVID-19.

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Forest fires are setting Chernobyl’s radiation free

Trees now cover most of the exclusion zone, and climate change is making them more likely to burn.
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BAPE calls for stricter standards on workplace exposure to asbestos

Quebec's standard for acceptable workplace exposure to asbestos fibres is currently 10 times higher than the rest of Canada.

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Germany′s Green Party leader wants better heatwave plans

He told residents to get used to the high temperatures. The ongoing heat wave left one German town without water access over the weekend.
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It’s time to stop burning volatile propellants at Salt Lake Valley rocket facility, groups say

For decades, potentially explosive waste has been burned in the open in the Salt Lake Valley, starting with dynamite and now unspent rocket propellant.

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Russian Indigenous groups call on Elon Musk not to buy battery metals from Nornickel

Tesla is a world leader in electric cars, while Nornickel is a global leader in environmental damage. This doesn't match, claims Aborigen Forum.

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New global standards for mine waste won’t prevent dam failures, critics say

The international standards are facing criticism for failing to include enforcement mechanisms or penalties for companies that fall short of requirements.

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Racing the clock to stop drug-resistant superbugs

If something isn't done now, antibiotic-resistant bacteria could kill as many as 10 million people a year by 2050. A little-known Boston nonprofit could be our best hope.
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Crystal Geyser bottler fined $5 million for diverting waste from illegal ‘Arsenic Pond’ into SoCal sewers

A California company that produces Crystal Geyser bottled water was sentenced Wednesday to three years' probation and ordered to pay a $5 million fine.

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Miners need more engineers to meet new tailings dam safety standard

Catastrophic failures in recent years have killed hundreds of people and inundated nearby communities with mine waste.

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Brazil dismantles environmental laws via huge surge in executive acts: Study

In April, Brazil’s environment minister urged Pres. Bolsonaro to “run the cattle,” using the nation’s focus on COVID-19 as a diversion to dismantle environmental rule of law; some new executive acts appear to do just that.
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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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An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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