Study finds lung damage in firefighters years after a major wildfire

Recent research from Canada seems to show that wildfires can continue to hurt the lungs of firefighters for years after they've burnt out.

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Chemicals at Splashtown Water Park in Texas sends 26 to hospital

One person was in critical condition after the victims were exposed to bleach and sulfuric acid, which are used to maintain pH balance, the authorities said.
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Wildfires are intensifying. Here's why, and what can be done

The danger from flames and smoke is growing as blazes spread more swiftly and unpredictably as a consequence of climate change. Here are answers to five important questions.
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In Goa, the water runs black

Locals near one of India’s coal-importing ports feel the effects of coal dust and are bracing for an even unhealthier future.
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Saharan dust plume clouds skies over Texas

Over the past few weeks, the United States has experienced unprecedented heat, a hurricane and tornadoes. Now, the country is set to see another weather phenomenon as a plume of dust from the Sahara drifts across the Atlantic Ocean, creating hazy sunsets and possibly respiratory issues.

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Saharan dust plume clouds skies over Texas

The weather phenomenon, which is common this time of year, has reached parts of Texas, creating hazy skies and perhaps some respiratory challenges.
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Longer-burning, larger forest fires raise smoke exposure health concerns, new report says

With forest fires burning longer and larger due to climate change, more research is needed to understand the long-term health effects of prolonged exposure to smoke, a new international report concludes.
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Juul is fighting to keep its e-cigarettes on the U.S. market

The company faces declining sales and thousands of lawsuits claiming it knowingly sold its trendy vaping products to minors. Soon the F.D.A. will decide whether it can keep selling them at all.
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New study links increase in asthma hospital visits to 2018 fire at U.S. Steel’s Clairton plant

The Christmas Eve fire destroyed the pollution controls at the Clairton Coke Works, knocking them offline for three months.
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Juul settles N.C. vaping case, agrees to pay $40 million

The settlement is the first in a stream of lawsuits against the company, which has been accused of deceptive marketing practices that contributed to a wave of nicotine addiction in teenagers.
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Study links more asthma cases to 2018 Clairton Coke Works fire

Hospital, clinic and doctor's office visits by asthma sufferers almost doubled following fire at U.S. Steel facility.

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California launches new war on warehouse pollution

Activists hope that a landmark environmental settlement and new truck emissions rules can help California’s smog-shrouded Inland Empire clean up its act.  
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María Teresa Ronderos, Andrés Bermúdez Liévano: Colombia’s toxic battle against crops that won’t go away

Spraying coca crops with glyphosate doesn’t make sense when we have already verified its failure as a long-term policy.
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LISTEN: Alaska research on wildfire smoke's impact on health paints clearer picture

While it might seem obvious that wildfire smoke causes health impacts, there had actually never been a nuanced, scientific look at those impacts.

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Former EPA official Jim Jones sets the record straight on 'the forever chemical' as lawmakers take up the PFAS Action Act

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