Startling new figures show one in five Queensland stonemasons have contracted the deadly lung disease, silicosis, jumping up from one in 10 which was recorded in 2019.
Climate change and a growing demand for Colorado River water are expected to dramatically increase the pace at which the lake shrinks, exposing more lake bed and the agricultural toxins trapped in the mud.
Second Christmas season with unhealthy air in county prompts calls for fast action to correct chronic and acute air pollution problems.
'It's sort of like medicine meets "Mad Max,"' said one doctor.
Winter leads to more air pollution in South and West Phoenix.
From lead poisoning to industrial waste to toxins that don't come through corroding pipes or dirty plants, like menthol – kids of color suffer the brunt of it.
Over 8,800 patients were found to be suffering from respiratory diseases like common cold and lung issues.
Communities of color have been disproportionately subjected to living with freeways and industrial plants and their pollutants.
The brain-harming metal is discharged directly into the river and carried to it on air currents. Some argue authorities are doing too little to stop both routes of pollution.
EHN.org investigation finds regulatory push to discredit independent evidence of harm while favoring pro-industry science despite significant shortcomings.
"The scary part is that most people who fish are not aware of these advisories although there are notices with fish and wildlife agencies"