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Mobile sources of pollution significant in Mon Valley, study says

U.S. Steel says soot pollution levels declined significantly when traffic declined during pandemic stay-at-home orders in March.
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Disinfecting during pandemic puts asthmatics at risk

The study does not prove that increased frequency of disinfecting caused uncontrolled asthma. Still, the authors say, people with asthma need safer cleaning options.
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A hidden source of emissions while we’ve been stuck inside: Your home cooking

Especially if you have a gas stove, spending more time at home for a year may have been bad for your lungs.
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The 'revolutionary' fight over California's hidden oil and gas wells

Los Angeles—and California at-large—is one of the epicenters of a growing movement to protect public health from the oil fields lurking in people’s backyards. Now, the fight to end drilling so close to people's homes, schools, and churches is gaining ground.
www.wbur.org
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Mass. has strong rules about burning wood for electricity. In 2021, it plans to roll them back

Many fear the changes will pave the way for a large biomass facility in Springfield, the "asthma capital" of the country.
www.bloomberg.com
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Did COVID lockdowns really clear the air?

City residents marveled at smog-free skies as car traffic plummeted in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. But some forms of air pollution remained stubbornly high.  
www.post-gazette.com
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Mon Valley air bad again

Another temperature inversion means another unhealthy air pollution day in the Mon Valley and southern Allegheny County.

www.nytimes.com
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Trump administration declines to tighten soot rules, despite link to COVID deaths

Health experts say the E.P.A. decision defies scientific research showing that particulate pollution contributes to tens of thousands of premature deaths annually.
www.abc.net.au
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Heat is the 'silent killer' of Australia's bushfire season and experts say climate change is the root cause

The royal commission into bushfires heard the smoke led to an extra 3,320 hospitalisations and 429 deaths across the country. And experts say Australia needs to address its root cause.
www.theatlantic.com
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The easy way for Joe Biden to save lives

Eliminating nicotine from tobacco products could help up to 5 million adult smokers quit within a year.

www.npr.org
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Coal mine safety rule on silica dust causing black lung may change in Biden era

A recent government report called the mine safety standard regulating deadly silica dust "out of date," and difficult to enforce. The Biden administration may finally change that standard.
undark.org
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Amid COVID, the air hazards of gas appliances draw new scrutiny

Covid-19 has drawn new attention to indoor air pollution. Science has long considered gas appliances to be key culprits.
poststar.com
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50-year fight with Agent Orange: Vietnam vet still battles chemical exposure daily

Stuart Burnett, like many other Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange, struggles against the country's health care, health insurance and Veterans Affairs systems trying to have his condition diagnosed and treated.

www.theguardian.com
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Australia's bushfire season saw spikes in emergency respiratory visits and inhaler sales, report finds

The 2019–20 Australian bushfire season saw unprecedented fires and black smoke sweep across the country, leading to increases in emergency department visits for respiratory problems and in sales of asthma medication.

From our Newsroom

Op-ed: A push for answers about the environmental causes of child cancer

A first-of-its kind study aims to tease out the link between pollution and cancer in children.

Moving forward after four years of fights and falsehoods

As the US turns the page on a skeptical and openly hostile administration, environmental science and journalism face continued obstacles—but there is some optimism.

LISTEN: Dana Williamson on bringing communities to the forefront of environmental justice research

"There needs to be more intentionality around working with communities that are experiencing environmental inequities."

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the health effects of fracking on "In This Climate"

"People in communities with fracking are fearful about the exposures they're facing from the industry."

Unplugged: Abandoned oil and gas wells leave the ocean floor spewing methane

The Gulf of Mexico is littered with tens of thousands of abandoned oil and gas wells, and toothless regulation leaves climate warming gas emissions unchecked.

10 tips for cleaner grocery shopping

Picking ingredients for a better lifestyle.

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