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Group hopes grand jury report will put health at center of fracking debate

The report outlines health problems of people living near fracking wells. The Environmental Health Project says it's about time public health take center stage.
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Pa. House moves to block RGGI entrance as DEP estimates it will save money and lives

The House voted 130-71 Wednesday to prevent the state joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative through executive action.
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How wildfires make Covid more dangerous

As the coronavirus continues its assault on the United States, it's easy to forget about other hazards. But public health officials warn that it would be a mistake to ignore a related threat: wildfire smoke.

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Unhealthy smog accompanies heat wave

Three Allegheny County Health Department monitors register high ground-level ozone readings with more high readings likely.

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The push to turn NYC’s polluting peaker plants into publicly-owned solar power

“This should be the last summer we have to stress about our lives being on the line over peaker plants."
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Can the VA keep its rooms clean during the pandemic?

The VA’s federal watchdog has uncovered filthy conditions at facilities across the country. Yet some 40 percent of all VA hospitals recently suffered from severe shortages of housekeeping staff.
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Western fire season could raise stakes in battle against COVID-19

Air pollution from wildfire smoke increases susceptibility to the coronavirus, leading to worsened health conditions for those near fires.
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Scientists say new strain of swine flu virus is spreading to humans in China

A new study warns that the strain of H1N1, common on China’s pig farms since 2016, should be “urgently” controlled to avoid another pandemic.
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COVID-19 complicates an already dire wildfire season

"None of us have ever had to do this before”: Firefighting teams innovate to avoid disease as they protect people.
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As America struggles to reopen schools and offices, how to clean coronavirus from the air

Experts are recommending measures to ensure healthy air indoors, but across the country, they are not mandatory.
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Janice Brahney: You’re probably inhaling microplastics right now

A new study found plentiful evidence of these tiny particles in dust in the nation’s most remote places.
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We can no longer take breathing for granted

A lifelong asthmatic reflects on why ensuring our fragile future begins with protecting our air.

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Kirk Smith, towering figure in environmental science, dies at 73

Dr. Smith’s meticulous research established household pollution as one of the leading causes of disease and death in the developing world.
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In 'Cancer Alley,' a renewed focus on systemic racism is too late

Black Americans are dying from COVID-19 at more than double the rate of other groups, which experts say owes in part to pollution in Black communities.
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Advocates warn environmental rollbacks threaten Va. minority communities

The Trump administration is suspending key environmental reviews during the pandemic that critics warn could further harm poor and minority neighborhoods in Virginia and around the country.
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