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Women are more at risk due to the pandemic and climate crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis are two of the world's most urgent issues but while they affect everyone, they also disproportionately impact women and those living in poverty.

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Climate

What's the real flood danger in Illinois? New data shows the risk to your home

As global climate change begins to make a home in the United States in the form of rising seas, punishing storms, and more intense rainfall, the federal government underestimates the flood risk for 245,984 households and properties in Illinois, a wide-ranging scientific analysis shows.

Justice

Why crude oil trains keep derailing and exploding in Canada — even after the Lac-Mégantic disaster

The former top investigator of Canadian train crashes says Ottawa needs to "drop the hammer" on the rail industry in the wake of seven oil train derailments since 2015.
ensia.com
Toxics

This little-known principle has harmed millions of people. What are we doing to change it?

The Kehoe paradigm assumes a lack of risk unless proven otherwise. Here's why that's a problem, and how people are working to find a better way.

www.forbes.com

Were people worried about a pandemic before COVID-19? Hardly, according to a study of global attitudes

If you asked people, today, to name the biggest global threats, it is likely that just about everyone would put pandemics on the top of the list. But that wasn't the case before Coronavirus came into existence. Far from it, actually.

www.propublica.org
Justice

Remote Alaska villages isolate themselves further in effort to shield against coronavirus

Alaskan communities that are accessible only by plane or snowmobile are cutting off the outside world in response to COVID-19 rather than risk elders’ lives.
www.bnd.com
Toxics

Can you get cancer from water near Scott Air Force Base?

The number of known military sites where cancer-linked firefighting foam may have contaminated groundwater across the United States has jumped to 651 from 401, and the cleanup bill will likely cost billions of dollars more than initially estimated, according to a new Pentagon report.
www.bnd.com
Justice

Can you get cancer from air near Sauget Illinois incinerator?

Nearly half of the population around the incinerator is black.
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Justice

EPA fines Frontier Ag over Clean Air Act violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, reached a settlement Monday with Frontier Ag Inc. concerning three facilities in Kansas that were violating the Clean Air Act in Oct. 2018.
Climate

Insurers struggle to address climate risk

The wildfires that ripped through California in 2017 and 2018, the state's worst two years for fire on record, cost insurers $24 billion in claims and erased a quarter century of insurance industry profits in the state.

www.circleofblue.org
Toxics

Water crises again ranked a top global risk in World Economic Forum report

Degradation of the planet's natural systems is the most worrisome threat to social and political stability in the next 10 years, according to the World Economic Forum's annual survey.

www.nbcsandiego.com
Climate

Utility turned disaster into road map for climate change

As global temperatures creep higher and the risk of deadly wildfires grows, utilities in the West are struggling to respond to the threat.
www.propublica.org
Justice

Health officials in "Cancer Alley" will study if living near a controversial chemical plant causes cancer

Louisiana officials will knock on every door within 2.5 kilometers of the only plant in the country that emits chloroprene, which the EPA calls a likely carcinogen. An analysis said the airborne cancer risk near the plant was the highest in the nation.
undark.org
Toxics

When residents say 'no' to aerial mosquito spraying

When states use pesticides to slow the spread of insect-borne diseases, should households be allowed to opt out?
www.theglobeandmail.com
Toxics

Pollution could be damaging your brain, research suggests

A new study in the journal Environmental Research shows children who were exposed to higher levels of traffic-related air pollution were more anxious.

From our Newsroom

The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

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Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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