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COVID-19 flares up in America's polluted ‘sacrifice zones’

Researchers find that areas with high levels of airborne dust or toxic chemicals also have more deaths from the coronavirus.
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‘Expect more’: Climate change raises risk of dam failures

Engineers say most dams in the United States, designed decades ago, are unsuited to a warmer world and stronger storms.
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N.J. pushed to limit toxic chemical as EPA reportedly rejects regulation

New Jersey policymakers are facing renewed pressure to regulate a chemical that is linked to thyroid and fetal development problems, following the federal government's reported decision not to set a national health standard.

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How the laws that Earth Day inspired have benefited us all

The rules the Trump administration loves to criticize have made life better and healthier for millions of Americans.

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Exposure to plastic chemicals before conception tied to premature births

Pregnant women exposed to phthalates, found in plastic toys, soaps and food packaging, may be at increased risk of preterm delivery.
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Superfund, meet super plants

Can the plant microbiome help clean up contaminated land?
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Cleaning your home: Good. Accidentally poisoning yourself: Bad

Improper use of cleaning supplies at home can be dangerous to your health — even deadly.
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Trump’s environmental rollbacks find opposition within: Staff scientists

Federal scientists and lawyers, told to undo regulations that some have worked on for decades, have embedded data into technical documents that environmental lawyers are using to challenge the rollbacks.
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What about the workers cleaning up coronavirus?

Janitors, domestic workers, housekeeping, and office cleaning crews are on the front lines of the battle against Covid-19. Can they protect their own health?
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Smokers in the same room expose you to 'thirdhand smoke'

Dimethylfuran, benzene, and formaldehyde keep wafting off the clothing and skin of smokers, even when they’re not smoking.
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Hidden flood risk for San Francisco Bay Area communities lurks underground

Flooding linked to rising groundwater levels is a neglected consequence of rising seas. Bigger walls won't keep it out.

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Thirdhand smoke: Study finds smokers’ clothes are carrying cigarette chemicals indoors

A new study reveals chemicals from cigarettes linger on a person’s clothes in higher amounts than we realized. As a result, nonsmokers are unknowingly being exposed to the toxins.
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Schweiger: The Smokey City is once again at a crossroads

Pittsburgh faces growing health risks from ground-level ozone and fine respirable particles. A warming climate exacerbates pollutant impacts.

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