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Thousands of farmworkers are prioritized for the coronavirus vaccine

A landmark initiative in California is taking vaccines to the fields, targeting an immigrant work force that is at high risk for COVID-19. Many of the workers are undocumented, raising questions about whether they should have priority.

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Managers of Texas power grid resign after widespread storm outages

The chairwoman and four other board members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas stepped down after millions were left without electricity during freezing temperatures.
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Justice

‘Climate change’ is back, 'illegal alien' is out. New administration changes language of government

“The president has been clear to all of us — words matter, tone matters and civility matters,” said Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary.
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Toxics

U.S. reaches 500,000 COVID deaths

In a single year, COVID-19 became a leading cause of death in the United States, rivaling heart disease and cancer, and has driven life expectancy down sharply.

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Climate

Texas power grid run by ERCOT set up state for disaster

Texas has refused to join interstate electrical grids and railed against energy regulation. Now it’s having to answer to millions of residents who were left without power in last week’s snowstorm.
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Climate

Avalanche warnings are issued in Northwest

The warnings came as heavier-than-usual rainfall and snowfall was expected to hit parts of Washington and Oregon.
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Justice

Native Americans ‘Left out in the cold' under Trump press Biden for action

After showing political clout in the 2020 election, tribal communities are hoping for more attention and money to address their long-running problems with poverty, health care and other issues.
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Climate

‘Now it's coming back to bite them': Democrats see an opening in G.O.P. oversight of Texas grid

As the state reels from power outages, Democrats look to turn the tables on the Republicans who dominate state government.
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Climate

Winter storm brings icy temperatures and cuts power across U.S.

From Oregon to the Southeast, at least 150 million Americans were under ice or winter weather advisories.
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La. officials: US can fight climate change, still drill for oil

Offshore oil exploration can go hand-in-hand with President Joe Biden's stated goals of reducing carbon emissions and fighting climate change, Louisiana officials have argued.

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At least 6 dead at Georgia poultry plant, officials say

Five people were found dead at a Foundation Food Group plant in Gainesville, Ga., and a sixth person died at a hospital, the authorities said.
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Toxics

Doomsday clock says world remains '100 seconds' from disaster

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said the clock’s position would remain unchanged from 2020, when its hands were set as close as they had ever been to a catastrophic “midnight.”
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Toxics

Banished by Trump but brought back by Biden, Fauci aims to 'let the science speak'

Using the kind of blunt language that so often infuriated the former president, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the health threat from the virus was still “very serious.”
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Justice

Biden to cancel Keystone XL pipeline in inauguration day executive order

The project had already been languishing, but the action by Mr. Biden would signal his determination to undo President Trump’s environmental legacy.
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Tribal elders are dying from the pandemic, causing a cultural crisis for American Indians

The virus has killed American Indians at especially high rates, robbing tribes of precious bonds and repositories of language and tradition.
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

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Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

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Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

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"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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