The water crisis in climate-vulnerable Bangladesh

People, from young to old, must travel long distances to find fresh water in the country’s coastal regions.
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A sterile solution: How Crispr could protect wild salmon

Gene-editing technology may prevent farmed salmon from interbreeding with their wild counterparts. But will consumers embrace these new fish?

Court affirms health workers' rights to speak up on safety

Hospitals may need to revise their policies barring workers from talking to the news media after a recent federal ruling.

A curious union: Clorox, Cleveland Clinic, and the CDC Foundation

Disinfecting surfaces does little to curb COVID's spread. So why are two big health nonprofits working with Clorox?

In California, a new strategy to fight grapevine-killing bacteria

A serendipitous lab accident may be the key to stopping a disease that has threatened vineyards for more than a century.

A high-stakes chinchilla relocation effort stalls

In Chile, a group of rare chinchillas lives atop 3.5 million ounces of gold. Attempts to relocate them have faltered.

Climate change could fuel the spread of a flesh-eating parasite

Scientists caution that as the planet warms, more Americans could be exposed to different varieties of the Leishmania parasite.

A $26-billion plan to save the Houston area from rising seas

Lawmakers are poised to decide the fate of a massive project to protect the coast around Houston from rising sea levels.

The COVID-19 pseudoscience suffocating Brazil

How a cocktail of unproven drugs became Brazil's main COVID-19 strategy while cases and deaths soared.


Jenny Bower: We can end lead poisoning during this lifetime

It may be time to envision a Clean Soil Act, like the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts mobilized in the 1960s and 70s.

U.S. Southwest, already parched, sees 'virtual water' drain abroad

As the Colorado River Basin enters yet another year of drought, global companies are worsening the water crisis.

When the bison come back, will the ecosystem follow?

Can a cross-border effort to bring wild bison to the Great Plains restore one of the world's most endangered ecosystems?

Investigation: Below aging dams, a toxic threat

Documents suggest that in more than 80 U.S. locations, the failure of an aging dam could flood a major toxic waste site.

In Klamath River drought, a massive juvenile salmon die-off

An infectious warm-water disease exacerbated by drought is killing young fish. It will impact the Klamath salmon run for years.

Podcast: In pursuit of climate-friendly refrigerants

This month: New legislation commits the U.S. to phase-down hydrofluorocarbons, but there’s no ideal alternative.
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We’re dumping loads of retardant chemicals to fight wildfires. What does it mean for wildlife?

As western wildfires become bigger and more intense, state and federal fire agencies are using more and more aerial fire retardant, prompting concerns over fish kills, aquatic life, and water quality.

LISTEN: Why is it taking so long for Pennsylvania to regulate toxic chemicals in drinking water?

The chemicals, known as PFAS, are linked to health effects including cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, pregnancy-induced hypertension, asthma, and ulcerative colitis.

Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

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