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As California wildfires rage, the harvest goes on

As California suffers through its worst wildfire season in modern history, agricultural workers are still going to work, risking heat, smoke, and COVID-19 to pick grapes and harvest strawberries.

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Climate

Unions fracture over climate

Organized labor is often viewed as a cheerleader for the left, helping shape the agendas of Democratic lawmakers. But in statehouses from coast to coast and at the national level, unions have had no problem blocking green initiatives if they decide they're not in their members' interests.

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Ohio Valley coal groups react to Biden's clean energy, climate plan

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s $2 trillion clean energy plan is drawing praise from organizations that work with coal communities on economic transition, but mixed reactions from union officials and industry groups. 
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Climate

Thousands of coal workers lost jobs. Where will they go?

A tug of war between preserving high-salary coal jobs and addressing climate change is playing out across the country, pitting clean energy interests against unions and fossil fuel companies.
Toxics

As Trump orders meatpackers to stay open, complaints allege Louisville plant failed to protect workers

Health Dept. complaints show JBS Swift workers said the company was not doing enough to protect them from coronavirus; dozens are infected and one is dead.
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Justice

What grocery workers say stores have done wrong amid COVID-19

Policies incentivized sick and vulnerable workers to report for duty. Masks and gloves were forbidden. Confusion reigned within chains.
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Toxics

Industry, labor launch effort to tout 'traditional industries'

Environmental concerns about heavy industry and natural gas drilling have stirred intense debate around Pittsburgh. A coalition of local unions and manufacturing companies has launched a new effort to advocate for "traditional and manufacturing industries."

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Toxics

Mayor Peduto on the city’s climate change goals as related to public transit

Peduto has not committed to the Green New Deal, arguing that the proposal hasn't gotten enough support from unions involved in the fossil-fuel industry. He also opposed setting a deadline for a ban on fracking.

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Toxics

Democrats could field an anti-fracking candidate in 2020. Can they win in Pennsylvania?

Some political observers think an anti-fracking message could hurt a candidate in Pennsylvania, where 30,000 people work in oil and gas.

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Toxics

Trade unions join the fight against Wolf's interstate initiative to limit carbon emissions

Lawmakers opposed to Pennsylvania entering an interstate compact limiting carbon emissions have gained a valuable ally — building trade unions.
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Justice

Portal 31: How a closed mine opened new prospects for one coal town

Coal-dependent communities hope old mines can help breath new life into struggling local economies when they put AML funding to broader purposes.
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Climate

Sorry, conservatives - unions do support the Green New Deal

Most labor organizers think the plan will save our jobs, not end them.
Climate

Green New Deal: Why labor unions are divided over it

National labor leaders oppose the Green New Deal but some state unions endorse it. That’s a challenge for presidential contenders.
From our Newsroom

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.

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.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

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