What’s special about bat viruses? What we don't know could hurt us

The immune systems of bats are weird, but we don’t know how weird, how they got that way or enough about other animals.
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Why misinformation about COVID-19’s origins keeps going viral

Another piece of coronavirus misinformation is making the rounds. Here’s how to sift through the muck.

How the coronavirus attacks the brain

It’s not just the lungs — the pathogen may enter brain cells, causing symptoms like delirium and confusion, scientists reported.

Common pollutant linked to 11% higher virus death rate

In fresh evidence of a link between air pollution and vulnerability to COVID-19, Emory University researchers have tied a modest increase in nitrogen dioxide exposure to a markedly higher death rate from the virus-borne illness.

The worst animal in the world

Every year, as many as 400 million people are infected with life-threatening diseases by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. It wasn’t always so dangerous.

Scientists uncover biological signatures of the worst COVID-19 cases

Studies of patients with severe cases of Covid-19 show the immune system lacks its usual coordinated response.

An oil giant predicted future warming - but missed the virus

A team at Royal Dutch Shell PLC is widely credited with having foreseen the oil crises of the 1970s, the fall of the Soviet Union and growing concern about climate change. But there's one phenomenon that it missed: the coronavirus pandemic.

Why the summer heat isn't slowing COVID-19

Texas, Arizona, and Florida are seeing record temperatures along with rising coronavirus cases.


What’s killing Botswana’s elephants? Here are the top theories.

More than 280 elephants are dead and officials are still trying to unravel the cause.

Why US scientists say summer heat is not halting coronavirus

Scientists say that air conditioned indoor venues, with closed spaces and recirculated air, are replicating winter environments that help viruses spread.

The rabbit outbreak

A highly contagious, often lethal animal virus arrives in the United States.
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Disinfecting the mail from yellow fever to coronavirus

Although it is now widely accepted that mail does not serve as a means of transmitting major viruses, experts recognize the significance of early postal officials to ensure public health.


Congo’s deadliest Ebola outbreak is declared over

The World Health Organization called the end of the country’s 10th outbreak, the second deadliest in history, “a victory for science.” Health workers had faced mistrust and treatment centers were attacked.

Trump is headlining fireworks at Mount Rushmore. Experts worry two things could spread: virus and wildfire

President Trump is planning a massive fireworks display at Mount Rushmore on July 3, despite a decade-long ban on pyrotechnics at the iconic monument because of concerns about public health, environmental and safety risks.

As virus lingers in Michigan, a new crisis arrives: Flooding

Thousands of residents of Midland, Mich., fled their homes as waters rose, trying to keep at a safe social distance even in shelters.
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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.

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.

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.

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