Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.: I helped start the fight for environmental justice. We’re still fighting

Case in point: Virginia should reconsider allowing a massive landfill to be built near a historic Black school.
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The world got quieter with the pandemic

The approximately 50 percent drop in environmental noise exposure brought it below the level generally considered to carry health risks.


Colorado wildfire rapidly spreads in Boulder County, forces evacuations

A fast-moving, rapidly growing wildfire erupted Saturday and expanded to more than 7,000 acres in northwest Boulder County, Colo., prompting the evacuation of at least 2,000 homes and sending hikers and campers fleeing to safety.


Left without school or day care, farmworkers are bringing their kids to work

The coronavirus has created a unique crisis for impoverished agriculture workers.

Kamala Harris makes Amy Coney Barrett's climate views a campaign issue

Democrats expect the Supreme Court to be crucial in allowing future administrations to confront climate change.

Philanthropies flow funds to climate technologies

Several new funds are taking on "tough tech" — unsexy but important efforts to mitigate global warming.


Global methane emissions soared so far this year despite economic slowdown

Global methane emissions rose 32 percent this year, a study found, and the European Union said it would aim to reduce methane releases in the oil and gas industry. Methane accounts for a quarter of global warming emissions from human activities.
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Phoenix to break record for most 100-degree days in calendar year

The unrelenting and unprecedented heat that scorched Phoenix all summer, setting countless records, has carried over into the fall. Now it is poised to set another blistering milestone: the most 100-degree days ever observed in a calendar year.

Louisiana hurricanes are causing thousands to languish in hotels. Now they're waiting for help from FEMA

Six weeks after Hurricane Laura hit the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Delta crashed through. For some, seedy hotels and a seemingly endless wait for FEMA add to a disastrous 2020.

Proposal to hasten herd immunity to coronavirus grabs White House attention, appalls top scientists

The National Institutes of Health chief calls the Focused Protection idea “dangerous” and “fringe.”

Half of the Great Barrier Reef’s coral is gone. It might never recover

Bleaching events in back-to-back years so thoroughly wiped out coral that it cannot easily reproduce, researchers found.
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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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