Krystal Vasquez

microplastics

Microplastics and pollution combine to become much more toxic: Study

Researchers find pollutants can hitch a ride on microplastics and harm human cells.

Microplastics can pick up pollution in their travels and pose an even greater threat to human health, according to a new study.

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Worsening heat waves are hammering the disabled community

Worsening heat waves are hammering the disabled community

Tara Dennehy moved to the Pacific Northwest in search of friendlier weather. East Coast summers were too hot, and winters aggravated her arthritis.

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traffic air pollution

Diesel trucks are causing environmental injustice across US cities

Low-income people of color in the U.S. are exposed to 28% more nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the air they breathe compared to their wealthier white counterparts, a new study using satellite measurements reports.

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Obama Presidential Center will displace vital South Side Chicago trees, advocates say

Obama Presidential Center will displace vital South Side Chicago trees, advocates say

On August 16, the Obama Foundation started work on the Obama Presidential Center, but without the fanfare that one might expect. Over the past five years, the Center's South Side Chicago location has prompted multiple lawsuits and a recent Supreme Court petition.

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disability

Environmental injustice and disability: Where is the research?

Despite a revived national focus on environmental injustice, one group remains largely ignored: disabled people, who make up more than 25% of the U.S population.

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Air pollution from household products is cutting people’s lives short

A specific component of air particle pollution found in some common household products could be responsible for up to 900,000 premature deaths every year—10 times greater than previous estimates, according to new research published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

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Ozone AIr pollution

How artificial intelligence can help save us from air pollution

As air quality plummets across the U.S. this summer, researchers have a glimmer of good news.

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Houston Ship Canal air pollution

Measuring Houston’s environmental injustice from space

Juan Flores is a lifelong resident of Galena Park, an east Houston suburb, who has "smelled all kinds of chemicals" in the air from nearby industrial facilities.

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burmese python

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endocrine disrupting chemicals

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New podcast series explores the intricacies and impacts of endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

environmental injustice

Centering biodiversity and social justice in overhauling the global food system

“The food system is the single largest economic sector causing the transgressing of planetary boundaries.”

environmental justice

LISTEN: Jennifer Roberts on nature as medicine

“I have a deep appreciation for the sounds just being by a creek and hearing the water… it gives me hope and it gives me life when I'm out in nature.”

PFAS Testing

Investigation: PFAS on our shelves and in our bodies

Testing finds concerning chemicals in everything from sports bras to ketchup, including in brands labeled PFAS-free.

PFAS in food

IN-DEPTH: What we know about PFAS in our food

Amid inadequate testing and a lack of regulation, we’re all eating “forever chemicals.”