Journalist Gabriel Thompson collected the stories of 17 farmworkers who share the day-to-day struggles of life in the fields. Civil Eats.
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Even after the Flint scandal reawakened the nation to the dangers posed by lead drinking water pipes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency appears to be in no rush to strengthen federal health standards. Circle of Blue.
The memo lists five priority areas (in this order): military superiority, security, prosperity, energy dominance, and health. Each is prefaced by the word “American” in keeping with the administration’s approach to branding issues. Science.
Little remains of the former George Air Force Base but rows of dilapidated houses, a dismantled military hospital and dangerous chemicals from pesticides, jet fuels and other hazardous wastes that have poisoned the water for decades. News21.
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It's plausible no living multi-cellular organism on this planet is BPA-free. And the levels we're living with could be causing harm. Environmental Health News.
A modest proposal to go back to the days when "Breaking News" was the stuff that could actually break us. Environmental Health News.
Researchers report rapid removal of BPA from water using green chemistry. Environmental Health News.
The passing of a great doctor and a fine American who shined a light on the injustice of lead poisoning. Environmental Health News.
Opponents walk the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline path through five Virginia counties to celebrate what’s at risk. Daily Climate.
The scientific argument about climate change is over. It’s silly to deny it. It’s shameful to know it and ignore it. more…
It is clear that the National Guard was a primary contributor to the problem, and should also contribute to the cleanup. more…
Newly released government email communications show a persistent effort by multiple officials within the Environmental Protection Agency to slow a separate federal agency’s safety review of Monsanto’s top-selling herbicide. HuffPost.
National parks put a ban on bottled water to ease pollution. Trump just sided with the lobby that fought it.
The Trump administration has ended a six-year-old ban on selling bottled water at some national parks that was aimed at easing plastic pollution and the huge amount of waste being recycled. Washington Post.
In the fourth video in our “Toxic Taps” series, we explain what happens now that California has finally regulated a carcinogen, 1,2,3-trichloropropane, that has been contaminating groundwater for decades. Water Deeply.
Hope alone won’t halt climate change but Al Gore’s latest film highlights the role optimism can play. more…
It's an appealing idea, a vast forest to soak up the extra carbon released due to Trump's policies, but it may not be so easy in reality. more…
EPA helps supermarkets switch to refrigerants that save money and lessen global warming. ClimateWire.
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reduced pollution while moving more cargo last year, according to new reports released this week. Long Beach Press-Telegram, California.
Breathing dirty air causes stress hormones to spike, new research suggests, which could help explain why long-term exposure to pollution is associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a shorter life span. Reuters Health.
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A new study shows that renewables, particularly solar and wind energy, have significantly improved air quality in the United States from 2007 to 2015. The increased use of solar and wind resulted in thousands of lives saved. Futurism.
City-backed projects and grassroots gardens are collaborating on the city’s Zero Waste composting goal. New York City Limits.
The crowd erupted with elation as Bruno Mars made a surprise announcement he will donate $1 million to help the victims of the Flint water crisis. Muskegon Chronicle, Michigan.
Chicago's ban on disposable plastic bags wound up on the trash heap. But the bag tax that replaced it is nudging Chicagoans to kick, or at least curtail, their use of the plastic sacks. Chicago Tribune, Illinois.
New research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology confirms that women of color are being exposed to higher levels of beauty-product-derived chemicals like mercury, steroids and hormone-disruptors than white women, most likely because of racist beauty ideals. Elle.
Women of colour are being exposed to more toxic chemicals in their beauty products than white women, says new research.
According to a report published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, women of colour are coming into contact with more toxic chemicals than white women. London Metro, United Kingdom.
Black women are less likely to nurse their babies than whites and Hispanics. Organizations are trying to change that, both online and in person. New York Times.
Research suggests chemicals in the environment might help breast cancer grow. US News & World Report.
For more than a year now, two studies have been looking at miscarriages in Flint during the water crisis. But we still don't have good answers for moms. Michigan Public Radio, Michigan.
Enbridge's route and four alternative paths would all have disproportionately negative effects on American Indians in northern Minnesota. Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota.
'Despite adherence to safety guidelines and regulations, oil spills still do occur,' the court said in overturning several violations against the oil giant. InsideClimate News.
Manufacturing, mining and waste disposal companies and dozens of others provide millions of jobs and services to Americans, but they are also among the country’s worst water polluters. News21.
It has been more than a year since Mayor Anthony Copeland informed more than 1,000 West Calumet Housing Complex residents it was in their "best interest to temporarily relocate" because of contaminated soil. Northwest Indiana Times, Indiana.
Lack of orthophosphate corrosion control contributed to city’s water crisis, according to new analysis. Chemical & Engineering News.
Programs provide easier access to fresh, healthful foods to low-income neighbors. Yes! Magazine.
The 'haul out' of Pacific walruses along the Alaska coast is the earliest known and comes as global temperatures and loss of sea ice near records. InsideClimate News.
The federal environmental impact statement moves the project ahead but cites concerns about effects on climate change, marine life and local communities. InsideClimate News.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe urged the Trump administration to exclude his state from a federal offshore oil and gas drilling plan, citing concerns about revenue sharing and environmental issues, in a letter that his office revealed on Thursday. Reuters.