Bad air pollution and extreme heat each raise health risks, but they’re worse combined.
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The worst effects are during high nighttime temperatures, something happening more often with climate change. Wildfires add to the risk.
A young protester in India makes a statement about dangerous levels of air pollution.
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It’s more than moral posturing. Resolutions like this have a history of laying the foundation for effective treaties and national laws.
PFAS, often used in water-resistant gear, also find their way into drinking water and human bodies.
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The federal government has new advisories on PFAS, which can put human health at risk in a list of ways, but so far only states are regulating the chemicals.
Stain-resistance can mean questionable chemicals in children’s clothes.
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Tests found PFAS in school uniforms, pillows, upholstered furniture and several other items that are often next to children’s skin and near their noses and mouths.
The River Thames is one of the cleanest major world rivers.
Cleaning and reoxygenating the river Thames has helped its biodiversity surge, but there’s still more to be done to make it healthy.
A burned ‘Caution: Children at play’ sign remained after a wildfire devastated the town of Berry Creek, Calif., in 2020.
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The author’s 9-year-old son will likely face about four times as many extreme events in his lifetime as older adults today. An international report explains the impacts already being felt.
Coal-fired power plants are a source of mercury that people can ingest by eating fish.
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The Biden administration is moving to revive mercury limits for coal-fired power plants. A scientist explains mercury’s health risks and the role power plants play.
Oil pumps can be found near homes across the Los Angeles area.
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Photos from the early 1900s show LA’s forests of oil derricks. Hundreds of wells are still pumping, and research shows how people living nearby are struggling with breathing problems.
Trace metal exposure can lead to concerning neurocognitive effects in people of all ages.
Workers prepare to install new water pipes in Walnut Creek, California, on April 22, 2021.
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It will cost tens of billions of dollars to find and remove all the lead service lines that deliver water to US homes and schools. A public health expert explains why he sees it as money well spent.
Testing kids for lead exposure starts with a fingertip prick.
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The Centers for Disease Control has announced a new, stricter standard for lead poisoning in children, which will more than double the number of kids considered to have high blood lead levels.
A runner wears a respirator on a smoky day in Portland, Oregon, in 2020.
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To stay healthy, it’s important to understand how wildfire smoke can harm your body and how to protect yourself.
Chlorpyrifos is widely used on crops, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, corn and soybeans.
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What kind of evidence does it require to get a widely used chemical banned? A professor of medicine and former state regulator explains how the case for chlorpyrifos as a threat to public health developed.
For decades, sperm counts and sperm health have been declining.
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People are exposed to toxic substances – like pesticides, chemicals in plastics and radiation – every day. A growing body of research shows that this exposure is causing a decline in male fertility.
Lead pollution may have wider ranging adverse effects on health than previously thought.
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Early exposure to lead pollution may lead to less mature personality traits as an adult.
Containers of the herbicide glyphosate at a farm supply store in northeast Thailand in 2019.
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Roundup may be taking a beating in the US, where three juries have concluded that it gave plaintiffs cancer, but it’s still widely used around the globe.
Hundreds of active oil wells are hiding in plain sight across the Los Angeles area.
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Photos from the early 1900s show LA’s forests of oil derricks. Hundreds of wells are still pumping, and new research finds people living nearby are struggling with breathing problems.
Residents of the Jacob Riis Settlement in New York City hold photographs of leaks, mold, peeling paint and other issues during a community town hall meeting on March 7, 2019.
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Building retrofits are no joke: They make dwellings healthier and more energy-efficient. And when they’re done in low-income housing, they also reduce inequality.
Pollen can suppress how the body’s immune system responds to viruses.
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As climate change drives pollen counts upward, that could potentially result in greater human susceptibility to other viruses, as well.
Busy highways are large sources of air pollution.
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Living next to a highway is not great for health, but a new study shows that running air filters indoors can remove tiny particles of pollution and lower blood pressure.