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Trump EPA guts tough standards for toxic metals dumped into US waterways by coal-fired power plants, including biggest polluter on Lake Michigan

From the Chicago Tribune, September 9, 2020. Towering above Lake Michigan north of the Wisconsin border, the Oak Creek coal-fired power plant is one of the largest sources of toxic metals dumped into American waterways. Only six other power plants nationwide released more arsenic, lead, mercury and other metals into lakes and rivers last year, […]

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An extraordinary summer of crises for California’s farmworkers

From National Geographic, September 1, 2020. GONZALES, CALIFORNIARosa Villegas woke up at two in the morning on a late August Monday to make her way to the lettuce fields in California’s south Salinas Valley, where she was scheduled to start bagging heads of romaine at 4 a.m. The sky overhead wasn’t its usual dark, star-dotted […]

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EPA rejects tougher air-quality standards, says 2015 limits are sufficient

From the Washington Post, July 14, 2020. The Trump administration said Monday that it will maintain national air-quality standards put in place in 2015, despite calls for more stringent regulations that advocates say are necessary to protect Americans in communities that are particularly vulnerable to respiratory ailments. Read the article.

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How air pollution messes with our minds

From Chemical & Engineering News, May 31, 2020. Air pollution inflames the brain, sparking reactions that lead to diseases such as dementia and autism Neurotoxicologist Deborah Cory-Slechta had a somewhat macabre introduction to her current area of research. In 2012, a colleague at the University of Rochester kept pestering her, “You have to look at […]

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Covid-19 Flares Up in America’s Polluted ‘Sacrifice Zones’

From Wired, May 26, 2020. Researchers find that areas with high levels of airborne dust or toxic chemicals also have more deaths from the coronavirus. AIR IS POLITICAL. Research indicates race is the biggest predictor of whether a person lives near a heavily polluted area. Covid-19 is especially lethal for patients with respiratory problems. Now […]

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Cutting air pollution ‘can prevent deaths within weeks

From the Guardian, December 6, 2019. Cutting air pollution can prevent deaths within weeks, according to scientists. They found the health benefits of clean air were “almost immediate and substantial” and stretched into the long term, saving billions of dollars. The review examined the evidence for the reduction of illness after levels of toxic air […]

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Want cleaner roadside air? Plant hedges

From Earthsky, February 27, 2019. Urban air quality can really stink! In cities, scores of vehicles emit enormous quantities of pollutants into the air, and these pollutants can pose serious threats to your health. While a long-term fix for this problem will require emission reductions from tailpipes, quick exposure reductions could be achieved by planting […]

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U.S. Air Pollution Deaths Nearly Halved Over Two Decades

From Yale Environmental 360, October 19, 2018. The number of deaths related to air pollution in the United States shrank by 47 percent between 1990 and 2010, dropping from 135,000 per year to 71,000, according to new research published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. The decline in mortality is attributable to stricter regulations and improvements in […]

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Air Pollution Adversely Affecting Test Scores

From US News, September 9, 2018. POLLUTION HAS LONG BEEN associated with damaging side effects on the human body, causing respiratory problems, heart and liver dysfunction, as well as fatigue, headaches, and lower life expectancy. Now, new research shows the effects stretch much further than that and may adversely affect brain activity. A recent study […]

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