Disasters

Millions Of Pounds Of Extra Pollution Were Released Before Laura Hit

"Hurricane Laura tore through a region that is home to dozens of major oil refineries, petrochemical plants and plastics facilities. Now, residents could be breathing dangerously polluted air from those sites, public health experts and local advocates say."

Source: NPR, 08/31/2020

Hurricane Laura’s Rapid Intensification Is A Sign Of A Warming Climate

"Hurricanes that go from dangerous to deadly very quickly are occurring more often, research suggests." "Experts call the phenomenon “rapid intensification” and say it’s happening more frequently, thanks in part to warming ocean temperatures driven by climate change."

Source: Washington Post, 08/31/2020

Smoke, Health Effects From California Fires Travel Across the Country

"Record setting conflagrations in California and Colorado have smothered residents of the two states with choking, stinging smoke. But the impact of that smoke is also being felt hundreds, even thousands, of miles away, and the health impacts may last for years after the flames subside."

Source: InsideClimate News, 08/28/2020

"Chlorine Plant Fire Has Residents Sheltering After Hurricane"

"A fire at a Louisiana chlorine plant erupted with thick, billowing smoke Thursday after Hurricane Laura plowed through part of the country’s petrochemical corridor with storm surges and fierce wind, forcing residents around the plant to shelter in their homes."

Source: AP, 08/28/2020

White House Overrules CDC Experts To Ease Testing Guidelines

"An abrupt shift this week in government testing guidelines for Americans exposed to the novel coronavirus was directed by the White House’s coronavirus task force, alarming outside public health experts who warn the change could hasten the disease’s spread."

Source: Washington Post, 08/27/2020

"Chemical Experts Question EPA’s Approval Of Coronavirus Disinfectant"

"With great fanfare, the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday gave emergency approval to a disinfectant it said would kill the coronavirus on surfaces for up to a week. ... But health and chemical experts say the cleanser might actually harm passengers and flight attendants and do little to protect against the virus, which is mainly transmitted through the air in closed spaces."

Source: Washington Post, 08/27/2020

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