Environmental Health

AP Analysis Finds 2023 Set Record For US Heat Deaths

"David Hom suffered from diabetes and felt nauseated before he went out to hang his laundry in 108-degree weather, another day in Arizona’s record-smashing, unrelenting July heat wave. His family found the 73-year-old lying on the ground, his lower body burned. Hom died at the hospital, his core body temperature at 107 degrees."

Source: AP, 06/03/2024

Extreme Weather. Few Vaccines. Africa’s Cholera Crisis Is Worse Than Ever

"Extreme weather events have hit parts of Africa relentlessly in the last three years, with tropical storms, floods and drought causing crises of hunger and displacement. They leave another deadly threat behind them: some of the continent’s worst outbreaks of cholera."

Source: AP, 05/31/2024

Groups Urge Johnson To Bring Broader Radiation Exposure Bill Next Week

"A coalition of community activists called on House leadership to take up a broader reauthorization of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) after Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) scheduled a vote on a more limited extension next week."

Source: The Hill, 05/31/2024
June 13, 2024

Mongabay Webinar: How to Cover Planetary Health

This installment of Mongabay’s free webinar series for journalists will explore important context, story ideas and key lines of inquiry for reporters covering environmental change in the Anthropocene, the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on nature. 9 pm UTC / 5 pm EDT.

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"Indian Capital Swelters As Temperature Hits All-Time High Of 52.9 Celsius"

"Delhi recorded an all-time high temperature of 52.9 degrees Celsius (127.22 Fahrenheit) on Wednesday as extreme heat conditions gripped the north and western parts of India, causing students to faint in schools and drinking water taps to dry up."

Source: Reuters, 05/30/2024

A Pot Of Unspent Federal Money Could Have Prevented Jackson’s Water Crisis

"Late in the summer of 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency sent the Mississippi state government a routine report assessing its use of federal funding for water infrastructure. The agency concluded with the words “no findings” — that is, the EPA found no issue with how Mississippi was spending its money."

Source: Grist, 05/29/2024

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