Environmental Health

"Biden Administration Toughens Limits on Deadly Air Pollution"

"The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday tightened limits on fine industrial particles, one of the most common and deadliest forms of air pollution, for the first time in a decade." "The E.P.A. says the new rule will prevent 4,500 premature deaths annually. Industry leaders are expected to challenge the regulation, saying it will harm the economy."

Source: NYTimes, 02/08/2024

FDA Move To Ban Formaldehyde In Hair Straighteners Called Not Enough

"In April, a dozen years after a federal agency classified formaldehyde a human carcinogen, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is tentatively scheduled to unveil a proposal to consider banning the chemical in hair-straightening products."

Source: KFF Health News, 02/07/2024

"‘In A Word, Horrific’: Trump’s Extreme Anti-Environment Blueprint"

"The United States’s first major climate legislation dismantled, a crackdown on government scientists, a frenzy of oil and gas drilling, the Paris climate deal not only dead but buried. A blueprint is emerging for a second Donald Trump term that is even more extreme for the environment than his first, according to interviews with multiple Trump allies and advisers."

Source: Guardian, 02/07/2024

"‘Symbol Of Polarisation’: EU Scraps Plans To Halve Use Of Pesticides"

"The European Commission is shelving plans to cut pesticide use and is taking the pressure off agriculture in its latest emissions recommendations, as farmers around Europe continue protests demanding higher prices for their products and an easing of EU environment rules."

Source: Guardian, 02/07/2024

"EPA Proposes To Enable States To Require ‘Forever Chemical’ Cleanup"

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to designate nine toxic “forever chemicals” as “hazardous constituents” under the nation’s law for cleaning up ongoing pollution, in a move that would enable states to require cleanups if the substances are released."

Source: The Hill, 02/06/2024

On the Hunt To Know More About Chronic Wasting Disease

A relative of mad cow disease is working its way across the population of deer and related cervids in North America. And the latest TipSheet cautions that it remains unclear whether this chronic wasting disease can make the leap to humans, such as millions of deer and elk hunters. What environmental journalists need to know about possible risks and precautions.

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EPA Rushed To Approve Dicamba In 2020 Despite Scientific Concerns: Documents

"In December 2021, a small team of scientists working for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a stark report on a controversial weed killer that had been the subject of years of complaints from farmers and environmentalists."

Source: The New Lede, 02/05/2024

"Too Hot To Party? Extreme Temperatures Threaten Live Music Shows"

"From hail the size of golf balls to deadly heat, concert-goers in 2023 were forced to deal with extreme weather events that put them in harm's way during the world's warmest year on record, with temperatures predicted to climb even higher in 2024."

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 02/02/2024

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