Health

July 25, 2024 to August 20, 2024

Fuel, Foul Air and Fallout: The Health Tolls of Energy and Defense in the U.S.

Join the Pulitzer Center for three virtual discussions about projects that investigate how extractive industries and defense impact Americans’ health. Register for one or all, on July 25, Aug 13 and 20, 2024.

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Will the Coming Plastics Treaty Solve the Problem Or Enshrine It?

A major intergovernmental gathering later this year will address plastic pollution, including in oceans. But an overview from our Issue Backgrounder notes that the likelihood of solving the problem may be small. One reason? Petrochemical industry lobbying. Another? The shifting world market for plastic waste. And there are more concerns, such as the effectiveness of incineration and chemical recycling techniques. More, including questions to ask, in Backgrounder.

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‘Endangered’ USGS Pesticide Database Shows Wide Chemical Impact

Pesticides are a major environmental and public health issue — harming vulnerable human populations, as well as contributing to declines in insect populations and even the birds that feed on them. The latest Reporter’s Toolbox explores an invaluable government database that reports estimates of county-level use of a wide array of these chemicals, but which recently faced severe cutbacks. Read more about the Pesticide National Synthesis Project.

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What Makes Communities More Survivable in Extreme Heat Events?

When heat waves hit your area, as they did for much of the United States in June, local responses can (and should) go well beyond individual behaviors to address broader area actions — from cool pavements to urban trees. For environmental journalists, that means community-level heat response is an important climate story angle. TipSheet explains, then offers a dozen story ideas, along with reporting resources.

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New HeatRisk Data Site Helps Warn on Health Threats

As global warming worsens heat-related illnesses, U.S. government agencies have refined a data tool whose greatest value may be to warn people about the extreme heat events that can send them to the emergency room or worse. The latest Reporter’s Toolbox explores the improved HeatRisk site and how its combination of climate and medical considerations refocuses attention on the vulnerable.

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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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Maryland Hospitals Grapple With Health Fallout Of Medical Waste Incineration

"Maryland’s largest health systems are under pressure to cut their dealings with an incinerator that has a history of environmental violations."

Source: Inside Climate News, 05/28/2024

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