Health

Los Angeles Lifts Air-Quality Limits For Cremations As Covid Deaths Double

"Air quality regulators have lifted the limits on the number of cremations that can be performed in Los Angeles county, citing a death rate that is more than double the pre-pandemic norm and an unmanageable backlog of dead bodies."

Source: Guardian, 01/19/2021

"Biden Unveils $1.9T Plan To Stem Covid-19 And Steady Economy"

"President-elect Joe Biden has unveiled a $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan to end “a crisis of deep human suffering” by speeding up vaccines and pumping out financial help to those struggling with the pandemic’s prolonged economic fallout."

Source: AP, 01/15/2021

Coalition Calls On Biden To Impose National Moratorium On Water Shutoffs

"A broad coalition of organizations is urging Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to mandate a national moratorium on water and other utility shutoffs on day one in the White House, in order to curtail the spread of Covid-19 and ease the financial burden on struggling Americans."

Source: Guardian, 01/14/2021

RSVP: SEJ's 2021 Journalists’ Guide to Energy & Environment

Say hello to 2021 with the Society of Environmental Journalists' 9th annual look ahead at the year's key energy and environmental issues. Hosted virtually by National Geographic Society and co-sponsored by the Wilson Center, Jan 27 at 1:00 p.m. ET, the event will feature leading journalists offering their predictions for the year ahead, following a keynote interview with incoming White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy. Register today to be the first to hear of additional special guests and events to be announced.

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Sick Schools in the City of Brotherly Love

A Philadelphia Inquirer investigation into environmental harm suffered by the city’s children, minorities and poor dived into the “decaying infrastructure” of the city schools. The result? Findings of dangerous levels of lead, mold and asbestos, followed by an influx of funding to fix the problems and awards from journalism colleagues. For Inside Story, a Q&A with a reporter for the "Toxic City: Sick Schools" exposé.

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Public Health Infrastructure Emerges As Critical Environmental Story

A pandemic and a weakened public health framework underscore how essential is the public health reporting function of environmental journalism. The latest TipSheet entry in our ongoing special report, “2021 Journalists’ Guide to Energy & Environment,” explores what’s ahead and asks are health agencies too hollowed out to serve? Plus, story ideas and extensive reporting resources.

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US Sets Covid-19 Death Record As Scientists Point To Asymptomatic Spread

"As the United States marked another grim milestone Thursday with more than 4,000 covid-19 deaths reported in a single day, federal disease trackers said research suggests that people without symptoms transmit more than half of all cases of the novel coronavirus."

Source: Washington Post, 01/08/2021

Is Wireless Technology an Environmental Health Risk?

As COVID-19 lockdowns push more people online and 5G technology continues its rapid expansion, should the question of whether electromagnetic radiation causes health and environmental injury be raised anew? Yes, argues an award-winning freelancer who herself suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity, and who musters suggestive scientific and medical research to make the case. Plus, sidebars on 5G and on taking personal precautions.

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"US Diet Guidelines Sidestep Scientific Advice to Cut Sugar and Alcohol"

"Rejecting the advice of its scientific advisers, the federal government has released new dietary recommendations that sound a familiar nutritional refrain, advising Americans to “make every bite count” but dismissing experts’ specific recommendations to set new low targets for consumption of sugar and alcoholic beverages."

Source: NYTimes, 01/04/2021

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