"If Lyme has become so common, why isn’t there a vaccine for it? Well, here’s something you may not know: There used to be one, but it was taken off the market more than 15 years ago. And there’s only one new vaccine candidate in the pipeline."
EJToday: Top Headlines
- Source: NY Times, 08/14/2018
"A new series on The Weather Channel delves into the places around the world where droughts and floods are forcing people to uproot."
"The small waterfront town of Scituate, Massachusetts, has been through a lot this year. One of the parts of the country hardest hit by the four nor’easters that blew through the East Coast in March, Scituate saw homes destroyed and huge piles of sand lifted up by the wind and waves and deposited on Inner Harbor Road, where the street sign was stuck half-buried.Source: Fast Company, 08/14/2018
"As global temperatures continue to rise, the number of mosquito "disease danger days" is increasing across much of the United States, representing a greater risk for transmission of mosquito-borne diseases, according to a new report."Source: CBS News, 08/14/2018
"An influential conservative organization last week mirrored a broad debate within Republican circles over states' rights on environmental issues — it's OK sometimes, but not always."Source: ClimateWire, 08/14/2018
"The US interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, has blamed environmentalists for California’s ferocious wildfires and claimed, contrary to scientific research, that climate change had “nothing to do” with them. Instead, he said the fires were worsened because of limits on logging."Source: Guardian, 08/14/2018
"A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages."Source: Reuters, 08/13/2018
"Top officials at the Environmental Protection Agency pushed through a measure to review applications for using asbestos in consumer products, and did so over the objections of E.P.A.’s in-house scientists and lawyers, internal agency emails show."
"After rain pummeled Mid-Atlantic States in recent weeks, Maryland officials publicly lamented the masses of trash flowing into Chesapeake Bay — and blamed two states to the north."
NPR and many other mainstream media are facing criticism for avoiding mention of the role of climate change in extreme weather events like wildfires. NPR is on the defensive.Source: NPR, 08/13/2018
"Tallahassee has failed to adequately address the increasing number of environmental problems facing Florida and the next class of elected officials must act far more aggressively to solve them. That was the view expressed by an overwhelming majority of the Florida Influencers, a group of 50 leading voices from around the state."Source: Miami Herald, 08/13/2018
"Federal authorities halted work on the massive Mountain Valley Pipeline this month after an appeals court ruled that federal agencies neglected to follow environmental protections."Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail/ProPublica, 08/13/2018
"Emanating from smokestacks, vehicle engines, construction projects, and fires large and small, airborne pollution – sometimes smaller than the width of a human hair, ... is a leading driver of heart disease and stroke, lung cancer, and respiratory infections the world over."Source: UnDark/Pulitzer Center, 08/13/2018
"With cooler sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean and a 70 percent chance El Niño will form, federal forecasters now expect a below normal hurricane season."Source: InsideClimate News, 08/13/2018
"The Democratic National Committee (DNC) overwhelmingly passed a resolution on Friday evening saying it welcomes donations from fossil fuel industry workers and “employers’ political action committees.”Source: The Hill, 08/13/2018
"This summer of fire and swelter looks a lot like the future that scientists have been warning about in the era of climate change, and it’s revealing in real time how unprepared much of the world remains for life on a hotter planet."