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Study Finds Dramatic Jump in Positive COVID-19 Cases Due to Wildfire Smoke

Study Finds Dramatic Jump in Positive COVID-19 Cases Due to Wildfire Smoke

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer As the Delta variant of COVID-19 sweeps across the country, hospitals and public health officials are once again struggling to cope with the fallout. Simultaneously, extreme heat and wildfires have left the Western U.S. (and currently, Eastern ones too) experiencing dangerous levels of wildfire smoke. Now, a new study has now confirmed what […]

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EPA Approved Use of Forever Chemicals in Fracking Despite Knowledge of Health Risks

EPA Approved Use of Forever Chemicals in Fracking Despite Knowledge of Health Risks

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer An investigation by The New York Times has found that in 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) approved the use of PFAS in fracking despite its concerns of their toxicity. The records, which NYT acquired through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), reveal that the E.P.A.’s scientists raised concern about the “forever chemicals,” saying that they could […]

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Heat Dome Death Toll Tops 500 in Pacific Northwest

Heat Dome Death Toll Tops 500 in Pacific Northwest

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Hundreds of people have now died as a result of a heatwave that scorched the Pacific Northwest (PNW) this past week. In Oregon, 63 people have died in the last seven days, and British Columbia reported 486 deaths between last Friday and Wednesday alone. As the COVID-19 Delta variant begins making […]

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Australian Mouse Plague Sparks Debate Around Toxic Substances

Australian Mouse Plague Sparks Debate Around Toxic Substances

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In Australia, after years of drought, wildfires, a period of heavy rains have brought back some plant life and millions of mice. As a result, the country’s southern and eastern agricultural regions are now overrun with mice in their crops, barns, and homes. The ongoing infestation even prompted the evacuation of a prison in […]

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This Quote: Fauci on COVID — Lab Leak or Zoonosis?

This Quote: Fauci on COVID — Lab Leak or Zoonosis?

Over the weekend, the New York Times’ Kara Swisher interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci for her popular podcast Sway.  She asked Fauci whether he thought the COVID virus originated in a Chinese lab and here is what he said: AF:  “…There is this so-called intelligence that three members of the human lab were ill, requiring hospitalization. […]

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Study Finds Half of all U.S. and Canadian Cosmetics Contain PFAS

Study Finds Half of all U.S. and Canadian Cosmetics Contain PFAS

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer You may have thought the days of lead, mercury, and even radioactive makeup were long gone, but a new study from the University of Notre Dame has found that over half the cosmetics sold in the U.S. contain PFAS, a class of chemicals linked to health conditions like cancer and reduced birth weights. […]

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