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Why This Matters: Years of discriminatory policies and growing income inequality have created a perfect storm for COVID-19 to inflict maximum damage. Though we’ve heard that the coronavirus doesn’t discriminate, it actually does. New research links air pollution to higher coronavirus death rates and communities of color as well as low-income ones are exposed to toxic air at far higher rates than their whiter and wealthier counterparts.
The Big Picture: As the Washington Post reported, the daily death toll from coronavirus in the United States surpassed 1,800 on Tuesday, marking a new global high for the number of deaths linked to the virus in one country in a single day.
The Good News: Wuhan, China, where COVID-19 is thought to have originated finally lifted its lockdown after 11 weeks. Nonetheless, the city’s liberation was greeted with anger and anxiety about the manner in which officials first handled the outbreak.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study has found that microplastic accumulation may be worse than previously thought and could carry with it the threat of disease. Microplastics could present health risks to the entire food chain, the study said, including to humans. As the world is grappling with the accumulation of single-use plastics during the […]
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 […]
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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