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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$50 Million for Environmental Justice Initiatives

$50 Million for Environmental Justice Initiatives

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The Environmental Protection Agency just announced $50 million in environmental justice funding, sending money to low-income and communities of color to take on the intersecting impacts of the climate crisis, long-term pollution, and COVID-19. The funding comes from the most recent COVID relief package and is the first half […]

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EPA Reinstates Panel to Address Air Pollution

EPA Reinstates Panel to Address Air Pollution

In the U.S., about 100,000 deaths occur each year due to exposure to ambient air pollution – before the COVID-19 pandemic, this represented about 1 in 25 deaths. Air pollution is a ruthless killer that can even harm the development of babies while they’re still in the womb. That’s why it was important that the […]

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Chemical Plant Fire Rages for Second Day, Fire Fighters Protect Local River

Chemical Plant Fire Rages for Second Day, Fire Fighters Protect Local River

Authorities have ordered people near an industrial fire in Illinois to evacuate. The fire broke out at Chemtool Inc., in Rockton, a city about 15 miles north of Rockford near the Illinois and Wisconsin state line. https://t.co/JZFN8Bc0rs — CNN (@CNN) June 14, 2021 by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A Rockton, Illinois Chemtool Inc. plant caught […]

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EPA Plans to Implement Federal Landfill Standards After Years of Trump Delays

EPA Plans to Implement Federal Landfill Standards After Years of Trump Delays

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a plan to implement final standards to protect residents from the adverse impacts of municipal landfills. The Trump administration previously tried to delay these protections and waive restrictions on other sources of methane emissions. The EPA’s new standards are just one in a series […]

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Animal Farms,  A Serious Source of Air Pollution

Animal Farms, A Serious Source of Air Pollution

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Air pollution from animal farms leads to nearly 13,000 deaths annually, according to a new study that links food protection and air quality harms. The manure and animal feed from farms produce fine-particle pollution that leads to breathing issues as well as long-term health issues like heart disease and […]

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