EPA Announces New PFAS Limits, But Environmental Advocates Say More Action is Needed

EPA Announces New PFAS Limits, But Environmental Advocates Say More Action is Needed

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The EPA has announced that it will propose the first-ever limits on the discharge of polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, in wastewater. The class of chemicals, often called “forever chemicals,” can accumulate in the environment and the human body and contribute to health problems. However, public health and environmental […]

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Decreasing Air Pollution Could Increase Life Expectancy by 2 Years

Decreasing Air Pollution Could Increase Life Expectancy by 2 Years

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer   Decreasing air pollution increases people’s life expectancy by an average of 2.2 years, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Chicago found that by bringing pollution across the globe down to the World Health Organization’s guidelines, a collective 17 billion years could be added to the planet’s population’s […]

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UN Announces End of Leaded Gasoline Sales as Last Station Ends Sale of Dangerous Fuel

UN Announces End of Leaded Gasoline Sales as Last Station Ends Sale of Dangerous Fuel

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor   The UN Environment Program (UNEP) announced Monday that the global use of leaded gasoline has finally ended after Algerian service stations phased the fuel out last month. Leaded gasoline has been used since 1922, and by 1970 was nearly ubiquitous around the world, but the consequences of its use have been devastating for […]

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Toxic Algae Blooms Across the U.S.

Toxic Algae Blooms Across the U.S.

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Toxic algal blooms have been spreading throughout the United States. This year, states like Utah and Washington, Florida, and the Great Lakes are seeing explosive algal growth.  In fact, a report from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) found cases of toxic algae in every state except Alaska. Last year the EWG […]

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At Subway, Eat Fresh What?

At Subway, Eat Fresh What?

The New York Times’ Julia Carmel did a deep dive into tuna sandwiches from Subway — one of the world’s largest restaurant chains — over a class-action lawsuit claiming that its tuna sandwiches “are completely bereft of tuna as an ingredient.”

Why This Matters:  In the 1980s canned tuna was a staple food found in nearly every pantry in America.  But these days tuna are harder and harder to catch, as the wildly popular Netflix documentary Seaspiracy explained to many who were simply unaware of how their tuna roll or melt was impacting the ocean.

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New Bill Addresses Public Health Impacts of Climate Change, Prevents Future Pandemics

New Bill Addresses Public Health Impacts of Climate Change, Prevents Future Pandemics

On Monday, lawmakers introduced the Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act to help improve the nation’s response to health threats presented by climate change. Experts have reported that as climate change worsens and temperatures rise, viruses and pandemics like COVID-19 will become more common

Why This Matters: Rising deforestation and accelerating biodiversity loss are driving humans and animals closer together than ever before.

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