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One Real Thing: The World Watches America Sputter

One Real Thing: The World Watches America Sputter

Boy, are we blowing it. After the July 4th holiday weekend cases of COVID-19 surged in the United States due to a piecemeal response by governors throughout the country. Last week, the EU banned American travelers, while Canada is fining them and Mexico is working to introduce tighter restrictions on them. It seems as if […]

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Farmworkers Lack Adequate Legal and Public Health Protections During Pandemic

Farmworkers Lack Adequate Legal and Public Health Protections During Pandemic

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer As Arun Gupta and Michelle Fawcett reported last week, coronavirus is “exploding” in populations of farmworkers across America. In their report, they noted that on a single farm in Tennessee, all 200 workers tested positive for the disease while in Immokalee, Florida, results indicated that over 1,000 migrant workers […]

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FDA Warns 9 Brands of Hand Sanitizer May Be Toxic

FDA Warns 9 Brands of Hand Sanitizer May Be Toxic

The Food and Drug Administration has put out a warning that U.S. consumers should not use any of nine brands of possibly toxic hand sanitizer that may contain methanol, or wood alcohol, a substance that’s potentially dangerous when absorbed through the skin or ingested. As CNN explained, exposure to significant amounts of methanol can result in […]

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Living Near Oil and Gas Wells Tied to Low Birth Weight in California Study

Living Near Oil and Gas Wells Tied to Low Birth Weight in California Study

Pregnant women in rural California who lived near active oil and gas wells were 40% more likely to give birth to low birthweight babies, according to a new study. The study conducted by University of California researchers is the first to study how California’s network of oil and gas development affects babies born nearby. As […]

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Tear Gas is Not Benign, So Why Are Police Still Using it on Protestors?

Tear Gas is Not Benign, So Why Are Police Still Using it on Protestors?

This past week we’ve seen police brutality protestors around the nation dispersed with tear gas by law enforcement, a tactic that’s been used for protesting crowds for decades. But what is tear gas, and is it benign? The answer is not at all. Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician in New York City told USA […]

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Coronavirus: Coming Fast for Rural America

Coronavirus: Coming Fast for Rural America

As cities across the United States were shutting down in response to COVID-19, rural communities often saw these measures as being overblown. In California especially, the rural/coastal divide on containment measures was a microcosm for the rest of the nation–it could also serve as a lesson for how to grapple with this issue nationwide. But […]

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Coronavirus: Dems Push for National Testing Framework

Coronavirus: Dems Push for National Testing Framework

After two weeks of gridlock, the House finally passed a nearly $500 billion aid package that provides funds for the small-business loan program, as well as for hospitals and testing. The legislation is expected to become law by the end of the week. More Testing, NOW: As Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor (FL) said in a […]

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Corona Watch: What Should Be on Your Radar

Corona Watch: What Should Be on Your Radar

The headlines and mass event cancellations this past week have been unsettling to say the least. And often, it’s difficult to discern news from noise. That’s why we’re going to make a commitment to include accurate coverage throughout the crisis along with stories that should be on your radar. We’re all in this together, if […]

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What if the Public Panicked About Climate Change Like They’re Doing Over Coronavirus?

What if the Public Panicked About Climate Change Like They’re Doing Over Coronavirus?

For those of us who work in the climate world the fact that most Americans don’t view the climate crisis as an urgent threat is a big frustration. While there’s a 97% consensus among scientists that anthropogenic climate change is occurring and the fact that no part of the United States will come out unaffected, […]

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Climate Change Risks the Lifelong Health of All Kids Alive Today

Climate Change Risks the Lifelong Health of All Kids Alive Today

According to the Lancet’s 2019 Countdown report, the worst effects of climate change will fall to the youngest, and most dire for them lie ahead.

Bottom Line: Children alive today stand to experience significant public health risks unless we take drastic action on climate change.

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Growing Group of Doctors Talk Climate With Their Patients

Growing Group of Doctors Talk Climate With Their Patients

by Miro Korenha and Alexandra Patel When you visit your doctor it’s usually to remedy something that’s bothering you or a routine preventative visit, but during those visits has your doctor ever talked to you about climate change and how it might be affecting your health? Even if your doctor hasn’t, a growing number of […]

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Extreme heat in South Florida hurts the most vulnerable

Extreme heat in South Florida hurts the most vulnerable

For years, that discussion had been dominated the impacts of rising sea levels. Now, the state’s medical community is sounding the alarm about the health risks associated with rising temperatures. Whether it’s a longer allergy season, air quality issues or mosquito-borne illnesses, heat is already making people sicker, they say, and the nearly 60% of Miami residents who live paycheck to paycheck could be the most in danger.

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