Florida Lawmakers Pass Bill Protecting Sugar Farms from Public Health Lawsuits click button

Florida Lawmakers Pass Bill Protecting Sugar Farms from Public Health Lawsuits

Last week, the Florida legislature passed a bill that gives the sugar industry protection from long-term public health damage lawsuits. The Florida sugar industry says it will protect farmers from frivolous lawsuits, but opponents and many environmental groups say if it becomes law, it would grant the industry immunity from accountability.

Why This Matters: Sugarcane agriculture in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) has health consequences for the surrounding humans, wildlife, and environment.

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Wildfire Smoke Undoes Years Of Air Quality Improvement

Wildfire Smoke Undoes Years Of Air Quality Improvement

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study from Stanford University and the University of California, San Diego reveals that plumes of smoke from wildfires in recent years threatens to undo 40 years of air quality improvements in the American West and is just as deadly as heat-related health threats.  In 2020, a record-breaking […]

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Wildfire Smoke Increases COVID-19 Risk for Frontline Communities

Wildfire Smoke Increases COVID-19 Risk for Frontline Communities

by Razi Beresin-Scher and Miro Korenha According to recent reporting from The Hill, atmospheric smoke is exacerbating the toll of the COVID-19 virus in Oregon and California. Smoke inhalation weakens the immune systems of those suffering from asthma and other underlying respiratory conditions, compromising their ability to recover from the virus.  Researchers at the Harvard […]

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Climate Becoming a Major Issue for Suburban Women Due To Floods, Fires, Smoke

Climate Becoming a Major Issue for Suburban Women Due To Floods, Fires, Smoke

The smoke from the California wildfires is now marring the skies from coast to coast, with satellite pictures showing the reach of the plume of ash and contaminated air spreading across the country, according to The Washington Post.

Why This Matters:  We have been writing for months about the growing political importance of climate change and environment — both of which are noticeably worse, much to the dismay of the key voting block — suburban women.

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Wildfires and Smoke Wreak Havoc in Oregon and Washington

Wildfires and Smoke Wreak Havoc in Oregon and Washington

Oregon and Washington are caught in the grip of uncontrolled fires that are causing tens of thousands of residents to evacuate on short notice.  Indeed, as The Washington Post described it in a headline, “Much of the West Is On Fire, Illustrating the Dangers of Climate Extremes.” 

Why This Matters:  Did we mention that fire season has not even officially begun yet?

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Wildfire Smoke is Becoming a Public Health Threat

Wildfire Smoke is Becoming a Public Health Threat

As wildfires rage across the Western United States each summer and fall, the immediate headlines of these disasters focus on the destruction and displacement they cause. However, as we’ve seen this summer, states like California and Colorado have been engulfed by wildfire smoke that’s subsequently spread across the rest of the country. Yet we know […]

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