Editorial: Sidelining science: Donald Trump undermines fight against virus, wildfires and more
Look to the south and see Americans in Gulf Coast states preparing for Hurricane Sally. Look further north and see glaciers melting. Look west and see wildfires raging across multiple states, destroying property and taking lives.And tri-state residents? Just look straight up, take note of the strange overcast sky glowing yellow, residue of ash traveling eastward 3,000 miles.Yet on this building evidence of climate change wreaking havoc and on a whole host of other life-and-death matters, President Trump cannot or will not bring himself to face scientific fact. Good reason to deny him another t...
New York Daily News
Deadly deer disease expected to worsen under Michigan's controversial hunting limits
A controversial restriction on hunting in the Michigan county hardest hit by a deadly deer disease is expected to make the problem worse, a study commissioned by the state shows.The state’s Natural Resources Commission got its first glimpse of data this summer from Montcalm County under the plan it approved last year to impose antler point restrictions on hunting in Montcalm, Ionia and Mecosta counties for the first time.The commission did so in part to fight chronic wasting disease, a contagious, incurable disease that threatens to decimate the state’s white-tail deer population and hunting i...
The Detroit News
University of California system to phase out single-use plastics
SAN DIEGO — The University of California announced plans this week to phase out disposable plastic products in dining halls and other retail locations after a yearlong campaign by student activists.The policy changes are to start next year and will be rolled out over the next decade at the 10-campus system, eliminating signal-use plastic products such as bags, eating utensils, straws and water bottles.Students worked with the California Public Interest Research Group, or CALPIRG, to gather more than 12,000 signatures on UC campuses. The new policy was announced in collaboration with the UC Off...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
First, thousands of fish turned up dead in Biscayne Bay. Coral bleaching might be next
MIAMI — Fish may not be the only victims of the pollution and hot temperatures that drove oxygen to insufficient levels in Biscayne Bay and led to a mortality event that shocked Miami residents last week.Coral reefs in the bay risk bleaching if water conditions don’t improve soon, scientists said. Prolonged periods of high ocean temperatures cause coral to expel the algae that live inside them, leaving them more vulnerable to stressors like pollution and a deadly disease that’s ravaging reefs in Florida.“It’s a one-two punch for corals,” said Chris Langdon, director of the Coral Reefs and Clim...
Fast food from these chains is 'packaged in pollution,' report says. Does it matter?
Next time you order a Big Mac, Whopper or Sweetgreen salad, consider this: The wrappers and containers your food comes in have been found to contain toxic chemicals that can contaminate your drinking water, harm wildlife and make you sick.PFAS are chemicals used in apparel, carpeting, furniture and food packaging designed to keep materials grease- and water-resistant; they’re known as “forever chemicals” as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances cannot break down in the environment.A report released last week on the fast food industry revealed that nearly half of all sampled packaging contained d...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
'It's real.' Latinos, African Americans most likely to view pollution as a serious health threat
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Latinos and African Americans are more likely to view pollution as a serious health threat than other groups, according to a new statewide study by the Public Policy Institute of California.“African Americans and Latinos are more likely than others to say that air and water pollution in their part of California are very serious health threats to themselves and their families,” said Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of the Public Policy Institute of California, in the study.Two-thirds of Californians surveyed said air pollution is a very serious or somewhat serious threat....
The Sacramento Bee
Commentary: Firefighting foam is making us sick
In my role as an attorney for a law firm that handles personal injury cases related to toxic environmental exposures, I see the problem caused by polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, firsthand.The majority of my clients are former firefighters who have been diagnosed with kidney or testicular cancer as a consequence of long-term exposure to these chemicals through the use of firefighter foam.None of them were informed about the potential health risks associated with the use of these chemicals, which they regularly came in contact with during training exercises and emergencies.The foam that is ...
Tribune News Service
Chicago air is dirtier this July than smog-choked Los Angeles. More bad air is forecast
CHICAGO — After missing out on cleaner air during the coronavirus lockdown, the Chicago area just suffered its longest streak of high-pollution days in more than a decade.Nine consecutive days of bad air swept through the region amid an emerging scientific link between exposure to pollution and COVID-19 death rates. Low-income, predominantly Black and Latino communities are being hit the hardest.Air quality has been so poor, the entire Chicago area ended up dirtier than notoriously smog-choked Los Angeles during the beginning of the month, according to a Chicago Tribune review of federal data....