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Environment

Moving Away from Fossil Fuel: The Escalating Push for Setbacks From Drilling Sites

Experts say that more than a decade of research—including several new studies—makes it clear that existing buffer zones from oil and gas wells are inadequate to protect public health. Now, political pressure to push oil and gas wells as far as a half-mile from homes and other buildings is peaking across the country, over industry alarm that such measures amount to a de facto ban on drilling.

Environment

Thirsty Future for American West, as ”Megadrought” Grips Some of the Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities

Western states and their mushrooming municipalities long have grappled with the twin concerns of rapid growth and dwindling water supplies. Now, in the midst of an historic megadrought predicted to last many more years, the issue has grown increasingly urgent. 

Consumer Protection

“Biodegradable,” a Magic Word for Environmentally-Minded Consumers, Isn’t Always a Green Panacea

The ''Biodegradable'' label can be a powerful draw for shoppers concerned about the future of the planet. But they might not be aware of a critical drawback: As biodegradable materials break down in a landfill, which is where they usually end up, they can release methane, a potent greenhouse gas with climate warming effects upwards of 30 times that of carbon dioxide.

Warning Wire

Coronavirus Crept into the U.S. and Killed Earlier Than Medical Detectives Thought

Postmortem testing in California reveals that a 57-year-old San Jose woman who died Feb. 6 is now the first known U.S. death from Covid-19.

Warning Wire

Citing Need to Work, Protesters Take On Coronavirus Stay-At-Home Orders

Nurses and other health care workers hold their own counter-protests, urging people to go home and continue with social distancing.

Warning Wire

The Vulnerable Suffer: In New York, New Jersey and Elsewhere, Bodies Piled Up at Nursing Homes

Untold deaths: The stories being reported about nursing homes in New Jersey and New York are shocking: In New Jersey, cops got an anonymous tip about a body being stored in an outdoor shed, and found 17 bodies piled in an indoor morgue meant to hold only four

Warning Wire

President Responds to Report With “Tantrum” While U.S. Death Toll Surpasses Italy’s

Keeping the score: In a lengthy article published over the weekend, a team of six New York Times reporters—Eric Lipton, David E. Sanger, Maggie Haberman, Michael D. Shear, Mark Mazzetti and Julian E. Barnes—painstakingly document how time after time, when presented with evidence and testimony that the coronavirus was a [...]

Warning Wire

Global Cases of Coronavirus Surge Past One Million; U.S. Deaths Top 6,600

Confirmed cases of coronavirus globally surged past the 1 million mark this week, and now stand at more than 1,066,000, with more than 56,000 deaths. Confirmed cases in the U.S. passed 257,000, with more than 6,600 deaths.

Public Health

No Walk in the Park for Americans Struggling with Cabin Fever Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Yellow tape cordons off the playground equipment at a suburban Sacramento public park. (Photo by Marjie Lundstrom) By the time Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California closed today — this time for real, sealing out even bikers and hikers — local residents were seething. The picturesque swath [...]

Environment

Curbside Quandary: Who Will Fix America’s Ailing Recycling Programs?

Mike Walker has just finished his lunch in the cafeteria at PCC Community Markets in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle. On the small table in front of him is a plastic sandwich wrapper, a potato chip bag and an energy drink can. Only one of those three is destined for a recycling bin. And even then, there's no guarantee that the can will end up recycled.