The death rate for Latinos in Los Angeles is almost triple that of white residents. Also: a fraud doctor sentenced, Google pays for discrimination, heatwave deaths spike in Arizona, scientists find sea lion cancer culprit, and more.
Tag: Environmental Safety and Health
Travel bans cover non-U.S. travelers from countries including South Africa and Brazil. Also: vaccine chasers, a clemency "kick in the teeth," costly chemicals, and more.
Alpine Helicopter Service has been implicated in dozens of complaints of crop loss and personal injury when pesticides it sprayed allegedly landed on the wrong targets. Now, the state of California is suing the company and taking a stand on pesticide misuse.
Across the country, developers regularly use flood map changes to build in vulnerable areas after getting FEMA to approve measures such as elevating homes, building retention ponds and raising the land with fill. But it's not always enough to prevent flooding and increased risks for people nearby.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nurses and other health care workers hold their own counter-protests, urging people to go home and continue with social distancing.
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
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 [...]
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.
While public health experts continue to assure people that being outside is generally safe — with appropriate social-distancing of at least six feet — a new message is emerging about how far Americans should venture, and what is acceptable behavior.
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.
Fields of Waste: Artificial Turf, Touted as Recycling Fix for Millions of Scrap Tires, Becomes Mounting Disposal Mess
With hundreds of fields reaching end of life each year, the artificial turf industry is under pressure to find a sustainable solution.