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Trump to California: ‘No You Don’t’ on State Setting Its Own Vehicle Emissions Standards

President Trump is revoking California's authority to set its own vehicle emissions standards, setting the stage for a Supreme Court battle.

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Endangered Again: Trump Administration Rolls Back Historic Wildlife Protection Law

The Endangered Species Act is getting an overhaul by the Trump White House that will affect hundreds of species now considered "threatened."

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The Bottle Blues: Coca-Cola Parts Ways With Plastics Group Over Differing Agendas, PepsiCo Plans To Follow

Big soda companies, pressured to reduce plastic use, back away from lobbying firm tied to group opposing bag bans.

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Foodborne Illnesses Spanning Multiple States Spiked in 2018

Food sick: The U.S. has seen a significant increase in the number of people contracting certain foodborne illnesses, with more multi-state outbreaks in 2018 than at any point in the previous decade, reports Laura Riley of The Washington Post. Better, quicker diagnosis is one factor, but public health experts told [...]

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Taking a Long Look at the Risks of Fracking

Review of numerous studies shows there is strong evidence–despite an industry narrative to the contrary–that fracking exposure is associated with an increased risk of certain health problems, including preterm birth and high-risk pregnancy, asthma flare-ups

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With Long Delays in Safety Overhaul, Utility Giant PG&E Was Playing With Fire

Faulty lines, fires sparked: Pacific Gas & Electric Co. acknowledged that its equipment likely started what became the most destructive fire in California's history, burning nearly 14,000 homes last November and killing 85 people, the Los Angeles Times reports. The company has filed for bankruptcy protection and faces dozens of lawsuits [...]

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When It Comes To Air Pollution, Race and Income Matter

Environmental divide : In 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency released an assessment of the chemical ethylene oxide, marking it as a cancer-causing agent and dramatically lowering the acceptable threshold for healthy air. What happened after that, as explained by Sharon Lerner in The Intercept, illustrates the racialized nature of environmental regulation [...]

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A Slow Burn Over Burn Pits

'Our generation’s Agent Orange': When New York Times reporter Jennifer Steinhauer started covering the veterans affairs beat late last year, this was one of the first questions that popped up for her: "How was it that I had never heard of burn pits?" I had the same question last year [...]

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The Plastics Within Us

A rising tide of garbage on land and in the seas, and the related health hazards, help make a case for a global ban on single-use plastics.