Environmental Health

"Judge OKs $626 Million Settlement In Flint Water Litigation"

"A judge on Wednesday approved a $626 million deal to settle lawsuits filed by Flint residents who found their tap water contaminated by lead following disastrous decisions to switch the city’s water source and a failure to swiftly acknowledge the problem."

Source: AP, 11/11/2021

"Chinese-Owned Steel Mill Coats Serbian Town In Red Dust; Cancer Spreads"

"A few hundred meters from the huge furnaces of the Chinese-owned Smedrevo steel mill in central Serbia, the village of Radinac is covered in thick red dust. Cancer rates have quadrupled in under a decade, and residents want the plant to clean up or shut down."

Source: Reuters, 11/10/2021

"New Database Shows Hundreds Of Contaminants Detected in US Tap Water"

"Since 2019, more than 320 toxic substances have been detected in U.S. drinking water systems, according to a new analysis by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization."

Source: EHN, 11/10/2021

"EPA To Begin Testing Water At 300 Benton Harbor Homes"

"Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will soon start testing the water in 300 homes in a Michigan city where there’s been a lead crisis to check certified filters given area residents by the state to remove lead from the drinking water."

Source: AP, 11/09/2021

U.N. Summit Lays the Table for Environmental Reporting on Food Systems

After an 18-month buildup, a one-day U.N. Food Systems Summit earlier this fall generated hundreds of commitments to end global hunger and a dizzying array of alliances dedicated to the cause. Despite controversies surrounding the summit, this groundbreaking event highlighted opportunities for reporting on food and food systems. Award-winning agriculture journalist Chris Clayton shares his insights.

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"More Eyes on Polluters: The Growth of Citizen Monitoring"

"In pollution hotspots like western Pennsylvania — where petrochemical facilities are proliferating — local residents, distrustful of companies and government, are taking advantage of low-cost technologies to do their own monitoring of air, water, and noise pollution."

Source: YaleE360, 11/08/2021

"CDC Changes Its Definition Of Lead Poisoning In Young Children"

"For young children, any amount of lead exposure is bad. The element can damage children’s brains, stunt growth and cause developmental problems. Now, a new definition of lead poisoning will increase the number of U.S. children found to have dangerously high levels of lead in their blood."

Source: Washington Post, 11/08/2021

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