Environmental Health

Hurricane Idalia Could Become 2023’s Costliest Climate Disaster For US

"Hurricane Idalia could become the costliest climate disaster to hit the US this year, analysts say, with massive implications for the insurance and risk management industries."

Source: Guardian, 09/01/2023

"Exxon Says Global Climate Goals Are Destined To Fail"

"The company’s researchers predict that an expanding population and worldwide economy will drive up energy demand for fossil fuels."

"Exxon Mobil projected that greenhouse-gas emissions and the efforts to keep the planet’s temperature from rising beyond an increase of 2 degrees Celsius by 2050 is destined to fail in a report released by the oil giant on Monday.

Source: Grist, 08/31/2023

"A Deadly Tick-Borne Epidemic Is Raging"

"The boy came home from school weakened by fever, his ears burning-hot. ... Then, the telltale red spots appeared on his hands. But none of the doctors in this rural community along Mexico’s Pacific coast recognized the warning sign for one of the most lethal infectious diseases in the Americas — Rocky Mountain spotted fever. A week later, the boy was dead."

Source: Washington Post, 08/30/2023

"3M's $10.3 Billion PFAS Settlement Gets Preliminary Approval"

"3M on Tuesday secured preliminary approval for a $10.3 billion deal resolving claims by U.S. public water providers that the company polluted drinking water with toxic chemicals, less than a day after a group of 22 U.S. states and territories dropped their objections to the deal."

Source: Reuters, 08/30/2023

Cat 4 Idalia Projected To Hit Florida With ‘Catastrophic’ Storm Surge

"Hurricane Idalia strengthened to a dangerous Category 4 storm Wednesday morning as it steamed toward Florida’s Big Bend region and threatened to unleash life-threatening storm surges and rainfall."

Source: AP, 08/30/2023

"Covid Closed the Nation’s Schools. Cleaner Air Can Keep Them Open."

"Scientists and educators are searching for ways to improve air quality in the nation’s often dilapidated school buildings."

"On a sunny afternoon in a cluttered music room at East High in Denver, two sophomores practiced violin while their music teacher, Keith Oxman, labored over a desk in an adjoining office.

The ceiling fans were off to prevent the sheet music from scattering. The windows were sealed shut. East High is Denver’s largest high school and among the oldest, and there is no modern ventilation system.

Source: NYTimes, 08/28/2023

Data on Pesticide Incidents Openly Available for First Time

A decade’s worth of government pesticide data — only available before through FOIA — has been made newly available. And, explains the latest Reporter’s Toolbox, it can lead to revealing environmental, public health and environmental justice stories. More on how the data came to be compiled and advice on using it smartly, along with some caveats.

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Missouri, Florida Journalism Professors Join Classes on Multistate Fertilizer Investigation

What brought together two teams of student reporters, half a dozen states and 1,000 miles apart? For one, the high environmental cost of chemical fertilizer. For another, a pair of dedicated journalism teachers. Cynthia Barnett and Sara Shipley Hiles share how they took the project from daydream to reality, brought students into the field and got pickup from numerous news outlets, in the latest EJ Academy.

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