Environmental Health

White House Overrules CDC Experts To Ease Testing Guidelines

"An abrupt shift this week in government testing guidelines for Americans exposed to the novel coronavirus was directed by the White House’s coronavirus task force, alarming outside public health experts who warn the change could hasten the disease’s spread."

Source: Washington Post, 08/27/2020

"Chemical Experts Question EPA’s Approval Of Coronavirus Disinfectant"

"With great fanfare, the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday gave emergency approval to a disinfectant it said would kill the coronavirus on surfaces for up to a week. ... But health and chemical experts say the cleanser might actually harm passengers and flight attendants and do little to protect against the virus, which is mainly transmitted through the air in closed spaces."

Source: Washington Post, 08/27/2020

"Pandemic Politics Undercut CDC Advice On Hurricane Shelters"

"With hurricane season in full swing, the Trump administration's public sidelining of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the coronavirus pandemic could stoke fears about the safety of hurricane shelters, experts worry."

Source: E&E News, 08/26/2020

"Fauci Says Rushing Out A Vaccine Could Jeopardize Testing Of Others"

"The top U.S. infectious diseases expert is warning that distributing a COVID-19 vaccine under special emergency use guidelines before it has been proved safe and effective in large trials is a bad idea that could have a chilling effect on the testing of other vaccines."

Source: Reuters, 08/26/2020

"Heat, Smoke and Covid Are Battering the Workers Who Feed America"

"STOCKTON, Calif — Work began in the dark. At 4 a.m., Briseida Flores could make out a fire burning in the distance. Floodlights illuminated the fields. And shoulder to shoulder with dozens of others, Ms. Flores pushed into the rows of corn. Swiftly, they plucked. One after the other. First under the lights, then by the first rays of daylight."

Source: NYTimes, 08/26/2020

How Maryland's Trash-Burning Bias Galvanized Activists in Baltimore

"Shashawnda Campbell became an environmental activist at 15, when she learned that a company had proposed building the country's largest waste-to-energy incinerator less than a mile from her high school, in the Curtis Bay section of Baltimore."

Source: InsideClimate News, 08/25/2020

"How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering"

"In the 1930s, federal officials redlined these neighborhoods in Richmond, Va., marking them as risky investments because residents were Black. Today, they are some of the hottest parts of town in the summer, with few trees and an abundance of heat-trapping pavement."

Source: NYTimes, 08/25/2020

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