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We Must Consider How Climate Change Will Affect People With Disabilities

May 27, 2018 - 2:00pm

Mention "climate change and disability" and many are puzzled -- but that lasts only a few sentences into further explanation.
Comprising a significant 10 percent to 15 percent of the global population, people with disabilities are uniquely affected by climate change. This population includes a wide array of mobility, sensory (visual, hearing), developmental, intellectual and emotional impairments, as well as chronic health conditions.

Pharmaceutical Makers Sending Drug-Spiked Water to Treatment Plants

May 26, 2018 - 2:00pm
Pharmaceutical Makers Sending Drug-Spiked Water to Treatment Plants

(Photo: Ian Iott/flickr)
Wastewater treatment plants taking discharges from nearby pharmaceutical manufacturers have "substantially" higher concentrations of drugs in the water, according to a new national study.
In the most extreme example, an anti-fungal drug was found at levels 3,000 times higher at a treatment plant near a drug maker compared to treatment plants that don't accept drug maker discharge.

For 400 Straight Months, the Global Temperature Has Been Rising

May 25, 2018 - 2:00pm
For 400 Straight Months, the Global Temperature Has Been Rising

While variations in temperature upward or downward occur naturally, over the last 400 months (or 33 years), the trend has been upward only, giving us our third-warmest April in 139 years. It's a trend that's impossible to ignore unless you are beholden to the world's biggest polluters, as this administration has clearly demonstrated it is.(Photo: Manuela Kaiser / EyeEm / Getty Images)

New Challenges for the Disputed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

May 25, 2018 - 2:00pm
New Challenges for the Disputed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would carry fracked gas 600 miles from West Virginia to North Carolina and possibly points farther south, has been hit with setbacks in recent weeks that raise questions about its future. The pipeline also poses threats to several at-risk species as well as vulnerable communities in the South.(Photo: Edward Alexander; Edited: LW / TO)

Volcano Lava Reaches Geothermal Plant and Pacific Ocean in Hawaii, Risking Public Health Disaster

May 24, 2018 - 2:00pm

On the Big Island in Hawaii, the Kilauea volcano is continuing to erupt, spewing plumes of ash and lava. Lava is flowing increasingly close to the Puna Geothermal Venture plant, or PGV, which provides 25 percent of the Big Island's energy. Workers are rushing to shut down the power plant to prevent the uncontrollable release of toxic gases from the site. The PGV came online in 1989 amid controversy over its location on what some residents say is sacred land. Many native Hawaiians believe the volcano is home to Pele, the goddess of fire.

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