Hospitals Confront Climate Change as Patients Sick From Floods and Fires Crowd ERs

When triple-digit temperatures hit the Pacific Northwest this summer, the emergency room at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center was ill prepared. Doctors raced to treat heat-aggravated illness in homeless people, elderly patients with chronic ailments, and overdosing narcotics users. “The magnitude of the exposure, this was so far off the charts in terms of our historical […]

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As Temperatures Rise, So Do the Health Risks for California’s Farmworkers

COACHELLA, Calif. — Leoncio Antonio Trejo Galdamez, 58, died in his son’s arms on June 29 after spending the day laying irrigation pipes in California’s Coachella Valley. News of his death reverberated through the largely Latino community near the Mexican and Arizona borders — another casualty in a dangerous business. “Farmworkers are at the front […]

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They fought for clean air. They didn’t know they were part of a gas industry campaign

Diesel truck pollution from the busiest port complex in the United States has fouled the air in nearby neighborhoods in Southern California for decades. So when port officials asked for feedback on cleaning up that pollution, hundreds of people weighed in. Los Angeles and Long Beach officials hoped residents would help them decide whether to […]

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‘Fear on top of fear’: Why anti-gun Americans joined the wave of new gun owners

Pandemic, police violence, calls to ‘defund the police’ fuel surge of first-time buyers All his life, Jabril Battle was anti-gun. Then came the pandemic, the lockdown, the shortages and a feeling that at any moment, things could blow. Battle bought a Beretta. Drawn to last summer’s protests against police violence, Savannah Grace found herself face-to-face […]

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Miracle in the desert

The hunt for lithium and environmental justice on the shores of a dying lake tanding on the banks of the lakeshore, Darlene Berber’s view of her former neighbourhood was both familiar and strangely altered.  “That’s where the marina used to be,” she said, as she guided us round what remains of Vista Del Mar. “There […]

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