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Disaster restoration workers face health risks from exposure to toxins

Disaster restoration workers face health risks from exposure to toxins

Workers in the disaster restoration industry are reporting significant health issues from exposure to dangerous substances while cleaning up after natural disasters.

María Inés Zamudio, Nour Saudi, and Roxana Aguirre report for The Center forPublic Integrity, Futuro Investigates and Columbia Journalism Investigations.

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Voluntary measures may not be enough: Bacteria and algae plague Iowa beaches

Voluntary measures may not be enough: Bacteria and algae plague Iowa beaches

The Gazette and Investigate Midwest analyzed 20 years of beach monitoring data from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
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Dangerous algal blooms crop up across California killing thousands of fish

Toxic algae that can make people sick have been found in popular swimming and fishing spots all around California.

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Lisa Chen

From poison in cigarette butts to fair futures

Meet Lisa Chen, who wanted to use her biology degree to fight climate change but had trouble finding a relevant job.
Iowa’s toxic brew

Iowa’s toxic brew

The convergence of two rivers in Des Moines, Iowa, is a bullseye illustrating the connection between climate change and toxins in drinking water. Legislation and litigation haven’t worked. So the Des Moines Water Works is getting into the farming business.
With billions in federal dollars, will Pennsylvania finally cap its abandoned, polluting oil wells?

With billions in federal dollars, will Pennsylvania finally cap its abandoned, polluting oil wells?

Thousands of homeowners live near methane-emitting wells. The fossil fuel industry has avoided cleaning up the mess for over a century.
Marine Blooms of Harmful Algae Increasing in Europe, Much of the Americas - Circle of Blue

Marine Blooms of Harmful Algae Increasing in Europe, Much of the Americas - Circle of Blue

Marine harmful algal blooms are decreasing along the west coast of North America and in Australia and New Zealand. But they are rising in the U.S. Gulf Coast, Caribbean, Central America, South America, northern Asia, northern Europe, and the Mediterranean.

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