Lethal ‘forever chemicals’ taint our food, water and even blood. The EPA is stalling | David Bond

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Lethal ‘forever chemicals’ taint our food, water and even blood. The EPA is stalling

David Bond

There is no longer any population or place on earth untouched by PFAS contamination. We are living through a toxic experiment with no control group

A sign at at a recreation area in Michigan warns anglers not to eat fish from the Huron River, due to high levels of PFAS. Photograph: Jim West/Alamy

A sign at at a recreation area in Michigan warns anglers not to eat fish from the Huron River, due to high levels of PFAS.

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Lethal ‘forever chemicals’ taint our food, water and even blood. The EPA is stalling | David Bond

OpinionPollution

Lethal ‘forever chemicals’ taint our food, water and even blood. The EPA is stalling

David Bond

There is no longer any population or place on earth untouched by PFAS contamination. We are living through a toxic experiment with no control group

A sign at at a recreation area in Michigan warns anglers not to eat fish from the Huron River, due to high levels of PFAS. Photograph: Jim West/Alamy

A sign at at a recreation area in Michigan warns anglers not to eat fish from the Huron River, due to high levels of PFAS.

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Rachel Levine Is a Trailblazer. Her Transphobic Attackers Are Certainly Not.

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This week, the Biden Administration made history by tapping Dr. Rachel Levine as the head of the US Public Health Service’s Commissioned Corps. Levine is a transgender woman; the job comes with a uniform, four stars, and a somewhat unexpected title: Admiral. The appointment makes her the first woman to lead a uniformed service branch, and confirms her place as a LGBTQ pathbreaker.

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Ventura County: Jacobson, and not “Traditional Constitutional Review” Governs Second Amendment Claims

Last week, the Ninth Circuit heard oral argument in McDougall v. County of Ventura, California. This case presented a challenge to the County’s COVID-19 restrictions on houses of worship.

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Who should get a Covid-19 booster shot right now?

It may be time for your Covid-19 vaccine booster shot.
The Food and Drug Administration has now authorized additional doses of all three Covid-19 vaccines in the US — Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson — for certain higher-risk groups and has said that booster shots don’t have to be the same brand as the first round of vaccination. The CDC has seconded those recommendations.

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“Unaccountable and Unaccessible”: Sinema’s Green Supporters Feel Jilted

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This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
Wildfires, deadly heat, drought and flooding show how climate change has “already arrived” in Arizona and action is desperately needed, according to climate and progressive advocates who helped elect Kyrsten Sinema to represent the state in the Senate.

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“Unaccountable and Unaccessible”: Sinema’s Green Supporters Feel Jilted

Mandel Ngan/Pool/AP

This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
Wildfires, deadly heat, drought and flooding show how climate change has “already arrived” in Arizona and action is desperately needed, according to climate and progressive advocates who helped elect Kyrsten Sinema to represent the state in the Senate.

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“Unaccountable and Unaccessible”: Sinema’s Green Supporters Feel Jilted

Mandel Ngan/Pool/AP

This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
Wildfires, deadly heat, drought and flooding show how climate change has “already arrived” in Arizona and action is desperately needed, according to climate and progressive advocates who helped elect Kyrsten Sinema to represent the state in the Senate.

Read original

“Unaccountable and Unaccessible”: Sinema’s Green Supporters Feel Jilted

Mandel Ngan/Pool/AP

This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
Wildfires, deadly heat, drought and flooding show how climate change has “already arrived” in Arizona and action is desperately needed, according to climate and progressive advocates who helped elect Kyrsten Sinema to represent the state in the Senate.

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Refugees in Melbourne Are Stuck in a Nightmare of Indefinite Detention and COVID-19 Infections

In the last week, nineteen refugees being held indefinitely by the Australian government at the Park Hotel in Melbourne have tested positive for COVID-19. Eight of the forty-three refugees in detention are, as of Friday, still awaiting their results. Two detainees have been hospitalized by the virus, and according to a statement made in Parliament by Greens senator Nick McKim, one was so ill that he needed an ambulance.
These refugees were brought to Australia from Nauru under the short-lived Medevac Bill passed in early 2019.

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