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    Indian Cities Invest in Low-Cost Air Quality Sensors

    Indian Cities Invest in Low-Cost Air Quality Sensors

    By Deepa Padmanaban In 2019, the Indian government established the National Clean Air Programme for nonattainment cities (cities that did not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards). The program aimed to develop clean air action plans to reduce particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution by 20% to 30% by 2024. So far, this effort has been largely ineffective. The program’s […]

    U.S. Senators Call for Better Protections Against Lead in Tap Water

    U.S. Senators Call for Better Protections Against Lead in Tap Water

    Amid National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, 15 U.S. Senators are appealing to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for increased measures that will protect people from lead in tap water.  The senators, led by U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), are asking for a lower threshold of lead […]

    EPA Launches Civil Rights Investigation Into Jackson, Mississippi, Water Crisis

    EPA Launches Civil Rights Investigation Into Jackson, Mississippi, Water Crisis

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a civil rights investigation into whether or not the state of Mississippi discriminated against its capital city of Jackson by failing to fix its outdated water infrastructure.  The city of Jackson, which is more than 80 percent Black, suffered a water crisis this August after flooding led […]

    Benzene Leaking From 99% of Gas Stoves in California Homes, Study Finds

    Benzene Leaking From 99% of Gas Stoves in California Homes, Study Finds

    In a study of 159 homes all around California, researchers found that gas stoves are leaking harmful gases, like benzene, which was found in 99% of samples. The leaks are happening even when appliances are turned off, the study found. The authors say more research is necessary to determine how many homes are having these […]

    High BPA Levels Found in Popular Sports Bra and Athletic Gear Brands

    High BPA Levels Found in Popular Sports Bra and Athletic Gear Brands

    Usually when a person dons workout attire, they are hoping to do something positive for their health.  That’s why new testing from the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) is so concerning. The group found that eight popular sports bra brands and six popular athletic shirt brands had unhealthy levels of the environmental toxin bisphenol A […]