The energy sector should care about wastewater

About 4.5 billion people around the world still lack access to safely managed sanitation and 80% of the world’s wastewater is released untreated. Two of the targets under the Sustainable Development Goal dedicated to water (SDG 6) — providing sanitation

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Cancer risks elevated in areas near oil and gas wells

A new study from researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health suggests that living near oil and gas operations could result in exposure to dangerously high levels of carcinogens — and that current state regulations aren’t sufficient to protect

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Three ways climate change affects our health today

A new report by the Lancet medical journal details “unequivocal and potentially irreversible” growing threats to public health from climate change. The report found that the delayed action on climate change worldwide has jeopardized human life and livelihoods over the

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Climate change isn’t just hurting the planet: it’s a public health emergency

When the doctor tells you that your cholesterol is too high, you tend to listen and change your diet. When the world’s climate scientists tell us that temperatures are rising to dangerous levels, we should heed their advice. It’s time

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U.S. wind and solar boom helped prevent up to 12,700 deaths between 2007-2015

A new study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab gives us further reason to transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy. According to the research, the U.S. wind and solar power boom helped prevent the premature deaths of thousands

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Saving lives and money: the potential of solar to replace coal

By swapping solar photovoltaics for coal, the US could prevent 51,999 premature deaths a year, potentially making as much as $2.5 million for each life saved. In a new study published in Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, a team from

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Nuclear industry in crisis

One of the most significant nuclear industry developments of 2016 was the revelation that nuclear giant Toshiba faces multi-billion dollar losses and write-downs and may rule itself out of future nuclear construction bids around the world. Toshiba was only just

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Four of the world’s biggest cities are taking an unprecedented step to battle pollution

Some of the biggest urban-pollution headlines of the past few years haven’t come from likely suspects like Beijing and New Delhi, but rather once-pristine European cities: Paris. Athens. Madrid. Now those three capitals, plus notoriously polluted Mexico City, are taking

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Air pollution kills 6.5 million people every year, and it could get worse unless we act now

Exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution is linked to the premature deaths of about 6.5 million people every year, according to new International Energy Agency cautionary report last week. That makes it the fourth-largest threat to human health after high

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Air pollution now major contributor to stroke

Air pollution has become a major contributor to stroke for the first time, with unclean air now blamed for nearly one third of the years of healthy life lost to the condition worldwide. In an unprecedented survey of global risk

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