The town of Reserve, Louisiana has 50X higher cancer risk than the US national average. No household is untouched by the disease, and this Guardian series—Cancer Town—tracks residents’ quest for clean air in “Cancer Alley,” which sits between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.  …

Life at 5100 meters comes with a host of challenges, but in Peru's La Rinconada, it's the thin air—just half the oxygen as at sea level—that interests scientists.  The world’s highest human settlement, La Rinconada is the global capital of chronic mountain sickness, a…

President Trump heartily defended his environmental record yesterday in a sweeping address, baffling critics who noted his rollback of dozens of policies geared toward environmental and human health.   The speech comes amid reports that US air quality is getting worse while…

The banned refrigerant CFC-12 is a heavy hitter in climate destruction. Existing “banks” still litter the world and disposing of just the known canisters could equate to a savings of 17 years of US CO2 emissions. CFCs can be disposed of in a special kiln, but collecting…

For many career coal miners in Appalachia—where mining is a family tradition—multiple generations have seen the job they love become a death sentence, bringing on complicated black lung disease. As the debilitating condition takes hold, miners describe mountain walks and…

The deadliest form of air pollution, microscopic particulate matter penetrates “deep into the lungs, bypassing the body’s natural defenses.” Its effects range from lung disease to cancer to cognitive impairment, yet the public knows relatively little about its toll on their…

Students and faculty from Duke University traveled to Mandena, Madagascar, to explore the impact of open-fire cooking on human health and the environment—and to work with villagers to come up with “sustainable data-driven solutions.”   The research team collected health and…

92% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits, according to a WHO report released today that estimates air pollution levels across 3,000 human settlements in 103 countries for the years 2008 through 2015.   Contextualizing how…