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Toxic sewage from Tijuana is causing a “public health crisis” on the border: report

A recent report by San Diego State University (SDSU) details a growing issue at the US-Mexico border: Untreated sewage and other unhygienic pollution is flowing from Mexico into the United States.

Describing this development as a “public health crisis,” SDSU’s School of Public Health describes how “untreated sewage, industrial waste and urban run-off” have severely contaminated the Tijuana River and Estuary (TJRE)....

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Unsanitary and deadly: The Great Stink of 1858 may foreshadow our future climate breakdown

As Summer 2023 continues to shatter heat records, climate change experts are talking about a “new abnormal.” Studies indicate that ecosystems are likely to rapidly collapse as extreme weather events caused by these heatwaves pile up, one on top of the other. Sky high temperatures are rendering cities like Phoenix, Arizona into borderline uninhabitable heat domes....

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Yes, loneliness really is as deadly as smoking — here’s why

The fabric of American society — our car-centric city design, our predilection for single-family homes and our self-reliant culture — seems engineered to engender loneliness. COVID-19 didn’t help: during the pandemic, millions experienced real trauma due to the social isolation imposed during the lockdowns. Despite these easily observable realities, however, there nevertheless persists in our culture a tendency to view “loneliness” as an individual problem, not a public health problem (and therefore a social problem)....

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2022 will be remembered as the year pandemic dragged on — while everyone pretended it was over

The COVID-19 pandemic marked a chilling, new chapter in American history, as its repercussions extended beyond public health and into the realms of politics and culture. In addition to the death toll (at the time of this writing, over 1 million in this country and nearly 6.7 million worldwide), the pandemic has created mass psychological trauma, fueled reactionary movements and even contributed to then-President Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 presidential election. ...

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