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Health: Omicron now the Dominant Covid Variant in the U.S.

The Story: On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) first described a mutant of the Covid virus then just identified in South Africa...

Health: The FDA Approves Vaccine Boosters for … Some

The Story: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided not to approve the use of a Pfizer booster shot for the general public. But,...

Health: Deaths from Malaria Spike

The Story: In tropical regions malaria has never ceased to be a threat. In 2019 alone the mosquito-borne disease killed 400,000 people globally, most of...

Health: FDA Approves Gilead’s Remdesivir

The Story: Remdesivir, an antiviral produced by California company Gilead Sciences, last week became the first drug ever to receive Food and Drug Administration approval...

Health: Hydroxychloroquine Trials Ended

The Story: Hydroxychloroquine is a malarial medicine, approved for medical use in the United States since 1955. It has become a matter of headline controversies,...
Bill Gates on role US should play in global poverty fight

Health: Bill Gates, Politics, and a Conspiracy Theory

The Story: Bill Gates, the co-founder of tech giant Microsoft, ended his active role in that corporation in 2006 and has since devoted himself to...

Health: World TB Day

The Story: The World Health Organization and other public health bodies around the globe, both national and trans-national in scope, celebrate the 24th of March...

3 environmental rollbacks could result in 13,900 deaths

He said that the Trump administration's rollback of vehicle emissions rules and the Clean Power Plan would not affect public health protections. They're still in effect. Air pollution controls, not climate considerations, accounted for most of the economic and health benefits of the Clean Power Plan, Obama's rule on power plants. In a peer-reviewed paper to be published in the journal Energy Policy, he and other researchers concluded that the proposed policy by the Department of Energy would cause 27,000 premature deaths over 25 years. Here are a few of the possible rollbacks by the Trump administration. By contrast, the agency projected that the Clean Power Plan could prevent 1,500 and 3,600 premature deaths per year in that time. The Trump EPA has defended its action on the Clean Power Plan by arguing that the rule is focused only on greenhouse gases, and that other pollutants, such as fine particle pollution, are addressed in other regulations. The Obama administration counted the co-benefits of reducing air particle pollution, such as estimated benefits of between $37 billion and $90 billion for the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. Still, when EPA officials make estimates about preventing premature deaths with a regulation, it's not as political as some might think. The Obama administration proposed rules that would have resulted in significant reductions in fine particle pollution.