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Nation Oct 13‘You can’t just hold your breath.’ Toxic smoke, fueled by wildfires, chokes California
A new analysis of air quality in the United States clears up just how far smoke from wildfires burning in the western part of the nation can travel, as the fires continue to pose significant health risks to nearby communities.
Nation Oct 07The U.S. will develop a federal heat standard for the first time. Here’s what advocates and labor experts want
The Biden Administration recently announced new protections for people working in extreme heat, but advocates say the move is just a first step.
Nation Sep 24Newsom signs historic $15 billion to combat growing climate crises
With drought, fires and heatwaves gripping the state, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed a $15 billion investment package to respond to the converging crises. …
Politics Sep 13Both sides of California’s recall election want voters of color. Getting their votes is a different task
Officials representing minority groups say historic underrepresentation of people of color in the voting process is a challenge they’re hoping to address in this election -- both getting them out and making sure their voices are heard. …
Nation Sep 03As California restricts water use for farmers, low supply levels add to drought’s harsh reality
California’s re-emerging drought is placing unprecedented strain on the state's intricate water system, threatening mass agricultural production and basic drinking water in a way experts say is more severe than in years past.
Nation Sep 03How California’s drought is stressing a water system that delivers water to millions of residents
California’s worsening drought is putting a strain on the web of rivers and canals that course through the nation’s most populous state and provide drinking water for millions of residents.
World Aug 20‘I feel so helpless.’ Afghans in the U.S. worry for friends and family back home
There are some 132,000 immigrants from Afghanistan living in the U.S., and many fear for their family and friends back home following the Taliban's takeover of the country. PBS NewsHour spoke with Afghan Americans about what it's been like to…
Nation Aug 10We don’t know exactly how many people are dying from heat — here’s why
Data on heat deaths is sparse and undercounted, making it difficult to predict the impact of climate change as temperatures continue to rise.
Health Aug 06Farmworkers are dying in extreme heat. Few standards exist to protect them
Farmworkers in the United States facing mounting threats as temperatures rise with climate change, but they have little protection.
Nation Aug 02California may spend billions on permanent relief shelters as sweltering heat blankets the state
As millions of Americans across the Pacific Northwest and the Southeast are under heat advisories, extreme weather and its sometimes fatal implications are raising questions about whether infrastructure could help provide some relief. …