The New York Times — They grow the nation’s food, but they can’t drink the water

Water is a currency in California, and the low-income farmworkers who pick the Central Valley’s crops know it better than anyone. They labor in the region’s endless orchards, made possible by sophisticated irrigation systems, but at home their faucets spew toxic water tainted by arsenic and fertilizer chemicals.“ Clean water flows toward power and money,” said Susana De Anda, a longtime water-rights organizer in the region.

The Guardian — Revealed: 1.6m Americans live near the most polluting incinerators in the US

A total of 1.6 million Americans live next to the most polluting incinerators in the country, with lower-income and minority communities exposed to the vast majority of pollution coming from these waste-burning plants.

NPR — When LA’s air got better, kids’ asthma cases dropped

Children who live in areas with bad air pollution are more likely to develop asthma, which is the most common chronic illness among young people. But when you clean up the air does that actually protect the health of kids?

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — Milwaukee County executive signs resolution declaring racism a public health crisis

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele signed a resolution Monday declaring racism a public health crisis, saying this was “about action.”

The Register-Herald — Study says needle exchange closure increased risk of overdose, spread of disease

When the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department closed its needle exchange program last year, some of the most vulnerable people in the region became more likely to contract HIV and hepatitis C and more likely to overdose.

Pacific Standard — Will climate change create deadlier tropical storms?

New research suggests that, due to global warming, storm-related deaths in developing nations could increase by as much as 52 percent.