Water Access Has Returned to Jackson, But a Long-Term Health Crisis Remains

Jackson, Mississippi — In mid-September, Howard Sanders bumped down pothole-ridden streets in a white Cadillac weighed down with water bottles on his way to a home in Ward 3, a neglected neighborhood that he called “a war zone.” Sanders, director of marketing and outreach for Central Mississippi Health Services, was then greeted at the door by Johnnie Jones. Since Jones’ hip surgery about a month ago, the 74-year-old had used a walker to get around and hadn’t been able to get to any of the city’s water distribution sites. Jackson’s routine water woes became so dire in late August that…

Millions of Pakistanis Are Facing a “Climate Dystopia” Amid Historic Floods

After weeks of relentless rains, a new cycle of flash floods devastated parts of Pakistan over the weekend, raising the country’s monsoon death toll to 1,136 since June, according to the country’s National Disaster Management Authority. Nearly 1 million homes have been damaged or destroyed and over 33 million Pakistanis affected, with displaced families sleeping on roads, in lean-tos and tents, and in makeshift shelters in schools and mosques. “This is very far from a normal monsoon — it is climate dystopia at our doorstep,” Sherry Rehman, a Pakistan senator and the country’s climate change minister, told AFP on Monday.…

Seoul Sees “Two Months” of Rain in Half a Day, Killing at Least 8

Record-shattering rainfall in Seoul, South Korea overnight Monday killed at least eight people and — according to scientists — offered further evidence that the planet is in the midst of a climate disaster. According to The New York Times, “Three of the dead, two sisters in their 40s and a 13-year-old girl, were found early Tuesday as emergency workers pumped out the water that had flooded their semi-basement home in southern Seoul.” “Another was a municipal employee, apparently electrocuted while removing a tree that had fallen onto a sidewalk,” the Times reported, citing local authorities. “In addition to the eight…

Climate Crisis Is Driving Flooding That Could Surface Toxic Soil in Cities

For decades in Houston, where resident Bryan “Lucas” Parras grew up near the city’s shipping channel, neighborhoods have faced the cumulative impacts of toxic emissions. The area is crammed with industrial facilities, chemical plants and oil refineries. Pollution has become such an ingrained part of life, Parras said, that residents on the city’s East End automatically adjust to the health threats: limiting time outdoors, filtering their water and making sure to carry their inhalers in case of asthma attacks. “A lot of the pollution in Houston has just become normalized because there’s so much and because so little has been…

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