The CDC says rising temperatures are partly to blame for the tripling of mosquito-, tick- and flea-borne illnesses from 2004 to 2016, but Maine’s governor, a climate skeptic, is tying health officials’ hands.
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Firms mining metals dug up and dumped nearly 2 billion pounds of toxic waste in 2017. Experts say there’s not nearly enough money available to clean up the mess.