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What Supreme Court’s block of vaccine mandate for large businesses will mean for public health

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 13, 2022, blocked the Biden administration's vaccine-or-test mandate, which applied to virtually all private companies with 100 of more employees. But it left in place a narrower mandate that requires health care workers at facilities receiving federal funds to get vaccinated.

2021’s biggest climate and weather disasters cost the U.S. $145 billion

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The disasters just kept coming in 2021, from Hurricane Ida's destruction across Louisiana and the Northeast to devastating wildfires in the West and damaging storms, tornadoes and floods. Nearly half the U.S. was in drought, and extreme temperature spikes disrupted power supplies.