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Malibu parents pleaded with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District on Thursday to test the source of toxic substances found at Malibu High School.
State health officials have approved the official start of a 60-day chlorine burn aimed at eradicating a potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba from a portion of the St. John the Baptist Parish's drinking water system.
Thousands of veterans who were stationed at Alabama's Fort McClellan believe they were exposed to PCBs. They repeatedly have turned to the VA, seeking aid for medical treatment and a formal study of their ailments, but say their pleas have been ignored or buried in red tape for decades.
In 1999, the EPA closed the Fort McClellan Army base in Anniston, Alabama, labeling it a hazardous site due to chemical waste which had leached into the ground, contaminating the soil and water supply. Unfortunately, Fort McClellan wasn’t the only toxic dumping ground in Anniston. For decades, Monsanto dumped PCBs into the area.
Tea gardens in Nilgiris have stopped using the toxic endosulfan pesticide which have left many children of tea workers deformed. But the tea growers now use equally toxic monocrotophos, which is classified as highly hazardous by the World Health Organization.
More than five years after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating salmonella-tainted peanut butter, the top executive at the Georgia plant where it was made was convicted Friday in a rare food-poisoning trial that advocates said sends a stern warning to others who may be tempted to place profits over safety.
The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it would revise a landmark food safety law because of widespread complaints from farmers that some provisions were too burdensome.
Some microbes are changing faster than antimicrobials can kill them. As a result, it’s once again possible to get a bacterial or fungal infection for which there is no sure cure. That’s how roughly 23,000 people die in the United States each year.
Financial incentives and a more flexible regulatory approach are needed to persuade drug companies to develop new antibiotics, drug industry and public health experts told U.S. lawmakers on Friday, though some warned that modifying the drug approval process could jeopardize patient safety.
Microplastics have long documented as a growing environmental threat to oceans. Now, Canadian scientists say they’ve found 2-millimeter plastic microbeads widely distributed along the bottom of the St. Lawrence River.
Many algae blooms are harmless. But sometimes they produce poisonous toxins. Most common here is microcystin, which attacks the liver. More rare is anatoxin-a, which mysteriously thrives in sleepy little Anderson Lake. Anatoxin-a can kill a person in less than five minutes.
A key Democratic senator -- and the leading opponent of a bill to revamp the nation's chemical management system that's favored by the chemical industry -- put out her own proposal late yesterday hours after an effort to broker a deal on a new draft collapsed.
Residents of the Pearl River Delta have been shocked recently to hear reports that more than half of the waterways in Shenzhen, the most developed city in Guangdong, are black, polluted and smelly.
A massive Northern California wildfire is burning so explosively because of the prolonged drought that firefighters are finding normal amounts of retardant aren't stopping the flames. And so they are dropping record-breaking amounts – more than 203,000 gallons in one day alone.
On Sunday, people from across the country and around the world will converge at the People's Climate March in New York City. The organizers hope that the attending world leaders will notice new faces among the marchers, including the faces of immigrants.
Exxon Mobil announced on Friday that it was winding down its $700 million exploration in Russia’s Kara Sea, the first major sign that Western sanctions are biting into the company’s ambitious plans to explore for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean.
When the floodwaters of the Jhelum River rushed over the gates of the G. B. Pant Hospital, the top pediatric hospital here, on Sept. 6, the lights were the first to go. Half an hour later, the generators on the ground floor were drowned in water.
The worst flooding to hit Manila this year brought the city of 12 million to a standstill on Friday, killing at least one person and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of others.
Irrigating crops with recycled water can leave dinner salads laced with small amounts of drugs and personal care chemicals. But researchers disagree on whether the contaminated produce is likely to harm people.
A state Senate race has thrust into the spotlight the state's investigation into safe levels of cadmium in children's jewelry. At a debate Tuesday in Old Lyme for the 33rd state Senate seat, Democratic candidate Emily Bjornberg questioned incumbent Sen. Art Linares' appointment of a representative from the jewelry industry to a task force researching a safe threshold of the metal in children's jewelry.