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Consumers have already become alarmed over reports of rice-borne arsenic in everything from cereal bars to baby food. But it’s not just arsenic and cadmium. Recent studies have show that rice is custom-built to pull a number of metals from the soil, among them mercury and even tungsten.
Welcome to one of the most polluted cities in India. The air pollution is so bad that up to 70 per cent of children in Chandrapur are suffering from asthma or some other kind of respiratory disease.
A federal judge on Friday struck down a landmark 2007 Minnesota law that bans new power generation from coal, saying it regulates business activities of out-of-state utilities in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause.
As the Merva W puttered down the Sacramento River, it looked like any other dowdy fishing vessel headed toward the Golden Gate Bridge. But no other boat had as surprising a cargo or as unusual a mission: The Merva W was giving 100,000 young salmon a lift to the Pacific in the hope of keeping them alive.
At a recent rally in Fresno County, Calif., farmers in plaid shirts stood side by side with migrant farmworkers in ball caps, holding signs that read "sin agua, no futuro" and "no water, no food."
The nation's largest solar farm built atop a federal Superfund site is now generating power on a tract of land in Indianapolis tainted by a long-shuttered plant's wood-treating operations.
Gardeners shopping for plants this spring at Bachman's nurseries will find some new signs in the soil. The company will begin telling customers which of its plants are safe for bees.
A major Pennsylvania health care system invited New York to participate in a long-term, extensive study of shale-gas drilling's human impacts, but a partnership never materialized.
Thirty years after large swaths of the underground aquifer — the source of 90 percent of the San Gabriel Valley’s drinking water — were declared the largest Superfund site in the nation, authorities broke ground on a new plant here Friday.
Although research and community efforts have increased awareness of how to manage the illness and its triggers, East Harlem has the highest rate of asthma hospitalization in Manhattan, and ranks second highest for asthma-related emergency department visits, according to 2010 data.
Michael Nielsen unlocks the door to his pig factory. He doffs his jacket, pants and muddy boots and zips on white coveralls. Then he steps into the maze-like complex housing several thousand pigs.
In a move likely to bring renewed international criticism, Japan said Friday that it wants to resume its research whaling in the Southern Ocean next year under a redesigned program that would address objections raised by an international court.
As gardeners begin shopping for plants this spring, they may see some marked as safe for bees. Some nurseries are offering plants that are free of an insecticide that experts have partly blamed for a die-off of bee populations in recent years.
Four years after the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout and the uncontrolled release of as much as 200 million gallons of crude oil, scientists are still struggling to understand how the oil and the dispersant chemicals used to break it down have affected the environment.
The Obama administration has — again — postponed a decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline by giving eight different agencies more time to submit their views on whether the pipeline from Canada’s oil sands to the Texas Gulf Coast would serve the national interest.
One of the first photographers on the scene of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster was a Spanish-born man named Daniel Beltrá. Greenpeace had sent him there on a four-day mission to document the environmental catastrophe. As the stricken rig continued to hemorrhage oil, those four days became two months, a time that Beltrá filled making gorgeous yet monumentally depressing photos of black-stained seas and gloop-covered animals.
In the months and years following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, telling fact from fiction regarding seafood safety and ecosystem health was supremely difficult. To clear up some of the confusion, here are seven topics of concern, some still unresolved, about the Gulf Oil Spill.
28 years ago this week an explosion at Chernobyl rendered its surrounding landscape uninhabitable for at least the next 20,000 years. A toxic cloud then enveloped much of Europe. But now tourism to Chernobyl is booming. One local hotel has a sign saying: "Please keep your radioactive shoes outside."
Younger people are being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, an ailment that is most common in people above the age of 70, report neurologists in Goa.
After decades of fervent environmental activism, Paul Kingsnorth decided it’s too late — collapse is inevitable. We are living, he says, through the “age of ecocide,” and like a long-dazed widower, we are finally becoming sensible to the magnitude of our loss, which it is our duty to face.