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Links to articles in today's press about environmental health. Many more links available today at www.EnvironmentalHealthNews.org
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Nobody kept track of where the radioactive sand from Lindsay Light Co. ended up. But today, developers and street crews confront the company's toxic legacy every time they dig foundations for hotels and high-rise condominiums that have made Streeterville a magnet for upscale living and tourism.
Londoners cycling to work on high pollution days may be doing themselves far more harm than good, Europe's environment commissioner warned today.
China’s smoke-belching coal plants and heavy traffic may be signs of a bustling economy but health experts fear the country’s dirty air is hurting its babies. Evidence is mounting that coal and car emissions in China, as well as other developing countries, are raising the risks of premature babies, low birth weights and neural tube defects. Scientists say that the dangers begin in the womb.
The sickly condition of California's famous cougar is likely to intensify the debate over the use of rat poisons in areas of the state where urban living collides with nature.
When Jenny Linden, an air quality scientist, tried to measure the pollution in Burkina Faso’s capital city, one of her instruments clogged up. It was designed for road dust in Arizona, but the dust in Ouagadougou far exceeded the machine’s limit.
Tiny plastic particles found in many facial cleansers and soaps meant to cleanse and smooth skin would be phased out of products sold in Illinois by 2018 in a measure being advanced through the state legislature.
Oilfields are spinning off thousands of tons of low-level radioactive trash as the U.S. drilling boom leads to a surge in illegal dumping and states debate how much landfills can safely take.
On Tuesday night, BP said that the “active cleanup” of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill had been brought “to a close.” Later Tuesday night, the Coast Guard said the response to the spill isn’t over yet, “not by a long shot.”
The government withheld findings on estimated radiation exposure for Fukushima returnees for six months, even though levels exceeded the long-term target of 1 millisievert a year at more than half of surveyed locations.
The poor men who fish in the old port of Tunis have seen the harbor basin spoiled by pollution. Industrial discharge and sewage have affected the water, while construction waste has accumulated on the docks.
It happened with food. Now the localism movement is mobilizing around water – how to capture and store it in Los Angeles rather than import it from hundreds of miles up north.
It is touted as the largest Superfund cleanup ever, one that will remove 4.3 million cubic yards of sediment contaminated with a stew of pollutants from the Passaic River and even make it safe for people to fish there again without significantly raising their risk of cancer.
Cutting boards used to prepare raw poultry may be an important source of drug-resistant bacteria in hospital kitchens and private homes, according to a new study.
A surprising finding about East African honeybees lends new hope to the fight against colony collapses in the West. Scientists have discovered that bees in Kenya have strong resistance to the same pathogens responsible for the deaths of billions of bees elsewhere in the world.
As we commemorate one of the worst environmental disasters in United States history, we hope our leaders can rethink the expansion of offshore drilling and put real safety measures in place in the Gulf.
It’s time for Maine to put “Designate Phthalates as Priority Chemicals under Maine’s Kid-Safe Products Act” on the top of its spring cleaning to-do list.
A pair of senators have introduced legislation that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from using its authority to preemptively block or to revoke permits for mine waste disposal.
Nearly four years after the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP and the U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday declared an end to cleanup operations that cost the company $14 billion and once covered 778 miles of shoreline on the Gulf Coast.
More than 2,500 people in Phuket Town, Thailand, received hospital treatment for ailments brought on by dust and air pollution. Although adults in many neighborhoods suffer from dust-induced ailments, their heart-wrenching concern is for their children.
If you know one thing about fracking, it might be that the wells have been linked to explosive tap water. Of course, a tendency toward combustion isn't the biggest problem with gas-infused water; it's what could happen to you when you drink it.