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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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The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is eager to restore nuclear power as part of his plan to revive the country’s sputtering economy. The public is divided.
Jackie Young, a former resident of Highlands, Texas, and 2013 Houston Rodeo Queen, suffered many mysterious illnesses at a very young age. It started with seizures in her early 20s. Jackie suspected the San Jacinto River waste pits as a primary source of contamination that made her ill. (Part 1 of 3).
The Chinese are beginning to wonder, just as Americans did in the late 1960s, whether “industrial progress” has come at too high a cost to the environment. Attitudes in China are changing.
By 2050, 95% of seabirds will have plastic in their gut. That is just one finding from our national marine debris research project, the largest sample of marine debris data ever collected anywhere in the world.
Chronicle cartoonist Nick Anderson spent months researching the San Jacinto River waste pits and how they affect the residents of the immediate area and the entire Houston community. The result is equal parts editorial cartoon, investigative journalism and graphic narrative. (Part 3 of 3.)
Winged Warnings Part 10. A backyard observation on a winter day 16 years ago tipped off Alaska's scientists that something was awry in the bird world, triggering a full-scale investigation into one of the most perplexing and enduring avian mysteries of recent decades. Today, deformed beaks have been discovered in more than six percent of captured chickadees. For crows, the abnormal beaks are even more prevalent, at 17 percent, the "highest rate of gross deformity ever documented in a wild bird population," according to the USGS. Although they’ve ruled nothing out, scientists now are focusing on sequencing the genome of a mysterious virus detected in Alaska's deformed chickadees.
Efforts to come up with a new chemical regulation bill face an uphill battle in the Senate.
Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing legislation to ban 10 flame retardants from upholstered furniture and children’s products, saying the chemicals have been linked to developmental delays and cancer.
Climate change is set to unleash a series of decades-long "megadroughts" this century. Experts warn the droughts could be even more severe than the prolonged water shortage currently afflicting California.
Trying to figure out which types of sea life, particularly those that form calcium carbonate-rich cells and exoskeletons, such as some plankton, corals, and shellfish, will thrive amid climate change can be like playing a high-stakes shell game.
A plan to improve the Great Barrier Reef's water quality and conserve species such as turtles may not be enough to stave off a United Nations "in danger" listing for the ecosystem, environmentalists have warned.
Residents of a county in southern China thronged the streets in protest over the weekend to oppose a proposed garbage incineration plant, defying government warnings and police detentions.
Laboratory experiments by an Australian university have found that “fine” particles from traffic fumes do not cause the type of damage to the cells lining the airways that is normally associated with asthma. But “coarse” particles do.
Crude-by-rail: One federal inspector oversees all California's railroad bridges, no state oversight.
As concerns grow over aging rail infrastructure, earthquake readiness and a dramatic increase in crude oil shipments by train, state railroad regulators are scrambling to hire their first-ever railroad bridge inspectors -- two of them.
For Regina Bryels, a longtime member of Brookins African Methodist Episcopal Church in Oakland, religion and health go hand in hand. So when the church promoted screenings for colon cancer through a series of videos, Bryels felt a sense of urgency.
Gold fever profoundly affected San Luis Obispo County and the environment of all California. The state’s river systems, which were essential for transportation in the Gold Rush era, were, ironically, destroyed in the quest for the precious metal (Part 1).
Stain repellents, backing materials, and volatile organic compounds in carpeting can have health effects, but the industry has been innovative in dealing with issues.
“Martyrs”, “true guardians of the Amazon”, “defenders of the rainforest. . .” These are just some of the terms used to describe four Peruvian indigenous leaders who were assassinated earlier this month, but “Dead Friends of the Earth”, a term used by NGO Global Witness for people killed defending their land or the environment, might be another.
Yoshinori Yoshida has loved beetles since he was a boy. In the lush forests of rural Fukushima, Japan, rhinoceros beetles were abundant. Yoshida often gathered the lumbering, charismatic creatures on his walks home from school. As a boy, Yoshida never dreamed he would one day work with beetles.
Modern farming practices, wetter springs and toxic-algae-spitting invasive mussels have conspired to produce late-summer poisonous blooms that can sprawl across nearly 2,000 square miles, threatening anew everything from beach-goers to public drinking water supplies (Part 1 of 3).