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Residents of China's capital getting out of town to escape smog.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:30
Residents of China's capital were wearing face masks and using air purifiers to try to avoid heavy pollution blanketing the city for a fifth day on Wednesday, but others were giving up the fight and joining a rush of "smog avoidance" travel.
Categories: Ecological News

Scott to pick up PFOA settlement efforts where Shumlin leaves off.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:30
Governor-elect Phil Scott says he'll continue the work of the outgoing Shumlin administration to reach a settlement with the company that contaminated drinking water in Bennington County.
Categories: Ecological News

Flint crisis charges raise scrutiny of EM law.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:30
Two former emergency financial managers — empowered by state law and appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration to run Flint — now face criminal charges for actions taken during their tenures that prosecutors say contributed to the city’s water crisis.
Categories: Ecological News

It’s funny because it’s true: Fact-based comedy can affect audiences.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:30
Can stand-up comedy be a platform for investigative journalism? Toxic Comedy, a series of stand-up comedy shows based on reporting about environmental contamination, explores the question.
Categories: Ecological News

This pesticide is prohibited in Britain. Why is it still being exported?

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:30
Paraquat, one of many pesticides that can’t be used in Europe but is sold in the United States and elsewhere, has been linked to Parkinson’s disease in a growing body of research.
Categories: Ecological News

ProPublica files lawsuit seeking Agent Orange documents from the VA.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:30
The suit claims the VA failed to promptly process a FOIA request for correspondence with a consultant about the defoliant used during the Vietnam War.
Categories: Ecological News

How tropical deforestation and land-use change is driving emerging infectious diseases.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:30
A recent study provides an example of how the disruptions to an ecosystem caused by deforestation and other land-use change can help spread a bacterial pathogen.
Categories: Ecological News

Charges withdrawn against Grassy Narrows supporters who dumped cornstarch at Queen's Park.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:30
The group wore protective suits and dumped a barrel of grey sludge, labelled mercury kills, in front of the Ontario legislature. The substance turned out to be cornstarch.
Categories: Ecological News

Banging our heads at the heavy metal.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:30
A new report card looking at the health of the River Derwent found that the condition of the estuary had improved in many areas, but sadly declined in others in 2015-2016.
Categories: Ecological News

Hawaii’s latest pesticide initiatives miss the mark yet again.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:30
The state’s initiatives address acute exposure to pesticides, but long-term exposure to low levels poses the greater risk.
Categories: Ecological News

The macabre petroleum waltz of Trump and Putin.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:30
And the oil industry powers who are calling the tune.
Categories: Ecological News

Crisis in our wells: Iowa’s private well water often goes untested, presenting unknown health risks.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:30
Roughly 288,000 Iowans rely on private water supplies but may not know what is in their water because their wells’ water quality is unregulated.
Categories: Ecological News

Obama will use his executive authority to impose new permanent bans on offshore drilling.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:30
Invoking a rarely used provision in federal law, the Obama administration on Tuesday announced a permanent ban on offshore drilling in broad parts of the Arctic and Atlantic coasts.
Categories: Ecological News

In Flint, one mother's fight isn't over.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:30
LeeAnne Walters on her year of activism: “I never thought we’d be fighting for our livelihoods after fighting for our lives.”
Categories: Ecological News

This $500 shirt changes color when exposed to air pollution - but who does it help?

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:30
A NYC-based designer says he wants to make people pay more attention to the environment. But at these prices, is this more art than activism?
Categories: Ecological News

How a pandemic might play out under Trump.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:30
It’s not clear that the next administration is ready to deal with an outbreak of Ebola, pandemic flu, or other emerging diseases.
Categories: Ecological News

Oklahoma's new fracking guidelines aim to reduce quake risk.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:30
Oklahoma is imposing guidelines to reduce the risk of earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing in its oil-rich shale formations, the first rules in the state to target the controversial production technique.
Categories: Ecological News

How do Exxon and State line up on human rights?

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:30
Exxon deals with dozens of countries and leaders around the world in political environments ranging from liberal democracies to corrupt autocracies. What does Tillerson's Exxon suggest about the priorities of a Tillerson State Department?
Categories: Ecological News

Smog engulfs cities in northern China for fourth day.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:30
A plane carrying the chief executive of the world's biggest oil exporter was prevented from landing in the Chinese capital of Beijing on Tuesday because of thick smog blanketing large swathes of northern China.
Categories: Ecological News

Arsenic in drinking water tied to diseases.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:30
Ingested arsenic is associated with increased risks of certain types of cancer and with diabetes and cardiovascular and neurological issues.
Categories: Ecological News
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