Environmental Health News

Cities across Africa face threat of landslides like Sierra Leone.

Water quantity - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00
Natural and human factors made Sierra Leone's capital vulnerable to a landslide that killed more than 400 people this week: heavy rain, deforested land and communities forced by overcrowding to live on steep hillsides.

In their own words: Oral histories of California farmworkers.

Pesticides - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00
Journalist Gabriel Thompson collected the stories of 17 farmworkers who share the day-to-day struggles of life in the fields.

Ever wondered how much your pet’s diet impacts the environment?

Pesticides - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00
With an estimated 77.8 million dogs and 85.6 million cats as of 2015, the US has the most pet cats and dogs of any country on Earth — and the meat-based diets of those pets have considerable consequences.

Enbridge Line 3 options all would hurt American Indians, report says.

Environmental justice - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00
Enbridge's route and four alternative paths would all have disproportionately negative effects on American Indians in northern Minnesota.

Trump’s first list of science priorities ignores climate—and departs from his own budget request.

Distorting science - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00
The memo lists five priority areas (in this order): military superiority, security, prosperity, energy dominance, and health. Each is prefaced by the word “American” in keeping with the administration’s approach to branding issues.

France's climate science grants want to make the planet great again - and thousands have applied.

Distorting science - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00
France's response to the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord was to offer safe harbor for scientists and entrepreneurs who might lose funding in the U.S. For worried Americans, it might be a good deal.

India threatens Philip Morris with 'punitive action' over alleged violations.

Children's health - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00
The Indian government has threatened Philip Morris International Inc with "punitive action" over the tobacco giant's alleged violation of the country's anti-smoking laws, according to a letter sent to the company by the federal health ministry.

Why women of color are being exposed to harmful chemicals in beauty products.

Women's health - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00
New research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology confirms that women of color are being exposed to higher levels of beauty-product-derived chemicals like mercury, steroids and hormone-disruptors than white women, most likely because of racist beauty ideals.

Breakthrough could help predict a catastrophic loss of ocean oxygen.

Water quality - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00
The ocean has lost 2 percent of its oxygen in just 50 years. Now scientists have for the first time measured a devastating loss of oxygen in ancient oceans, which could help them quantify future losses.

Why do fish eat our trash? Because it smells yummy.

Water quality - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00
Scientists have been trying to figure out why fish that normally eat algae are eating the plastic particles that float in the ocean.

Military bases' contamination will affect water for generations.

Pesticides - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00
Little remains of the former George Air Force Base but rows of dilapidated houses, a dismantled military hospital and dangerous chemicals from pesticides, jet fuels and other hazardous wastes that have poisoned the water for decades.

Egg inspections complete, but safety concerns remain.

Pesticides - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00
Consumer concerns about eggs contaminated with insecticides persisted Friday, as the government announced the results of its inspections on all large-scale egg farms.

Bald eagles suffering from lead poisoning.

Pesticides - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00
Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center near Saegertown, Penn., typically treats two or three eagles each year for lead poisoning. But in recent weeks, the center has admitted four adult bald eagles, two of which still had the metal in their stomachs.

Why women of color are being exposed to harmful chemicals in beauty products.

Mercury - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00
New research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology confirms that women of color are being exposed to higher levels of beauty-product-derived chemicals like mercury, steroids and hormone-disruptors than white women, most likely because of racist beauty ideals.

Bald eagles suffering from lead poisoning.

Lead - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00
Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center near Saegertown, Penn., typically treats two or three eagles each year for lead poisoning. But in recent weeks, the center has admitted four adult bald eagles, two of which still had the metal in their stomachs.

Why do fish eat our trash? Because it smells yummy.

Endocrine disruptors - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00
Scientists have been trying to figure out why fish that normally eat algae are eating the plastic particles that float in the ocean.

Why women of color are being exposed to harmful chemicals in beauty products.

Cosmetics - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00
New research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology confirms that women of color are being exposed to higher levels of beauty-product-derived chemicals like mercury, steroids and hormone-disruptors than white women, most likely because of racist beauty ideals.

Video: Toxic Taps: Meet California’s newest water contaminant.

Cancer - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00
In the fourth video in our “Toxic Taps” series, we explain what happens now that California has finally regulated a carcinogen, 1,2,3-trichloropropane, that has been contaminating groundwater for decades.

Why women of color are being exposed to harmful chemicals in beauty products.

Cancer - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00
New research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology confirms that women of color are being exposed to higher levels of beauty-product-derived chemicals like mercury, steroids and hormone-disruptors than white women, most likely because of racist beauty ideals.

We saved the whale. The same vision can save the planet.

Cancer - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00
Hope alone won’t halt climate change but Al Gore’s latest film highlights the role optimism can play.

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