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Superfund tax is gone, but corporate pollution remains.

Cancer - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:00
With less money in the Superfund program, what cleanups there are move more slowly, which means risks from environmental spills last longer.

The next big battlegrounds.

Asthma - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:00
When U.S. EPA boss Scott Pruitt inks his proposal to ax the Clean Power Plan today, the epic brawl over the Obama-era climate rule will be nowhere near over.

Calderwood asbestos threat may affect 500 sites.

Asbestos - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:00
About 500 home sites could be affected by asbestos contamination or delays at the Calderwood development after the Environment Protection Authority revealed it was investigating 7,500 tonnes of contaminated material in the region.

Agent Orange, exposed: How U.S. chemical warfare in Vietnam unleashed a slow-moving disaster.

Pesticides - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:00
Some 45 million liters of the poisoned spray was Agent Orange, which contains the toxic compound dioxin. It has unleashed in Vietnam a slow-onset disaster whose devastating economic, health and ecological impacts that are still being felt today.

Beach butt ban.

Pesticides - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:00
The Director General of Marine and Coastal Department has announced that from November onward, the department will enforce the law – Section 17 of Marine and Coastal Management Promotion Act – to prohibit smoking on the beach.

Agent Orange, exposed: How U.S. chemical warfare in Vietnam unleashed a slow-moving disaster.

Endocrine disruptors - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:00
Some 45 million liters of the poisoned spray was Agent Orange, which contains the toxic compound dioxin. It has unleashed in Vietnam a slow-onset disaster whose devastating economic, health and ecological impacts that are still being felt today.

$1.05 billion Willamette River Superfund cleanup faces delay after EPA revises plan, state says.

Endocrine disruptors - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:00
The Environmental Protection Agency is attempting to either delay, or unravel, the long-sought plan to clean up a contaminated 10-mile stretch of the Willamette River in Portland.

Climate change 'probably doing good', says former Australian PM Abbott.

Distorting science - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:00
Former Australian prime minister likens treatment of climate sceptics to the Spanish Inquisition and says the government lost seats by not campaigning on energy prices.

Rising number of children prey to deadly malnutrition in conflict-hit Mali.

Children's health - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:00
Tens of thousands of children in Mali are prey to life-threatening malnutrition as violence and displacement fuel a deepening nutrition crisis in the West African nation, the United Nations children's agency said on Monday.

Agent Orange, exposed: How U.S. chemical warfare in Vietnam unleashed a slow-moving disaster.

Children's health - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:00
Some 45 million liters of the poisoned spray was Agent Orange, which contains the toxic compound dioxin. It has unleashed in Vietnam a slow-onset disaster whose devastating economic, health and ecological impacts that are still being felt today.

Even third-hand smoke poses health risks.

Children's health - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:00
Yes, there is such a thing as thirdhand smoke and it’s more dangerous than you think.

Agent Orange, exposed: How U.S. chemical warfare in Vietnam unleashed a slow-moving disaster.

Cancer - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:00
Some 45 million liters of the poisoned spray was Agent Orange, which contains the toxic compound dioxin. It has unleashed in Vietnam a slow-onset disaster whose devastating economic, health and ecological impacts that are still being felt today.

Even third-hand smoke poses health risks.

Cancer - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:00
Yes, there is such a thing as thirdhand smoke and it’s more dangerous than you think.

Even third-hand smoke poses health risks.

Asthma - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:00
Yes, there is such a thing as thirdhand smoke and it’s more dangerous than you think.

EU agencies accused of cherry-picking evidence in glyphosate assessment.

Pesticides - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:00
Lawyers on the “Monsanto papers” case accused the EU agencies responsible for food safety and chemicals of “wilfully sawing off certain studies” in their risk assessment of glyphosate.

Ben & Jerry’s to launch glyphosate-free ice-cream after tests find traces of weedkiller.

Pesticides - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:00
The company pledges its products will be free from ingredients tainted with the controversial herbicide after a survey found traces in its European ice-creams.

Reporting on the world’s most controversial farm chemical.

Pesticides - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:00
Veteran journalist Carey Gillam’s new book sheds light on the ongoing battle over glyphosate, the nation's most commonly used herbicide.

Mine to maker: The journey of the world's first Fairtrade African gold – in pictures.

Mercury - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:00
Photographer Ian Berry takes us from Uganda’s makeshift goldmines to a London jeweller’s, documenting how a Fairtrade programme is helping to end the exploitation, mercury poisoning and treacherous conditions faced by Africa’s small-scale miners.

EU agencies accused of cherry-picking evidence in glyphosate assessment.

Endocrine disruptors - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:00
Lawyers on the “Monsanto papers” case accused the EU agencies responsible for food safety and chemicals of “wilfully sawing off certain studies” in their risk assessment of glyphosate.

Australia Defence could face three separate class action cases over toxic pollution at air bases.

Endocrine disruptors - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:00
The Federal Government could face compensation claims after the Department of Defence admitted it was slow to warn people about groundwater contamination from Army air bases.

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