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Developing world still struggling with obsolete pesticides.

Pesticides - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
The cotton fields of sub-Saharan Africa hold a deadly secret—thousands of tons of obsolete pesticides are buried out of sight but slowly taking a toxic toll on the region’s people and environment. This is a common problem in many developing countries.

Pruitt's promised directive rattles science advisers.

Pesticides - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's suggestion that he'd get rid of advisory committee members who also receive EPA grants has roiled the research community.

Flying insects have been disappearing over the past few decades, study shows.

Pesticides - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
Scientists worry about windshield phenomenon: Flying bugs don't splatter against our cars as much as they used to.

Unfair trade: US beef has a climate problem.

Pesticides - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
Future trade deals in the US, and around the world, must explicitly assure that trade and profit do not override climate policy.

VIDEO: Washington state sues Monsanto over chemical pollution.

Pesticides - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
US agrichemical giant Monsanto is under scrutiny as EU leaders mull whether to ban glyphosate, the main ingredient of its herbicide Roundup. The firm is also under fire in the United States for a group of chemicals it produced decades ago.

Learning lessons from Northern California’s fires.

Pesticides - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
After 10 stressful days, things are returning to normal — at least a new normal — for most of us.

Pruitt's promised directive rattles science advisers.

Environmental justice - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's suggestion that he'd get rid of advisory committee members who also receive EPA grants has roiled the research community.

Developing world still struggling with obsolete pesticides.

Endocrine disruptors - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
The cotton fields of sub-Saharan Africa hold a deadly secret—thousands of tons of obsolete pesticides are buried out of sight but slowly taking a toxic toll on the region’s people and environment. This is a common problem in many developing countries.

Controversial chemicals nominee already at agency.

Endocrine disruptors - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
Michael Dourson, President Trump's pick to lead the U.S. EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, is already working at the agency.

Dangerous fire fighting foam 'safe' for swimmers, unsafe for drinking.

Endocrine disruptors - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
Toxic chemicals from toxic fire fighting foam used at the Gold Coast Airport until 2010 has been detected in the groundwater at 18 properties outside the Coolangatta airport, including Coolangatta Creek.

VIDEO: Washington state sues Monsanto over chemical pollution.

Endocrine disruptors - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
US agrichemical giant Monsanto is under scrutiny as EU leaders mull whether to ban glyphosate, the main ingredient of its herbicide Roundup. The firm is also under fire in the United States for a group of chemicals it produced decades ago.

Pruitt's promised directive rattles science advisers.

Distorting science - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's suggestion that he'd get rid of advisory committee members who also receive EPA grants has roiled the research community.

Trump's NOAA nominee signed weather deal with Chinese government.

Distorting science - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
Trump's nominee to lead NOAA inked a deal with the government suspected of hacking that very agency.

VIDEO: Washington state sues Monsanto over chemical pollution.

Distorting science - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
US agrichemical giant Monsanto is under scrutiny as EU leaders mull whether to ban glyphosate, the main ingredient of its herbicide Roundup. The firm is also under fire in the United States for a group of chemicals it produced decades ago.

Craft: EPA administrator should see Houston's post-Harvey pollution firsthand.

Cancer - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
Ignoring science, weakening protections and crossing our fingers that the next storm does not target the Gulf Coast will not get the job done.

Millions breathing dirty air as California wine country burns.

Air Quality - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
The most destructive wildfires in California’s history have exposed more than 7 million people in the San Francisco region to unhealthy levels of air pollution with 1 million facing air quality that the EPA would deem extremely unhealthy.

The Guardian view on plastic: learning to love it wisely.

Water quality - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
Our love for plastic is all-consuming. This is not a health relationship: we rely on it too much and value it too little, regarding it as cheap and disposable.

Mr. Trump outdoes himself in picking a conflicted regulator.

Pesticides - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
The nominee to lead the E.P.A. chemicals office is a threat to public health.

Toxic firefighting chemicals 'the most seminal public health challenge.'

Endocrine disruptors - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
A U.S. environmental official says PFAS chemicals found in firefighting foam are contaminating water supplies.

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