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North Carolina scientists uncovered Cape Fear River GenX story.

Cancer - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:00
Two EPA chemists based in North Carolina are part of an international scientific movement tracking industrial chemicals of concern.

Backyard chicken trend leads to more disease infections.

Cancer - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:00
The popular trend of raising backyard chickens in U.S. cities and suburbs is bringing with it a soaring number of illnesses from poultry-related diseases, at least one of them fatal.

The loneliest polar bear.

Cancer - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:00
Read about the struggles of Nora, the beloved polar bear, and the impact humans are having on polar bears in the Arctic.

Pollution: Air and water pollution are Killing millions of Americans.

Cancer - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:00
In one of the most extensive reports of its kind, environmental health experts have estimated that nine million premature deaths worldwide - 16% of all deaths - were linked to pollution in 2015, with the majority of deaths coming from air pollution.

Glyphosate: WHO cancer agency edited out "non-carcinogenic" findings.

Pesticides - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
When the International Agency for Research on Cancer assessed the best-selling weedkiller glyphosate, significant changes were made between a draft of its report and the published version. The agency won't say who made the changes or why.

Glyphosate: WHO cancer agency edited out "non-carcinogenic" findings.

Endocrine disruptors - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
When the International Agency for Research on Cancer assessed the best-selling weedkiller glyphosate, significant changes were made between a draft of its report and the published version. The agency won't say who made the changes or why.

Glyphosate: WHO cancer agency edited out "non-carcinogenic" findings.

Distorting science - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
When the International Agency for Research on Cancer assessed the best-selling weedkiller glyphosate, significant changes were made between a draft of its report and the published version. The agency won't say who made the changes or why.

Glyphosate: WHO cancer agency edited out "non-carcinogenic" findings.

Cancer - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
When the International Agency for Research on Cancer assessed the best-selling weedkiller glyphosate, significant changes were made between a draft of its report and the published version. The agency won't say who made the changes or why.

'If it's going to kill us, OK, we'll die': Villagers stand firm as Cambodian dam begins to fill.

Water quantity - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
housands of people have already been relocated to make way for the dam, but around 100 families intend to stay on their land, despite intense pressure and the risk of inundation.

Bill would hit Nestle with $20M annual state bottled water tax.

Water quantity - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
A Republican state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would impose a per-gallon tax on bottled drinking water production in Michigan, a move which the state's largest water bottling company quickly called "inappropriate."

Puerto Rico's environmental catastrophe.

Water quality - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
Hurricane Maria has exposed and intensified the island’s ecological crisis and its human consequences. Can it build a sustainable future?

An 11-year-old has become 'America's Top Young Scientist' for her sensor detecting lead in water.

Solutions - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
Gitanjali Rao, an 11-year-old from Lone Tree, Colorado, is the winner of this year's Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her sensor that can detect lead levels in water better than traditional methods.

5 potentially harmful chemicals now banned from kids’ products.

Phthalates - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted to approve a final rule that prohibits manufacturers from selling items that have more than a minimal level of five of these potentially harmful chemicals.

Chemists are uncovering how and why marine organisms synthesize flame-retardant-like molecules.

Pesticides - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
Using genetic and other techniques, the researchers are gaining a better handle on the compounds’ origins and risks.

Scientists using costly triage to spare some ash trees from extinction.

Pesticides - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
Pesticide, wasps deployed in forests along Bay rivers in bid to limit onslaught by emerald ash borers.

China dashes hopes of GM boost after Syngenta deal.

Pesticides - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
The head of one of China’s biggest chemicals companies has played down expectations the country will become more open to genetically modified crops in the aftermath of ChemChina’s purchase of Swiss seeds and agrochemicals group Syngenta.

ACLU wants Flint kids screened for impact of lead.

Lead - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan want a federal judge to order state and Flint education officials to screen and evaluate all Flint schoolchildren for health and education disabilities stemming from the lead water crisis.

Health watchdog finds lead in Infowars diet supplements.

Lead - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
Alex Jones, conspiracy theory and dietary supplement monger, has been accused of being a snake oil salesman. But two of the elixirs he pushes in his Infowars online shop appear to be significantly more dangerous than reptile grease.

An 11-year-old has become 'America's Top Young Scientist' for her sensor detecting lead in water.

Lead - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
Gitanjali Rao, an 11-year-old from Lone Tree, Colorado, is the winner of this year's Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her sensor that can detect lead levels in water better than traditional methods.

From Flint to Pittsburgh, children need protection from lead, pediatrician says.

Lead - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
“How do we preserve the tomorrows of our kids?” asked Flint, Mich., pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha at an event Wednesday sharing her ongoing advocacy for eliminating lead exposure in children, first sparked by her city’s water crisis.

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