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Scott Pruitt suggests he will restrict scientists who get EPA grants from advising the agency.

Distorting science - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt hinted Tuesday at plans to rid the agency’s scientific advisory boards of researchers who get EPA grants, arguing that the current structure raises questions about their independence.

Mr. Trump outdoes himself in picking a conflicted regulator.

Distorting science - 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.'

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

Mr. Trump outdoes himself in picking a conflicted regulator.

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

How big water projects helped trigger Africa’s migrant crisis.

Water quantity - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
Major dam and irrigation projects are drying up the wetlands that sustain life in the arid Sahel region of Africa. The result has been a wave of environmental refugees.

Interior clears California project with friends in high places.

Water quantity - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
The Trump administration has cleared the way for a controversial project that would suck groundwater from under Southern California's Mojave Desert and sell it to water providers.

Will Northern California soon have Southern California's climate?

Water quantity - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
The Napa Valley wildfires are eerily similar to those that often flare up near Los Angeles.

Portugal's government faces no-confidence vote over forest fires.

Water quantity - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
A Portuguese opposition party launched a motion of no-confidence in the Socialist government on Tuesday over its failure to prevent the loss of human lives in this week’s lethal wildfires, the second such disaster in four months.

The hunt for the brain-eating amoebas of Yellowstone.

Water quality - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
It was a lovely September day in Yellowstone’s Boiling River and although no one here has ever fallen victim to Naegleria fowleri, signs posted onshore warn swimmers: This thing can ruin your day, and most likely your life.

Artificial sweeteners are being used to detect polluted water.

Water quality - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
Low-cal additives are finding a place in pollution control — even as scientists dig into whether they are pollutants in their own right.

California enacts cleaning product law.

Solutions - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
Makers of cleaning products sold in California will have to reveal ingredients online and on product labels, under a first-of-its-kind law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Rubbish causing Polar Bear hormone disruption.

Phthalates - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
Fears have been raised over the risks of plastic pollution as UK MPs heard claims discarded bottles are leading to polar bears developing two sets of testicles.

The UK just installed its first “seabin” to clean plastic-polluted waters.

Endocrine disruptors - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
Our oceans fill with millions of tons of plastic every single year. Portsmouth Harbor, in the UK, aims to combat this problem with the seabin, a new device that sucks plastic, oil, and other debris from the water.

Rubbish causing Polar Bear hormone disruption.

Endocrine disruptors - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
Fears have been raised over the risks of plastic pollution as UK MPs heard claims discarded bottles are leading to polar bears developing two sets of testicles.

PFAS contamination: Fishermen still not consulted after being forced to cease work in Victorian wetland.

Endocrine disruptors - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
A Victorian commercial fishing family says it has still yet to be consulted by the Department of Defence about PFAS contamination in a Gippsland wetland which has led to a fishing ban.

Some groups want more CO2. Here's what that means.

Distorting science - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
A key argument used by climate skeptics to downplay the consequences of anthropogenic climate change is resurfacing: the idea that carbon dioxide emissions are a net positive for the planet's vegetation.

India orders Delhi power plant, generator shutdown as air worsens.

Air Quality - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
The Indian government ordered diesel generators and a power plant in Delhi to be shut down on Tuesday as air quality in the capital deteriorated ahead of the Hindu festival of lights, when a night of firecrackers sends pollution levels rocketing.

Johnson & Johnson wins reversal of $72 million verdict over talc cancer risks.

Women's health - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday won the reversal of a $72 million verdict in favor of the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer they claimed stemmed from her use of the company’s talc-based products like Johnson’s Baby Powder.

Johnson & Johnson wins reversal of $72 million verdict over talc cancer risks.

Cosmetics - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday won the reversal of a $72 million verdict in favor of the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer they claimed stemmed from her use of the company’s talc-based products like Johnson’s Baby Powder.

Johnson & Johnson wins reversal of $72 million verdict over talc cancer risks.

Children's health - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday won the reversal of a $72 million verdict in favor of the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer they claimed stemmed from her use of the company’s talc-based products like Johnson’s Baby Powder.

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