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A new U.S. Geological Survey study shows that pesticides continue to infiltrate the nation's streams, however, the types of pesticides mixing with the water are changing.
Biking, walking and other active forms of transportation are just a few ways that reducing our use of fossil fuels may benefit not only the planet but also our health and the economy, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Monday.
The top of the world is a cold place. It is barren, wild and beautiful. Yet this place is not beyond the reach of our carbon emissions. The land up here is warming faster than most of the planet.
In a grim assessment of the Ebola epidemic, researchers say the deadly virus threatens to become endemic to West Africa instead of eventually disappearing from humans. "The current epidemiologic outlook is bleak," wrote a panel of more than 60 World Health Organization experts.
While the researchers noted that a surprisingly large number of pregnant women in the study smoked cigarettes, which contain cadmium, even the non-smokers in the study had high levels of the element in their blood. But the reason for the exposure in non-smokers was unclear.
Puget Sound is one of the most enchanting bodies of water in the Pacific Northwest. But the Sound’s geography is also part of what makes it toxic for fish that migrate through it.
All of Lanai’s owners have sought, in one way or another, to refashion the island into a paradise on earth. Larry Ellison hopes to transform it into the "first economically viable, 100 percent green community."
It was good news six years ago when US Steel sought and received a permit to begin a $1.2 billion coke oven replacement at its Clairton works. Trouble is, the people nearby, who breathe some of the region’s most polluted air, are still waiting to reap the full benefit.
Monocles are off to the New Yorker for the best headline we've seen yet regarding climate change, this week's United Nations summit in New York and the large-scale demonstrations that have accompanied it: "Largest Climate-Change March in History Unlikely to Convince Idiots." It's harsh but fair.
Two dozen scientists, authors, and world and national figures answered two questions: What is your greatest worry about climate change? What gives you hope? Here are some of their answers, condensed for space.
The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism looked at television coverage of the recent IPCC working group reports in six countries with very different political and media contexts – Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India and the UK. The first major difference was in the amount of coverage.
Winged Warnings Part 13. A mysterious toxin – with no name and no cure – lurking in lakes in the South has drilled holes in the brains of coots and other waterbirds, rendering them unable to swim, eat and fly. In turn, this poison also has destroyed the brains of the bald eagles that eat them. No one knows whether any human neurological diseases are related to the bird disease, but new clues about the poisoned birds are emerging.
Tattoos seem more popular than ever, but is that artistic ink dangerous to your health? Little attention has been paid to that question, even as rates of skin cancer – the most common cancer – have been steadily growing.
A Baltimore jury has awarded nearly $2.1 million to a 17-year-old city youth who was allegedly poisoned by lead paint in the 1990s when he was a toddler in an East Baltimore rental home.
Government scientists say exceptionally hot, dry conditions and a lack of insulating snowpack primed Mt. Shasta for the massive mudslide that rumbled down over the weekend after a pulse of water burst out from under an alpine glacier.
According to oft-cited statistics, climate scientists are 95%-99% certain of climate change – about as certain as they are of the link between smoking and lung cancer. Nonetheless, an estimated 58% of US Republican congressmen claim to be unconvinced of it.
Although the national rate of shuttered coal mines slowed this year, struggles in Central Appalachia continued, with Kentucky leading the nation in the number of coal mines being taken off-line.
There are more than 7 billion people on Earth now, and roughly one in eight of us doesn't have enough to eat. The question of how many people the Earth can support is a long-standing one that becomes more intense as the world's population – and our use of natural resources – keeps booming.
Authorities are testing water from the San Pedro River in southern Arizona that may be contaminated with toxic waste that traveled north after a massive copper mine spill in Mexico this summer.
Doctors increasingly are recognizing that as many as half of asthma sufferers have a form of the lung disease known as nonallergic asthma. Some medications that help control symptoms of the more familiar allergic asthma aren't as effective in nonallergic patients.