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Environmental Health News
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That growing fear of China’s dangerously dirty environment has given birth to one of the fastest-growing segments of China’s consumer marketplace: foods with perceived health benefits.
In 2013, the University of Bristol psychologist Stephan Lewandowsky and colleagues published two papers containing a provocative claim: A tendency to endorse conspiracy theories, they suggested, makes people more likely to challenge various aspects of science, too.
Cities around the world have been temporarily plunged into darkness to raise awareness about climate change. Millions of people across the globe switched off their lights for an hour at 8.30pm local time in support of the WWF's Earth Hour initiative.
The abominable snowpack in the Sierra Nevada reached an unprecedented low this week, dipping below the historic lows in 1977 and 2014 for the driest winter in 65 years of record-keeping.
At her small beach house that sits in a flood zone, Nancy Loft-Powers worries. The prospect of rising water, she said, isn’t what bothers her. It’s the expected rise in the cost of her $7,500 yearly flood insurance.
Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good saw her pay docked about $600,000 in the aftermath of last year's massive spill of collected coal ash that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals.
Georgia Power Plant Yates will officially stop burning coal no later than April 15. Units 1-5 have already stopped being used for “normal operational dispatch,” said John O’Brien, senior communications specialist for Georgia Power.
Californians are understandably focused on the state's severe drought, now in its fourth year. But drought is not the only environmental risk the state's residents face.
The results of a recent study were more heartening than surprising. Short version: If we clean up the air, kids' lungs will benefit.
In China, where coal is indeed king, they're cracking down on coal-fired power plants. And in Alabama, where just three of every 1,000 jobs come from any kind of mining, we'd mainline mercury if we thought it would save a single one of those jobs.
Federal energy policy took a turn to the right last week as the House passed a budget bill, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of the Interior got sued and the Senate went on a marathon voting session.
In this week’s trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra discusses Japan’s refusal to eat twhale meat contaminated by toxic chemicals that bio-accumulate in the ocean food chain with host Steve Curwood as well as more evidence of the governor of Florida’s alleged antipathy to climate change-related words, and President Obama’s ill-timed confidence in the safety of oil rigs.
A World Health Organization group's controversial finding that the world's most popular herbicide "probably is carcinogenic to humans" was based on a thorough scientific review and is a key marker in ongoing evaluations of the product, according to the scientist who led the study.
Communities in Kentucky hit by a downturn in coal or power-plant jobs could get help with economic development under a program announced Friday.
Leading up to Wednesday’s oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court over the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule limiting mercury emissions from power plants, a big question was how Chief Justice John Roberts would rule.
Hope in the midst of despair? Pick up any newspaper. The headlines shout corruption, scams, war, the horrific ISIS beheadings, Boko Haram abductions, rape. So news about a Vikalp Sangam, a confluence of alternative ideas wasn’t seriously exciting. Yet another NGO talk-shop? Been there, done that.
Humans discovered the usefulness of lead centuries ago. Abundantly available, easily molded and extremely resistant to corrosion, lead was considered ideal for many uses, including insecticides, paint pigment, soldering for canned foods, and pipes for plumbing.
Northern California pot farmers are using up all of the water that normally supports key populations of the region's federally protected salmon and steelhead trout.
Felled by charges of mismanagement, the chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has resigned.
Lawmakers in New Brunswick voted on Thursday to prohibit fracking in the eastern Canadian province, committing to study the controversial method of extracting oil and gas for one year before reconsidering the ban in 2016.