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June 6, 2017 | Reuters
South Korea to suspend eight older coal-fired power plants to tackle pollution.
South Korea will halt operations at eight of the country's older coal-fired power plants for a month in June as part of measures to tackle air pollution, the energy ministry said on Tuesday.
June 5, 2017 | The Independent, United Kingdom
Chemicals in everyday items linked to cancer in controversial new study.
Chemicals found in fossil fuel-powered vehicle exhausts, cosmetics, electric and traditional cigarettes, glue and building materials may increase the risk of cancer because they can interfere with the body’s natural repair mechanism, according to a new study.
June 2, 2017 | Canadian Press
Air pollution leads to 7,700 deaths in Canada every year: Report.
Air pollution cost Canadian families an estimated $36 billion in 2015 due to premature death and illness, a new research report says.
June 2, 2017 | Reuters
Metals and nutrients in baby teeth tied to autism risk.
Differences in exposure to certain metals and nutrients like lead and zinc in the womb and in early childhood may affect a child’s risk of developing autism spectrum disorder, researchers say.
June 2, 2017 | ABC News Online, Australia
Medications, pesticides, found in blood of sea turtles on Great Barrier Reef.
Heart and gout medications, pesticides, herbicides and other industrial chemicals have all been found in the blood of green sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef, according to researchers.
June 2, 2017 | Greenwire
Toxic air pollution predates Industrial Revolution - study.
Think air pollution is a relatively recent byproduct of the Industrial Revolution? Think again.
June 2, 2017 | The Guardian
Air pollution doesn’t just harm humans - it is destroying nature too.
The poisonous residue from car exhausts is causing a public health crisis - and could be the death of sparrows too.
June 1, 2017 | The Scientist
Plastic pollutants pervade water and land.
Contamination of marine and terrestrial ecosystems by microplastics is putting individual organisms at risk.
May 30, 2017 | Los Angeles Times
Plastic pollution doesn’t just make for an ugly beach day. It’s contaminating our food chain.
There’s a big lie about plastic — that you can throw it away. But that’s not true; there is no “away.”
May 28, 2017 | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Alaska
Air quality action warranted.
We enacted regulations against smoking cigarettes because of how they impact people who do not smoke. The same applies to burning wood.
May 27, 2017 | Lancet
Editorial: Cancer risk paradox. Grand plans fall short?
To eradicate cancer, governments need to both identify and act not only on increased risk susceptibility, but also ensure that people are not exposed to carcinogenic materials through gross environmental mismanagement. Recent moves by the US government undermine meeting these needs.
May 26, 2017 | Ventura County Star, California
In birth defects case, mom tells of boy's pain.
The mother of a boy born with birth defects allegedly caused by pesticide exposure cried on the witness stand Thursday as she described his struggle with a facial deformity.
May 25, 2017 | New Scientist
Newly-evolved microbes may be breaking down ocean plastics.
Plastic. There should be hundreds of thousands of tonnes of the stuff floating around in our oceans. But we are finding less than expected – perhaps because living organisms are evolving the ability to break it down.
May 23, 2017 | Washington Post
Just one alcoholic drink a day increases risk of breast cancer, study says.
New analysis also found strong evidence that vigorous activity reduces risk of the disease.
May 23, 2017 | Montclair NJ Spotlight, New Jersey
Asbestos and lead — two deadly threats that must both be eliminated.
The idea that we can ignore one hazardous chemical because we are focused on eliminating another is dangerously short-sighted.
May 22, 2017 | ABC News Online, Australia
Endocrine disrupting chemicals: Is your home making you sick?
Many suspected EDCs are already in your home — but how much risk do they really pose? At what exposure level do they become unsafe? Unfortunately the answer is not straightforward, with a range of opinions held by scientists, industry and regulators.
May 19, 2017 | Yuma KAWC Public Radio, Arizona
Water contamination could be causing thyroid disease in Southwest AZ.
A human-made chemical used to fire rockets into space, power fireworks, and open airbags in car crashes could also be the cause of numerous cases of thyroid disease in Yuma, Arizona.
May 19, 2017 | Chemical & Engineering News
China agrees to review US biotechnology applications.
National Biosafety Committee will assess eight products made by major U.S. agrochemical companies by the end of May.
May 18, 2017 | Science
Rice plant engineered with a ‘tunable’ immune system could fight multiple diseases at once.
Study is another step toward pesticide-free but high-yield agriculture.
May 18, 2017 | The Guardian
Air pollution kills more people in the UK than in Sweden, US and Mexico.
People in the UK are 64 times as likely to die of air pollution as those in Sweden and twice as likely as those in the US, figures from the World Health Organisation reveal.
May 17, 2017 | Associated Press
Religious beliefs involved in Oregon pesticide dispute.
Religious beliefs involving the use of pesticides are part of a dispute over noxious weeds on a 2,000-acre organic farm in Oregon that has attracted the attention of organic food supporters.
May 17, 2017 | Reuters
Certain lead tests could produce faulty results.
Certain tests used to detect lead exposure could provide inaccurate results for some children and adults in the United States, U.S. regulators warned on Wednesday.
May 16, 2017 | New Scientist
Diesel fumes lead to thousands more deaths than thought.
Diesel driven cars, lorries and buses churn out far more air pollution than standard testing procedures suggest, leading to many thousands of unreported deaths, scientists claim.
May 11, 2017 | Atlanta WSB TV, Georgia
Employee: Home Depot may have exposed thousands to dangerous lead levels.
An investigation has uncovered numerous customer complaints about how Home Depot handles lead-based paint removal projects.
May 11, 2017 | National Public Radio
Lead dust from firearms can pose a silent health risk.
If a gun range isn't ventilated well, lead dust collects on shooters' clothing and hands and lingers in the air, where it can be inhaled. The more people shoot, the greater the risk of being exposed to dangerous amounts of lead.
May 10, 2017 | Environment Report
How much air pollution do we emit on the hottest summer days?
It makes sense that the more we run our air conditioners during the heat of the summer, the more pollution we put into the air. But now scientists have figured out exactly how much more.
May 9, 2017 | Spokane Spokesman-Review, Washington
Fire captain battles industry’s higher cancer risk, alongside his disease.
A firefighter’s smoke-stained gear and burn-marked helmet are almost badges of honor, but they’re examples of subtle dangers contributing to higher rates of cancer among people in the industry.
May 5, 2017 | Economist
Fatal attraction: The link between pollution and heart disease.
An experiment suggests pollutants build up in arterial plaques.
May 4, 2017 | Globe and Mail, Ontario
Study finds link between neonic pesticides and decline of bumblebee queens.
A widely used pesticide harms bumblebee queens’ abilities to feed and reproduce, reducing the survival prospects for the pollinators that play a key role in food production, a new study co-authored by a University of Guelph professor shows.
May 2, 2017 | New York Times
New York plan to dump chlorine into sewers worries environmental advocates.
The city is seeking to solve a chronic problem of raw sewage emptying into city waterways during rainfalls, but some argue the plan relies on an unproven technique.
May 1, 2017 | The Guardian
Children can’t play if they can’t breathe because our air is so polluted.
Ministers hide the truth about levels of atmospheric contamination, so people are taking precautions for themselves And who can blame them?
April 28, 2017 | Ventura County Star, California
Warning of pesticide-related birth defect data was ample, witness says.
An expert witness testified in a trial Thursday that there was ample information linking pesticides with birth defects years before the birth of an Oxnard boy who sued over his condition.
April 27, 2017 | CNN
More children have high lead levels than we know, study says.
In the U.S., pediatric health care providers are not doing enough testing of children's blood lead levels in many states, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Pediatrics.
April 27, 2017 | Reuters
Study finds how polluting nanoparticles get into blood and damage hearts.
Inhaled nanoparticles like those pumped out in vehicle exhausts can work their way through the lungs and into the bloodstream where they can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke, scientists said on Wednesday.
April 27, 2017 | The Telegraph, United Kingdom
Toxic diesel particles penetrate right through to the heart, scientists warn.
Toxic particles from diesel vehicles can work their way through the lungs and into the bloodstream, raising the risk of heart attack and stroke, researchers have proved for the first time.
April 26, 2017 | Canadian Press
Study suggests ancient underground water sources not immune to today's pollution.
New research suggests ancient underground water sources long believed to be shielded from modern-day contaminants may not be as safe as previously thought.
April 25, 2017 | CBC Canada
Air pollution levels in Toronto subways highest among country's 3 major rapid transit systems.
Toronto's subway stations and trains had the highest levels of air pollution of Canada's three major rapid transit systems, a newly released study co-authored by a university engineering professor has found.
April 24, 2017 | Allure
Your sunscreen could be endangering the world's coral reefs.
One of the most common ingredients found in chemical sunscreens could be threatening the health of the world's coral reefs.
April 24, 2017 | Scroll.in, India
Cancer has exploded in Bihar as people drink water poisoned with arsenic.
Arsenic levels in water have been as high as 3,880 parts per billion in parts of the state. Pollution standards cite 50 parts per billion as harmful.
April 21, 2017 | Reuters
Lead poisons children in Los Angeles neighborhoods rich and poor.
Lead poisoning afflicts hundreds of areas across Los Angeles County, from affluent hubs to low income or gentrifying areas, Reuters finds. The results surprised some local leaders, showing how lead hazards persist even in a health-conscious region.
April 20, 2017 | United Press International
Air pollution linked to year-round runny noses.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered a direct biological and molecular association between air pollution and chronic nasal symptoms.
April 20, 2017 | New York Times
Trillions of plastic bits, swept up by current, are littering Arctic waters.
The world’s oceans are littered with trillions of pieces of plastic - bottles, bags, toys, fishing nets and more, mostly in tiny particles - and now this seaborne junk is making its way into the Arctic.
April 18, 2017 | The Guardian
Air pollution as bad for wellbeing as partner's death, say researchers.
The effect on wellbeing of exposure to nitrogen dioxide, a gas mostly produced in diesel fumes, is comparable to the toll from losing a job, ending a relationship or the death of a partner, research suggests.
April 18, 2017 | International Business Times
New technology turns chemical warfare agents like sarin and mustard gas into harmless dirt.
The machine removes toxic chemicals without creating any hazardous by-products and has a 99.99% success rate.
April 14, 2017 | Belfast Telegraph, United Kingdom
Traffic pollution may lower levels of 'good' cholesterol, study says.
Traffic pollution may increase the risk of heart disease by lowering levels of "good" cholesterol, a study suggests.
April 14, 2017 | Ecologist
El Salvador bans metal mining.
Mining was imposed on the Salvadoran people as a dream industry to aid development. But the reality was a nightmare. After a long campaign, El Salvador has just become the first country to ban all metal mining.
April 13, 2017 | Chicago Tribune, Illinois
Chromium spill near Lake Michigan brings new attention to cancer-causing pollutant.
Federal environmental officials scrambled to protect Lake Michigan from a cancer-causing metal spilled into a northwest Indiana tributary.
April 11, 2017 | Environmental Health News
Carbon dioxide may worsen hog farmworkers’ breathing problems.
Hog farm dust already hurts farmworker lungs—new research says elevated CO2 could make it worse.
April 10, 2017 | Times of London, United Kingdom
Toxic sofas linked to surge in thyroid cancer.
Scientists have warned that chemicals used to fireproof millions of British sofas could be linked to a surge in deadly thyroid cancer.
April 8, 2017 | Food Navigator
Glyphosate to join Proposition 65 list.
The herbicide glyphosate is to be added to the list of chemicals known to cause cancer under California's Proposition 65 legislation, which means companies producing products containing residues of the popular herbicide may in future have to feature warning labels.
April 7, 2017 | The Guardian
Farms could slash pesticide use without losses, research reveals.
Virtually all farms could significantly cut their pesticide use while still producing as much food, according to a major new study.
April 6, 2017 | New York Times
Advocacy groups ask for ban on common pesticide.
Groups asked to ban chlorpyrifos from food within 30 days if the Environmental Protection Agency cannot prove it is safe.
April 5, 2017 | Huffington Post
Moms exposed to Monsanto weed killer means bad outcomes for babies.
Concerns about the world’s most widely used herbicide are taking a new twist as researchers unveil data that indicates pervasive use of Monsanto Co.’s weed killer could be linked to pregnancy problems.
April 4, 2017 | Alabama Media Group
Cancer-linked chemicals build up in 'every organ' in mice, UAB researchers find.
Certain man-made chemicals — believed to be in the bloodstream of nearly every person on Earth thanks to heavy use in consumer manufactured products — also build up in the brains, hearts, livers, bones and skin of mice according to a study.
April 3, 2017 | Chemical & Engineering News
New hazardous waste incinerator comes online.
The $120 million incinerator—the first built in the U.S. in two decades—can handle industrial and laboratory chemicals, manufacturing by-products, medical waste, and other solid and liquid materials.

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March 30, 2017 | MLive Detroit, Michigan
Experts agree EPA review of dioxane, other toxic chemicals is needed.
The EPA's decisions in the months and years ahead will influence the levels of toxic chemicals allowed in people's homes, communities and bodies for generations to come, says a former EPA scientist and policy advisor.
March 29, 2017 | Consumer Reports
Protect your kids from the long-lasting effects of childhood lead poisoning.
New research suggests early exposure has an impact on adult IQ.
March 29, 2017 | Radio New Zealand, New Zealand
Lead exposure linked to lower IQ in New Zealand.
High lead levels in New Zealand cities during the 1970s and 1980s appear to have led to a loss of intelligence in adults, researchers say.
March 28, 2017 | Washington Post
Lead exposure alters the trajectory of children’s lives decades later, study finds.
Children with higher blood-lead levels were more likely in midlife to have lower IQs and live lower on the socioeconomic ladder, according to new research that offers one of the clearest looks yet at the potential long-term health impact of the potent neurotoxin.
March 26, 2017 | Bloomberg News
From bad air to birth defects, 5 hidden risks of slashing the EPA.
Fifty former officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are firing back in a lengthy analysis that details, program by program, what amounts to a starvation diet for the EPA.
March 24, 2017 | Forbes
Asbestos-linked cancer remains a killer, just as asbestos remains commonly used.
At least 80% of people diagnosed with mesothelioma have had confirmed exposure to asbestos. Others likely had exposure without realizing it since it can take decades before mesothelioma develops in the thin lining of the lungs, chest, abdomen and heart.
March 22, 2017 | Time Magazine
Do you live near toxic waste? See 1,317 of the most polluted spots in the U.S.
Hazardous waste sites are scattered all across the country, from a Brooklyn canal once surrounded by chemical plants to a shuttered garbage incineration facility in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
March 22, 2017 | Reuters
Lead poisoning afflicts neighborhoods across California.
Dozens of California communities have experienced recent rates of childhood lead poisoning that surpass those of Flint, Michigan, with one Fresno locale showing rates nearly three times higher, blood testing data obtained by Reuters shows.
March 22, 2017 | Australia ABC News, Australia.
E-waste: What happens to discarded televisions, computers and mobile phones?
Each year 40,000 tonnes of computers, tablets, televisions, printers, scanners, photocopiers, keyboards and mice are recycled through the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS).
March 19, 2017 | Reuters
Chinese firms offer pollution solutions with bottled air, hat filters.
Chinese companies are touting innovative - if not odd - products to consumers worried about the quality of the air that they breathe.