Above the Fold: Fracked brains; Roundup in bodies, bans

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Top news of the day for Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017


1) Today's top read: Fracking and kids' brains

Researchers are out today with a full review of the science on fracking chemicals and what exposure might mean for kids' brains: "Early life exposure to these air and water pollutants has been shown to be associated with learning and neuropsychological deficits, neurodevelopmental disorders, and neurological birth defects, with potentially permanent consequences to brain health," the authors wrote.

See my full story on the research.

More energy reads:

2) A Roundup roundup

New research finds glyphosate is increasingly showing up in people.

In the new study:

  • The number of people over age 50 testing positive for glyphosate shot up 500 percent between 1993 and 2016.
  • The amount of glyphosate in their bodies jumped 1,208 percent over that period.

Also yesterday, Europe Parliament lawmakers voted to ban the weed killer glyphosate by 2022 citing evidence it is linked to cancer. (Read more at: Time, Deutsche Welle, Euractiv)

3) Five things you need to know.

  1. Puerto Rico is still struggling, as crews tear down homes in heaps of trash and schools re-open without power. (Sources: CNN, NY Times)
  2. A class action lawsuit was filed against Chemours, DuPont in North Carolina over alleged years of dumping of toxic Telfon chemicals into the Cape Fear River. (Source: Delaware Online)
  3. The fires that burned in Northern California this month now pose a threat to water quality. (Source: Water Deeply)
  4. Less arsenic in water = less cancer for people drinking it. (Source: NY Times)
  5. What toxics are lurking in baby food? (Source: The Indy Channel)

4) Rising seas, perplexed planners

Inside Climate News visits Norfolk, Va., where the Naval Station Norfolk continues to flood. The seas here "are rising at twice the global average here, due to ocean currents and geology," writes ICN's Nicholas Kusnetz.

But there's no plan to fix things. Read the full story here.

In Boston, as storms get meaner and seas rise, things are no better. The city is weighing a multi-billion-dollar seawall to hold the growing tide back.

Ensia has the story.

5) Food and Justice

Mercury pollution continues to plague Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong First Nation communities in Canada.

"They're saying 'we'll never believe you that you're going to clean the river,'" First Nations environmental health coordinator Judy Da Silva told CBC News.

As the communities struggle, a new report calls out the Ontario government for turning a "blind eye to pollution that's adversely affecting Indigenous communities." (Sources: CBC News, National Observer)

Civil Eats has a solutions story on how some U.S. farms are letting people pay what they can for healthy food.

6) Something fun

Comedy Central had a segment on making people care about the Great Lakes—something I've been trying to do for almost a decade.

See the full video here.

The lakes' greatness was on full display yesterday—Lake Superior waves were breaking records (and sending winds inland that had me chasing my garbage can down the road).

And, yes, you can surf here.

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