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PITTSBURGH—A recent study found that people with asthma who live near a U.S. Steel facility experienced worsened symptoms following a 2018 fire that damaged pollution controls—and that even prior to the fire, a trend of lower lung function was observed in people living close to the plant.

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About a fifth of vegetable gardens across Australia are likely to produce foods with dangerous lead levels, according to new research.
The report strengthens the CDC’s recommendation that anyone pregnant be offered the vaccine and sets the stage for more “paradigm-changing” vaccine trials during pregnancy.
Impossible Food is partnering with school districts nationwide to bring school cafeterias plant-based meats, hoping to raise climate change awareness in young Americans.

The pandemic has contributed to soaring hunger and acute declines in maternal health care that threaten tens of millions of people, the United Nations said Wednesday, underscoring the disproportionate spillover effects on the world's poor.

A meta-analysis of 14 air pollution studies from around the world found that exposure to high levels of air pollutants during childhood increases the likelihood of high blood pressure in children and adolescents, and their risk for high blood pressure as adults.
A Climate Council report says unflued gas heaters should be removed from schools and warns that for kids with asthma, gas cooking at home is akin to passive smoking.
President Biden has proposed spending $45 billion to replace every lead water pipe and service line in the nation. A public health expert explains why he sees this as a worthwhile investment.
It’s official. Burlington needs to build a new high school on new land after more cancer-causing chemicals were found throughout the grounds. The school board also hired a new principal.

A surprise plan to strengthen Germany's emission targets reignites debate on quitting coal and pricing carbon ahead of September's election.

The Burlington School Board has decided to pursue building a new high school due to chemical contamination found in the existing school.

The birthrate declined for the sixth straight year in 2020, the federal government reported on Wednesday, early evidence that the coronavirus pandemic accelerated a trend among American women of delaying pregnancy.

Agents of Change founder and director Dr. Ami Zota sat down with Dr. Shanna Swan and Annie Hoang to discuss fertility, environmental chemicals, and reproductive justice.

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Children born in Sarnia, Ont., home to Chemical Valley, are more likely to develop asthma than those born in nearby cities, according to a population-based study by researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University.
Exemptions in the law and owner permission put hundreds of wells closer to homes, schools and churches than the 500-foot setback meant to protect health.

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The U.S. vaccination campaign will soon expand to millions more people, but public health experts say the move raises complicated questions about supply and access.
From Sims Eco Lifestyle to Minecraft Climate City, environmental issues are becoming a popular theme in video games. But can the industry deliver on its own green message?
Many adolescent girls are missing out on important nutrients, which could lead to poor school performance and future health issues.
In 2018, Newark was in the national spotlight for having elevated lead levels, forcing residents to use bottled water.

A KHN investigation found that more than 2,000 schools have spent millions of dollars for systems, lured by air purifier companies' claims that experts say mislead or obscure the potential for harm from toxic ozone.

There are new developments after an alarming Congressional report found toxic heavy metals in some popular brands of baby food, which could put little ones at risk. Now the FDA is out with a plan to lower exposures, but many believe it doesn't go far enough.

Dr Shanna Swan has spent more than 20 years examining how chemicals in plastics are causing our fertility to decline – and what we can do about it.

Synthetic dyes used as colorants in many common foods and drinks can negatively affect attention and activity in children, according to a comprehensive review of existing evidence published this month by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA).

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Experts say the problem here goes beyond 2 dangerous pollutants assessed nationally by the American Lung Association, ozone smog and fine particles.

President Biden's Wednesday night speech before the House and Senate generally drew praise from the pundit class.

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Exclusive: Frans Timmermans says older people need to make sacrifices to protect the future
The ruling represents a stark repudiation of the Trump EPA’s refusal to ban chlorpyrifos.
They used their car to stay warm when a winter storm brought down the Texas power grid. In a state that doesn’t require carbon monoxide alarms in homes, they had no warning they were poisoning themselves.
“EPA’s egregious delay exposed a generation of American children to unsafe levels of chlorpyrifos,” the decision states.
A bill in the New York state Senate aims to ban flame retardant chemicals in furniture. electronics, and other consumer products because of concerns over their safety.

In 2017, climate scientist Kimberly Nicholas coauthored a study trying to answer this question: What are the most effective changes you can make to your lifestyle if you want to reduce your carbon footprint and help save the planet?

Exposure before birth to persistent organic pollutants (POPs)-- organochlorine pesticides, industrial chemicals, etc.--may increase the risk in adolescence of metabolic disorders, such as obesity and high blood pressure.
Tremendous gains on life expectancy have been made around the world, but huge gaps remain. We photographed scenes from the global fight for a more equal life span.