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Fat, unhealthy Americans threaten Trump’s defense surge

Rising obesity numbers, drug use, criminal backgrounds and other problems mean most people at prime military recruiting age are ineligible to serve.

This might seem to be an odd story to include in a stream about environmental health, until you consider the science that has emerged over the last two decades about how chemical exposures can contribute to obesity, diabetes and neurological developmental disorders like ADHD, autism, impaired cognitive function, lower IQ, etc. Getting control of these exposures becomes a national security imperative.

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William H. Schlesinger: What happens when you flush?

Although often attributed to Sir John Crapper, it was Alexander Cumming who perfected the design of the flush toilet in 1775, forever changing the way that humans dispose of their personal waste.

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Pittsburgh

EHN reporter wins local media award for "environmental excellence"

EHN reporter Kristina Marusic is one of five women to receive the inaugural Michelle Madoff Award of Environmental Excellence from the Pennsylvania-based nonprofit Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP).

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Originals

Peter Dykstra: The O.G.’s of E.J.

With much fanfare, 170 news organizations signed on to the "Covering Climate Now" initiative.

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Op-ed: Thinking through the EPA’s commitment to eliminate the use of mammals in toxicity testing

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency moves to get rid of research and testing in mammals (rats and mice), we are concerned the environmental impacts on human health—especially our children—will become worse.

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