Even third-hand smoke poses health risks.

Yes, there is such a thing as thirdhand smoke and it’s more dangerous than you think.

Yes, there is such a thing as thirdhand smoke and it’s more dangerous than you think.

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Climate

Science says: Era of monster hurricanes roiling the Atlantic.

It's not just this year. The monster hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Jose and Lee that have raged across the Atlantic are contributing to what appears to be the most active period for major storms on record.

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Katharine Walter
Climate

What we get wrong about Lyme disease.

BIOLOGY   ENVIRONMENT

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Originals

Pollution and stress at home combine to spur more hyperactivity.

Breathing dirty air and living in stress combine to increase the likelihood NYC kids will have a behavior disorder.

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Toxics

Farmer wants a revolution: 'How is this not genocide?'

The kurrajong tree has scars in its wrinkled trunk, the healed wounds run long and vertical under its ancient bark. Standing in front of the homestead, it nestles in a dip on high tableland from which there is a clear view across miles and miles of rolling plains to the coastal range of south-east Australia.

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Toxics

US EPA’s chlorpyrifos decision spurs pushback.

On a summer evening in 2012, Bonnie Wirtz and her family hurried inside and shut all the windows in their rural Minnesota house when they heard the roar of a plane spraying pesticides on a neighboring farm.

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Jamie Dench
Climate

How we cope with the end of nature.

How We Cope with the End of Nature

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Toxics

When did lead become dangerous? How our understanding of risks changed over time.

Bill Haggard is the mayor of Herculaneum, Missouri, a town of 4,000 about a 30 minute drive south of St. Louis. He’s also the fire chief, president of the historical society and a retired teacher, among other distinctions, although he identifies first as a “lifelong resident.”

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Toxics

We still don’t know if the Flint water crisis caused miscarriages.

One of the toughest things about being a parent in Flint right now is the uncertainty. If your kid gets diagnosed with ADHD, or struggles in school, there’s a part of you that wonders: is it because of the lead exposure?  

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Justice

Schools fail lead tests while many states don’t require testing at all.

Schools fail lead tests while many states don’t require testing at all

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Climate

Ticks are here to stay. But scientists are finding ways to outsmart them.

Here are the latest bulletins from the tick wars

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Energy

The best burger place is a lab.

CULTURE   FOOD

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Toxics

Flame retardants linked to lower child IQ.

Increased exposure among pregnant women to a class of flame-retardant chemicals found in older furniture and other everyday consumer products is linked to lower IQs in their children, UCSF researchers found in a study that is certain to further ignite the debate over the chemicals.

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Justice

Blood, lead & soil: A year In East Chicago.

In late July of last year, families in the West Calumet Housing Complex opened their mailboxes to find a letter that would change their lives.

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Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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