Courtroom battle could lead to limits on fluoridation of drinking water

Legal fight could spell the beginning of the end of water fluoridation in America, potentially affecting drinking water for millions of people.

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Margaret Renkl: America’s killer lawns

Homeowners use up 10 times more pesticide per acre than farmers do. But we can change what we do in our own yards.

Undoing the legacy of lead poisoning in America

Over the last 40 years, environmental lead contamination has been greatly reduced in U.S. cities. But not for everyone.

Pollution may affect brain development in children, study says

Children exposed to particulate matter during pregnancy had higher levels of hyperactivity.


Retail giants face pressure to change chemical-coated receipt paper

Some of Canada's biggest retailers started testing alternatives to receipt paper that's coated in potentially dangerous chemicals, as pressure mounts for them to phase it out by the end of this year.


The cost of complete lead cleanup in the United States

Replacing all the pipes, all the paint, and all the contaminated soil would cost a ton — and have huge benefits.

WV air pollution discussion sparks more concern about potential Rockwool plant impacts

Rockwool is in the process of building a stone wool manufacturing plant across the street from an elementary school. It will feature two, 21-story smokestacks releasing a range of chemicals.


States weigh banning a widely used pesticide even though EPA won’t

The pesticide chlorpyrifos has been linked to developmental problems in children.


What happened to triclosan? A lingering legacy of the hyper-hygiene era

A few years ago we were brushing our teeth with it, rinsing our mouths with it, sanitizing our hands with it. And now triclosan is almost vanished from the marketplace.

Oregon lawmakers consider ban on pesticide chlorpyrifos

Oregon lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on a set of bills that would restrict pesticide use in an attempt to protect both humans and the insects that pollinate our crops.

Study bolsters link between prenatal nicotine exposure and ADHD

The higher the level of nicotine in a pregnant woman's blood, the greater her child's risk of later being diagnosed with ADHD, researchers report in Pediatrics.


What are endocrine disruptors and why are they dangerous?

Pediatrician and public-health researcher Leo Trasande says many of the products that surround us could be harmful.


These are the ways plastics can mess up your body

Plastics are putting our health at risk in tons of different ways.

New report calls for 'urgent action' over mercury poisoning of Grassy Narrows youth, mothers

A new report shows mercury poisoning of the English-Wabigoon river system is having serious, detrimental effects on the health of youth and mothers in Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation).

LISTEN: EHN editor discusses three important new studies on fluoride and public health

EHN editor Brian Bienkowski joined Living on Earth's Steve Curwood to talk about three new studies released last month linking fluoride exposure to ADHD in children and thyroid problems in adults.

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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

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Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

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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.

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.

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