A young naturalist inspires with joy, not doom

At 17, Dara McAnulty is becoming one of Britain’s most acclaimed nature writers, with work that touches on his autism as much as the world around his home.
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How pesticide companies corrupted the EPA

Pesticide manufacturers that have long dodged regulation by the EPA now face billions in damages for causing cancer, brain damage, and Parkinson’s disease.

“Biologic poison:” Utah doctors call for an end to aerial mosquito spraying

Salt Lake City recently scrapped a plan to use Air Force tanker planes to spray for mosquitos this summer. Now a group of local doctors wants to end all aerial spraying, claiming it does more harm than good.


Greta Thunberg’s happy crusade

From a Stockholm safe house, the teen-age activist discusses her disappointment in Biden and Merkel, her new documentary, “A Year to Change the World,” and “Rickrolling” her Twitter followers and pranking her parents for April Fool’s Day.

How air pollution could be harming your brain

According to one expert, "The risk of air pollution on the brain is a much broader risk factor than we've given it credit for."


Phthalates and autistic traits: Exploring the association between prenatal exposures and child behavior

In a recent paper published in Environmental Health Perspectives, investigators reported associations between specific phthalate metabolites and autistic traits in a group of Canadian preschoolers, with additional evidence that folic acid supplementation during pregnancy may mitigate potential effects.


Heidi Larson knows how to build trust in vaccines

For the founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project, squashing viral rumors means building trust — and avoiding the term “anti-vaxxer.”

Flint mother details how water crisis impacts son on autism spectrum as $600M settlement announced

“It took almost a year to get the lead out of his system,” Cynthia Hayes said. “On top of that, he had pneumonia for two weeks.”

Study: Environmental injustice is rampant around the world

The history of disproportionate environmental impacts on Black, Indigenous, and people of color often goes back for centuries.


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.

Precious keepsake or needless risk? Ultrasound businesses peddle fetal photos to anxious parents

The FDA urges expectant mothers to avoid medically unnecessary ultraounds, but that hasn't stopped keepsake ultrasound clinics from providing the scans for entertainment's sake.

Trump disinfectant remarks echo claims by miracle-cure quacks

Doctors and public health officials fear the attention could boost purveyors of dangerous elixirs who push ‘miracle cures’ with no basis in science.

Decades-long project is linking our health to the environment

Started in 1959, this California study is one of the oldest ongoing research projects in the world.

China funds coal plants in Bosnia as residents protest air quality

Fine particle levels in Sarajevo have exceeded WHO limits every day in January.
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We’re dumping loads of retardant chemicals to fight wildfires. What does it mean for wildlife?

As western wildfires become bigger and more intense, state and federal fire agencies are using more and more aerial fire retardant, prompting concerns over fish kills, aquatic life, and water quality.

LISTEN: Why is it taking so long for Pennsylvania to regulate toxic chemicals in drinking water?

The chemicals, known as PFAS, are linked to health effects including cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, pregnancy-induced hypertension, asthma, and ulcerative colitis.

Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

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