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20 years later, fallout from toxic WTC dust cloud grows

Two decades after the twin towers' collapse, people are still coming forward to report illnesses that might be related to the attacks.

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Alfombras tóxicas: Estudio revela presencia de químicos ″eternos″ en el aire interior de hogares y escuelas

Los PFAS, también conocidos como "sustancias químicas eternas", se han asociado a una amplia gama de daños graves para la salud, desde el cáncer hasta la infertilidad y los problemas del sistema inmunitario.

Feds suspect dumpsite toxins enter Space Coast beachside homes via  vapor intrusion

"It’s as if a giant plunger was forcing toxic air into these homes every time the tide rises … it’s common sense that was intentionally ignored."

EPA working on cleanup in Riverside, northeast Dayton sites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working on a multi-million dollar cleanup project at area sites that contain pollutants officials say could cause cancer and other serious health issues.
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At last, 1,4-Dioxane levels in Pittsboro’s water are non-detectable. Now what?

Town leaders announced that Pittsboro's drinking water is again devoid of 1,4-Dioxane more than a month after considerable levels of the carcinogenic chemical were discharged into the Haw River by a yet unknown Greensboro source.


Cancer-causing chemicals spark recall of blood pressure drugs over contamination fears

A common blood pressure drug has been recalled over fears it has been contaminated with a substance that can increase cancer risks.

Leaked audio: EPA overruled scientists in “hair-on-fire” cases

When industry wants a chemical safety assessment done yesterday, EPA managers classify it as “hair on fire." And they frequently overrule their own scientists' concerns if they raise questions about safety.


Life on the Houston Fifth Ward’s plume

Editor's note: This story was produced and co-published in collaboration with Scalawag.

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Smoking, climate change may trigger risk of lung cancer: Doctors

Climate change, smoking and long term impact of Covid-19 pandemic could spurt an increase in lung cancer cases, according to experts.

Are Canadian uranium workers still more likely to die from lung cancer?

A study by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is examining health data from 80,000 people who have worked in Canada’s uranium mines, mills and processing and fabrication facilities.

Breast cancer: Hundreds of chemicals identified as potential risk factors

Researchers have identified almost 300 chemicals in everything from hair dye to pesticides that can increase levels of breast cancer-contributing hormones.

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The “twin crises” of high cancer rates and exposure to toxics in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH—A group of local physicians, researchers, community advocates, and elected officials released a declaration today calling for action on cancer-causing pollutants in southwestern Pennsylvania.

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Houston’s mayor asks EPA to probe contaminants at rail site associated with nearby cancer clusters

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has asked the Biden administration to seek fines and order the cleanup of a hazardous waste site owned by the Union Pacific Railroad that has been linked to two cancer clusters among nearby residents.
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Extractivismo: El petróleo que no compensa a las comunidades de la Amazonía peruana

El Gobierno peruano debe exigir a las empresas del crudo la reparación de las tierras que han dañado y la indemnización a las poblaciones kichwa, quechua, achuar y urarina. Sin embargo, el país se apresura a repetir los errores y fechorías del último medio siglo.

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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.

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."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

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

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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