Scientists concerned with radioactive fallout from America's nuclear plants

For decades, the U.S. government has compensated employees who got cancer from working inside plants that made America's nuclear weapons. Now, a growing number of scientists say this radioactive threat may not stop at the fence line.

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Research finds high levels of PFAS contaminants in Chinese drinking water

Drinking water for millions of people in China has unsafe levels of PFAS toxics, according to a study released by Tsinghua University earlier this month.


Perry Gottesfeld: Electric cars' looming recycling problem

Opinion | Financial incentives to recycle spent electric vehicle batteries are eroding. That could spell environmental disaster.

Life-saving drinking water disinfectants have a “dark side”

Disinfecting drinking water against pathogens is necessary, but by-products from the process are a ubiquitous — and likely growing — problem across the U.S. Solutions exist, though.


Op-ed: A push for answers about the environmental causes of child cancer

"Prevention is the cure for child/teen cancer." This is the welcoming statement on a website called 'TheReasonsWhy.Us', where families affected by childhood cancers can sign up for a landmark new study into the potential environmental causes.

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COVID-19 lockdowns had smaller impact on air quality than expected

As millions stayed home, concentrations in the air of nitrogen dioxide - a key pollutant emitted by traffic, linked to respiratory infections and cancer - fell by between 10% and 50%.

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Prohibición del asbesto entró en vigencia, pero no hay protocolo de sustitución

Este primero de enero entró en vigencia la ley Ana Cecilia Niño, que prohíbe la explotación, producción y comercialización de este mineral y de los productos elaborados con el mismo en Colombia. Sin embargo, no se ha avanzado en el protocolo de sustitución.

Robyn Purchia: Safety of Treasure Island residents must be addressed

San Francisco needs to step up to improve health of low-income dwellers.


Deb Abrahamson, powerful advocate for environmental justice on Spokane reservation, dies at 65

Deb Abrahamson, whose fight for environmental justice made her a major figure in the push to clean up the legacy of uranium mining on the Spokane Indian Reservation, has died of cancer.


Cancer Alley, climate advocates hold out hope for Rep. Richmond but 'can't be patient forever'

With climate change high on President-elect Joe Biden's agenda, one might think local environmentalists would have high hopes for U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond’s ascent to the role of key White

Midwest Center sensors find potentially hazardous pesticides near schools, parks and homes

For one year, the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting periodically sampled for pesticide drift in five locations surrounded by agricultural fields in Central Illinois, where large numbers of corn and soybeans are planted.

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Por qué la contaminación del aire nos mata

La directora del Departamento de Salud Pública de la OMS, María Neira, explica de qué forma respirar contaminación puede provocar más de 400.000 muertes prematuras al año en Europa.

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LISTEN: Brianna VanNoy’s plan to integrate medicine and health justice

Research participants "mean more than just the data points we collect. They are people with real stories."

A big green turnaround

As the US government flips, a few random looks back, and a peek ahead.

Op-ed: Could paint be harming your health?

An endocrine-disrupting chemical lurks in paint – but safer options are available.

The push for standing forest protections in US climate policy

Researchers say "proforestation" policies are the fastest and most effective way to draw excess CO2 out of the atmosphere.

10 tips for cleaner grocery shopping

Picking ingredients for a better lifestyle.

How to shop for cleaning products - while avoiding toxics

A simple, 4-step guide to decoding all that packaging.

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