Public awareness was vital for smoky coal ban, says campaigner

The Asthma Society of Ireland says the ban has resulted in more than 350 fewer annual deaths.

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Pollution case against U.S. Steel dismissed

A federal judge finds the steelmaker did not violate federal Superfund law in the aftermath of two fires at its Clairton Coke Works.


Study: Air pollution linked to dementia

A recently published study has found a link between air pollution and dementia and a tie is especially prevalent among people with cardiovascular diseases.


Air pollution 'pandemic' shortens lives by 3 years: study

A 'pandemic' of air pollution shortens lives worldwide by nearly three years on average, and causes 8.8 million premature deaths annually, scientists said Tuesday.


Tiny bits of air pollution may trigger nonfatal heart attacks

Even a few hours of exposure to ambient ultrafine particles common in air pollution may potentially trigger nonfatal heart attacks, research suggests.


Coal is dirty. Amid protests, why New England is still burning it for power

Just 1% of New England's electricity came from coal in 2018. But for climate change activists, that's still too much.

Residents fight back as ‘cancer alley’ is getting even more toxic

One of the most polluted regions of the country is being overrun by a new glut of oil and gas facilities, including one that will emit as much carbon as three coal-fired power plants.


Why is the world so loud?

The tech industry is producing a rising din. Our bodies can’t adapt.

Many environmental exposures linked to high blood pressure in children

Researchers have found that environmental exposures during pregnancy and childhood could have an effect on blood pressure in young people. 

These toned-down — but still graphic — warning labels could appear on cigarette packages if the FDA gets its way

The Food and Drug Administration has released a new set of 13 graphic warning labels for traditional cigarettes that are toned down considerably for its first attempt in 2012.

Vaping: why e-cigarettes may be more dangerous than we realized

E-cigarettes are safer than cigarettes, but that doesn’t mean they’re harmless.

Michigan officials urge testing of medical marijuana vape pens for lead

Heating coils in vape pens may be leaking lead and heavy metals into the liquid.
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People puffing e-cigs are more likely to have heart attacks, strokes and depression

A new, yet to-be-published study of nearly 100,000 Americans finds e-cigarette users are 56 percent more likely to have a heart attack and 30 percent more likely to have a stroke than non-users.

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BPA linked to heart function changes in young

Bisphenol A could adversely affect juvenile heart function, according to research conducted on heart cells from newborn rats.


The mysterious long-term effects of inhaling smoke from forest fires

As wildfires burn longer and fiercer, doctors are trying to work out how today's smoke will affect tomorrow's health.
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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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