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Photos: Smoke from Wine Country fires traveled as far as Mexico.

It can be challenging to put the devastation of the Wine Country fires into perspective, but when viewed from such great heights, one's cognitive distance quickly shrinks.

Wind carried smoke from the Wine Country fires as far as Mexico, over 550 miles south of the North Bay. 

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'Katrina brain': The invisible long-term toll of megastorms.

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Toxics

Scientists found a gnarly pesticide in 75 percent of global honey samples.

The last taste of honey you enjoyed likely came from bees exposes to neonicotinoids, the world’s most widely used class of insecticides.

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New maps show big divide between the world’s overweight and underweight children.

The weight problems that preoccupy Americans typically are about how to lose weight, not gain it. But a study published in the Lancet on Tuesday night provides a sobering look at how much the relationship children globally have with food and weight depends on where they are growing up.

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Opinion

These chemicals are bad for babies and whales: Why haven't they been banned in Canada?

A federal agency in the United States took action last month to ban an entire class of toxic flame retardants from being added to a wide variety of consumer products, from baby toys to televisions. It’s a first for the U.S. — and it could be done in Canada too.

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Wolverine dump chemicals found in water wells across U.S. 131.

By Garret Ellison gellison@mlive.com

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Battling a sport's hidden foe.

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Children

Low prenatal exposures to fluoride: Are there neurotoxic risks for children?

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Originals

Pollution and stress at home combine to spur more hyperactivity.

Breathing dirty air and living in stress combine to increase the likelihood NYC kids will have a behavior disorder.

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Food

Can your home make you healthier—if it’s designed right?

By Addison Nugent

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Food

Can your home make you healthier — if it’s designed right?

Aria Apartments in Denver is a new kind of affordable housing project. And if “affordable housing” brings to mind dimly lit, dilapidated high-rises, then tweak the mental picture and visualize a project that consists of 72 two-story walk-ups paired with 13 market-rate town houses, all of them brightly colored and spacious with a sleek, modern design. A daylit fitness room in the on-site community center looks out onto a grassy walkway where residents sit, stroll and play. Renters and owners alike can plant and pick their own produce at the 1-acre garden or buy it at a pay-what-you-can food stand. On the ground floor of each unit is bike storage, which gives residents the affordable and calorie-burning option of cycling to school or work.

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Toxics

Ecosystem expert says 'interacting effects' contribute to rise in blue green algae.

Global climate change could be behind the rise in blue-green algae blooms across northern Ontario, at least according to a renowned Canadian ecosystem scientist.

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Opinion

Why the 97% climate consensus is important.

Unfortunately, humans don’t have infinite brain capacity, so no one can become an expert on every subject. But people have found ways to overcome our individual limitations through social intelligence, for example by developing and paying special attention to the consensus of experts. Modern societies have developed entire institutions to distill and communicate expert consensus, ranging from national academies of science to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Assessments of scientific consensus help us tap the collective wisdom of a crowd of experts. In short, people value expert consensus as a guide to help them navigate an increasingly complex and risk-filled world.

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Justice

Inequality of noise exposures: A portrait of the United States.

Noise pollution has been associated with adverse cardiovascular and neurological outcomes.1 It is also unevenly distributed across cities and landscapes and—like many environmental hazards—tends to disproportionately affect lower-income and nonwhite individuals.2 The authors of a new study in Environmental Health Perspectives provide an initial assessment of socioeconomic inequality in environmental noise exposures across the contiguous United States.2

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Deadly West Nile virus cases are spiking in LA. The first line of defense: Chickens.

By USHA LEE MCFARLING @ushamcfarling SEPTEMBER 29, 2017

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