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Toxics

Why malaria is spreading in Venezuela.

A country in economic crisis faces a new challenge

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Climate

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

Bryan Tamowski for POLITICO

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Could Zika become a cancer treatment?

The Zika virus struck fear into the hearts of parents and would-be parents, last year. Moms who were infected during pregnancy often gave birth to babies with serious birth defects, including small brains. A number of the problems linked to the disease came from how the virus impacted the developing nervous system. But someday, Zika might also gain renown as a medical therapy — to treat deadly brain cancers.

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Justice

Chicken workers sue, saying they were modern-day slaves.

Three Oklahoma men filed a federal class-action lawsuit today alleging that they were modern-day slaves forced by a drug rehabilitation program to work for free in chicken processing plants.

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Toxics

Here’s one more reason to be scared of cheap sushi.

WASHINGTON — Yet another alarm is being raised about the dangers posed by a staple of local cuisine — seafood.

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These giant invasive beasts may actually be good for the planet.

Wild horses grazing on the Western range, dromedary camels roaming the Australian outback, hippos lounging in Colombian lakes—they all have two things in common: They’re very large herbivores, and they’re on the “wrong” continent. They were imported from their native range by people—in the case of the hippos, by the now-deceased drug lord Pablo Escobar, whose private zoo the beasts escaped from.

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Water

Hepatitis A in San Diego: An outbreak waiting to happen.

By USHA LEE MCFARLING @ushamcfarling

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Good germs lurk in gross places.

Good germs lurk in gross places

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Energy

Are weed vape pens safe?

In early 2014, I got my first weed-oil vape pen. It was elegant and silver, with a rechargeable battery that screwed into a transparent cartridge filled with amber-colored marijuana concentrate. I had never liked the feeling of vaporizing actual pot – it wasn't strong enough, and usually just left me lightheaded – but an oil cartridge attached to an electronic cigarette was different. Each hit got me just as stoned as a puff off a joint, with none of the smoke. It was like a revelation.

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Toxics

How an activist minister in Philippines took on the mining barons.

BY FRED PEARCE • OCTOBER 5, 2017

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Climate

Hurricane damage in Puerto Rico leads to fears of drug shortages nationwide.

Hurricane Damage in Puerto Rico Leads to Fears of Drug Shortages Nationwide

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Food

They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants.

The worst day of Brad McGahey’s life was the day a judge decided to spare him from prison.

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Climate

The volcano that shrouded the Earth and gave birth to a monster.

IDEAS   CLIMATE

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Climate

Industry lawsuits try to paint environmental activism as illegal racket.

On a bright afternoon in May 2016, two men in a silver SUV pulled into Kelly Martin's driveway. One of them, tall and beefy with a crew cut, walked up to her front door.

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