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Toxics

Why malaria is spreading in Venezuela.

A country in economic crisis faces a new challenge

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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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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

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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From our Newsroom

Why environmental justice needs to be on the docket in the presidential debates: Derrick Z. Jackson

If you want to talk about the inequality in our economy, COVID-19, race, and silent violence in our cities, you need to start with environmental injustice.

Our plastic planet

While climate change remains environmental issue #1, the worries over plastic in our water, soil, food, and bodies continue to grow.

Disinfection dangers: How to avoid viruses without exposing yourself to toxics

COVID-19 has all of us cleaning more—but the products designed to kill viruses and bacteria can have dangerous health impacts. Here's how to scrub safely.

Microplastics in farm soils: A growing concern

Researchers say that more microplastics pollution is getting into farm soil than oceans—and these tiny bits are showing up in our fruits, veggies, and bodies.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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