Are outbreaks of foodborne illness getting worse?

The answer is complicated, due to a combination of improved detection technology, a looser approach to regulation, and rising consolidation in the food industry.

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GAO: Trump administration violated law to keep parks open during shutdown

GAO said the Interior Department moved money between accounts without authorization from Congress, in violation of federal law.

Between government shutdowns? Great Lakes researchers struggle to carry on

Another shutdown could irreversibly damage research efforts and make it difficult to schedule federal boats, buoys and labs that scientists need.

With EPA probe stalled by federal shutdown, city steps in to crack down on toxic manganese

With a federal probe of brain-damaging manganese pollution stalled by the recent government shutdown, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is stepping in.

Federal employees are living in fear

Park rangers, wildland firefighters, and an EPA lawyer have all told me that they're worried they'll lose their jobs if they talk publicly about the shutdown.

ESA work piles up on desks of furloughed workers

More than 200,000 public comments await the Trump administration officials who will eventually return to finish work on controversial Endangered Species Act changes.

The government shutdown is threatening the lives of your favorite ocean animals

"There’s just nobody there" to help save endangered marine animals—from whales to dolphins to turtles.

Death Valley National Park, 30 days into the shutdown

Photographer Ian Tuttle visited Death Valley last week and asked tourists and locals about how they see the desert park fairing a month into the government shutdown.

Superintendents stay mum during 'blackout on news'

National Park Service superintendents have largely stopped talking to the press and park advocates during the partial government shutdown. Some speculate the reason for the silence is fear of backlash from NPS headquarters in Washington.

Wildfire prevention stalled by shutdown during crucial time

The nearly monthlong government shutdown has delayed contracts for firefighting equipment, halted hiring for seasonal firefighters and stopped planned burns to manage forests in wildfire-prone states such as California and Oregon.
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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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