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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Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

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.

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.

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.

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