Living near a US Superfund site could shave a year off your life, study finds

Superfund sites are scattered across America: they're places like landfills and manufacturing plants so contaminated with hazardous waste that the federal government has designated them a national priority to clean up.

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The moms who are battling climate change

A new initiative seeks to tap into mothers’ concern for the world their children are inheriting.

How dangerous is wildfire smoke?

Ahead of a likely severe wildfire season, researchers suggest pollution from wildfires is more toxic than pollution from other sources.


Why noise pollution is bad for your heart

The roar of traffic, aircraft and even ringing telephones are linked to negative health effects. Now scientists are starting to unravel what all this noise is doing to our bodies.

Rise of coronavirus variants will define the next phase of the pandemic in the U.S.

Vaccines are effective against the three major new strains of the virus, but some places say they need more to fight highly transmissible types.

Adrienne Matei: Rates of Parkinson’s disease are exploding. A common chemical may be to blame

Parkinson's is already the fastest-growing neurological disorder in the world; in the US, the number of people with Parkinson's has increased 35% the last 10 years, says Dorsey, and "We think over the next 25 years it will double again."


LISTEN: Veena Singla on turning science into policy

Dr. Veena Singla joins the Agents of Change in Environmental Health podcast to discuss the often-arduous path of turning science into policy, and finding confidence and a voice as a scientist.

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Many children with serious inflammatory syndrome had no COVID symptoms

Pediatricians should be vigilant, experts said, after the release of the largest U.S. study of the syndrome, MIS-C, that can strike young people weeks after their coronavirus infection.
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3M will pay Bemidji $12.5 million to help treat water

3M will pay $12.5 million toward building and operating a new treatment facility to remove chemicals known as PFAS, which the company manufactured for use as firefighting foam.


Researchers are hatching a low-cost COVID-19 vaccine

A new formulation entering clinical trials in Brazil, Mexico, Thailand and Vietnam could change how the world fights the pandemic.

Salmonella outbreak is linked to wild birds and feeders, C.D.C. says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 19 people had been sickened in eight states.

Virus variants threaten to draw out the pandemic, scientists say

Declining infection rates overall masked a rise in more contagious forms of the coronavirus. Vaccines will stop the spread, if Americans postpone celebration just a bit longer.

Re-wilding our cities: Beauty, biodiversity and the biophilic cities movement

Buildings covered in plants do more than just make the cityscape attractive - they contribute to human wellbeing, biodiversity, and action on climate change.


EPA chief dismisses dozens of key science advisers picked under Trump

EPA Administrator Michael Regan will dismiss outside experts appointed by President Trump from two key advisory panels, a move he says will reduce the heavy influence of industry over the agency’s environmental regulations.
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The political, media, and community response to our Fractured investigation

From a media blitz to calls for statewide drilling bans, here's a look at the fallout and impacts so far from EHN's investigation of western Pennsylvania fracking impacts.

Move to consolidate US paraquat litigation as cases mount against Syngenta

"The evidence linking paraquat to Parkinson's disease is probably the strongest of any pesticide commonly used."

Op-ed: Flood survivors find common ground in a divided nation

Americans have sorted ourselves into communities defined by geography, demography, ideology. But the shared trauma of flooding offers an opening.

These environmental reporters told you so

Florida's Piney Point is the latest predicted disaster. Maybe we should start listening to these folks?

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

Racism, inequities move to the center of the climate debate

COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter protests threw underlying systemic inequity magnifying climate change impacts into sharp relief.

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