What’s bad for bees could be bad for marine life, too

Preliminary research shows that a popular insecticide hampers arthropods in the ocean.

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DDT’s toxic legacy could span three generations

Studies have struggled to link DDT and cancer. This library of frozen blood could be the key to understanding why.


Dedicated effort turns James River from trashed to treasured

Once labeled 'most polluted,' America's founding river wins international acclaim.


Munich study confirms severe decline in insect populations in Germany

Two years ago, volunteer insectologists sounded the alarm — the number of flying insects had drastically fallen. Now a new study on three protected regions in Germany confirms these fears.

Insecticide blamed for the deaths of 200 native birds, including wedge-tailed eagles

An insecticide is likely to be behind the deaths of almost 200 native birds in northeast Victoria, environment officials believe.


EPA to allow use of pesticide considered ‘very highly toxic’ to bees

The agency says sulfoxaflor poses less risk than alternatives and is a critical tool for farmers. The agency's critics were anything but thrilled with Friday's announcement.


Fresno County farm workers exposed to chemicals while at work

Several dozen farm workers were exposed to pesticides Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Fresno County CA, the second time such incident occurs this month.

'I had a hard time breathing': Changes urged over airplane cabin fumigation

Concerns over potential health risks and weak communication are being raised over a longstanding airline practice of spraying insecticide in plane cabins, sometimes when passengers are on board.

Tanimura & Antle issued proposed fine for care of sickened farmworkers

More than a year after 17 farmworkers were sicked in a suspected pesticide exposure in Salinas fields, Tanimura & Antle has been issued a proposed fine of $5,000 for failing to immediately take them to medical care when they were ill.


‘We want justice’: Victims of endosulfan poisoning in Kerala set to start hunger strike

They want financial aid, medical facilities, schools for their disabled children and a tribunal to book those responsible for the pesticide tragedy.
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Chemicals on our food: When “safe” may not really be safe

Weed killers in wheat crackers and cereals, insecticides in apple juice and a mix of multiple pesticides in spinach, string beans and other veggies – all are part of the daily diets of many Americans. For decades, federal officials have declared tiny traces of these contaminants to be safe. But a new wave of scientific scrutiny is challenging those assertions.

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Industry studies show evidence of bias and misleading conclusions on widely used insecticide: Scientists

Researchers who examined Dow Chemical Company-sponsored animal tests performed two decades ago on the insecticide chlorpyrifos found inaccuracies in what the company reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency compared to what the data showed.

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Sid Miller's Texas Ag Department knew about dangerous pesticide violations in 2015, did nothing for two years

A state inspector found that USDA's fever tick teams broke state and federal rules by indiscriminately spraying poison and dumping toxic pesticides on ranchland.
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