Run-off from neo-nicotinoid agricultural chemical can affect health of prawns and oysters, research finds

A widely used agricultural chemical is found to affect the health and flesh quality of tiger prawns and Sydney rock oysters.

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Citrus flavoring is weaponized against insect-borne diseases

The E.P.A. has approved nootkatone, which is found in cedars and grapefruit. It repels ticks, mosquitoes and other dangerous bugs for hours, but is safe enough to eat.

Study shows popular insecticides harm birds in the United States

Study on the effects of neonicotinoids on birds in the US from 2008–2014.

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

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


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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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.

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.

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.

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