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First GMO mosquitoes to be released in the Florida Keys

The EPA approved Oxitec's mosquitoes for release this spring. Some scientists and locals want to halt the deployment.
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An inside look at Cuba's constant struggle for clean water

Across the country, battling water scarcity requires a vast array of workers, from inspectors and fumigators to truck drivers and pipe layers.
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Toxics

Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ found in pesticide used on millions of Mass. acres when spraying for mosquitoes

The PFAS compounds are found in a range of commercial products and never fully degrade. They have been linked to cancer, low infant birth weights, and a range of diseases.

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Some mosquitoes already have resistance to the latest weapon against malaria

Cameroon study finds one malaria-carrying species can sometimes survive exposure to insecticide intended for spraying inside houses.

Toxics

Florida plans to release 750 million genetically engineered mosquitoes

When the modified bugs reproduce with regular ones, their female offspring won’t survive. The result: a massive decline in the number of disease-carrying mosquitos. The risk: still up for debate.
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Toxics

The worst animal in the world

Every year, as many as 400 million people are infected with life-threatening diseases by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. It wasn’t always so dangerous.
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Toxics

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.
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Climate

Climate change may push Zika virus into southern and eastern Europe

Under the most drastic model of global warming, the risk of Zika transmission will increase over southern and eastern Europe, the northern US, northern China and southern Japan by 2080.

Toxics

Thomas E. Lovejoy: To prevent pandemics, stop disrespecting nature

A leading conservationist and biodiversity scholar, with decades of experience in the Amazon, reflects on the lessons of COVID-19.
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Toxics

Malaria 'completely stopped' by microbe

Scientists say the microbe - found in the wild near Lake Victoria - has enormous potential.
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Justice

New vaccine for malaria

Children in Kenya, Malawi, and Ghana are receiving the first-ever vaccine, but it is unlikely to eradicate malaria on its own.
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Climate change and political chaos: A deadly mix in Honduras dengue epidemic

Rising temperatures are increasing the range of disease-bearing mosquitoes globally. But in Honduras, the effects are compounded by government dysfunction and criminal gangs.
Climate

Cambodian "bat man" bolsters the fight against dengue fever

Climate change puts over half the world's population at risk of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever, and bats may be able to help.

From our Newsroom

Earth Day: Amidst the greenwashing, it's still a good thing

When corporations tout their greenness and journalists get beaten senseless by lame ideas.

‘Forever chemicals’ coat the outer layers of biodegradable straws

More evidence that harmful PFAS chemicals are sneaking into some "green" and "compostable" products.

Pesticide DDT linked to increased breast cancer risk generations after exposure

Groundbreaking study finds women whose grandmothers had high DDT exposure are more likely to be obese and have early menstruation—both breast cancer risk factors.

Want more clean energy? Focus on people, not technology

Energy decisions can be deeply personal. We need to listen to households and communities before we prescribe their energy transition.

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.

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.

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