Something in the water: Life after mercury poisoning.

As the first global treaty on mercury finally comes into force, what have we really learned from the Minamata disaster?

Walking by the side of her house, Rimiko Yoshinaga points at the broad, vine-encrusted tree her grandfather used to climb. During one of the most famous environmental disasters in history, this tree stood over the calm, clear waters of the Shiranui Sea. He would perch up there and call down to say whether the fish were coming, Rimiko says.

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Accountability from pesticide companies is sought.

Accountability from pesticide companies is sought

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Acetaminophen during pregnancy linked to autism.

Boys exposed before birth to a popular pain reliever in many brands including Tylenol were more likely to have symptoms of autism during childhood, according to a new study of mothers and children in Spain.

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Brewster ponies up in herbicide fight.

Selectmen vote to spend up to $15K to help challenge Eversource's operational plan

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Where bees get their pollen and pesticides.

Where Bees Get Their Pollen and Pesticides

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U.S. EPA draft report calls out atrazine for risk to animals.

U.S. EPA draft report calls out atrazine for risk to animals

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Pipe dreams: Tapping into the health information in our sewers.

Most of us have an attitude of “flush it and forget it,” but to scientists like Rolf Halden, our waste is a bonanza of valuable information on population-level chemical exposures. Halden is an environmental scientist at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, where he maintains the National Sewage Sludge Repository—a collection of hundreds of samples of raw sewage and sludge collected from more than 200 sites around the United States.1

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Even before conception, parents’ exposure to common chemicals can affect baby.

New genetic science shows that children can be affected by their parents’ exposure to common environmental chemicals. But testing and regulation haven’t kept pace.

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Pesticides that hurt bees don't help farmers, study finds.

The pesticides that are now synonymous with the demise of honeybees don’t do much for the farmers who use them, according to an analysis by a national environmental group that could open up a new front on the fight to protect a beloved pollinator that is critical to American food supplies.

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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

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CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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