The man who took on the Irving Oil refinery and won

When Gordon Dalzell learned the Irving Oil refinery's air quality permit was up for review, he got to work.

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Does wildfire smoke harm whales and dolphins? Here’s what we know

As North America's West Coast burns, scientists are concerned marine mammals will be harmed by smoke inhalation, an unstudied phenomenon.

Surface ozone increase threatens global food crops

Basic food crops for millions of people worldwide are endangered because of surging ground-level ozone concentration.

The surprising dangers of cooking and cleaning

Experts say most of our exposure to air pollution could occur indoors. What are the most effective ways to reduce indoor pollutants?

The struggle to crack down on a cottage industry sabotaging vehicle pollution controls

The EPA is cracking down on body shops and parts dealers marketing devices that nullify pollution controls in cars and trucks.

Sir Richard Branson calls for big changes in global shipping following Mauritius oil disaster

A strong advocate for ocean sustainability, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, expressed his sorrow and solidarity for the unfolding environmental situation.

An oil well right next to your house? The California Senate says that’s OK

Buffer zones between communities and oil wells seem like a no-brainer — but the California Senate just rejected them.

EPA rejects tougher air quality standards, says 2015 limits are sufficient

Trump administration argues current limits on soot are protective of public health, even as critics say stricter rules are needed to protect vulnerable communities.

Unhealthy smog accompanies heat wave

Three Allegheny County Health Department monitors register high ground-level ozone readings with more high readings likely.

John J. Mooney, an inventor of the catalytic converter, dies at 90

The device he developed with a colleague in the 1970s has prevented billions of tons of carbon emissions from being spewed by cars, trucks and lawn mowers.

U.S. ruling could mean a flood of new claims against Volkswagen

Judges on Monday cleared the way for counties to pursue the automaker, which has already paid more than $20 billion in federal penalties for cheating on pollution tests, under local laws.

Diesel exhaust can increase your risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, study says

New research adds to speculations that traffic-related pollution can contribute to Parkinson's disease by damaging brain cells.

Why air pollution hasn't fallen more with everyone driving less

Car traffic took a big dip beginning in late March, and headlines celebrated clean air around the U.S. But an NPR analysis of EPA data tells a more troubling story.
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Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

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.

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.

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.

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