Panama: Fairer chocolate from the forest

Cocoa farmers in Panama are prone to poor working conditions and low pay. Meivis Ortiz is trying to improve their lot through an agroforestry project that pays women farmers a fair price.
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Former Blackjewel miners end railroad blockade in Kentucky

Unpaid coal miners ended their protest in order to take new jobs, start classes, or move away from their coal-dependent communities.


Mines that change owners have worse safety record, audit finds

Mines that changed ownership were nearly twice as likely to have safety violations, and five times as likely to have severe accidents. 

Pesticide from crop duster may have sickened farmworkers

A State Department of Agriculture report says a crop duster pilot spraying pesticide in a Parma field may be responsible for an incident in which Canyon County farmworkers were sickened by an unknown chemical.

As wildland firefighter suicides rise, families and agencies look for answers

Federal wildland firefighting agencies are increasing mental health resources.

California launches app for reporting pesticide exposure

The nation’s top agricultural producing state receives hundreds of pesticide complaints a year.

Elevated mercury found in blood of some SF firefighters who battled Tubbs Fire

San Francisco firefighters had higher levels of mercury and other dangerous chemicals after returning from the deadly Tubbs Fire of 2017, a new study indicates.

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.

Ministry warns of risks from asbestos exposure

Labour Minister urges officials to disseminate info about the dangers of asbestos.

Europe heat wave 2019: record heat wave hits Spain, France, and Germany

All-time temperature records have been broken in the heat wave sweeping the continent.

Montreal firefighters hope to prevent cancer with decontamination measures

Even in the dead of winter, Montreal firefighters are going to be hosed off before leaving the scene of a fire in an effort to reduce the amount of cancer-causing contaminants they are exposed to.

Tucson Fire, UA work to reduce firefighter exposure to cancer

The department partnered with the UA College of Public Health to improve firefighters' protective gear.

Silicosis death dust audit reveals 'major epidemic worse than asbestos'

An audit of Queensland's manufacturing stone industry reveals 98 workers contracted the potentially deadly lung disease silicosis.

EPA looking into alleged exposure of toxic chemicals in Marion County drinking water

Former employees of the Florida Fire College are suing over flame retardants they say made them sick.

US government sued for delaying dichloromethane paint stripper ban

The Environmental Protection Agency advances long-awaited ban on consumer products, but allows commercial use to continue.

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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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Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

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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