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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My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

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.

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.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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