Exclusive: Air pollution particles in young brains linked to Alzheimer's damage

Tiny air pollution particles have been revealed in the brain stems of young people and are intimately associated with molecular damage linked to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

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Sick Quebec farmers are growing impatient and demanding pesticide regulations

A newly formed group of sick farmers is demanding immediate government action to regulate pesticide use, and to protect workers ill from exposure.


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If you're concerned about eating pesticides, use Consumer Reports' exclusive ratings to minimize your risk from toxic chemicals.


The link between Parkinson's disease and toxic chemicals

A new book calls the increasing prominence of Parkinson’s “a man-made pandemic.”

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.


Mahi Pono’s Pesticide Files: Mahi Pono uses paraquat and another chemical toxic to marine life and bees.

Mahi Pono, Maui's largest landowner, sprayed the highly toxic chemical paraquat six times last September and October, according to Hawai'i's Department of Agriculture.


How has this pesticide not been banned?

Government scientists say chlorpyrifos is unsafe. And yet it’s still in use.

Air pollution: More reasons it will send you to the hospital

Even at levels below international air quality guidelines, short-term exposure to pollution can send you to the hospital for more reasons than scientists originally thought, a new study finds.


To make this tofu, start by burning toxic plastic

Plastic waste from America, collected for recycling, is shipped to Indonesia. Some is burned as fuel by tofu makers, producing deadly chemicals and contaminating food.
Credit: Jocelyn Tamashiro/Environmental Restoration, NAVFAC Pacific

Dieldrin dilemma: How dated science and fish-eating advisories may be putting brains at risk

Six years ago, I worked at the Illinois Natural History Survey testing roadkill otter carcasses for contaminants that build up in the bodies of animals that eat fish.

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The toxic schools of Camden

Out of the 140 worst polluted schools in the country, 11 are located in Camden, New Jersey.


Montana Tech scientist finds elevated metals in dust, local residents, but urges calm, more study

A new study looking at cancer and other disease rates for Butte-Silver Bow and Anaconda-Deer Lodge counties rests, in part, on a study performed by a Montana Tech assistant professor of chemistry.


Cells talk and help one another via tiny tube networks

Long-overlooked “tunneling nanotubes” and other bridges between cells act as conduits for sharing RNA, proteins or even whole organelles.

The fortunate accident of floral smell

Expensive, fancy bottles labeled jasmine or gardenia may smell wonderful but they are sad substitutes for the real thing.


Toxic chemical linked to Navy veteran's Parkinson's now posing danger to some Australian suburbs

The Navy has conceded that Keith Bailey's Parkinson's disease was a result of exposure to the industrial solvent trichloroethylene, or TCE.

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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.

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.

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.

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