EPA watchdog: Trump officials interfered in 2018 dicamba decision

Senior Trump Environmental Protection Agency officials changed career scientists’ analyses and conclusions in order to support the re-registration of the herbicide dicamba in 2018, according to a report from a federal watchdog published Monday.
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Glyphosate doesn't just kill plants. It harms beetles, too.

The key ingredient in RoundUp is supposed to only kill plants, but new research suggests it also interrupts a symbiotic relationship in beetles.

In California’s farm country, climate change is likely to trigger more pesticide use, fouling waterways

Warmer temperatures would boost pest populations, causing farmers to use more insecticides that, with more frequent and severe storms, turn into toxic runoff.

Plaintiff files motion to consolidate paraquat lawsuits in California

As the number of paraquat lawsuits increases in courts across the country, the U.S. Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) is considering a motion to cons

N.Y.C. bans pesticides in parks with push from unlikely force: Children

“A bunch of kindergartners,” now in seventh grade, worked years to urge the City Council to approve a ban on toxic pesticides in parks, playgrounds and other spaces.

First GMO mosquitoes to be released in the Florida Keys

The EPA approved Oxitec's mosquitoes for release this spring. Some scientists and locals want to halt the deployment.

A third of global farmland at 'high' pesticide pollution risk

A third of the planet's agricultural land is at "high risk" of pesticide pollution from the lingering residue of chemical ingredients that can leach into water supplies and threaten biodiversity, according to new research.


A locust plague hit East Africa. The pesticide solution may have dire consequences.

Heavy use of a broad-spectrum pesticide seems to have slowed the desert locust invasion. What the repercussions of that approach are isn’t yet clear.

'A sip can kill': Did a chemical company misrepresent data to avoid making a safer product?

A former Syngenta scientist alleges lives could have been saved with tweaks to the formulation of weedkiller paraquat.

Minnesota lawmakers consider banning state's most widely used pesticide

Minnesota lawmakers are pushing a proposal to ban chlorpyrifos, a powerful and widely used pesticide that can cause brain damage and developmental defects in children.

Spill from troubled Mead, Nebraska, ethanol plant traveled 4 miles in waterways, state says

A frozen pipe on a 4 million gallon tank at AltEn burst last week, releasing a combination of manure and thin stillage — a byproduct of ethanol manufacturing.


Bill would force ethanol plant near Mead to stop using pesticide-treated seed corn

"It’s important that this practice stop," Nebraska lawmakers were told Wednesday about an ethanol plant near Mead that uses pesticide-treated seed to produce fuel.

French-Vietnam woman in ‘fight of her life’ on war chemicals

A French-Vietnamese woman who was poisoned by the herbicide Agent Orange during the Vietnam War is fighting a case in France against 26 multinational chemical giants, for "justice" for thousands of alleged victims.


Biden moves to reexamine toxic pesticide

President Biden's wave of executive actions includes an order to reexamine one controversial, but widely used, pesticide called chlorpyrifos. The Trump administration kept it on the market.

Mosquito spray tainted with PFAS from shipping containers

PFAS discovered in an insecticide aerially sprayed in more than half of US states leached into the pesticide from plastic shipping containers, the US Environmental Protection Agency says.

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Following up with families from ‘Fractured,’ EHN’s fracking investigation in western Pennsylvania

"The series finally brought to light that we're not the only ones being impacted, that this is a serious problem across the board, and that the industry should be held accountable."


Invasives and invasions pit humans versus nature.

Solar geoengineering: Scientists decry a 'foolish' idea

Ideas to dim the sun 'ignore the root cause' of the climate crisis – and create a cascade of unintended problems, scientists and activists say

Is it up to consumers, businesses, or politicians to tackle toxics? All of the above.

We all have a role to play in ridding our shelves of unhealthy products that are more likely to end up harming low-income families.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: A trip down the crooked river

"Now that the water is clean, now that the fish are back ... it is so clean and glorious that everybody wants to be there."

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