Pollution case against U.S. Steel dismissed

A federal judge finds the steelmaker did not violate federal Superfund law in the aftermath of two fires at its Clairton Coke Works.

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“Lax oversight” threatens health fund for miners with black lung, watchdog finds

Just three bankruptcies of American coal companies have added more than $800 million in costs to a federal government program that funds health care for disabled coal miners.


Highway TRAP: How do we tackle highway air pollution?

Industry, individuals and all governments must work together, research says.


The deadly secret behind cremation

Toxic pollution is released from cremations every day because of a lack of action in tackling fumes.


Thai government takes heavy flak for toxic smog response

Academic experts and civic groups slammed government measures as too lenient and superficial.


Serena 'concerned' over Australian Open pollution after past lung problems

Serena Williams voiced concern over pollution from bushfire smoke at the Australian Open on Monday, saying that lung problems in the past could make her more vulnerable.

As air quality problem persists, local experts turn to technology

Houston city officials and university researchers develop technologies to more accurately inform the community when the air quality might be particularly concerning for the most vulnerable.


Families fight against toxic dust from Italy's Ilva steelworks

A steel plant in Taranto moves to tackle pollution, but locals say it is too little, too late.

Fire hazard: Children struggle to breathe as smoke chokes Amazon city

At Porto Velho health centres, lines of concerned parents waiting to get treatment for their children have lengthened as Amazon fires have escalated.


These toned-down — but still graphic — warning labels could appear on cigarette packages if the FDA gets its way

The Food and Drug Administration has released a new set of 13 graphic warning labels for traditional cigarettes that are toned down considerably for its first attempt in 2012.

Exposure to dispersant raised likelihood of neurological symptoms in Deepwater Horizon responders: study

U.S. Coast Guard members who were exposed to oil while responding to the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe were twice as likely to experience headaches and dizziness as those who were not.


Smart gas cooking seeks to break African cities' dirty charcoal habit

Businesses promote pay-as-you-go gas cooking in urban areas, hoping to cut charcoal use, which damages forests and health.


Lawsuit: Contractor putting Hanford workers at risk of chemical vapor exposure

The suit, which claims the system for testing those who monitor the tank vapors is broken, has been dropped. But one watchdog is demanding an investigation.

Nose for a problem: Barcelona tests first global odour map

An app-based project aims to snuff out scents using the collective power of crowdsourcing in Barcelona.

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