Are some foods addictive?

Food researchers debate whether highly processed foods like potato chips and ice cream are addictive, triggering our brains to overeat.
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Northern Virginia goes on low-salt diet to save Potomac streams

Hoping to reverse a serious threat to the health of Northern Virginia streams, state officials have assembled a hefty toolkit aimed at helping the region's paved surfaces go on a reduced-salt diet.


Adirondack groups urge Cuomo to sign road salt bill

The Adirondacks have some of the harshest winters in the United States. But at the same time, it's estimated millions of tons of road salt have been applied to roads within the Adirondacks since 1980.


In a dry state, farmers use oil wastewater to irrigate their fields, but is it safe?

A recent study found chemical concentrations in the wastewater met safety standards in one California county. Activists say more testing is needed.


Phillip Baker, Mark Lawrence, Priscilla Machado: The rise of ultra-processed foods and why they're really bad for our health

We looked at 37 studies which show eating ultra-processed foods is bad for our health. So why are we eating more of them than ever before?

Global warming study by Nobel laureate to examine lakes in Turkey

Danish scientist Erik Jeppesen will collaborate with experts from Turkey's Middle East Technical University for his research on increasing salt levels stemming from global warming and their impact on lake ecosystems.


South Shore cities limit salt use to protect Lake Michigan, save money

It takes one teaspoon of salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water with no easy way to remove the chloride.

Scientists use agricultural waste to develop new road deicer

Scientists say they have found a more sustainable alternative to salt using grape skins and other agricultural waste.


Some waterways in Canada’s Great Lakes region now as salty as ocean: study

Road salt levels have hit new record levels in Canada's Great Lakes region, making some waterways as salty as the ocean according to new chloride maps revealed by environmental advocates.


Just add water: Salt battery could help renewable energy use

Vattenfall, together with a Swedish start-up, is testing the use of salt - though not quite the common table variety - to store heat, which accounts for more than half the power consumed in Germany.


Eat your veggies: Study finds poor diets linked to one in five deaths

A study in The Lancet found that in 2017, 11 million premature deaths were linked to diets short on fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

What to do about salt: Other communities have spent millions to control chloride pollution

Local officials are kicking around ideas about how to save the area lakes and groundwater from chloride contamination, including a possible drinking water softening plant estimated to cost a minimum of $10 million.


German food industry to cut sugar, salt and fat content

The German Food and Agriculture Ministry has struck a deal with the food industry to voluntarily make processed foods healthier. Sugar, salt and fat content in processed foods will be cut by 2025.

More salt, fewer whole grains: USDA eases school lunch nutrition rules

Advocates say the Trump administration's rollback of nutrition requirements could lead to school meals that are inconsistent with federal dietary guidelines.

Sea level rise threatens inland farms around the world

As climate change raises sea levels, salty ocean water is pushing its way inland. That's ruining valuable farmland around the world.

From our Newsroom

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org 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: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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