A petrochemical disaster outside Houston that has disrupted ship traffic for days at a major U.S. oil port led two major refineries on Monday to reduce fuel production, according to people familiar with the matter.
More than a decade ago, I authored a paper warning that the toxic pollutant lead was damaging the brains of our children and costing each year's cohort of American babies hundreds of billions in lifetime income. Today I am writing because there is mounting evidence that failing to protect our children from air pollution will cost far more.
The Valero refinery in Benicia is shut down, probably for several days, after a problem caused coke particles to escape through a stack. The city urged people with respiratory problems to seek shelter immediately.
Repeated studies find no conclusive link between the TMI accident and public health. But those conclusions don’t satisfy those who live around the plant and know people who became sick and died at young ages.
As U.S. regulators continue to dance around the issue of testing foods for residues of glyphosate weed killers, government scientists in Canada have found the pesticide in 197 of 200 samples of honey they examined.
UC Berkeley sociologist Arlie Hochschild traveled to Louisiana, the second-poorest state, to explore why its neediest populations simultaneously rely on federal aid and reject the concept of “big government."
Once known as the Steel City, Pittsburgh is shedding its polluted past and embracing a rebirth built on health care, education, and technology. But the region’s surging fracking industry is attracting a $6 billion ethane plant and other petrochemical facilities, raising new pollution fears.
A two-year study, published March 14, finds that field-relevant contamination with the neonicotinoid insecticide imidacloprid causes reduced body weight and metabolism in white-tailed deer, and – in fawns – mortality.
Tyson Foods is recalling about 69,093 pounds of frozen chicken strip products that may be contaminated with pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says.