PFAS-free firefighting foams: Are they safer?

A small-scale certification effort could offer a path forward.

In the 1960s, researchers from the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory began testing a new class of firefighting foam that could rapidly extinguish fuel fires.

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Mosquito larvae (Credit: Darron Birgenheier/flickr)

What’s the world’s most widely used herbicide doing to tiny critters?

As the active ingredient in Bayer's Roundup herbicide is increasingly scrutinized for human health impacts, scientists say it also could be altering the wildlife and organisms at the base of the food chain.

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Insecticide linked to increased breast cancer risk — 40 years after exposure

Melinda Lewis remembers splashing in the irrigation canals that outlined her grandpa's walnut and almond groves in the late 1960s.

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Residents fill up during the Cape Town water crisis in May. (Credit: Widad Sirkhotte/flickr)

Capturing and reusing urban storm water could be a boon for water-stressed cities—if we can find a way to clean it up

In March, residents of Cape Town, South Africa stood in line for hours to buy drinking water at supermarkets or pump it from springs amid severe water shortages.

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Swine workers on front lines in fight against antibiotic resistance

As doctors in the Netherlands prepared a young girl for open heart surgery in the summer of 2004, they made a discovery that confused her medical team.

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Location is everything: Pollutants in yellowfin tuna depend on where it’s caught.

Fish is a highly nutritious food, but it can also be a dietary source of persistent organic pollutants (POPs).1 In a new study in EHP, researchers investigated the extent to which contaminant levels within a single commercially important fish species varied depending on where the fish was caught.2 Their results suggest that capture location may be an important yet overlooked variable when assessing the risk of exposure to POPs from eating wild fish.

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We can no longer outrun antibiotic resistance. Here’s what we need to do.

WE CAN NO LONGER OUTRUN ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE. SO, HERE’S WHAT WE NEED TO DO INSTEAD.

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