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Environmental Health News

House dust can make children obese.

Chemicals typically found in house dust could trigger a key receptor which is linked to obesity, scientists have discovered.

Brooklyn's "Hipster Havens" are indeed poisonous.

Come September, a community group of North Brooklynites will release a digital map of toxic "hot spots" in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, where land is expensive and also, often, contaminated.

The VA's 'experts' on toxic chemicals may not know what they're talking about.

Veterans who were exposed to contaminated water are seeing a disturbing pattern of disability claim denials.

Putting profits first.

In a scenario reminiscent of the slave era, workers at this Zimbabwe farm jointly owned by Zimbabwe and China have been exposed to high levels of a toxic chemical without adequate protection, in contravention of both local and international laws.

How mass incarceration takes a toll on the environment, communities, and prisoners.

Both prisoners and surrounding communities are affected by this under-studied issue.

Flame retardant chemicals found in US Congressional offices.

As Congress considers an overhaul of toxic chemical regulations, a new analysis has brought the issue close to home — perhaps a little too close for comfort.

Experimental Ebola vaccine in Guinea shows promise, report says.

The report, published in the British medical journal The Lancet, indicated that the vaccine “might be safe and highly efficacious in preventing Ebola virus disease.”

Mapping confirms the stress of urban blight and other public health problems.

African-American pedestrians in Philadelphia who walked by a dilapidated urban lot filled with trash and overgrown vegetation had an elevated heart rate attributed to stress, as compared with those who sauntered past a newly green lot in the same vicinity.

'Brain-eating amoeba' found in water supply near New Orleans.

U.S. health officials have confirmed the presence of a 'brain-eating' amoeba in the water supply of several communities near New Orleans.

3 former executives to be prosecuted in Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The decision to proceed with criminal cases, the first to arise from the 2011 meltdowns, marked a victory for citizens’ groups.

Owners of Vegas-area coal power plant to pay $4.3M to settle lawsuit with tribe, Sierra Club.

Owners of a soon-to-close coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas are agreeing to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighbouring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution.

The hidden cost of coal (mining).

People in the U.S. and Europe may be used to thinking of coal as the past, but in much of the rest of the world, it’s still the future — a dark and dangerous future, particularly for the miners who carve coal from the depths of the Earth.

Fumes from Iowa hog-manure pit kill father and son.

Concentrating thousands of hogs in one place means concentrating huge amounts of their shit, too; and that shit puts off gases that are so noxious that they can kill people who work near them.

The sand you're lying on could be 100 times more contaminated than the ocean.

With the first closures this season of ocean beaches in New Jersey for high levels of pollution, a new study suggests that a bigger problem for those beaches might not be their water, but their sand.

‘I want hookah': How Twitter feedback influences use.

Researchers are finding that positive mentions about hookah use on Twitter — more than 12,000 a day — may be adding to the misperception that it is somehow less harmful than cigarette smoking. It's not.

Kenyan pastoralists fighting climate change through food forests.

Climate change has made pastoralism an increasingly unsustainable livelihood option, leaving many households in Samburu without access to a daily meal, let alone a balanced diet.

India will be most populous country sooner than thought, UN says.

Demographers have known for some time that the number of people in India would surpass the number in China, the two most populous countries in the world. But they did not anticipate that the change would happen so quickly.

What warming means for 4 of summer’s worst pests.

A warmer climate can mean expanded habitats for many pest species, as well as increases in their numbers.

The science of cell phones and brain tumors: What's the real science?

The city of Berkeley, California, passed a law that goes into effect next month requiring cell phone stores to inform customers about safety recommendations. The move reopened a decades-old debate about whether mobile phones cause brain tumors.

‘Drastic measures’ needed to combat air pollution.

Council chiefs have warned “drastic measures” could be needed to drive down air pollution in Musselburgh – including banning motorists from the town centre.

Water contamination: Eight more taken ill in B.G. Hatti.

Eight more persons from B.G. Hatti near Arsikere - where two people died after consuming contaminated water - fell ill on Thursday.

No move to alter Olympic venues despite water contamination.

Sailors and other athletes preparing for the Olympics have been training for months in contaminated waters where the Rio Games will be held.

Is there Glyphosate in breast milk?

Last spring, Moms Across America paid to have ten women’s breast milk tested for glyphosate, the United States’ most widely used weed-killer. According to the NGO's founder and director Zen Honeycutt, the testing was not intended to be a scientific study, but rather a small, pilot effort undertaken in hopes of prompting further research.

Vietnam floods kill 17 and threaten to pollute Ha Long Bay.

Environmental groups said that waste from coal mines could damage the northern bay, a Unesco World Heritage site famous for its steep limestone islands.

Rio Olympics 2016: Guanabara Bay pollution in pictures.

The Rio government promised to clean 80 percent of pollution and waste from the bay in time for the games but admits that goal now is unlikely to be reached.

Toledo curtails testing as microcystin levels rise.

Though the amount of microcystin present in raw Lake Erie water near Toledo’s water-system intake Wednesday was double the amount detected two days earlier, city officials announced they planned to scale back testing for the toxin.

Groundwater districts seek help tracking disposal wells.

As oilfield waste disposal wells proliferate in Texas, groundwater managers are keenly interested in where they're going and how carefully they construct them. And they're asking the industry and regulators for further help.

Scientists find link between BPA and prostate cancer in 'organoid' research.

A link between a plastics chemical and prostate cancer has been demonstrated in an "organoid" grown from embryonic stem cells.

Reform in Costa Rica signals new strategy against lethal epidemic.

In an unprecedented measure to combat a deadly kidney disease that is devastating agricultural workers in Central America, the president of Costa Rica announced a national regulation to limit heat stress and dehydration among manual laborers.

Award in lead paint lawsuit can't be tied to ethnicity, judge rules.

A landlord’s lawyer argued that a Hispanic child’s higher education chances were low, so the damages awarded to his family should be reduced.