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Environmental Health News

Texas freezes agency's funding after air pollution data released.

A few casual words and the early release of some scientific data have cost the San Antonio region much-needed state funds to battle its growing air pollution problem. The misstep, which appears to have been unintentional, highlights the sensitivity of studying oil and gas pollution in business-friendly Texas.

New map could refocus California's pollution battles.

The California Environmental Protection Agency has released a statewide list of census tracts most burdened by pollution, providing a first-of-its-kind ranking certain to pressure regulators to clean up neighborhoods with long-standing health risks.

US urged to tackle lead in aviation gasoline.

Consumer advocates, public health workers and environmental groups here are calling on the federal government to take a formal step towards regulating the use of lead in aviation gasoline, despite a failure to do so for nearly two decades. The United States is one of the few countries that continue to allow the use of lead in aviation gasoline.

One man's obsession with EPA and toxic waste in his neighborhood leads all the way to the Supreme Court.

For most of the past decade, Tate MacQueen has dedicated himself to getting toxic waste left in his Asheville, N.C., neighborhood cleaned up. MacQueen isn't just angry with the former owner of the facility, CTS Corp, but also EPA, which he says has criminally mismanaged the site.

Baltimore, other big cities back EPA in Bay cleanup dispute.

Baltimore has joined with other major U.S. cities in defending the federal government's authority to impose a "pollution diet" on the Chesapeake Bay.

Want to stop climate change? Take the fossil fuel industry to court.

Big Carbon is thought to be taking climate-change lawsuits very seriously - especially after a federal appeals court found in 2005 that U.S. cities and even individuals suffering economic and other damages from climate change had standing to sue under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Better climate data could help Tanzania curb malaria.

Tanzania is enlisting climate data in a new approach to curbing malaria. Enhancing National Climate Services is designed to identify long-term drivers of the disease by compiling historical climate data and making it available for analysis by health policy-makers.

New York City air quality rules would target restaurants, food trucks.

Mayor Bill de Blasio backs proposed antipollution laws that would require many restaurants and commercial kitchens to install emission filters on ovens and char-broilers, ban new wood-burning fireplaces and encourage refrigerated trucks to switch to battery power from diesel fuel.

Minorities exposed to more contaminated air than whites.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found that minorities are 40 percent more likely to breathe in air contaminated with nitrogen dioxide. They're calling it the "pollution gap." Los Angeles ranked among the top ten metropolitan areas with the widest disparity.

Who's protecting whom from deadly toxin?

Questions are swirling around a science journal's decision last year to publish a description of a newly discovered botulinum toxin while omitting key genetic details that researchers would normally disclose.

Lower-income teens aren't getting enough sleep, researchers say.

African American high school students and boys in low- to middle-income families reported short, fragmented sleep, and that could play a role in their health risks, researchers reported Monday.

Cow dung resistant to antibiotics.

Cow manure is commonly used to fertilize vegetable crops, and a US study out Tuesday found it contains a high number of genes that can fuel resistance to antibiotics.

St. Paul leaders call for fewer farm antibiotics.

The St. Paul City Council passed a resolution this month supporting federal legislation that would ban unnecessary antibiotics — those that aren’t directly used for treating sick animals.

Polluted Paris is blamed for sending us its smog.

British academics have warned that air pollution from Paris is blighting the southeast of England.

Pasil gold miners undergo test for mercury exposure.

Thirty-seven miners here were the subject of the initial health assessment for small scale miners to gauge the extent of their exposure to mercury.

Thermal plants jack up mercury.

An Odisha State Pollution Control Board study revealed thermal power plants contribute to rise in ambient temperature (temperature of the surroundings) by 2 to 3 degree Celsius. Most of the thermal power plants in the state are located in Sambalpur-Jharsuguda-Dhenkanal-Angul belt.

Pesticides to be legal, restricted.

The Selinger government will treat dandelion-killing synthetic chemical pesticides like cigarettes -- legal to buy but illegal to use in some places.

Proposed Manitoba ban on synthetic chemical pesticides would have exemptions.

Manitoba is set to join Ontario, Quebec and other provinces in slapping restrictions on the use of synthetic chemical pesticides.

Proposed legislation not outright pesticide ban, but would limit use.

Manitobans who use synthetic chemical pesticides to kill dandelions on their lawns will have to find other means to keep their grass green.

Bill de Blasio announces ‘sweeping update’ to NYC’s air pollution code.

In celebration of Earth Day, Mayor Bill de Blasio decided to make the five boroughs a little greener.

Lee doesn’t think contaminated Treasure Island is unsafe, has no plans to move residents.

Mayor Ed Lee is concerned that some Treasure Island residents don’t feel safe living on the former Navy base but doesn’t think anyone’s health is at risk, despite mounting evidence that radiological contamination is far more widespread than authorities initially said.

New rules for chemicals needed to protect health.

U.S. Congress has utterly failed to effectively regulate the chemical industry, and thus shares responsibility for widespread toxic chemical contamination of people and the environment.

Scorecard for a greener Chicago.

Clean air, clean water, cleaner energy and fewer toxics are important values shared by all Chicagoans. Let’s be proud of our accomplishments and progress, and let’s seize opportunities to advance a cleaner, greener and safer community for all.

Planning today for tomorrow's people.

Family planning and contraception are crucial as population growth and climate change collide.

A need to kick the no-smoking habit.

Isolating people – boxing them, quite literally, into a lonely corner – seems like an unorthodox way to tackle a public health problem; but that’s the road government is taking when it comes to smoking.

Racial and environmental justice are two sides of the same coin.

Environmental justice is a crucial aspect of anti-racism work in the United States. Not only that, the fight for our environment is a fight for oppressed populations across the globe. It is the land that we stand on that is most in danger of disappearing.

An apple a day, and other myths.

A trip to almost any bookstore or a cruise around the Internet might leave the impression that avoiding cancer is mostly a matter of watching what you eat. But there is a yawning divide between this nutritional folklore and science.

Settling for a 'cheap' river fix.

For decades, industrial companies used the Willamette River as a dumping ground for their chemical wastes. Now a long-running federal Superfund project is poised to clean up the resulting mess.

Water agencies should invest in cancer prevention.

Treatment of drinking water to comply with the new standard for hexavalent chromium proposed by the California Department of Public Health could more than double water rates in the Coachella Valley. In the long run, if it prevents higher rates of cancer, it would be worth it.

Toronto can do more to reduce premature deaths from air pollution.

Torontonians can breathe a little easier today on the subject of air pollution. Canada’s largest city, once nicknamed The Big Smoke, has shown a striking improvement in air quality — saving lives and reducing hospitalizations. But Canada’s largest city can do even better.