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Environmental Health News

Louisiana five years after BP oil spill: 'It's not going back to normal no time soon'.'

To hear BP tell it, the environmental disaster that struck the Gulf of Mexico five years ago is nearly over – the beaches have been cleared of oil, and the water in the Gulf is as clear as it ever was. But how do you spot a continued disaster if its main indicator is the absence of something?



Depleting green cover major concern.

One of the major factors for depleting air quality could be sinking green cover in Mysuru.



Feds order speed limits for oil trains.

The Obama administration is requiring freight rail companies to impose a 40 mile per hour speed limit on oil trains that run near major cities that have large populations.



Finish the Hudson River PCB dredging job.

After a billion-dollar, six-year project to remove millions of cubic yards of PCB-laden sludge from the Hudson River, General Electric plans to shut down its dredging and mud processing operations. But there's still more work to be done.



Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred.

From above, five years after the BP well explosion, the Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green and whole again, teeming with life - a testament to the resilience of nature.



Evicted & abandoned: How the World Bank broke its promise to protect the poor.

Since 2004 an estimated 3,350,449 people were forced from their homes, deprived of their land or had their livelihoods damaged because they lived in the path of a World Bank project.



Rights denied: New evidence ties World Bank to human rights abuses in Ethiopia.

The mass evictions of the devoutly Christian Anuak people from Ethiopia were enabled by money from the World Bank, former officials say. Across the globe, communities are being pushed aside by projects that the bank has financed.



Gold rush: How the World Bank is financing environmental destruction.

For 22 years, the American company Newmont Mining Corp., with financing from the business-lending arm of the World Bank, has blasted apart hills in the northern Andean highlands of Peru and used toxic chemicals to get it out.



Yes, you can catch insanity.

Emerging insights into mental illness unite the brain, body, and environment in ways that doctors and therapists are finally beginning to understand.



Pesticide that sickened Delaware family also used improperly in Puerto Rico.

The federal investigation into the improper use of a pesticide that apparently poisoned a Delaware family vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands has expanded west to another Caribbean island, Puerto Rico.



Group of doctors calls on Columbia Univ. to oust Dr. Oz.

A group of 10 prominent doctors from around the country is taking aim at Dr. Mehmet Oz, calling on Columbia University to oust the popular TV doctor from its faculty.



'Very dangerous' radioactive material stolen in Mexico, police say.

Civil authorities and law enforcement agencies in southern Mexico were put on alert Thursday after radioactive material was stolen from a vehicle - probably by thieves who didn't know what they were taking, investigators said.



Supreme Court hears call to force UK government to meet air quality laws.

Green law group pushes for courts to issue a mandatory order requiring the environment department to comply with EU air pollution limits in the shortest timespan possible.



Burned out: World Bank projects leave trail of misery around globe.

Human rights advocates claim government authorities have used the World Bank-financed forest conservation in western Kenya’s Cherangani Hill as a vehicle for pushing indigenous peoples out of their ancestral forests.



Federal probe blames WIPP Leak on LANL practices, bad chemical mix.

The foaming chemicals and orange smoke rising from containers of nuclear waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory were warning signs that something wasn’t right. But employees were told to “simply wait out the reaction."



How do you keep your kids healthy in smog-choked China?

After three decades of rapid industrialization, China is starting to grapple with the toxic pollution that, like an evil twin, has shadowed its rise in prosperity.



The BP oil spill cleanup isn’t a disaster.

The corporate actors—chiefly BP, the majority owner of Macondo—deserved condemnation and got it. Yet as bad as the environmental and economic damage was, the recovery has been remarkable, in large part because of luck.



Clean cookstoves could change the lives of millions in Nepal.

Rudimentary cookstoves release hazardous pollutants such as carbon monoxide, particulate matter and nitrous oxide, cause burns and sometimes disfigurement and put million of people - particularly women - at risk of severe health problems.



Right to fresh air to be decided by Supreme Court.

Campaigners have asked the UK’s highest court to order the government to produce a new plan for reducing levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air.



Hazardous air particles in Beijing exceed national target: State media.

Hazardous air particles blamed for asthma and breathing problems show up in the Chinese capital at a rate of more than double the national target, an environmental watchdog said on Thursday, according to state media.



Thailand continues suffering from drought and smog.

Thailand has suffered from the worsening drought crisis with several fruit orchards in the South having been affected by water shortages. In the north meanwhile, heavy smog still caused air pollution in many areas.



E-cigarette use triples among middle and high school students, study says.

The popularity of e-cigarettes among teenagers now eclipses that of traditional cigarettes, the use of which has fallen to the lowest level in years.



WVU researcher warns about toxic ultrafine dust in West Virginia.

When we hear about the danger of dust exposure, we are usually talking about coal dust underground, or silica dust. But that’s not the only dust that can make people sick. Apparently almost any dust can, if it’s fine enough.



Costa Rica banana workers affected by Nemagon still waiting on compensation.

Hundreds of banana workers who were exposed to the banned pesticide Nemagon protested Wednesday in front of Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly demanding compensation for physical and psychological damages.



China to ban water-polluting paper mills, oil refineries.

China will ban water-polluting paper mills, oil refineries, pesticide producers and other industrial plants by the end of 2016, as it moves to tackle severe pollution of the country's water supply.



Agricultural pesticides threaten surface waters globally, study finds.

A first-of-its-kind German study that examined the global use and impact of pesticides has found that in over half of 2,500 sites tracked in 73 countries including Canada, chemical concentrations exceed recommended levels.



Israeli government sending mixed messages on Haifa pollution.

There has been a 70 percent decrease in the pollution stemming from certain carcinogenic organic compounds in the Haifa Bay region in recent years, but the area is still a leader in pollution levels and additional measures to reduce pollution are needed, the Environmental Protection Ministry said Wednesday.



Permit limiting hazardous emissions at McConway & Torley Foundry could reduce production, employees.

McConway & Torley Foundry, the last steelmaking plant in Pittsburgh, may soon be forced to significantly reduce production and lay off some of its more than 400 employees under a proposed Allegheny County Health Department operating permit that limits hazardous emissions to protect public health.



Scientists warn of hormone impacts from benzene, xylene, other common solvents.

Four chemicals present both inside and outside homes might disrupt our endocrine systems at levels considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to an analysis released today.



Food safety scientists have ties to Big Tobacco.

An analysis of publicly available data points to a small group of scientists that the food industry turns to over and over again to determine whether additives can be deemed “generally recognized as safe,” and avoid a rigorous pre-market government safety review.