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Environmental Health News

The other cost of climate change.

Has climate change made it harder for people to care about conservation?

Navajo Nation sees tax on junk food as way to combat health problems.

The Navajo Nation plans to implement a 2% tax on junk food in an effort to curb high obesity, diabetes and heart disease rates among the tribe.

Pesticide banned worldwide still used to grow 70 percent of Australian strawberries.

About 70 percent of Australian strawberries are being grown on runners that have been fumigated with an environmentally damaging pesticide that has been banned around the world.

Anglo-Saxon cow bile and garlic potion kills MRSA.

Microbiologists were astonished to find that not only did the salve clear up styles, but it also tackled the deadly superbug MRSA, which is resistant to many antibiotics.

Texas scientists find antibiotic resistance blowing in wind.

For years, scientists have known that humans can contract antibiotic-resistant bacteria by consuming contaminated meat or water. New findings now indicate that humans could also be exposed to "super bugs" or "super bacteria" traveling through the air.

Fierce opposition by Ag industry kills pesticide disclosure.

A controversial measure that would have required monthly disclosure of pesticide use in Hawaii has died in the Legislature, essentially ensuring that the public won’t be able to find out details about what pesticides are being sprayed.

Supreme Court wrestles with air-pollution rule.

The Supreme Court is reviewing a major Obama administration rule aimed at cleaning up toxic power plant exhausts. The case puts in question both the cleanup and the court’s longstanding practice of deferring to federal agencies to interpret murky laws.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria from Texan cattle yards are now airborne, study finds.

A new study says the DNA from antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in American cattle yards has become airborne, creating a new pathway by which such bacteria can potentially spread to humans and hinder treatment of life-threatening infections.

Toxic contamination: Keeping TVs, computers and other electronic waste out of Malaysian landfills.

With an ever-mounting plethora of electronic devices that become obsolete all too fast, e-waste has become a mountainous problem.

Experts divided over the dangers of arsenic in rice, wine.

If you are a wine-drinking gluten-avoider, you may have read recent headlines about arsenic in our food and drink with concern. But how worried should you be?

US plans to dig deeper on antibiotics given to livestock.

The U.S. government next year plans to begin collecting more detailed data on antibiotics used on farms in a potential precursor to set targets for reduced use of the drugs in animals.

Dietary Guidelines Committee says eat fish—including farmed.

The report is a clear nod to farmed fish, a food with which Americans have had a complicated relationship, yet one they need to reconcile if they want to keep fish on the menu.

Methane in drinking water unrelated to fracking.

Fracking doesn’t appear to be allowing methane to seriously contaminate drinking water in Pennsylvania, a new study finds—contrary to earlier research that suggested a stronger link.

Harnessing the microbiome to curb hunger

There’s a new front in the battle of the bulge. Scientists think reprogramming microbes in our guts might be the secret to achieving a slim stomach.

Why there's more concern for farmworkers after pesticide cancer study.

Few people come into contact with farm chemicals the way agricultural workers do. That’s why a new health report on a commonly used herbicide is raising special concerns about farmworkers and cancer.

Anglo Saxon remedy kills hospital superbug MRSA.

A modern-day recreation of a thousand-year-old remedy might ultimately help create drugs for hard-to-treat skin infections.

Ebola virus in latest outbreak does not show unusual mutations.

Fears that the current Ebola epidemic, the deadliest in history, was caused by a more lethal, fast-moving or easily transmissible virus than in previous outbreaks appear to be unfounded, according to a new study.

Air pollution raises stroke risk.

Air pollution — even for just one day — significantly increases the risk of stroke, a large review of studies has found.

Fears boom in milk industry will damage water quality.

Increasing milk production by 50pc will impact on water quality due to pollution, environmentalists have warned. SHARE

Basic environmental health concerns still abundant across Europe.

While environmental health sectors have undergone vast improvements across the European region in recent years, some of the most basic needs – such as accessible water and sanitation means – still remain strikingly unfulfilled in select areas, an expert told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.

Weed killer traces in urine samples presaged WHO’s cancer claims.

Nine out of 10 urine samples from people in Malta contained traces of the weed killer glyphosate, laboratory tests carried out by Friends of the Earth Malta had shown last year.

Dust chokes Delhi's lungs.

Does a swanky mall, office complex or a civic establishment that adds a new feature to the facade of a Delhi area also cause deterioration in air quality or worsen the health of its citizens?

Even as rail yard expands around them, Englewood residents fight to stay.

22 residents are refusing to sell their houses to the railroad company.

It’s time to understand the science behind BPA.

Proponents of BPA (the ubiquitous chemical bisphenol-A) are fueling a science war. To counter the growing sentiment that BPA is harmful, chemical-industry lobbyists recently launched a splashy advertising campaign asking consumers to “listen to the science” about BPA. We agree!

Pregnant, obese ... and in danger.

We need to end the taboo against talking frankly about obesity, especially for women who are, or want to become, pregnant. Obesity in mothers is strongly linked to their own compromised health, and to that of their unborn babies and our nation at large.

Amid pollution problems, China's health food industry blossoms.

That growing fear of China’s dangerously dirty environment has given birth to one of the fastest-growing segments of China’s consumer marketplace: foods with perceived health benefits.

Lawyer suing neighbor for smoking is defender of corporations.

There’s been recent media coverage of how two Washington DC lawyers named Brendan and Nessa Coppinger have sued and convinced a local judge to issue a temporary restraining order prohibiting their neighbor, Edwin Gray, from smoking in his Capitol Hill row house, which adjoins theirs.

If we clean up the air, kids' lungs will benefit.

The results of a recent study were more heartening than surprising. Short version: If we clean up the air, kids' lungs will benefit.

Beyond the headlines.

In this week’s trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra discusses Japan’s refusal to eat twhale meat contaminated by toxic chemicals that bio-accumulate in the ocean food chain with host Steve Curwood as well as more evidence of the governor of Florida’s alleged antipathy to climate change-related words, and President Obama’s ill-timed confidence in the safety of oil rigs.

Canada's New Brunswick bans fracking.

Lawmakers in New Brunswick voted on Thursday to prohibit fracking in the eastern Canadian province, committing to study the controversial method of extracting oil and gas for one year before reconsidering the ban in 2016.