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Environmental Health News

Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who were exposed to burn pits worry about their health.

In Afghanistan and Iraq, especially in the early years, soldiers burned their waste in big, open-air pits.

Cattle feed yard dust can transport steroids into environment.

A new study finds that airborne particulate matter may be a significant source of steroids from beef cattle feed yards in arid regions.

After coal, can better health save West Virginia?

Unlike their neighbors in Kentucky, where there have been state-sponsored economic transition efforts, West Virginians have been largely left on their own to respond to coal's decline.

After 44 years, halting progress on workplace disease.

OSHA has made limited headway against substances that sicken and kill America's workers; the agency's stormy history helps explain why.

Why you should beware of seafood from China.

Chinese farmers often grow fish in filthy conditions, resulting in the need to use large amounts of veterinary drugs to ensure their survival. But these chemicals can leave toxic residues on the seafood people consume.

Grassy Narrows: Why Ontario decided not to clean up the mercury.

The Ontario government economist who wrote a 1986 report recommending against cleaning up the mercury contamination near Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern Ontario said he stands by his work, even as new research shows mercury levels continue to rise.

Hit by drought and seawater, Bangkok tap water may run out in a month.

Bangkok's tap water supply may run out in a month, as the country waits for long overdue rains to replenish sources depleted by drought and threatened by seawater creep, the chief of the capital's water authority said.

World’s most sensitive test to detect superbugs C difficile and MRSA developed.

In essence, the new method can pick up any compound that might signal the presence of infectious diseases, be it respiratory or gastrointestinal.

Modified mosquitoes begin blitz on dengue in Brazilian city.

The insect assassins have been launched. Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes have descended on the Brazilian city of Piracicaba in the battle against dengue and a test in Florida is also in prospect.

UN: Goals helped lift 1 billion people from extreme poverty.

A 15-year effort has helped lift more than one billion people out of extreme poverty, enabled more girls to go to school than ever before, and brought unprecedented results in fighting diseases, the U.N. chief said Monday.

Almost all London boroughs failed EU air pollution limit for toxic NO2 gas.

All but two of London’s boroughs are exceeding EU limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in 2013, the latest year for which data is available. NO2 is a pollutant created by diesel vehicles.

How government, business and labor can better protect workers.

Major reform would take an act of Congress, but improvements are possible now.

Air clearer, but wildfire smoke could return.

The smoke plumes that created dangerous air conditions throughout Minnesota on Monday have moved on, but wildfires still burning in Canada could lead to more air quality concerns this summer.

DuPont challenges fines levied for deadly methyl mercaptan leak.

DuPont is contesting multiple safety citations from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration related to an accident that killed four workers at the company’s La Porte, Texas, facility.

WHO urges governments to raise tobacco taxes to beat smoking.

Too few governments make full use of tobacco taxes to dissuade people from smoking or help them to cut down and quit, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, recommending that at least 75 percent of the price of a pack of cigarettes should be tax.

Supreme Court wrong to give coal industry a reprieve.

As the EPA rewrites the rules to meet the court’s mandate, the agency must still strive to find a balance between the health of Americans and the cost of compliance.

Smoking and vaping bills in Sacramento flirt with trampling rights.

Two bills before an Assembly committee on Wednesday share the worthwhile aim of fighting the nicotine habit, but both have flaws.

Studies link kids’ lead exposure to crime years later.

After growing up poor in a predominantly African-American neighborhood of Cincinnati, those who had been exposed to lead as toddlers, even in small amounts, showed changes that were subtle, permanent and devastating on MRI scans.

From green chemists, a better way to pave.

There’s nothing green about asphalt, unless you can make less of the stuff by more efficiently reusing the pavement we’ve already got. The Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry in Wilmington says it’s found a way.

10 years later, louisville breathes easier.

Ten years ago this month, Louisville began enforcing its landmark toxic-air regulations credited with helping tackle dangerous chemicals and heavy metals that were for decades lingering in Louisville's air, threatening the health of hundreds of thousands of people.

Plasticizer found in ‘fake’ rice samples.

A plasticizer contaminant was found in samples of suspected synthetic rice obtained from Davao City, Philippines, the National Food Authority (NFA) said yesterday.

Mr Fluffy asbestos: First house demolished by ACT Government as part of buyback scheme.

The ACT Government has demolished its first Mr Fluffy asbestos-contaminated house, a week after its buyback scheme was closed and a list of the 1,022 affected properties was published.

Study says heat-related deaths will double in urban India by 2080; what can be done.

A study conducted by the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) predicts that Heat-related mortalities will observe a two-fold increase in urban areas of India by 2080.

More p-xylene protests erupt in China.

Thousands of Shanghai residents took to the streets in late June convinced that a p-xylene plant would be built in the Chinese city’s Jinshan district.

China must not compromise on basic rights to clean food, water and air.

China has improved the living standards of most of its population; now energies have to be put into making the air more breathable, water drinkable and food safe to eat.

War on smoking.

In the 20th century tobacco use killed an estimated 100 million people — more than both world wars combined.

The myth of big, bad gluten.

Most assertions of gluten intolerance distract us from our actual problem: an immune system that has become overly sensitive.

India’s tech hub gasps for fresh air.

India’s technology hub, that had become an international byword for outsourcing, is gasping for fresh air as high vehicular emissions, increasing industrial fumes and rising dust from construction activities are polluting its atmosphere and harming its 10 million denizens.

Secrecy over fracking chemicals clouds environmental risks, advocates say.

The fracking industry must be compelled to provide far more detailed information to regulators if the public is to be accurately informed of any risks to the environment, advocacy groups say.

Chevron fire sent U.S. Chemical Safety Board into a tailspin.

To some, the strife at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board — the 40-person authority charged with investigating industrial accidents and recommending ways to improve safety — bears strong resemblance to the headlines from developing nations.