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Review: He was not a scientist.

In the 1950’s, Frank Baxter was not a TV icon on the scale of Jackie Gleason, Lucille Ball, or Milton Berle. But he was a familiar fixture in American living rooms, thanks to a series of shows in which he played the quintessential smart guy. Baxter, who warned of human impact on Earth’s climate almost 60 years ago, is a reminder of a time when TV did more teaching.

How smog is putting a damper on Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year, which falls on February 8, is going to be a little quieter and a bit less jubilant this year as Chinese cities ban fireworks to combat the country’s increasingly dire smog problem.

Washington State Senate bill would name agriculture whistleblowers.

Are Washington farmers being bullied by anonymous informants who report suspected pollution to the state Department of Ecology, or do those tips allow people to report important concerns without fear of retaliation?

Another U.S. House panel plans Flint hearing.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Republican Rep. Fred Upton of St. Joseph, said Friday it intends to hold a March hearing on the lead contamination of drinking water in Flint.

Fall in number of oil rigs drilling in US speeds up.

The decline in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the US accelerated sharply this week, as companies adjusted to the latest slump in the price of crude.

Eating soy may protect against reproductive effects of BPA.

Eating soy foods may help protect against reproductive effects of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical in many plastic consumer products and lining the inside of some canned foods, according to a study of women undergoing fertility treatments.

Beyond Flint: in the south, another water crisis has been unfolding for years.

It's not simply Flint that has bad water. The Michigan city, which has grabbed headlines recently for its rampant water contamination, is joined in that dubious distinction by another town, much farther south: St. Joseph, La.

Montana tribe’s water deal clears major Senate milestone.

Seven years ago, Montana legislators approved a water compact with the Blackfeet that was decades in the making. But it took until this week for a Senate committee to approve a bill that could make that deal a reality for the tribe, whose reservation is next to Glacier National Park. It was the first major Indian water settlement to get even this far since 2010.

Fracking bad for Florida.

Florida lawmakers wanted to send a positive message last month by passing a huge water bill during the first week of the legislative session, committing tens of millions of dollars to clean up the natural springs and generate new supplies of drinking water for the state's most crowded areas. But now they are headed in the opposite direction by pushing to expand fracking, an aggressive form of oil drilling that could threaten the drinking water supply, damage private property and hurt Florida's tourist economy.

What you get when you mix chickens, China and climate change.

IT was a gray, damp January afternoon a few years back when I visited the Jiangfeng wholesale poultry market on the outskirts of Guangzhou, in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.

Working together can reduce the risk of lead exposure.

Lead has always been a major public health issue. The situation in Flint highlights the importance of lead prevention and good communication to avoid the negative effects of exposure.

Pro-GMO group crosses ethical line.

The Genetic Literacy Project (GLP) has been accused of unethical journalistic practices after it published personal information about individuals opposed to genetically modified food and changed the text of an article without the author’s permission.

Erin Brockovich thinks this California city is the next Flint.

Hardly a month after Flint, Michigan made national headlines due to lead contamination, the city of Stockton, in California’s agricultural Central Valley, is the center of its own growing water controversy.

Researchers focus on groundwater.

The increasing demand on drinking-water resources is one of the major issues facing those who live and work in eastern North Carolina, according to a U.S. government report.

Bill to ban toxic flame retardants could fizzle for fifth time.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers want to ban flame retardants linked to cancer, learning disabilities and other health problems from being used in children’s products and furniture. But legislation to do that could fail for the fifth year running.

Lead poisoning in Pa., N.J. may be worse than Flint.

The national uproar over lead poisoning in Flint, Mich., has drawn renewed attention to a children's health crisis that has plagued Pennsylvania and New Jersey for decades.

Emails reveal early suspicions of a Flint link to Legionnaires' disease.

Michigan state officials were aware of an increase in Legionnaires’ disease cases and a possible tie to Flint’s troubled water supply at least 10 months before Gov. Rick Snyder informed the public.

The truth about London's air pollution.

Invisible pollution kills up to 9,000 people a year in the capital. But under government plans, from school gates to shopping streets, Londoners will be breathing dangerous air until 2025. What more can be done?

Tests trigger alarm over contamination.

Heavy metals, petroleum and nitrite has contaminated soil and groundwater in a Vancouver Island watershed that supplies 12,000 people downstream from a controversial polluted-soil dump approved by the province.

Army Corps ordered to pay for Bradford Island cleanup.

A federal court has ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to pay for the toxic waste cleanup at a historic Yakama Nation fishing site on the Columbia River. The decision is said to be the first of its kind in the nation.

Scientists trace cancer-linked pollutant to oil sands stockpiles.

Dust blown away from stockpiles left over after oil sands upgrading is very likely a key source of a cancer-linked pollutant commonly found in the northern Alberta region, concludes a new peer-reviewed study.

VIDEO: Brazil sprays for mosquitoes as Zika fears threaten Carnival.

Health department workers are spending the week spraying insecticide up and down the streets of Brazil's major cities, including Recife, the city at the epicenter of the country's fast-spreading outbreak of Zika virus.

EPA funding research of 'air toxics' in West Valley City.

A new study led by the Utah Division of Air Quality aims to determine whether minute amounts of certain toxic chemicals make particulate pollution along the Wasatch Front even more harmful than normal.

China's Hebei still smoggiest province in 2015.

Seven of China's 10 smoggiest cities were located in the northern steel-producing province of Hebei in 2015, the same as the previous year, despite an economic downturn and a high-profile campaign to cut industrial capacity.

‘Cancer second biggest killer in India.'

Cancer is the second biggest killer after heart disease in India reveals data released recently. Experts foresee that the death toll due to cancer is going to go up in the coming years.

India may decide on GM food as China makes big leap with Syngenta buy.

Officials may decide on Friday whether to allow what could be India's first genetically modified food crop, mustard, spurred by food security concerns and as China makes a big bet on the technology with a $43 billion bid for seed firm Syngenta.

Stadiums score with farm-to-game eats.

Across the nation, sports fans are being offered fresh, healthy fare during game time.

Obama to seek $8.27B for EPA, $1.65B for climate fund.

The Obama administration will rein in its budget request for U.S. EPA but will propose an additional and separate $1.65 billion 10-year fund for climate infrastructure, according to the head of a national group that represents state and local air agencies.

High Court's FERC ruling good for EPA, analysts say.

Agencies have power to manage modern problems with older statutes – potentially good news for Obama's Clean Power Plan.

Democrats block U.S. energy bill in fight over aid for Flint.

Senate Democrats, teaming up with a band of Republicans, on Thursday blocked a wide-ranging U.S. energy bill in a fight over aid to help Flint, Michigan cope with a drinking water crisis.