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Study links mountaintop removal dust to cancer.

October 17, 2014 - 9:00am
A new West Virginia University study has found that dust from mountaintop removal coal-mining operations promotes the growth of lung cancer tumors.

Eight water brands declared unsafe for consumption.

October 16, 2014 - 9:00am
A report compiled by the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources has found eight mineral water brands unsafe for human consumption as they contain chemicals and germs.

Grant funds lead-poisoning prevention in homes.

October 16, 2014 - 9:00am
With the grant, the Kenosha/Racine Lead-Free Communities Partnership will seek to remove the risk of lead poisoning for about 340 children under the age of 6 over three years, according to information issued by the Racine Health Department this week.

Cortland residents blame landfill for smell in complaints.

October 16, 2014 - 9:00am
Waste Management recently settled a lawsuit that the Illinois Attorney General’s Office filed after about 60 students and staff at Cortland Elementary School were sickened Jan. 14 by landfill odor, but problems and complaints persist.

Environmental group, storage company reach agreement to protect San Francisco Bay.

October 16, 2014 - 9:00am
San Francisco Bay Keeper reached an agreement on Friday with a storage company it sued two years ago for allegedly polluting San Francisco Bay, violating the Clean Water Act, and endangering the health of wildlife and neighboring communities.

Forward push on soda ban.

October 16, 2014 - 9:00am
Mayor Bill de Blasio ’s administration is exploring new ways to regulate the size of large sugary drinks in New York City, holding high-level meetings behind closed doors with health advocates and beverage industry executives.

Smoking bans and alcohol taxes: Do they work?

October 16, 2014 - 9:00am
Do "nanny state" measures such as smoking bans and alcohol taxes really reduce the harms caused by tobacco and alcohol?

Bill would obstruct Clean Air Act protections.

October 16, 2014 - 9:00am
Earlier this year, close to 20 Texas counties received a grade of "F" from the American Lung Association for ozone pollution (up from 15 counties in 2013). Ozone is one of the most ubiquitous and harmful air pollutants on the planet and has been linked to premature deaths, increased asthma attacks and other severe respiratory illnesses.

Contaminated soil a major, but ignored, problem in Vietnam.

October 15, 2014 - 9:00am
Soil contamination, which is almost undetectable without special equipment, is believed to be a leading cause behind many health problems in Vietnam, including cancer, headaches, inflammation, and coughing.

Toxic-water victims at Camp Lejeune can't sue.

October 15, 2014 - 9:00am
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta has ruled that Marine veterans and their families cannot sue over groundwater contamination at Camp Lejeune.

Can playing on artificial turf lead to cancer?

October 15, 2014 - 9:00am
Artificial turf fields can be found all over the United States as the popular alternative to natural grass fields which require a lot more upkeep; however, the chemicals involved in making the turf has been drawing some concern.

Faster lab test will check for rare respiratory virus, which means a surge in confirmed cases is coming.

October 15, 2014 - 9:00am
As a rare respiratory virus continues to sicken children around the country, spreading to hundreds in almost every state in a matter of weeks, the actual number of infections has remained a mystery.

Sen. David Vitter: EPA emails show 'cozy relationship' with environmental group.

October 15, 2014 - 9:00am
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., Tuesday released emails between EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and a leading environmental group that he says shows collusion on a proposal to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.

Will Obama Heed the Science? A Primer on the coming ozone rule.

October 15, 2014 - 9:00am
A high-stakes battle over the nation's ozone pollution rule reached a new milestone last week when the Environmental Protection Agency submitted its latest proposed rule to the White House for review.

Ohio pollution complaint unrelated to coal ‘bailout’ plan.

October 15, 2014 - 9:00am
American Electric Power (AEP) is on notice that it may be sued for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act by its Gavin Power Plant in Cheshire, Ohio.

Trafalgar and Parliament squares smoking ban call.

October 15, 2014 - 9:00am
Smoking could be banned in Trafalgar and Parliament squares as well as the city's parks if a report by London's Health Commission is implemented.

When it comes to food packaging, what we don’t know could hurt us.

October 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Recent analyses raise disturbing questions about the health and environmental effects of the stuff that encases our edibles.

The spreading enterovirus is different than previous years' strains.

October 14, 2014 - 9:00am
The virus usually causes respiratory symptoms, but recently, about a dozen people with Enterovirus D68 have developed paralysis. And five have died according to the CDC. Researchers say it's not clear what role, if any, the virus played in the deaths.

Hamad Medical Corporation experts urge precautions with plastic food containers.

October 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Experts from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) have advised Qatar residents to take precautions when using plastic containers for storing or heating food, in order to limit exposure to harmful chemicals that may leach from plastic containers.

Drivers face smoking ban in their own cars.

October 13, 2014 - 9:00am
Drivers face a ban on smoking in their own car if a child is present under Scottish Government reforms of anti-smoking legislation. A shake-up of the laws surrounding tobacco and electronic cigarettes is being considered by Holyrood ministers.

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