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Health worries pervade North Texas fracking zone.

December 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Propped up on a hospital bed, Taylor Ishee listened as his mother shared a conviction that choked her up. His rare cancer had a cause, she believes, and it wasn’t genetics.

Tobacco firms sign landmark pledge to end child labour in supply chains.

December 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Several of the world's biggest tobacco companies pledged on Wednesday to end child labour in their supply chains, a landmark agreement a rights group said could protect thousands of children from hazardous work in tobacco fields.

Prenatal exposure to common chemicals linked to lower IQ in children.

December 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Two chemicals found in a number of common consumer products may be damaging to fetal development and could even lower children's IQs, according to a new study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City.

As U.S. cleans up, it's exporting more pollution.

December 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Heat-trapping pollution released into the atmosphere from rising exports of U.S. gasoline and diesel dwarfs the cuts made from fuel-efficiency standards and other efforts to reduce global warming in the United States, according to a new Associated Press investigation.

Breastfeeding can cut cancer by up to one-fifth.

December 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Breastfeeding could cut the chance of breast cancer by up to one-fifth, a major international study has found. Research on more than 750,000 women found it was a "powerful strategy" to reduce the risk of cancer, especially the most aggressive types of disease.

Mobile phones unlikely to harm human health, scientists find.

December 11, 2014 - 9:00am
The magnetic fields created by mobile phones and power lines are not harmful to human health, the University of Manchester has found.

Govt ignoring children with deformities.

December 11, 2014 - 9:00am
In a clear case of ignorance and insensitivity of Punjab government, Teja Ruhela - a small village situated close to the Pakistan border - infamous for children being with deformities like cerebral palsy, visual and hearing impairment, among others does not have a single healthcare facility.

National Grid joins 200 other companies to support carbon emission regulations by EPA.

December 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Hundreds of national companies are supporting stronger federal regulations regarding greenhouse gases. One of those is Syracuse power provider National Grid, which is looking for more action on climate change.

The health of Latin America depends on reducing black carbon.

December 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Black carbon is an air pollutant described by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as “the most strongly light-absorbing component of particulate matter (PM)” that results from incomplete combustion of fossil fuel.

High lead poisoning rate prompts action in Lewiston.

December 10, 2014 - 9:00am
The city of Lewiston, along with medical and community organizations, will use federal grants totaling more than $3 million to comprehensively tackle a serious lead problem in the area.

Toxic chemicals lurking in toys, group finds.

December 10, 2014 - 9:00am
A study by an environmental group found traces of dangerous substances in toys, jewelry and clothing sold at national retailers in Westchester.

Perdue says it will reduce proposed hexane emissions at Conoy soybean plant.

December 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Seeking to break a 17-month impasse with state environmental regulators, Perdue AgriBusiness has submitted a new air-quality application that it hopes will get the proposed $59 million soybean-crushing plant for Conoy Township a green light.

Climate fiction fantasy.

December 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Movies, of course, are based on the promise of escape. Illusions are fun, until they slide into delusion. Escape is not an option, at least not in a time frame relevant to our current environmental predicament.

Antibiotics may not raise asthma risk.

December 9, 2014 - 9:00am
Studies have suggested that antibiotic use in pregnancy and childhood may increase the risk for asthma, but a large Swedish study has found strong evidence that there is no such connection.

Petcoke: the toxic black dust coming to a community near you.

December 9, 2014 - 9:00am
It's the fossil fuel industry's latest stroke of genius - a coal substitute that's cheaper, dirtier and more toxic than coal itself. The waste product of refining heavy oil from Canada's tar sands, petcoke, is stored in open mountains around Chicago's 'Slag Valley'.

U.S. cleaner as pollution exported.

December 9, 2014 - 9:00am
Under President Barack Obama, the U.S. has reduced more carbon pollution from energy than any other nation, about 475 million tons between 2008 and 2013, according to U.S. Energy Department data. Less than one-fifth of that came from burning less gasoline and diesel fuel.

Botswana: Public smoking worrisome.

December 9, 2014 - 9:00am
A senior registered nurse and a focal person for anti-smoking at Gumare Primary Hospital, Ms Odireleng Ntshunga says they have recorded an escalating number of tobacco related diseases such as Tuberculosis (TB) and lung cancer in their region.

New battlefront for petrochemical industry.

December 8, 2014 - 9:00am
Jarrett McElheney does not represent the standard benzene plaintiff. A lawsuit filed by his parents in 2011 against Southeast Terminals owners BP and TransMontaigne is among a relatively few alleging leukemia caused by environmental benzene exposure.

When it comes to day care, parents want all children vaccinated.

December 8, 2014 - 9:00am
There's been a lot of attention drawn to people who don't believe in vaccinating their children. But a recent poll shows just how concerned parents are about vaccines when it comes to putting their children in day care.

Utah faith, business leaders praise Obama's Clean Power Plan.

December 8, 2014 - 9:00am
A national group of business leaders and an evangelical network praised the Obama administration's proposed Clean Power Plan as a clean-energy job producer and a step toward addressing what they say is the most pressing global challenge of modern time: climate change.

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