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Feds promote artificial turf as safe despite health concerns.

March 16, 2015 - 9:00am
Lead levels high enough to potentially harm children have been found in artificial turf used at thousands of schools, playgrounds and day-care centers across the country, yet two federal agencies continue to promote the surfacing as safe, an analysis shows.

Chemical exposure in Syria tied to miscarriages, birth defects.

March 16, 2015 - 9:00am
Pregnant women exposed to chemical weapons during the August 2013 attack in Syria were much more likely to miscarry or deliver prematurely, new findings show.

Studies warn of harmful side-effects of Middle Eastern incense.

March 16, 2015 - 9:00am
The Gulf countries are one of the world’s top importers of oud, the famous Middle Eastern incense perfume. Recent studies warn that oud could cause asthma attacks and respiratory diseases.

Fight over Keystone XL project doesn't stall pipeline boom.

March 16, 2015 - 9:00am
In a far corner of North Dakota, just a few hundred miles from the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline, 84,000 barrels of crude oil per day recently began flowing through a new line that connects the state's sprawling oilfields to an oil hub in Wyoming.

Kids and e-cigs.

March 16, 2015 - 9:00am
Cigarette companies have never willingly shied away from marketing their products as fun and sexy. Children should not be able to easily access them, but that's what's happening.

Strip-mine health studies deserve ‘closer look.'’

March 13, 2015 - 9:00am
West Virginia’s top environmental regulator says studies that have found residents near mountaintop removal coal-mining operations face increased risks of serious illnesses and premature death deserve to be carefully examined by state and federal officials.

Sen. David Vitter's chemical safety bill has new competition.

March 13, 2015 - 9:00am
Sen. David Vitter has competition for the legislation he and Sen. Tom Udall introduced this week to overhaul the nation's nearly 40-year-old chemical safety law that is considered outdated by both industry and environmentalists.

Costa Rica recognizes first carbon-neutral banana company.

March 13, 2015 - 9:00am
A “green” banana never looked so good. Costa Rica’s Environment Ministry recognized Finca San Pablo as the country’s first carbon neutral banana farm during a ceremony Monday.

Childbirth in Bolivia's High Plains.

March 13, 2015 - 9:00am
Social marginalization and mistrust of modern medicine have caused high infant mortality rates among indigenous communities in Bolivia. Efforts over the last 10 years seek to stem the crisis while respecting traditions.

Big Sugar’s deceitful past.

March 12, 2015 - 9:00am
The original anti-science spin doctors weren't working for Big Tobacco. They were representing sugar.

Top polluted Great Lakes sites decades from recovery.

March 12, 2015 - 9:00am
Despite huge progress made in reducing chemical discharges since the 1960s, many birds nesting across the Great Lakes region still struggle to reproduce or they give birth to chicks with twisted beaks or other deformities.

The untold story of how the sugar industry shaped key government research about your teeth.

March 12, 2015 - 9:00am
Decades-old documents have surfaced showing that the powerful U.S. sugar industry dramatically influenced the government's medical research on dental care - and ultimately what officials recommended for American diets.

After 4 years, Fukushima nuclear cleanup remains daunting, vast.

March 12, 2015 - 9:00am
Many Japanese regard the massive decontamination of 105 cities, towns and villages affected by the Fukushima nuclear accident as a solemn obligation to right a terrible wrong. Others, even some of the people directly affected, question whether it’s a quixotic waste of resources.

No bans on New Zealand dairy products after poison threat: government.

March 12, 2015 - 9:00am
New Zealand has received no indications that any foreign countries would stop buying its dairy products following a threat to poison infant formula with a toxic pesticide, the agriculture ministry said on Thursday.

Air regulations shown to improve our children’s health.

March 12, 2015 - 9:00am
Those who think clean-air regulations are nothing but a needless drain on California’s economy should check out the latest long-term study of children’s lung development. The results were fairly stunning.

Does urban greenery improve our health?

March 12, 2015 - 9:00am
More and more research points to strong connections between urban greenery and public health.

Fukushima disaster: Radiation levels posing cancer risks on fourth anniversary of earthquake.

March 12, 2015 - 9:00am
Before the disaster, there was just one to two cases of thyroid cancers in a million Japanese children but now Fukushima has more than 100 confirmed or suspected cases, having tested about 300,000 children.

Doctors recommend limited exposure to phthalates while pregnant.

March 11, 2015 - 9:00am
Mali Land wants is a healthy baby. It seems like that's not easy these days with a minefield of things to avoid.

Loom band charms removed from shelves in North Lincolnshire.

March 11, 2015 - 9:00am
A number of loom band charms have been taken off the shelves in North Lincolnshire over fears they contain potentially cancer-causing chemicals.

Plastic runs in my family, and in yours too., Essay: Plastic runs in my family, and in yours too.

March 11, 2015 - 9:00am
The genius and hubris of plastic has been absorbed by every living thing. Is it a curse or evolution’s next step?

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