Links to articles in today's press about environmental health. Many more links available today at www.EnvironmentalHealthNews.org
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Despite almost a dozen speakers urging councillors in Edmonton Monday to ban cosmetic pesticides, the city council decided to continue its current pest management approach.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to finalize a landmark rule to reduce the amount of sulfur in gasoline by two-thirds starting in 2017, a regulation that will improve public health, boost vehicle performance and help cars and trucks meet more stringent emissions standards.
As I type, 94% of generation in Victoria is being sourced from brown coal. At the same time, the open cut coal mine that provides fuel to the power station is burning; a slow, intense fire that sits at the coal seam face. Air quality has dropped significantly.
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to unveil a major new regulation on Monday that forces oil refiners to strip out sulfur, a smog-forming pollutant linked to respiratory disease, from American gasoline blends, according to people familiar with the agency's plans.
Air pollution in Sharjah on some days reaches the same toxic levels as notoriously smog-ridden cities such as Beijing, Tokyo and Mexico City.
How might we conserve all of the water — and energy — sloshing around the state? We could brainstorm more uses for dropped ice cubes. (More wine drinking, one colleague suggests.) Or there's a simpler, far more efficient way to achieve the same end: Let better pricing do the work for us.
Fearsome stories about migrating Indonesian haze, post-Deepavali smog in northern India and the return of the "airpocalypse" in China tell of Asia's recent air pollution woes.
In a three-county area of Washington state, epidemiologists found 23 cases of anencephaly from January 2010 to January 2013 – four times higher than the national average of 2.1 cases per 10,000 live births.
Inside Climate News, the Weather Channel and the Center for Public Integrity conducted a 8 month investigation that found Texas regulators are largely ignoring air pollution problems caused by fracking the Eagle Ford Shale. Jim Morris is a senior reporter for the Center and co-author of the story. He tells host Steve Curwood that Eagle Ford is twice the size of Massachusetts but has just 5 permanent air quality monitoring locations.
Honeybees have gotten a lot of sympathy for their mysterious declines. But a recent study has shown that the honey-makers are spreading their worst diseases to their cousins the bumblebees.
Nearly 200 people had gathered at the University of Pennsylvania last month for what one of the organizers, Trevor Penning, director of Penn's Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, said was likely a first - a summary of the current science.
An Environmental Protection Agency committee is contemplating stricter air pollution standards after reviewing new science on the health affects of smog. And if the new rules are imposed, it would mean Victoria would no longer meet the national standard for outdoor air quality.
Wild bison from Yellowstone National Park that are deemed free of cattle disease could be safely used to establish new herds elsewhere across the American West without posing a risk to livestock, a U.S. Department of Agriculture study concluded.
Obama administration offers health care to veterans injured by water contamination at Marine base, but it wants to block their legal claims.
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, low- and middle-income countries accounted for 57 percent of the 14m people diagnosed with cancer worldwide in 2012 – but 65 percent of the deaths. Cancer kills more people in poor countries than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
Among those living in Beijing, a sharp rise in lung cancer cases occurred over the last decade. In 2002, for every 100,000 women living in Beijing, 30 had lung cancer; by 2010, that number had risen more than 50%, to 46, according to China's Cancer Prevention and Control Center.
Health Canada insists a chemical found in hamburger buns and doughnuts — as well as yoga mats and shoe soles — is safe to eat.
West Virginia's largest school district has been supplying bottled water in schools for students to use and for cooks to prepare food with since January's chemical leak into the Elk River but said that would end Monday.
Though the FDA has found BPA safe after numerous studies, researchers at the University of Missouri are now saying that daily exposure to very low concentrations of BPA by pregnant females can cause fetal abnormalities in primates.
''Beijing-type'' levels of pollution from the burning coal mine in Morwell are placing vulnerable groups at increased risk of respiratory problems and heart attacks, public health experts say.