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Who needs lobbyists? See what big business spends to win American minds.

January 15, 2015 - 9:00am
Forget lobbying. When Washington, D.C.’s biggest trade associations want to wield influence, they often put far more of their money into advertising and public relations. And Big Energy leads spending.

Excessive lead detected at South Korea nurseries, preschools.

January 15, 2015 - 9:00am
The Ministry of Environment said Thursday that more than 1,000 child care centers and kindergartens across the nation had failed to meet environmental safety standards.

Toxin ruling should put Maine kids' interests first.

January 15, 2015 - 9:00am
Mandating disclosure of phthalates would help consumers make safer choices for their families.

Why we should be worried about e-cigarettes.

January 15, 2015 - 9:00am
If we are not careful, our grandchildren may find out when they are our age that vaping was not so safe.

Tobacco bans in school linked to lower smoking levels.

January 14, 2015 - 9:00am
In a new study in 43 countries, kids who attended schools with strongly enforced tobacco-free policies were significantly less likely to smoke.

Toddler’s death renews push for e-cig regs.

January 14, 2015 - 9:00am
A 1-year-old died after he swallowed liquid nicotine, prompting Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) to reintroduce his Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act in the Senate on Tuesday. The bill directs the Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue new rules requiring safer, child-resistant packaging.

Bad luck and cancer: A science reporter’s reflections on a controversial story.

January 14, 2015 - 9:00am
Had I gotten it wrong? Had the authors? Answering these apparently straightforward questions proved surprisingly difficult, exposing the challenges that come with communicating science, and the desire by scientist-authors and reporters to streamline the story they’re trying to tell.

Record spell of Spare the Air days as dirty Bay Area skies linger.

January 13, 2015 - 9:00am
The rainless start to the new year is not only intensifying California’s drought but giving rise to some of the worst wintertime air pollution the Bay Area has seen in almost a decade.

Health and conservation reminders cut consumer energy use.

January 13, 2015 - 9:00am
It’s obvious that, say, turning the lights off saves money. But being reminded that using less energy saves money may not be the most effective way to motivate consumer efficiency.

Environment, not cash, encourages Angelenos to save electricity.

January 13, 2015 - 9:00am
What does it take to get the average Angeleno to shut off lights, or unplug power-swilling appliances and e-gadgets? According to UCLA researchers, the least effective way to get a Los Angeles family to save electricity is by telling them how much they'll save in the process.

To save power, appeal to health benefits.

January 13, 2015 - 9:00am
Conventional wisdom holds that the most effective way to get people to save energy is to show them how much money they'll save. Turns out there's a more efficient approach.

Researchers advise pregnant women to limit exposure to receipts and plastic.

January 13, 2015 - 9:00am
Pregnant women are being warned to avoid reaching for credit card and cash register receipts as the ubiquitous bits of paper are increasingly seen as a threat to unborn children.

Replacement for BPA in plastics also suspect.

January 13, 2015 - 9:00am
A chemical thought to be a safe replacement for one banned for use in baby bottles also causes developmental issues in fish embryos, according to a study released on Monday.

After enterovirus 68 outbreak, a paralysis mystery.

January 13, 2015 - 9:00am
A nationwide outbreak of a respiratory virus last fall sent droves of children to emergency departments. The infections have now subsided, as researchers knew they would, but they have left behind a frightening mystery.

Living drones.

January 12, 2015 - 9:00am
Winter has descended upon the beehives. The drones have been killed. It's time for the workers and the queen to gather up, hunker down, and rely on body heat to weather the cold. The old will die, the young might survive. If there's enough food, the queen might lay eggs.

Locals, activists slam EPA proposal to clean Georgia Superfund site.

January 12, 2015 - 9:00am
An Environmental Protection Agency proposal to clean up an 801-acre Superfund site in Brunswick, Georgia, has come under scrutiny, with activists saying it is insufficient to protect locals already exposed to pollution.

California goes nuts.

January 12, 2015 - 9:00am
The value of the California almond market hit $4.8 billion in 2012 — that's triple the level of a decade earlier. There's just one problem: Almond orchards require about a third more water per acre than grape vineyards. In fact, they're one of California's thirstiest crops.

New York’s fracking ban has Pennsylvania ties, implications.

January 12, 2015 - 9:00am
As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration finalizes a ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, New Yorkers will watch their southern neighbor continue its experiment with shale gas.

Low tax fuels use of harmful chemicals in Bangladesh.

January 12, 2015 - 9:00am
Low import duty on pesticides and other chemicals, including ripening agents, growth hormones and dyes, is a major reason for their increased use and food adulteration, according to a recent study by Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies.

Critics say British Columbia’s rules on cosmetic pesticides are looking pretty lame.

January 12, 2015 - 9:00am
Despite B.C’s reputation as a “green” province, environmental groups say that its rules governing cosmetic pesticide-use are weak and do little to protect the public.

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