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Dangers of third-hand smoke: Dangerous chemicals can lurk in house dust, curtains, armchairs.

July 17, 2014 - 9:00am
Children whose parents do not smoke are still at risk of cancer from "third-hand" tobacco smoke lurking in house dust, a study has claimed.

The mysterious tree of a newborn's life.

July 16, 2014 - 9:00am
Given its vital role, shockingly little is known about the placenta. Only recently, for instance, did scientists start to suspect that the placenta may not be sterile, as once thought, but may have a microbiome of its own.

Research links climate change to health concerns.

July 16, 2014 - 9:00am
When many politicians and activist groups discuss climate change, they focus on the environmental impact of rising temperatures, and the ripple effect created by those changes is often left out of the conversation. One California physician is working to change that.

New EPA clean air rule is a moral imperative for future generations.

July 16, 2014 - 9:00am
Cleaner air and a more sustainable future are not Democratic or Republican issues; they are essential national priorities. That’s why this rule should be fully implemented now, without delay.

Street heat for action on climate.

July 16, 2014 - 9:00am
The issue of climate change is one that at times feels distant in our communities on the South Side of Chicago. With issues of violence, immigration, education and health care access at the front of the minds of parents all over our neighborhoods, the threat of climate change can take a back seat.

A side effect of Iranian sanctions: Tehran’s bad air.

July 16, 2014 - 9:00am
Air pollution has decreased significantly since sanctions were temporarily lifted in January. As Iran and the U.S. attempt to hammer out a comprehensive nuclear deal before the July 20 deadline, the capital city’s newly cleaner air hangs in the balance.

EPA finalizes $45 million paint sludge cleanup plan.

July 16, 2014 - 9:00am
The EPA has finalized a $44.8 million cleanup plan for three heavily contaminated sites once used by the Ford Motor Co. to dump hazardous waste that have been at the center of a long-running and controversial environmental fight in New Jersey and New York. But the Ramapough tribe is concerned the plan doesn’t go far enough.

E-cigarette makers are in an arms race for exotic vapor flavors.

July 16, 2014 - 9:00am
Exotic cigarette flavors were banned out of concern they might tempt young people. But the flavors tobacco companies once sold look like plain vanilla compared with the flavor buffet now on offer legally by the fast-growing electronic cigarette industry.

Drive to clean up S.F. freeway, construction air pollution.

July 15, 2014 - 9:00am
Freeway-adjacent neighborhoods such as the Bayview and South of Market have the unfortunate distinction of being the most polluted in San Francisco. These neighborhoods, on the eastern side of San Francisco, are also seeing the most new construction.

Possible link between food dyes and ADHD.

July 15, 2014 - 9:00am
There seems to be general agreement that some link between dyes and behavior may exist, but its nature is not certain; research is complicated because children seem to have widely varying responses to the same chemical.

Whirlpool Park owners join cancer cluster lawsuit.

July 15, 2014 - 9:00am
The owners of the contaminated former Whirlpool Park in Ohio have joined families of children sickened in the local childhood cancer cluster in a lawsuit against Whirlpool Corp.

Diesel fumes near Kansas City, Kansas, rail yard pose health threat, report says.

July 15, 2014 - 9:00am
Preliminary results from November through mid-June reveal what environmentalists consider to be unhealthy levels of diesel exhaust coming from the BNSF rail yard, levels high enough on some days to send the elderly to the hospital or to raise the death rate among residents.

What plastic baby bottles and climate change have in common.

July 15, 2014 - 9:00am
A simple mistake can derail the best planned experiments. But sometimes – just sometimes – such an error can lead to an even bigger discovery.

Book takes on fracking ‘myths.’

July 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Greg Kozera wrote “Just the Fracks, Ma’am,” in which he takes on what he contends are the biggest myths about the fracking process and talks about his experience in the oil and gas industry. But members of an Ohio anti-fracking group question whether the author can be an impartial commentator.

Open cast mining: Digging up a way of life as Trowell and Cossall residents fear dust and noise.

July 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Although UK Coal argues an economic case for open-casting, the main objections are environmental – alterations to the landscape, dust and noise and the secondary pollution caused by lorry movements to and from the site.

Heart lessons from spilled oil.

July 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Crude oil compounds block ion channels in tuna heart cells, shedding light on link between air pollution and heart disease.

Canada should move from oilsands to biospheres.

July 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Not all Canadians have their heads and imaginations mired in an oilsands mentality. The biosphere model is a compelling alternative and, one hopes, might become the more sanguine and prominent face of Canada’s global ecological presence.

Ban smoking in apartments: Santa Clara County cities should join the trend.

July 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Every day we strive to breathe fresh and stay healthy. Is the air you are inhaling behind closed doors really clean? You can take care of yourself and your family by not smoking, but your health is also governed by the choices of neighbors in multi-unit housing.

Funding cuts, EPA cleanups and the chemicals left behind.

July 13, 2014 - 9:00am
Trout caught in Torch Lake, Michigan, are not safe to eat. Groundwater in Baldwin, Florida, is not safe to drink. Six acres of land in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, are not safe to live on. All three are now considered clean by the EPA, though dangerous chemicals remain.

Scientists use birds to track pollution.

July 13, 2014 - 9:00am
Scientists with the US Geological Survey are observing the nesting patterns of tree swallows along the banks of the lakes and are collecting blood from their babies to monitor levels of some toxins including mercury, chromium and cadmium.

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