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Finding high lead levels in residents’ blood after Hurricane Sandy.

April 23, 2015 - 9:00am
The rise of blood lead in Sandy affected areas has become a problem as cleanup and rebuilding continues around the state.

California bill would ban vaccination opt out based on personal belief.

April 23, 2015 - 9:00am
Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator, discusses his bill pushing the elimination of parental belief exemptions from children’s school vaccination requirements.

Limit on California vaccine opt-outs clears key committee.

April 23, 2015 - 9:00am
A bill that would make vaccines mandatory for California schoolchildren passed its toughest committee Wednesday and now heads to a panel dominated by lawmakers who support the proposal.

Africa's 'electronic graveyards' where the West dumps PCs, laptops and more.

April 23, 2015 - 9:00am
Harrowing images reveal one of west-Africa's vast electronic graveyards where 'millions of tonnes' of discarded appliances from all over the world - including the UK - are being dumped every year.

Sierra Club challenges Hogan on power plant pollution.

April 23, 2015 - 9:00am
The Sierra Club and a doctors group said Wednesday that they plan to sue Gov. Larry Hogan's administration for failing to enforce regulations that compel power plants to limit smog pollution.

It’s time to regulate e-cigarettes.

April 23, 2015 - 9:00am
We cannot afford to waste more time while the tobacco industry addicts another generation of kids.

Study rules out link between autism and MMR vaccine even in at-risk kids.

April 22, 2015 - 9:00am
A new study of nearly 100,000 children found that toddlers known to have an elevated risk of autism were no more likely to be diagnosed with the disorder if they were vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella than if they weren’t.

E-cigarettes are smoke of choice for US schoolchildren.

April 22, 2015 - 9:00am
In US schools, vaping rules. Whether the rise of e-cigarettes is welcome news or a fresh face on an old public-health menace is not yet clear.

The air is dark and asthma is deadly along the Mexico border.

April 22, 2015 - 9:00am
The ingredients of this rank, airborne witches’ brew make the Imperial Valley an especially precarious place to be a child. Diesel and gas exhaust are the most significant contributors to the region’s polluted air.

Legacy of Agent Orange.

April 22, 2015 - 9:00am
As April 30 approaches, marking 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War, people in Vietnam with severe mental and physical disabilities still feel the lingering effects of Agent Orange.

Ten places that shouldn’t celebrate Earth Day.

April 22, 2015 - 9:00am
On the occasion of International Earth Day, while attention is once again on issues related to clean environment and pollution, we take a look at some of the most polluted places in the world.

Don't be fooled: Haifa's pollution problem is very real.

April 22, 2015 - 9:00am
After a stormy week in which Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav and city residents faced off squarely against the area’s polluting industries, the Health Ministry issued an important correction: The incidence of cancer among Haifa-area children is no higher than the national average.

Would there be more rules about coal mining if it didn’t just affect ‘hillbillies?'

April 21, 2015 - 9:00am
Dust produced by mountaintop removal mining sites are a known cancer risk, but little has been done to protect inhabitants of Appalachia.

Glyphosate is a 'probably carcinogenic' pesticide. Why do cities still use it?

April 21, 2015 - 9:00am
Cities use glyphosate to control weeds in parks and along verges. Now that the WHO says the pesticide is ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’, is it time to stop?

You don't want to mess with an angry mother.

April 21, 2015 - 9:00am
Phyllis Omido's toddler had a mysterious ailment. After doctors came up with a diagnosis, she set out to shut down a Kenyan polluter. Now she's won the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work.

Kraft Mac & Cheese just got duller. You can thank (or blame) The Food Babe.

April 21, 2015 - 9:00am
For many Americans, the color of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is the color of childhood. Nothing triggers nostalgia like the sight of a steaming plate of sticky pasta, as unnaturally orange as a nuclear dawn.

Mayor in standoff with chemical firms in Israel's Haifa.

April 21, 2015 - 9:00am
The mayor of Haifa, Israel's third largest city, Monday ordered municipal rubbish trucks to block access to a refinery and four petrochemical plants following a scare over high cancer rates.

Ecstasy, cocaine traces found in Adelaide’s northern waterways.

April 20, 2015 - 9:00am
Ecstasy and cocaine have been found in five northern suburbs waterways, prompting scientists to warn that the drugs could cause “drastic” damage to fish and insects and put the area’s ecosystem at risk.

6 extraordinary activists to receive Goldman Prize on Monday.

April 20, 2015 - 9:00am
Six activists who rallied communities around the world to protect people and ecosystems against commercial exploitation will be honored in San Francisco on Monday with the most prestigious award for grassroots environmental work.

From Deepwater to Chernobyl: Counting the casualties.

April 20, 2015 - 9:00am
When environmental disasters occur, it's difficult to quantify the human health impacts. From corporations withholding information to pinning down cause and effect, victims face an uphill battle on accountability.

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