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New plaintiffs added to cancer cluster lawsuit against Whirlpool.

July 19, 2014 - 9:00am
The owners of the former Whirlpool Park property in Green Springs have joined the lawsuit alleging Whirlpool Corporation’s Clyde factory released dangerous chemicals in the air and dumped toxic sludge at the former park site.

Menacing cell phone towers.

July 19, 2014 - 9:00am
I’ve always been fascinated by irrational fears engendered by most people’s poor understanding of science and the often unsuccessful efforts by organizations like the American Chemical Society to counter such fears with accurate information on the benefits and risks of, for example, chemicals.

When poverty makes you sick, a lawyer can be the cure.

July 18, 2014 - 9:00am
Where you work, the air you breathe, the state of your housing, what you eat, your levels of stress and your vulnerability to crime, injury and discrimination all affect your health.

Report warns of diesel fumes' risks.

July 18, 2014 - 9:00am
With the help of a national environmental organization, one Kansas City, Kansas, resident has been taking a portable air monitor from house to house over the past eight months to gather air samples in her neighborhood which borders a vast rail yard. Preliminary results reveal levels high enough on some days to send the elderly to the hospital or raise the death rate among residents.

Texas judge upholds $3 million fracking verdict.

July 17, 2014 - 9:00am
A Texas judge upheld a $3 million jury verdict by ruling in favor of a family who claimed that oil and gas drilling near their land made them sick, in a landmark case hailed as a victory by anti-fracking activists.

More children at risk from lead dust.

July 17, 2014 - 9:00am
More than half of all children living in the industrial centres of Mount Isa, Port Pirie and Broken Hill will be considered at risk under Australia's new national guidelines for lead in blood levels.

Infectious disease: Polio eradication hinges on child health in Pakistan.

July 17, 2014 - 9:00am
I fervently hope that the government and concerned agencies will devote their energies to scaling up full immunization efforts in these displaced and marginal populations, rather than diverting resources to international travellers. This is a chance to eradicate polio from the planet.

Asthma inhaler use in children slows growth, research finds.

July 17, 2014 - 9:00am
Children who use inhalable steroids for asthma grow more slowly than their peers in the first year of taking the medication, researchers say.

Asthma inhalers 'stunt growth by up to 10 percent.'

July 17, 2014 - 9:00am
Children who use asthma inhalers are likely to end up slightly shorter than their peers, according to a major study.

Asthma inhalers make children half a centimeter shorter.

July 17, 2014 - 9:00am
Common asthma inhalers which are used by hundreds of thousands of children stunt growth by around half a centimetre, a major review has found.

Pesticide warning for white and brown bread.

July 17, 2014 - 9:00am
Levels of pesticides in white and brown loaves have almost doubled in the past decade putting people at risk of illnesses including cancer.

Texas town moves one step closer to fracking ban.

July 17, 2014 - 9:00am
Fed up with what it claimed were serious health-related issues among the community’s children, the Denton Drilling Awareness Group, a grass-roots group in a town of the same name, has managed to get the state’s first referendum on whether to ban further fracking permitting within city limits.

Hearing Wednesday on tougher controls on oil refineries.

July 17, 2014 - 9:00am
Residents of modest neighborhoods near three of the largest oil refineries in California called on the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to crack down on plant emissions, saying the pollution is choking their children and endangering their health.

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.

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