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The way to beat poverty.

September 14, 2014 - 9:00am
We need advocates to push federal, state and local governments to invest in the first couple of years of life, to support parents during pregnancy and a child’s earliest years. $1 billion spent on home visitation for at-risk young mothers would achieve much more in breaking the poverty cycle than the same sum spent on indirect subsidies collected by for-profit universities.

Obama's mountaintop coal mining legacy still to be determined.

September 13, 2014 - 9:00am
President Barack Obama's record in Appalachian and coal mining communities is up for debate five years after his administration took “unprecedented steps” to protect the environment from the effects of mountaintop removal coal mining.

Suspected enterovirus cases sent from W.Va. hospitals to CDC.

September 13, 2014 - 9:00am
Several suspected cases of Enterovirus-D68, an upper respiratory illness, have been or are set to be reported by West Virginia hospitals to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Delaware testing 12 hospitalized children for rare virus.

September 13, 2014 - 9:00am
A respiratory illness caused by a rare virus that has been affecting an increasing number of children in recent weeks may have spread to Delaware.

Data suggests 11 deaths linked to Hazelwood mine fire.

September 13, 2014 - 9:00am
An Australian researcher says it's highly likely that at least 11 people have died this year as a direct result of Victoria's Hazelwood mine fire. The research examined data dating back to 2009 and it found there was an increase in deaths after the fire, in neighbouring suburbs.

Implosion of Germantown high-rise forcing residential evacuations.

September 13, 2014 - 9:00am
At 16 stories high and nearly a block wide, the Queen Lane Apartment Building is a formidable structure. But at 7:15 Saturday morning it’ll be reduced to rubble. But residents in the "evacuation zone" are concerned about the effects that may be left behind after the dust settles.

Making Mason City park play areas smoke-free a healthy move.

September 13, 2014 - 9:00am
There is nothing worse to many of us than being out in the fresh air and getting a disgusting whiff of cigar or cigarette smoke. So we’re pleased to see City Councilman Alex Kuhn urging the Parks and Recreation Board to restrict smoking in areas where children play.

Gen. Honoré: EPA's clean power plan is essential for our health.

September 13, 2014 - 9:00am
Every hurricane season we face the threat of another Katrina or Sandy. We take potential storms seriously, issuing warnings and emphasizing preparedness plans. Between storms, it's the swirling clouds of pollution on land that should be treated with the same heightened alert.

Lansing Board of Water and Light holds back on reducing mercury emissions.

September 12, 2014 - 9:00am
The Lansing Board of Water and Light has had systems in place to reduce the amount of mercury its Erickson plant in Delta Township lets off into the environment. However, costs and changing mercury regulations led the utility to hold off on implementing the pollution controls.

Think twice before buying a new phone.

September 12, 2014 - 9:00am
Smartphones are great innovative gadgets, but they also entice people to change even phones that are as good as new, and thus worsen the already serious environmental pollution.

Air pollution harming brains of urban kids: Study.

September 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Children living in cities are at an increased risk of developing brain inflammation and neurodegenerative changes, including Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease due to air pollution, scientists say.

GOP Senate candidate tethered to Kochs in ad.

September 11, 2014 - 9:00am
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is out with a new ad slamming Republican Senate candidate Terri Lyn Land in Michigan over her ties to conservative donors Charles and David Koch.

Local councils to have power over low emission zones in UK.

September 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Towns and cities will be able to impose tough curbs on pollution-pumping vehicles – to cut the heavy death toll from fumes – under Labour plans. Local councils would be handed the power to introduce a ‘low emission zone’ along the lines of London.

Think twice before buying a new phone.

September 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Fans are desperate to lay their hands on the larger-screen iPhone 6. But too few people spare a thought to environmental damage caused by cell phones.

Traveling collection shows damaging effects of plastic on Great Lakes beaches, wildlife.

September 11, 2014 - 9:00am
An exhibit showing the harmful effects of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes is coming to West Michigan. The collection called, “Plastic Waters: from the Great Lakes to the Ocean,” consists of artifacts gathered from sailing expeditions around the world.

High levels of fungicide found in pregnant women living near banana plantations.

September 10, 2014 - 9:00am
A new study has found alarmingly high levels of pesticides in the urine of pregnant Costa Rican women working in and living near the banana industry in Matina, Limón.

People near 'fracking' wells report health woes.

September 10, 2014 - 9:00am
People living near natural-gas wells were more than twice as likely to report upper-respiratory and skin problems than those farther away, says a major study Wednesday on the potential health effects of fracking.

Chhattisgarh India, sets up air monitoring system.

September 10, 2014 - 9:00am
The central Indian state of Chhattisgarh has decided to survey its air quality by installing two air-monitoring systems in the state capital. Two similar systems would also be installed, one each in Bilaspur and Raigarh.

Human enterovirus 68 hitting kids in Midwest.

September 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Emergency rooms in Chicago and other Midwestern cities are seeing a jump in the number of children with respiratory infections, possibly the result of a rare virus that can cause difficulty breathing but is generally not fatal, authorities said Monday.

UK government does not understand the true scale of air pollution crisis.

September 10, 2014 - 9:00am
The mayor of London is failing to tackle air pollution. And the record of this Tory-led Government is even worse.

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