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Pregnant women in Durham, North Carolina, test high for cadmium, study finds.

September 23, 2014 - 9:00am
While the researchers noted that a surprisingly large number of pregnant women in the study smoked cigarettes, which contain cadmium, even the non-smokers in the study had high levels of the element in their blood. But the reason for the exposure in non-smokers was unclear.

California confirms enterovirus D68 cases.

September 23, 2014 - 9:00am
Four cases of a virus that can cause severe respiratory illness in infants and young children — especially those with asthma — have been found in California, state health officials announced Thursday. Officials confirmed three cases of enterovirus D68 in San Diego County and one in Ventura County.

For some African American residents, climate change is but one of many priorities.

September 23, 2014 - 9:00am
For Marc Polite, climate change is certainly important – but on the day of the Climate Change March, it competed with a commitment to his cultural heritage. Other individuals from the African American community expressed similar sentiments.

With UN climate summit opening, marchers rallied around the world.

September 23, 2014 - 9:00am
Two days before a United Nations summit on climate change, thousands of people marched in cities around the world Sunday to urge their leaders to act boldly to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving the changes.

Researchers shed light on asthma's mysteries.

September 23, 2014 - 9:00am
Doctors increasingly are recognizing that as many as half of asthma sufferers have a form of the lung disease known as nonallergic asthma. Some medications that help control symptoms of the more familiar allergic asthma aren't as effective in nonallergic patients.

Panel cites North Carolina health benefits of federal carbon plan.

September 22, 2014 - 9:00am
In a panel discussion last week, state and federal government officials and environmental advocates lauded what they said would be the wide-reaching health benefits of a proposed federal climate-change plan.

The dry-roasting process may trigger peanut allergies, a new Oxford study says.

September 22, 2014 - 9:00am
Peanut allergies are extremely common - and can be extremely dangerous. But there's hope! Researchers in Britain believe they have determined a possible trigger for the allergy, according to an Oxford University study set to be published this week.

Fewer North Carolina kids smoke, while more use nicotine.

September 22, 2014 - 9:00am
Fewer young people in North Carolina are picking up the smoking habit, according to new statistics released last week. But at the same time, an accelerating number of high schoolers in the state are becoming addicted to nicotine by using e-cigarettes and other forms of tobacco.

Earth is not a garden.

September 22, 2014 - 9:00am
Some of the world's most powerful conservationists are giving up on wilderness. They are making a big mistake.

Catching Lyme disease in the womb?

September 22, 2014 - 9:00am
Justine Donnelly's medical journey began the day that her mother's 30-year quest to solve her own health mystery ended. A Climate at Your Doorstep story.

Detroit cuts off water for families - and hopes for future.

September 22, 2014 - 9:00am
For months, thousands of families in Detroit have been living without water. It is not because of natural disaster, but because of a controversial decision by the city to enforce bans for those who do not pay their bills.

PCB discovery at Wal-Mart warehouse under review.

September 20, 2014 - 9:00am
Federal and state environmental agencies are investigating the discovery of PCB contamination inside a Wal-Mart warehouse that the company shut down last month.

Why the facts make our 'right to know' more important than ever.

September 20, 2014 - 9:00am
In recent months there has been much scientific attention on the dangers of Dow’s pesticide chlorpyrifos, which interferes with brain development and the nervous system of children and fetuses especially. Chlorpyrifos is also acutely toxic, causing vomiting, paralysis and death.

Climate crisis is every working person's crisis.

September 20, 2014 - 9:00am
In recent weeks, working people have taken to the streets to stand up for higher wages. This Sunday, thousands of us will be out in the streets again, this time to take our place in history by standing strong at the People's Climate March in New York.

Ft. McClellan Health Act: Health hazards of PCBs.

September 20, 2014 - 9:00am
In 1999, the EPA closed the Fort McClellan Army base in Anniston, Alabama, labeling it a hazardous site due to chemical waste which had leached into the ground, contaminating the soil and water supply. Unfortunately, Fort McClellan wasn’t the only toxic dumping ground in Anniston. For decades, Monsanto dumped PCBs into the area.

Toxic tragedy: After endosulfan, tea growers use hazardous monocrotophos.

September 20, 2014 - 9:00am
Tea gardens in Nilgiris have stopped using the toxic endosulfan pesticide which have left many children of tea workers deformed. But the tea growers now use equally toxic monocrotophos, which is classified as highly hazardous by the World Health Organization.

U.S.-China rifts on hacking, spying put aside for climate.

September 20, 2014 - 9:00am
The threat of climate change is driving China and the U.S. -- frequent rivals and the world's two largest greenhouse-gas emitters -- to collaborate on dozens of potential clean-energy breakthroughs.

Maryland prepares for cases of enterovirus.

September 19, 2014 - 9:00am
As an unusual strain of virus continues its march across the country — showing up most recently in Pennsylvania and Virginia — health officials in Maryland are warning doctors to be on the lookout and advising parents to prepare.

Why California's green-vehicle incentives are upside down.

September 19, 2014 - 9:00am
California's big green vision will be stuck in neutral until we figure out how to extend its promise to every ZIP code.

Hidden source of industry influence threatens toxic chemical regulations.

September 19, 2014 - 9:00am
At the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology conference, focus turned to how corporate money is frequently funneled into researchers' pockets -- a move often undisclosed to the public or even to fellow scientists.

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