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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.

Corbett's climate stance draws fire, pulls money to governor’s race.

July 13, 2014 - 9:00am
When new clean air rules came out in June targeting emissions at coal power plants, the Corbett campaign tried to link Democrat Tom Wolf to the Obama Administration policies. That kind of politicizing of energy policy might come back to haunt the governor in the fall.

Businesses and public self-police smoking in Rockford.

July 13, 2014 - 9:00am
For various reasons — health, health care-related costs and a heavily taxed tobacco product — there is a nationwide push by the public to avoid cigarette smoking.

Simpson's arsenic crusade a child of Idaho politics.

July 13, 2014 - 9:00am
The media has gotten it wrong by solely linking a Southern lobbying effort with Simpson's slaughter of proposed EPA regulation. He was merely acting within the unyielding canon that defines Idaho's approach to governance.

Reckless use of antibiotics will kill more than any war.

July 13, 2014 - 9:00am
If we are to safeguard our only defence against disease we need to make it absolutely plain that the civilised world will not tolerate the reckless use of antibiotics and we must make that known. We are running out of time to act.

Protecting God’s creation: Pennsylvania must act now to reduce carbon pollution.

July 13, 2014 - 9:00am
God called us as caretakers for His creation. It’s time for a new future that protects creation, provides an abundant life for our children and an opportunity for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all Pennsylvanians.

California study links autism in children to mothers' exposure to pesticides, Latinos greatly affected.

July 12, 2014 - 9:00am
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired verbal and non-verbal communication, weakened social interactions, and limited and repetitive behavior — and it's greatly affecting the Latino community.

Group claims PCBs likely going down with each sunken ship.

July 12, 2014 - 9:00am
The Basel Action Network claims dangerous polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, are going down with each sunken ship. Under a waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Navy can leave as much as 100 pounds of PCBs on each ship.

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