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Hygiene campaign launched in schools.

October 19, 2014 - 9:00am
More efforts are needed from various partners to promote a handwashing culture, especially among school-going children, to prevent hygiene-related diseases. The remarks were made by health officials as Rwanda joined the rest of the world to mark Global Handwashing Day in Nyabihu District.

Steyer deploys ark to show menace of climate change in Florida.

October 18, 2014 - 9:00am
As rising seas threaten Florida, billionaire Thomas Steyer is floating an $8.6 million campaign to save the state, opening 21 offices, dispatching more than 500 staffers and volunteers and deploying a rolling ark.

Bloomberg to back soda tax in Berkeley.

October 18, 2014 - 9:00am
Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York who has made a campaign of trying to curb consumption of sugary drinks, is throwing in some financial weight to help proponents of a tax on sugary drinks in Berkeley, California.

Watts Bar may not help TVA meet EPA carbon limits.

October 18, 2014 - 9:00am
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is cutting in half the share of power it gets from coal-fired power plants and should reduce its carbon emissions from its peak levels by nearly 40 percent by 2020. But TVA may not get credit for much of that reduction.

Does your pizza box contain toxic chemicals?

October 17, 2014 - 9:00am
Environmentalists are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban toxic chemicals often found in pizza boxes, sandwich wrappers and other food containers.

The brain cancer rate for girls in this town shot up 550 percent — Is a defense contractor to blame?

October 17, 2014 - 9:00am
For years, radioactive waste has seeped into swampland, canals—even drinking water of one Florida town. Now a few families are fighting to hold the polluters accountable.

Study links mountaintop removal dust to cancer.

October 17, 2014 - 9:00am
A new West Virginia University study has found that dust from mountaintop removal coal-mining operations promotes the growth of lung cancer tumors.

Eight water brands declared unsafe for consumption.

October 16, 2014 - 9:00am
A report compiled by the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources has found eight mineral water brands unsafe for human consumption as they contain chemicals and germs.

Grant funds lead-poisoning prevention in homes.

October 16, 2014 - 9:00am
With the grant, the Kenosha/Racine Lead-Free Communities Partnership will seek to remove the risk of lead poisoning for about 340 children under the age of 6 over three years, according to information issued by the Racine Health Department this week.

Cortland residents blame landfill for smell in complaints.

October 16, 2014 - 9:00am
Waste Management recently settled a lawsuit that the Illinois Attorney General’s Office filed after about 60 students and staff at Cortland Elementary School were sickened Jan. 14 by landfill odor, but problems and complaints persist.

Environmental group, storage company reach agreement to protect San Francisco Bay.

October 16, 2014 - 9:00am
San Francisco Bay Keeper reached an agreement on Friday with a storage company it sued two years ago for allegedly polluting San Francisco Bay, violating the Clean Water Act, and endangering the health of wildlife and neighboring communities.

Forward push on soda ban.

October 16, 2014 - 9:00am
Mayor Bill de Blasio ’s administration is exploring new ways to regulate the size of large sugary drinks in New York City, holding high-level meetings behind closed doors with health advocates and beverage industry executives.

Smoking bans and alcohol taxes: Do they work?

October 16, 2014 - 9:00am
Do "nanny state" measures such as smoking bans and alcohol taxes really reduce the harms caused by tobacco and alcohol?

Bill would obstruct Clean Air Act protections.

October 16, 2014 - 9:00am
Earlier this year, close to 20 Texas counties received a grade of "F" from the American Lung Association for ozone pollution (up from 15 counties in 2013). Ozone is one of the most ubiquitous and harmful air pollutants on the planet and has been linked to premature deaths, increased asthma attacks and other severe respiratory illnesses.

Contaminated soil a major, but ignored, problem in Vietnam.

October 15, 2014 - 9:00am
Soil contamination, which is almost undetectable without special equipment, is believed to be a leading cause behind many health problems in Vietnam, including cancer, headaches, inflammation, and coughing.

Toxic-water victims at Camp Lejeune can't sue.

October 15, 2014 - 9:00am
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta has ruled that Marine veterans and their families cannot sue over groundwater contamination at Camp Lejeune.

Can playing on artificial turf lead to cancer?

October 15, 2014 - 9:00am
Artificial turf fields can be found all over the United States as the popular alternative to natural grass fields which require a lot more upkeep; however, the chemicals involved in making the turf has been drawing some concern.

Faster lab test will check for rare respiratory virus, which means a surge in confirmed cases is coming.

October 15, 2014 - 9:00am
As a rare respiratory virus continues to sicken children around the country, spreading to hundreds in almost every state in a matter of weeks, the actual number of infections has remained a mystery.

Sen. David Vitter: EPA emails show 'cozy relationship' with environmental group.

October 15, 2014 - 9:00am
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., Tuesday released emails between EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and a leading environmental group that he says shows collusion on a proposal to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.

Will Obama Heed the Science? A Primer on the coming ozone rule.

October 15, 2014 - 9:00am
A high-stakes battle over the nation's ozone pollution rule reached a new milestone last week when the Environmental Protection Agency submitted its latest proposed rule to the White House for review.

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