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Warning over plastics used in treating premature babies.

November 15, 2014 - 9:00am
US researchers have warned that premature babies are being exposed to high levels of a potentially dangerous chemical in plastics. A study suggested babies may be exposed to high levels of a phthalate called DEHP in medical equipment.

E-cigarette use on the rise among US youth.

November 15, 2014 - 9:00am
Proponents of electronic cigarette regulation are renewing calls for the Obama administration to take action, following the release of new data pointing to increased use of the products among U.S. youth.

Land Use in South L.A.: A legacy of environmental crime.

November 15, 2014 - 9:00am
Residents of South L.A., a predominantly African American and Latino neighborhood, are exposed to pollution on a daily basis. From the traffic pollution constantly emitted from freeways, to the air toxins released from industrial facilities, most South L.A. residents are unwillingly bombarded with a wide range of harmful toxins.

Tougher EPA rules would help Tennessee breathe easier.

November 15, 2014 - 9:00am
Breathing smog is harmful to our lungs and is a leading cause of respiratory problems, including asthma. Smog-induced asthma has outsized consequences for our most vulnerable community members, including children and the elderly. Over time, exposure can lead to permanent lung damage and even premature death.

CDC: E-cigarette use rising in high school kids.

November 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Use of electronic cigarettes by high school students tripled over three years, according to a new government report released Thursday.

3 obstacles ahead for surprise US-China climate deal.

November 14, 2014 - 9:00am
A surprise U.S.-China climate deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions, announced early Wednesday, sets ambitious targets that will likely prove difficult to accomplish, especially given the looming Republican takeover of the U.S. Congress.

This plastic chemical is banned from baby toys, but preemies get a heavy dose of it.

November 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Plasticizers in medical equipment could be messing with premature babies' health in a very big way, a new study finds.

E-cigarette use by teens rising.

November 14, 2014 - 9:00am
A new government study indicates a sharp rise in the use of electronic cigarettes by adolescents, a trend officials at the Centers for Disease Control said they found alarming due to the possible adverse effects of nicotine on the developing brain.

Campaign finance trends ‘catastrophic’ to democracy, environment.

November 13, 2014 - 9:00am
Americans are paying the price as members of Congress backed by the chemical and oil industries refuse to take action to protect our health or deal with climate change. In California's San Joaquin Valley, their inaction hits close to home.

WHO spotlights dangers posed by household air pollution.

November 13, 2014 - 9:00am
The World Health Organization on Wednesday released its recommendations for indoor air quality, highlighting the dangers of burning fuels like unprocessed coal and kerosene at home, and set targets for reducing emissions of health-damaging pollutants.

Vacaville company fined by EPA.

November 13, 2014 - 9:00am
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fined Blue Mountain Air $51,000 for failing to comply with the federal Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule when the Vacaville-based company renovated foreclosed homes.

Largest international study into safety of GM food launched by Russian NGO.

November 12, 2014 - 9:00am
Thousands of rats will be fed Monsanto maize diets in a $23m, three-year ‘Factor GMO’ study into long-term health effects of GM food and associated pesticides.

Study: Bolinas, Richmond data show lingering presence of household toxins.

November 12, 2014 - 9:00am
A new study of California residents — the first of its kind — shows that a small group of people carry in their bodies traces of chemicals in flame retardants that for decades have been used in the manufacturing of furniture and children's products.

Japan's nuclear cleanup stymied by water woes.

November 12, 2014 - 9:00am
More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on key tasks such as preparing for the dismantling of the broken reactors and removing radioactive fuel rods.

Arizona to stop cancer research at Motorola Superfund Site.

November 12, 2014 - 9:00am
State officials will stop studying instances of cancer and birth defects related to the Motorola Superfund site because of limitations on the data they are able to collect.

Agent Orange: About this special project.

November 12, 2014 - 9:00am
Given the breadth and scope of the Agent Orange issue, PennLive presents this collection of stories of individual veterans from the region in the hopes that it revives and brings renewed attention on the plight of men and women who served in the military.

Documentary screening highlights dangers of plastic.

November 12, 2014 - 9:00am
After a screening of the documentary "Bag It," a full room of people at Ragtag Cinema left feeling shocked, angry and concerned. The Sierra Club Osage Group partnered with Missouri River Relief to host a free screening of the film Tuesday as part of an effort to limit use of plastic bags in Columbia.

Is the US-China climate pact as big a deal as it seems?

November 12, 2014 - 9:00am
As the No. 1 (now China) and No. 2 carbon emitters in the world, and as the No. 1 (still the U.S.) and No. 2 economies, they've agreed to new carbon-reduction targets that are more ambitious than most people would have expected.

Agent Orange veterans casualties keep mounting.

November 11, 2014 - 9:00am
In 1967, about to graduate from Steelton High School, John Galinac wanted more than just a job at the steel mill. He wanted to go to college. Galinac is among the roughly 2.8 million Americans in Vietnam who were exposed to Agent Orange.

EPA needs to get coal-ash rules right.

November 11, 2014 - 9:00am
The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to regulate coal-ash disposal for the first time. Those regulations must be as strict as practical.

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