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US sailors sue Tepco for $1 billion over alleged radiation exposure.

April 8, 2014 - 9:00am
Nearly 80 U.S. sailors are seeking $1 billion from Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, alleging the company lied about the high level of radiation in the area where they were carrying out a humanitarian mission three years ago.

US childhood obesity rates have increased since 1999: Study.

April 8, 2014 - 9:00am
U.S. childhood obesity rates have increased over the past 14 years, according to a study published on Monday, casting doubt on a recent analysis by government health researchers that found a sharp drop in preschool obesity rates over the past decade.

Price tag for childhood obesity: $19,000 per kid.

April 7, 2014 - 9:00am
Over a lifetime, the medical costs associated with childhood obesity total about $19,000 per child compared with those for a child of normal weight, a new analysis shows.

Anti-fracking petition signed by 3,000 sparks debate at high-level town hall meeting.

April 7, 2014 - 9:00am
Town hall chiefs from Salford, UK, are to discuss opposition to fracking at a high-level meeting after more than 3,000 people signed a petition denouncing the controversial process.

Fukushima children start school, flee radiation.

April 7, 2014 - 9:00am
Yukie Hashimoto and her husband sent their daughter 300 kilometers (200 miles) away to the picturesque ski town of Matsumoto,Japan, where the mayor offered to take in and educate young people living in the shadow of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

Room for China to hike water rates, says World Bank.

April 7, 2014 - 9:00am
China's water prices are still low by international standards and there is room for price increases to encourage consumers to use water more efficiently, the World Bank says in a report on Chinese urbanisation released last week.

New West Industrial Park buyers not informed of Koppers contamination.

April 7, 2014 - 9:00am
The ACT government is selling land around the contaminated Koppers site without telling some potential buyers, including a childcare service, about the nearby pollution.

Maine must respond to worrisome arsenic study.

April 7, 2014 - 9:00am
It’s one thing to hear about water contamination causing problems in a third-world country halfway around the globe. It’s quite another to see it in your backyard. A new study shows many Mainers are being harmed a little bit every day, in a way that is not well known. The state should make sure that changes.

Cost among hurdles slowing New York's plan to phase out dirty heating oil.

April 7, 2014 - 9:00am
Three years into a four-year plan to phase out No. 6 heating oil, barely more than half of the buildings that were burning it have switched to cleaner oil. And of those that have stopped using No. 6, hundreds have switched to No. 4.

UK smog: Nitrogen doesn't just cause air pollution - it is a huge threat to Britain's wildlife too, experts warn.

April 7, 2014 - 9:00am
The nitrogen pollution contributing to Britain's smog poses the biggest threat to wildlife that the public has never heard of - with the potential to wipe out everything from clover to butterflies in eco-systems across the country.

New Jersey officials decide there are too few illnesses in Pompton Lakes to warrant full study.

April 7, 2014 - 9:00am
State and federal officials have concluded that a full health study for the borough's contaminated Plume area cannot be performed due to a comparatively low number of illnesses found there. A health review in 2010 showed that there were high levels of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men and high levels of kidney cancer in women who live in the Plume.

Report: Poor children in NY twice as likely to have asthma.

April 7, 2014 - 9:00am
Harlem has some of the highest asthma rates in the city. A new report released Friday is giving us a closer look at the chronic lung disease and who is struggling with it. Asthma is not only deadly but it's costing billions of dollars to treat.

Is there Atrazine in your drinking water?

April 6, 2014 - 9:00am
For more than 50 years farmers across North America have been spraying atrazine, a pesticide, on crops, mainly corn, applying millions of pounds a year. That widespread use of the weed killer has also led to runoff. Atrazine can end up in lakes, streams and sometimes in drinking water.

Big El Niño coming?

April 6, 2014 - 9:00am
Conditions in the western Pacific Ocean point to an unusually intense El Niño weather pattern for 2014/15. The last extreme El Niño event in 1997/98 coincided with drought in Australia and Africa, severe ice storms in Northeastern North America, and the Pacific Ocean’s most active hurricane year on record.

Springdale school part of study on prevalence of asthma in region.

April 6, 2014 - 9:00am
Screenings for asthma should be required for all Pennsylvania school children, just as tests for vision and hearing are, the principal investigator for an upcoming asthma study says.

Labeling would help keep toxins away from Maine kids.

April 6, 2014 - 9:00am
Mandating the disclosure of phthalates in consumer goods is a minor technical action that could have a major impact. Putting this information out there would make it easier for parents to avoid harmful products and give businesses an incentive to research and use safer alternatives.

Intensify efforts to combat autism.

April 6, 2014 - 9:00am
More must be done to solve the mysteries of this ever-growing disease and to expand the services needed to help families cope.

Don’t fear GMOs: Genetically modified food is just the latest chapter in 10,000 years of high-tech agriculture.

April 6, 2014 - 9:00am
As long as food is produced by strangers, consumers must be in control of their relationship with suppliers. To do this, they must be educated, and advocate for solutions that promote public health, recognizing that many of them will involve new technologies.

Political push for raw, unpasteurized milk is increasing access, but illnesses are up, too.

April 5, 2014 - 9:00am
An alliance of food activists and anti-regulation libertarians is battling to legalize raw, unpasteurized milk, despite warnings from health officials about the rising toll of illnesses affecting adults and children alike.

Student helps shine a light.

April 5, 2014 - 9:00am
A Lee High School student's interest in environmental science helped shed a light on U.S. agricultural practices and the impact those practices could have on the environment.

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