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The madness of Western Australia's fossil energy disaster.

August 15, 2014 - 9:00am
WA has conceded its electricity market is unsustainable. Its wholesale prices are double the rest of Australia, $1 billion has been spent on fossil fuel generators that are not needed, and subsidies are costing taxpayers $600 million a year.

Coal-fired rural co-ops dig in against EPA emission rules, but a few mavericks flirt with renewables.

August 14, 2014 - 9:00am
The politically powerful, Washington, D.C.-based National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, that powers the country's rural regions, is a 47-state network of 905 cooperatives and keeps the lights on for more than 42 million consumers. Coal is NRECA's fuel of choice.

Most in US call secondhand smoke very harmful.

August 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Two-thirds of parents who don't smoke, and 61 percent of adult nonsmokers without children younger than 18 say exposure to secondhand smoke is "very harmful" to adults, according to new data sifting by Gallup Inc.

Slim majority in US call secondhand smoke very harmful.

August 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Less than half of U.S. smokers with children younger than 18, 44%, believe exposure to secondhand smoke is "very harmful" to adults. That contrasts with two-thirds of parents who don't smoke, and 61% of adult nonsmokers without children younger than 18.

Society: Don't blame the mothers.

August 14, 2014 - 9:00am
From folk medicine to popular culture, there is an abiding fascination with how the experiences of pregnant women imprint on their descendants. The latest wave in this discussion flows from studies of epigenetics.

Study: 9/11 dust cloud likely caused widespread pregnancy complications.

August 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Expecting mothers who lived near the World Trade Center when the twin towers fell on September 11, 2001 were more likely to give birth prematurely and have babies with low birth weights, according to new research.

Generator fumes linked to rising cases of cancer, sudden death.

August 14, 2014 - 9:00am
According to a recent study, having an electric generator predisposes one to higher chances of cancer, heart attack, strokes and sudden death.

Detoxifying body of harmful chemicals, metals, easier than might seem.

August 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Scientists have made enormous strides in understanding the impact that synthetically produced chemicals have on human health. There have also been great advances in determining how higher levels of metals can interfere with brain functioning – and how to prevent this.

Residents' silence on PCBs: Confidence or disinterest?

August 14, 2014 - 9:00am
We give credit to the Ashwaubenon School District and village for taking immediate remedial steps to the cancer-causing PCB contamination that was discovered on district land last year. Even better to give the public a chance to weigh in on this potential health concern.

Black and Hispanic kids have a 50 percent chance of developing diabetes.

August 13, 2014 - 9:00am
A major new study published Wednesday in the Lancet, finds diabetes risks skyrocketing for all Americans, but especially among certain racial and ethnic groups.

Are your kids' rainbow bracelets toxic?

August 13, 2014 - 9:00am
Bracelets and other trinkets made on the wildly popular Rainbow Loom—a toy that allows kids to weave together brightly colored elastic bands—could contain cancer-causing chemicals, a British laboratory has found.

Contaminated sausages 'kill 12 people' in Denmark listeria outbreak.

August 13, 2014 - 9:00am
A listeria outbreak caused by contaminated sausages is believed to have caused the deaths of at least 12 people in Denmark. Officials traced the deadly bacteria back to a meat producer in Hedehusene, near Copenhagen.

Cancer causing chemicals in joke toys.

August 13, 2014 - 9:00am
A survey of the toys carried out by Northants County Council’s trading standards service found over 10 per cent of the items sampled contained excessive amounts of restricted chemicals called phthalates.

Former Fresno family credits Edmonton’s air for daughter’s recovery.

August 13, 2014 - 9:00am
Cory Seibel and his family are crediting clear skies in Edmonton with his young daughter's new-found health.

A pioneer in addressing the link between the pollution and public health.

August 13, 2014 - 9:00am
During her career at the EPA, Ramona Trovato has been a critical transformation agent in the area of environmental health, addressing the effects of pollution on children and helping the agency become better prepared to handle the challenges of the post-9/11 era.

Everyone deserves clean air and equal protection from pollution.

August 13, 2014 - 9:00am
The EPA's proposed rules on air pollution from oil refineries are a welcome step forward. The agency should, in fact, make the rule even stronger by doing more to protect people from the real-world health consequences of living next door to an oil refinery, by incorporating a fenceline monitoring requirement that would employ the best current technology to give neighborhoods a real-time, continuous measure of pollution, not just a snapshot, and ensure refineries quickly fix pollution problems.

India uranium mining fuels health crisis.

August 13, 2014 - 9:00am
Radioactive waste generated by three government owned mines - Narwapahar, Bhatin and Jadugoda - has spurred fears of a health crisis in the region. The country plans to source a quarter of its energy from nuclear power by 2050.

Sunnyvale schools, homes sit on toxic groundwater: EPA.

August 13, 2014 - 9:00am
The Environmental Protection Agency is examining homes and schools in Sunnyvale after toxic groundwater was discovered in the area.

BPA-free plastic containers may be just as hazardous.

August 12, 2014 - 9:00am
BPS was a favored replacement for BPA because it was thought to be more resistant to leaching. If people consumed less of the chemical, the idea went, it would not cause any or only minimal harm. Yet BPS is getting out. Nearly 81 percent of Americans have detectable levels of BPS in their urine.

The Human Placenta Project.

August 12, 2014 - 9:00am
Announced earlier this year, the Human Placenta Project aims to give doctors a better understanding of the placenta so that they might one day be able to diagnose defects earlier in a pregnancy and develop therapies.

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