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On average, amphibian deformities at U.S. National Wildlife Refuges are lower than expected. But in abnormality “hotspots,” rates can approach 40 percent.
Researchers this summer purchased 42 children's chairs, sofas and other furniture from major retailers and tested them for toxic flame retardants that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, diminished I.Q.'s and other problems. The chemicals were found in all but four of the products tested.
Expectant mothers often take Tylenol, with the active ingredient acetaminophen, to deal with back pain, headaches or mild fevers during pregnancy. But frequent use may be linked to poorer language skills and behavior problems among their children, according to a new study.
The reactors at Hanford made plutonium for the nuclear weapon dropped on Nagasaki. Today, they sit on a radioactive wasteland that whistle-blowers say is a ticking time bomb.
The West Virginia Supreme Court on Friday upheld approval of the settlement in a landmark lawsuit over pollution of the community of Nitro with dioxin from the former Monsanto chemical plant.
Preliminary testing at Malibu High School has uncovered toxic chemicals at levels that exceed regulatory limits, according to a statement released Friday by the Santa-Monica Malibu Unified School District.
Traditional cooking methods are exposing thousands to dangerous levels of pollutants. But improving the situation requires more than technology.
Fans and business owners across the food-service industry are concerned they could face a serious shortage of an increasingly ubiquitous condiment brand made by a family-owned company in the Los Angeles area, where recently, residents have complained of noxious fumes.
Kiribati is a flyspeck of a United Nations member state, a collection of 33 islands necklaced across the central Pacific. Thirty-two are low-lying atolls; the 33rd is a raised coral island that long ago was strip-mined for its seabird-guano-derived phosphates. If scientists are correct, the ocean will swallow most of Kiribati before the end of the century – perhaps sooner.
A report commissioned by the city is boosting suspicions that early semiconductor companies spread pollution throughout northeastern Mountain View by dumping toxics into leaky sewer lines.
Anger is boiling over near Naples after revelations about toxic mafia dumps blamed for rising cancer rates that have prompted accusations the state is ignoring a vast public health crisis.
A consumer group accused manufacturers of chlorine-detecting pool chemicals of violating state law by failing to disclose a cancer-causing ingredient, but an Alameda County judge dismissed their lawsuit. On Tuesday, a state appeals court reinstated the suit.
Aid workers have warned that children in the disaster zone left by typhoon Haiyan are particularly vulnerable, as they set up child-focused services to mitigate the impact.
The Hollinwell Incident has baffled scientists and academics for years. Why did hundreds of children taking part in a marching band competition suddenly start fainting on the spot? What caused them to suffer streaming eyes, sore throats, dizziness and nausea?
Some of the furniture had Disney princesses on it. Others depicted Dora the Explorer and Spiderman. And many contained flame retardants, chemicals that have been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, infertility and other ills, according to a study by a nonprofit group that advocates for less use of toxic chemicals.
Chad Pregracke, an Illinois man who has dedicated his life to cleaning the Mississippi River and other U.S. waterways, was named the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year on Tuesday night.
Local clean air advocates objected to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to delay the deadline for states like Alaska to submit plans showing how they’ll clean up air pollution.
There are two tobacco bills before the Alberta legislature right now that focus mainly on protecting the health and well-being of youth. While we have some concerns about both bills, on the whole, they should be passed with small tweaks to prevent children from being harmed.
If a person chooses to gulp down tar, ammonia, toluene, acetone, nicotine and carbon monoxide, that’s their decision. But children, who have no choice, shouldn’t be subjected to smoke in the stuffy, airless environment of a car.
The loo, the W.C., the lavatory, the privy, the porcelain god — while it goes by many names, the toilet — one of life's most mundane objects — plays a fundamental role in society.