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Chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease are rising fast in low- and middle-income countries, striking far younger populations than in rich countries and causing much worse outcomes, according to a new report.
Photographer Elena del Estal spent the past few months documenting some of the residents of Bhopal, many of whom are living with severe health complications.
Three decades after lethal gas swept through Bhopal, the central Indian city remains haunted by memories of the world's worst industrial disaster.
After years of concern, residents of Elmwood Park aren't any closer to knowing if they are being harmed by chemical vapors.
Three times as many children have tried e-cigarettes as have smoked tobacco, figures show, prompting concern that e-cigs are acting as a "nicotine gateway" for children, luring them to back to more harmful cigarettes.
The hormone-mimicking chemicals used routinely in toiletries, cosmetics, medicines, plastics and pesticides cause hundreds of millions of euros of damage to EU citizens every year, according to the first estimate of their economic impact.
Thirty years on from the Union Carbide gas leak tragedy, Bhopal is a city defined - and divided - by the disaster.
A handful of parents started to research rubber infill, the recycled crumbs and shreds of old tire that in various forms have become an increasingly popular option for cities, schools, and day cares looking for a safe play surface for kids. What they found, they said, launched them on a campaign to replace the rubber.
After years of testing water and soil at the old Jefferson Proving Ground in Southern Indiana, the Army is seeking permission to end its federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission license - leaving an estimated 162,040 pounds of depleted uranium projectiles and thousands of unexploded artillery shells at the firing range.
A massive 82 per cent of Indians want to see the Union Carbide attend the Indian courts about its role in the gas leak at the Bhopal plant, says a new poll. The poll was carried out by YouGov for Amnesty International.
Thirty years ago, India experienced one of the worst chemical disasters in its history. In the early morning of Dec. 2-3, 1984, a gas leak at the American-owned Union Carbide plant leaked toxic methyl isocyanate gas (MIC) throughout the city of Bhopal, killing 4,000 people almost instantly.
Though Victoria was out of compliance with ozone pollution standards in the late '70s, the county now has one of the lowest levels of the smog-causing pollutant in the state. Yet, the agency is taking comments about a standard that would put Victoria out of compliance once again.
History has left it to Ms. Ambrose to finally do the right thing. Yes, she was only roused from her stupor by the insistent courage of the Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada and by this newspaper’s reporting. But now she has met with the victims’ association and says she is ready to act.
The president is often criticized for using his executive powers to advance his domestic and foreign policy agendas without support from Congress. But when it comes to crafting regulations that improve air quality and save lives, the president has a public health imperative to act.
Today Dow is engaged in a legal standoff with India over environmental damages in Bhopal and is refusing to even clean up the site of the plant, which is still leaking highly toxic substances into the water system. But it isn’t too late to start to make amends for history’s worst industrial accident.
Without visiting Detroit, it is easy to imagine a ruined metropolis, but even the most cursory inspection offers evidence of remarkable resilience. Environmental and public health problems can still be readily found, but so too can testaments to a desire to move past this legacy and create something new.
Thirty years ago, a Union Carbide chemical factory began leaking 27 tons of the deadly gas methyl isocyanate, engulfing a large part of Bhopal’s old quarter and immediately killing more than 3,000 people. The city has never overcome its gory past.
It would take 71 Environmental Protection Agency employees spending all their workdays from now until June to read all the comments submitted to the agency’s Clean Power Plan thus far, assuming a modest 5-minute limit per comment.
Inuit children who suffer from a type of chronic diarrhea could now be diagnosed more easily, say doctors who believe a gene mutation is responsible.
Faith and business leaders weighed in on a plan by the Obama administration to cut carbon pollution at existing power plants by 30 percent in the next 15 years, saying it is urgently needed. Utah regulators have concerns about how it would work.