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20 years, yet EPA still fails to protect us from polluting incinerators.

October 6, 2014 - 9:00am
Environmental laws are enacted to protect public health, to provide clean air and water, to save endangered wildlife, and to protect our public lands for future generations. But these laws mean little if regulations based on them are not enforced or, in this case, are never created in the first place.

Paying for clean air.

October 6, 2014 - 9:00am
Would you give Texas legislators $1 billion to clean up the air in Texas? What if I told you that you and the rest of the state's taxpayers already have, but they haven't spent the money?

Climate change poses a serious threat to the health of society's most vulnerable.

October 6, 2014 - 9:00am
Is preventing 150,000 asthma attacks in children and grandchildren each year, or preventing 6,600 premature deaths annually, something you feel is important to do?

CDC multitasking hurts Ebola fight.

October 6, 2014 - 9:00am
"You had one job!" is the punchline on a popular Internet meme involving organizational screw-ups. Now critics are saying something similar about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in response the agency's handling of the Ebola outbreak. Unfortunately, it's not true.

Breast cancer's "previvors," fighting the disease before it arrives.

October 6, 2014 - 9:00am
They are young women in the prime of health – yet have yearly appointments with an oncologist. They are young men without a care in the world – except for a nagging worry about prostate cancer.

In Alaska, a city vote will determine path of Interior air quality issue.

October 5, 2014 - 9:00am
As the first snow heralds the arrival of another chilly Fairbanks winter, voters have another opportunity to decide how the community can deal with the Interior's chronic seasonal air pollution.

Take a deep breath: Senators should leave a carbon plan to the experts.

October 5, 2014 - 9:00am
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection should be allowed to get on with its job without time-wasting complications that could lead to the U.S. EPA imposing a federal plan on the state.

Tax on sodas eyed in San Francisco, Berkeley.

October 5, 2014 - 9:00am
A tax on sodas and other sugar-laden drinks that voters and courts in other parts of the country have rejected is on the November ballots in San Francisco and Berkeley, two cities that have been open to such social-engineering initiatives in the past.

Paying for clean air.

October 5, 2014 - 9:00am
If I pay money into a program created to clean up my air and protect my health, I expect it to be spent. When $1 billion of it goes unspent, we're left with dirty air, preventable deaths and children with asthma. The people of Houston deserve better. Our lawmakers should spend that money for its intended purpose: clean air and a healthy future.

The long view:

October 5, 2014 - 9:00am
The tools we need to address climate change are exactly those we’ve used so successfully against air pollution: a combination of government regulation, private innovation and cap-and-trade schemes that put the market to work on our behalf.

Enterovirus D-68 confirmed in Kanawha, nearby counties.

October 4, 2014 - 9:00am
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed three cases of Enterovirus D-68 in patients treated at Charleston Area Medical Center, according to Kanawha-Charleston Health Department officials.

US, Indonesia settle fight over clove cigarettes.

October 4, 2014 - 9:00am
The United States and Indonesia on Friday reached a final agreement that maintains a ban on clove cigarettes from the Southeast Asian nation in an effort to discourage children from smoking.

Here's what we know about the causes of autism.

October 3, 2014 - 9:00am
What causes autism? It's a seemingly simple question. But decades of research have told us that the answer is remarkably – and frustratingly – complex.

Last maker of strong magnets deemed hazard to children fights safety ban.

October 3, 2014 - 9:00am
Buckyballs are dead — banned by federal authorities as a threat to children who might ingest them. But Shihan Qu is waging a lonely battle to save his version of the powerful little magnetic toys.

20m loom bands confiscated in raids across Italy over deadly chemicals fear.

October 3, 2014 - 9:00am
Italian police have seized 20 million loom bands amid fears the children's fashion accessory could contain deadly cancer-causing chemicals. Officers seized products worth an estimated £2.5million from five warehouses in the China Town area of the northern city of Milan.

Curb your hysteria: Talking rationally to kids about Ebola risk.

October 3, 2014 - 9:00am
Many of our current responses to the recent news of Ebola and enterovirus D-68 bear all the hallmarks of classic mass hysteria.

Zeroing in on a risk factor? PBDE exposure and acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

October 2, 2014 - 9:00am
Although no longer manufactured here, PBDE flame retardants are still found in imported and older products; they also persist in the environment. A new study suggests that exposure to specific PBDE congeners may be a risk factor for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Beyond spatial relationships: Residential greenness and birth outcomes.

October 2, 2014 - 9:00am
Living near natural, vegetated areas may contribute to various positive health outcomes. Now, investigators report an association between increased residential greenness and improved birth outcomes, independent of spatially influenced factors like noise and air pollution.

Open pits offer cheap disposal for fracking sludge, but health worries mount.

October 2, 2014 - 9:00am
A commercial waste facility that will receive millions of barrels of toxic sludge from oil and gas production, is taking shape less than a mile from a Nordheim, Texas, school amidst concerns that wind will expose students to traces of dangerous chemicals, including benzene.

Smoking while pregnant or breastfeeding 'endangers boys' fertility by damaging their sperm.'

October 2, 2014 - 9:00am
Mothers who smoke during pregnancy or while breastfeeding could be endangering their sons’ fertility, research shows. Scientists have found it permanently damages the reproductive organs so they produce faulty sperm.

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