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Appeals court upholds EPA’s mountaintop removal crackdown.

July 12, 2014 - 9:00am
In a significant victory for the Obama administration’s coal policies, a federal appeals court on Friday upheld U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiatives aimed at reducing water pollution from mountaintop removal mining operations.

Famine puts next two generations at risk of obesity.

July 12, 2014 - 9:00am
A study in mice shows that undernourishment during pregnancy increases the chances that the next two generations will develop obesity and diabetes. But by then the slate is wiped clean.

Time for a smarter approach to energy in Illinois.

July 12, 2014 - 9:00am
I am asking everyone to rethink what we are doing for energy here in Illinois.

Agent Orange ingredients found at Okinawa dumpsite.

July 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Dozens of rusting barrels unearthed on former U.S. military land in Okinawa City have been identified as containing precursors to defoliant Agent Orange, a toxic compound used widely in the Vietnam War and blamed for poisoning that has resulted in birth defects and other health problems.

Diet during pregnancy linked to diabetes in grandchildren.

July 11, 2014 - 9:00am
New work from the University of Cambridge solidifies the link between epigenetic effects from in utero diet and health problems across generations.

GMO moratorium initiative examined in Maui council.

July 11, 2014 - 9:00am
The much-discussed genetically modified organism (GMO) moratorium initiative got its first hearing at the Maui, Hawaii, County Council's Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee (PIA) on June 30.

Researchers pinpoint strontium in aquifer.

July 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Earlier this year, a report by researchers at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay identified the source of a naturally occurring chemical element in the deep-water aquifer of northeastern Wisconsin that could pose problems for children, strontium.

Combining vaccines may help eradicate polio.

July 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Serious polio outbreaks in Asia, Africa and Europe over the last 10 years have hampered efforts to wipe out the disease, caused by a virus that replicates in the gut and can be passed on through contact with infected faeces. Combining two types of polio vaccine could speed efforts to eradicate the crippling disease, scientists say.

Falmouth, Massachusetts, warns pregnant women about chemicals in water.

July 11, 2014 - 9:00am
The Falmouth Health Department in Massachusetts has issued a warning – for the second time in a year – for pregnant women about potential high levels of disinfection chemicals in the town’s water.

Missouri Cold Water Creek group responds to investigation.

July 11, 2014 - 9:00am
North St. Louis County, Mo., residents who fear decades of exposure to radioactive nuclear waste are weighing in after NewsChannel 5 broke the news that the St. Louis County Health Department has hired three epidemiologists to investigate.

Consumer Reports warns against spray-on sunscreen.

July 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Consumer Reports is warning parents against spray-on lotions, saying it could put children at risk for asthma or allergy attacks. The warning comes after the Food and Drug Administration announced they are studying the product as to whether or not it can be harmful when inhaled by children.

End of the perfect American lawn? Campaigners call for pesticide ban.

July 10, 2014 - 9:00am
The carefully manicured suburban American lawn is under threat - as campaigners demand that towns impose a ban homeowners from using pesticides.

How Rhode Island is doing in the fight against lead paint poisoning.

July 10, 2014 - 9:00am
In 2005, Rhode Island passed a law requiring some landlords to clean up lead paint. And a group of researchers recently set out to find out if it’s working.

Detroit’s trash incinerator has folks raising a stink.

July 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Detroit's hulking incinerator, the largest facility of its kind in the nation, disposes of 3,300 tons of waste per day. But it also releases pollutants and a terrible odor that affects surrounding neighborhoods.

What’s killing the children in Jadugora, India?

July 9, 2014 - 9:00am
For years, desperately poor people living in scattered villages in the shadow of state-run uranium mines have been tormented by a mystery: What’s causing the wasting diseases that are deforming and killing so many of their children?

For asthma patients in Minneapolis, smoking and poor housing deadly.

July 9, 2014 - 9:00am
In some zip codes in Minneapolis the risk of experiencing a life-threatening asthma attack is nearly six times higher than it is in most other areas of the state.

Affluent teens choosing hookah over cigarettes.

July 9, 2014 - 9:00am
Wealthier high-school students may be more likely to try smoking the hookah, according to a new study.

Debate continues on hazards of electromagnetic waves.

July 8, 2014 - 9:00am
An epidemiological study comparing children in Denver who died of cancer from 1950 to 1973 with a control group of other children found that those who lived near electrical distribution lines were twice as likely to develop the disease as those who did not.

Getting tougher on water pollution standards ... but will the water really be cleaner?

July 8, 2014 - 9:00am
Eat only as much fish as the state assumes you do every day, and you’d starve, for sure: It’s a chunk not much bigger than a Starburst candy. But that could be about to change, under new regulations in the works at the state Department of Ecology.

Agent Orange’s deadly legacy.

July 8, 2014 - 9:00am
The American war in Vietnam, riddled with deceit, lives on in the bodies of Vietnam veterans and their children, in the estimated 3 million uncompensated Vietnamese poisoned by Agent Orange and in the veterans who flew aboard post-war contaminated C-123 planes without any forewarnings from the Air Force.

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