Links to articles in today's press about environmental health. Many more links available today at www.EnvironmentalHealthNews.org
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The carefully manicured suburban American lawn is under threat - as campaigners demand that towns impose a ban homeowners from using pesticides.
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 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.
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?
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.
Wealthier high-school students may be more likely to try smoking the hookah, according to a new study.
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.
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.
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.
Transforming paved surfaces into parks, gardens, and outdoor classrooms is a smart investment that will have an immediate positive return in the quality of life of our students and our communities.
A new study of Rhode Island’s landmark lead-paint legislation concludes that the law is making homes safer for children. But the study also found that many dwellings are not in compliance with the law, which took effect in 2004.
As the methods for testing fish to find potentially harmful toxins have improved, South Carolina has added seven new waterways to its fish-consumption advisories. Yet, getting the public to heed those warnings has become a greater challenge.
Once you know what plankton can do, you’ll understand why fertilizing the ocean with iron is not such a crazy idea.
Mike Simpson believes it’s too expensive for small towns to filter the toxic chemical, which is found in greater abundance out west.