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Can playing on artificial turf lead to cancer?

October 15, 2014 - 9:00am
Artificial turf fields can be found all over the United States as the popular alternative to natural grass fields which require a lot more upkeep; however, the chemicals involved in making the turf has been drawing some concern.

Faster lab test will check for rare respiratory virus, which means a surge in confirmed cases is coming.

October 15, 2014 - 9:00am
As a rare respiratory virus continues to sicken children around the country, spreading to hundreds in almost every state in a matter of weeks, the actual number of infections has remained a mystery.

Sen. David Vitter: EPA emails show 'cozy relationship' with environmental group.

October 15, 2014 - 9:00am
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., Tuesday released emails between EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and a leading environmental group that he says shows collusion on a proposal to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.

Will Obama Heed the Science? A Primer on the coming ozone rule.

October 15, 2014 - 9:00am
A high-stakes battle over the nation's ozone pollution rule reached a new milestone last week when the Environmental Protection Agency submitted its latest proposed rule to the White House for review.

Ohio pollution complaint unrelated to coal ‘bailout’ plan.

October 15, 2014 - 9:00am
American Electric Power (AEP) is on notice that it may be sued for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act by its Gavin Power Plant in Cheshire, Ohio.

Trafalgar and Parliament squares smoking ban call.

October 15, 2014 - 9:00am
Smoking could be banned in Trafalgar and Parliament squares as well as the city's parks if a report by London's Health Commission is implemented.

When it comes to food packaging, what we don’t know could hurt us.

October 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Recent analyses raise disturbing questions about the health and environmental effects of the stuff that encases our edibles.

The spreading enterovirus is different than previous years' strains.

October 14, 2014 - 9:00am
The virus usually causes respiratory symptoms, but recently, about a dozen people with Enterovirus D68 have developed paralysis. And five have died according to the CDC. Researchers say it's not clear what role, if any, the virus played in the deaths.

Hamad Medical Corporation experts urge precautions with plastic food containers.

October 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Experts from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) have advised Qatar residents to take precautions when using plastic containers for storing or heating food, in order to limit exposure to harmful chemicals that may leach from plastic containers.

Drivers face smoking ban in their own cars.

October 13, 2014 - 9:00am
Drivers face a ban on smoking in their own car if a child is present under Scottish Government reforms of anti-smoking legislation. A shake-up of the laws surrounding tobacco and electronic cigarettes is being considered by Holyrood ministers.

Michigan toddler dies of enterovirus infection.

October 12, 2014 - 9:00am
A 21-month-old girl who tested positive for enterovirus D-68 in Michigan died after a month-long battle with the respiratory illness, marking the second time a child has succumbed to the virus in the U.S. this week, health officials said.

China's online environmental activism.

October 12, 2014 - 9:00am
Fighting for clean air and water, China’s environmental activists are turning to social media to mobilize support.

Iowa scientists point to health effects of climate change.

October 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Iowans are feeling firsthand the effects of climate change, a coalition of Iowa scientists say. Those impacts include weather extremes that carry health consequences for people with respiratory conditions, as well as an increase in insect-borne illnesses.

Kailash Satyarthi’s Nobel Peace Prize caps decades of fighting child slavery in India.

October 11, 2014 - 9:00am
As India undergoes swift economic expansion, there is a surging demand for child workers. There is virtually no enforcement of labor laws, and children are sold into service and confined in horrific conditions, paid nothing and barely fed.

Pilot program to test air pollution at schools.

October 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Schools in Beijing have started to monitor air quality on campus and issue warnings if necessary to minimize risks to students posed by hazardous gases and particles such as PM2.5, which has become a major air pollutant in the city.

Liberian leader brings money and hygiene message to Ebola's 'hot zone.'

October 10, 2014 - 9:00am
When President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited the remote corner of the northerly Nimba county this week, she found that Ebola was not the only emergency affecting communities that have been quarantined over the disease. And the president's mission went beyond handouts.

North Carolina campaign educates on auto pollution.

October 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Next time you’re driving on the highway, you might spot a billboard about public health instead of one about the next fasƒtdhbub-food joint. That’s at least the intention behind an expanding campaign by North Carolina State University’s Clean Energy Technology Center

E-cigarettes allowed to advertise on TV as rules are relaxed.

October 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Electronic cigarettes will be seen in TV commercials for the first time, under new rules that take a relaxed approach to celebrity endorsements.

Six senators urge stronger warnings on e-cigarettes.

October 10, 2014 - 9:00am
In a letter to the Food and Drug Administration, six United States senators said labels should warn consumers of "the known dangers of nicotine use,” including risks to adolescent brain development.

Health organization decries China’s ‘Tobacco Hope Primary School.’

October 9, 2014 - 9:00am
The WHO is urging China to kill all advertising for tobacco products,  as tobacco companies have found loopholes in existing ad restrictions that have enabled them to promote products in unexpected places—on toys or even at primary schools.

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