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Connecticut House mows down bill banning GMO grass seed.

April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
A bill to ban genetically modified grass seed before it arrives in Connecticut hit a wall of opposition in the state House Thursday, going down to defeat despite warnings that GMO seeds could bring a dangerous wave of toxic herbicides here.

Mesoamerica's mystery killer.

April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Since 2002, researchers have reported that agricultural communities in the hot and humid Pacific Coast of Central America and southern Mexico have suffered a rising burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD) that has no obvious cause.

Four years after BP disaster, erosion quickens along Gulf shore.

April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
The shoreline erosion in Bay Jimmy, heavily oiled from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, has made the dry land smaller. Although some erosion would have happened anyway, environmental groups say the oil hastened the process.

Stop and think about the impact of fluoridation.

April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Fluoride is an non-nutritive chemical by-product of the aluminum and phosphate fertilizer industries, being administered by government to populations in the water. Is municipal water fluoridation still the best way for dental care? Stop and think.

Fractious debate.

April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
If oil and gas production is near your house, can it harm your family? For many -- like those who voted for fracking bans -- the answer to that question seems to be an obvious, "yes." But for Joann Ginal, a state representative from Fort Collins, finding the right answer is trickier than that.

Indonesian river clogged with toxic chemicals dumped by textile factories.

April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Once a tropical paradise, the Citarum in Java, Indonesia, is now said to be the dirtiest river in the world.

Allergy season, by the numbers.

April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Spring is finally here - but that’s not love in the air, it’s ragweed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic disease among American adults. They cause some 4 million missed and lost workdays each year. And kids fare even worse.

Indian social entrepreneurs battle bureaucracy, need help to expand.

April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Millions of businesses in India are using innovative ideas to help the poor access services such as water, education and healthcare, but bureaucracy, scarce capital and an absence of technical support are making it hard for them to scale up their work.

Tenants near Harlem gas explosion file suit against city.

April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Tenants in a five-story building near the site of last month's East Harlem gas explosion are accusing the city of neglect for certifying their apartments as safe when they were actually contaminated with dangerous levels of dust-laden lead and asbestos.

Cot mattresses emit chemicals, study finds.

April 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Babies are exposed to chemical emissions from cot mattresses while they sleep, according to a new study from the University of Texas at Austin.

Is your milk full of girly hormones?

April 10, 2014 - 9:00am
By milking pregnant cows, dairies produce a product with elevated estrogen levels - which may be detrimental to your health.

Memo to Congress: Protect public health, not toxic chemicals.

April 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Americans have long been unwitting subjects in an uncontrolled experiment. For decades, U.S. manufacturers - with the federal government's blessing - have been producing tens of thousands of untested, potentially toxic chemicals, many of which wind up in our bodies.

Helping small-scale miners a noble duty.

April 9, 2014 - 9:00am
We are glad to learn that over 300 small-scale miners operating near African Barrick Gold’s North Mara Gold Mine will benefit from a modern gold processing plant, a move geared towards safeguarding miners from environmental and health hazards.

Push parents to vaccinate children against measles.

April 9, 2014 - 9:00am
As long as Canadians travel the world, returning from areas where measles is endemic, unimmunized kids will be at risk. The fact is this is a safe, highly effective treatment that can ward off a world of potential suffering. It makes no sense to spurn it.

Obama administration, company align against North Carolina dump's neighbors in Supreme Court showdown.

April 9, 2014 - 9:00am
After both of her sons were diagnosed with cancer, Lee Ann Smith began to search for the causes of her sons' illnesses. She focused on an abandoned electroplating facility suspected of contaminating groundwater with solvents, some of which were known carcinogens. Her boys played in the creeks behind the shuttered plant.

Children's health at risk from exhaust emissions as Green party report reveals schools in pollution blackspots.

April 9, 2014 - 9:00am
The health of thousands of children could be at risk because they go to schools near to heavily-polluted roads, it has been claimed.

Little evidence of high cancer rates in Alberta oilsands community, study finds.

April 9, 2014 - 9:00am
A study by the Alberta government says an aboriginal community downstream from the oilsands doesn’t have higher overall cancer rates, though it did find the prevalence of two kinds of cancer in Fort Chipewyan was higher than would be expected.

Lead poisoning can be a big problem for kids.

April 9, 2014 - 9:00am
What should be a safe and familiar sight — children running and playing outside in the yard after school — may hold hidden dangers for Springfield and Clark County children.

Gulf oil spill 'not over': Dolphins, turtles dying in record numbers.

April 9, 2014 - 9:00am
Four years after the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, several species of wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico are still struggling to recover, according to a new report.

New delta tunnel dispute focuses on health issue.

April 9, 2014 - 9:00am
Opponents of the delta tunnel plan made a startling accusation Monday. They claimed up to a thousand people near the town of Byron could be relocated during construction because of cancer concerns.

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