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Costa Rica promises to compensate sickened banana workers.

October 9, 2014 - 9:00am
Costa Rica has agreed to pay the medical bills and other compensation for some 12,000 banana workers and their relatives suffering lingering effects of exposure to pesticides in the 1960s and 1970s.

Patients suffering from asthma make up nearly a quarter of Harlem Hospital's emergency room visits.

October 9, 2014 - 9:00am
Breathing isn’t easy in Harlem. Nearly a quarter of the 13,551 patients who visited Harlem Hospital’s emergency room in fiscal year 2014 were suffering from asthma, records show.

Dukesville, NC: Don’t drink the water, locals and activists warn.

October 8, 2014 - 9:00am
In Sherry Gobble’s house, the water runs toxic. Gobble, who lives alongside Duke Energy’s Buck Steam Station in a Rowan County, North Carolina, community called Dukeville, discovered six months ago that water in her family’s well contains the carcinogen hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium-6.

Ho Chi Minh City tap water tainted with antibiotics, toxics.

October 8, 2014 - 9:00am
Independent studies have detected antibiotics and hormone-disrupting substances in Ho Chi Minh City's tap water due to the lack of systems to monitor or decontaminate it, Saigon Tiep Thi Online reported.

Scathing report details Canada’s environmental shortfalls.

October 8, 2014 - 9:00am
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is not doing enough to reduce carbon emissions, fight climate change and regulate oil and gas emissions, a series of audits from a federal watchdog have found.

Military pollution casts shadow over paradise Sardinia.

October 8, 2014 - 9:00am
Sardinia only has roughly 1.6 million inhabitants, but is host to 60 percent of Italy's state-owned lands used by NATO, non-NATO forces and weapon makers for all kinds of live testing and exercises which are suspected by experts to have a dramatically adverse impact on the local population and environment.

Australia coal seam gas report leaves health concerns unanswered.

October 8, 2014 - 9:00am
The long-awaited independent review of coal seam gas in New South Wales, released last week by the NSW Chief Scientist, highlighted many risks and uncertainties around human health from exposure to toxic CSG chemicals. But major health concerns remain unresolved.

Stericycle's permit should not be renewed.

October 8, 2014 - 9:00am
An ex-employee of Stericycle alleges shocking disregard for public and employee safety by Stericycle management - including directing employees to ignore the geiger counter giving radioactive readings of the waste and to burn it anyway. Furthermore he stated the geiger counter didn’t work much of the time.

The next battleground for soda.

October 8, 2014 - 9:00am
If the soda industry were really interested in changing the status quo, it could stop marketing soda to children who are too young to figure out that it’s essentially poison and could stop battling against measures designed to decrease its consumption. The industry will do neither of those things unless we compel it to.

Fighting fluoridation in Portland.

October 7, 2014 - 9:00am
Portland’s fluoridation battle shows how tricky it is to integrate science into debates that have as much to do with values as policy.

Kids exposed to BPA before birth at risk of wheeze: Study.

October 7, 2014 - 9:00am
Young kids who were exposed to Bisphenol A before birth are more likely than others to have a wheeze before age five, according to a new study that found no connection to BPA exposure after birth.

Kentucky Environmental Foundation releases health impact statement for Shawnee plant.

October 7, 2014 - 9:00am
The Kentucky Environmental Foundation has released its Health Impact Assessment for Paducah's Shawnee Fossil Fuel Plant. The report comes as the Commonwealth braces for new EPA regulations on coal plant emissions.

Deaths may be linked with enterovirus: Why some kids recover, others don't.

October 7, 2014 - 9:00am
Enterovirus D68 is a virus that causes flulike symptoms and has now sickened hundreds of people across the United States. But the reasons why some may die while others show very few symptoms remain unclear.

In Massachusetts, contaminated drinking water linked to stillbirths.

October 6, 2014 - 9:00am
For nearly 20 years, New Englanders drank and bathed in water without knowing it was laced with tetrachloroethylene, a neurotoxin. A new study shows that the exposure to the poison is linked to increased risk for stillbirths and other pregnancy complications.

Fracking figures into West North Carolina Senate race.

October 6, 2014 - 9:00am
A controversial natural gas extraction process that might never be used in Western North Carolina is becoming a big part of a mountain Senate race.

Chiadzwa pollutants causing still births, legislators claim.

October 6, 2014 - 9:00am
Legislators are accusing Chinese diamond firms in Chiadzwa of dumping toxic chemicals along the Odzi and Saver rivers, leading to an upsurge in cases of stillbirths among people and livestock.

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.

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