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A year after the Minamata Convention on Mercury was agreed in southwestern Japan, Japanese industries from smelters to cement makers are digging in to fight storage costs and emission curbs the still-pending treaty would impose.
Northern Ireland is facing a potential rickets epidemic unless food poverty is addressed, a senior medical professional has said. A disease associated with poverty, rickets affects bone development in children and can lead to deformities such as bow legs.
A study by researchers in Fukushima prefecture found 57 minors in the prefecture have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer so far and another 46 are showing symptoms that suggest they may also have the disease.
Lead contamination up to 13 times the level authorities consider safe has been found in some of Sydney’s busiest suburbs, raising health fears for thousands of children.
The last thing veteran shrimp fisherman Jack Hill expected to catch when he participated in efforts to clean up the massive Deepwater Horizon blowout of April 20, 2010 was cancer.
Cutting carbon emissions from sources like power plants and vehicles can lower asthma rates and other health problems, a new study finds.
India's annual health survey shows increases of acute respiratory infection (ARI) among children -- from 6.5 % in 2011 to 15.9% in 2013. In the northwest Jaipur district, 37.2% of children are suffering from ARI. Health experts see the increases as a dangerous trend.
While it is a known truth that Delhi has been become a dumping yard for e-waste for the world, some disturbing facts from these sites expose the lack of awareness on the part of the owners and the local authorities on the working conditions in scrapyards.
With school about to start, many Connecticut parents are scrambling to get required vaccinations. But some still have reservations about safety, and find ways to opt out – a concern to health officials, since some of these vaccine-preventable illnesses are making a comeback.
Iowa's support for renewable fuels has been officially confirmed: 77 percent of registered voters surveyed said they support expanding the federal Renewable Fuel Standard to increase biodiesel in the fuel supply.
Controversy has been raging for decades over the link between nuclear power stations and childhood leukemia. But as with tobacco and lung cancer, it's all about hiding the truth.
We have only one planet. While U.S. cities and counties have taken the initiative to respond to climate change, the federal government must lead.
The United Nations is deliberately ignoring evidence of genetic damage caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, according to international scientists who point to signs of mutations in animals, birds and plants.
Carmarthenshire's Trading Standards are testing batches of loom bands they believe may contain harmful levels of toxic chemicals. Whilst awaiting the results, they are warning parents to be careful when purchasing the bright coloured elastic bands and charms.
A Chinese retailer is offering insurance to customers who buy infant milk powder, highlighting the lengths to which companies are going to address concern about food safety in China.
Sweden has seen a rise in baby boys being born with deformed penises, a condition called hypospadias, which has stumped the nation’s scientists.
A new analysis of U.S. childhood asthma statistics finds racial differences persist in the proportions of African American and white children who develop asthma, but success in managing the disease is becoming more equal.
Until recently a net exporter of oil products, Egypt is now struggling to keep its industries running and its households lit. However, if the government takes this opportunity to stimulate investment in alternative sources of energy, many new jobs may be created, experts say.
A Chinese retailer is offering insurance to customers who buy infant milk powder, highlighting the lengths to which companies are going to address concerns about food safety in China.
Now comes word that a couple of nasty chemical compounds — perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) — have contaminated drinking water supplies in two adjoining townships. And that the culprit is likely the U.S. Navy.