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Japan industry fights 'Minamata' costs as mercury trade ban looms.

August 26, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Rickets may make a shock comeback: Leading doctor issues warning over rise in food poverty.

August 26, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Fukushima watch: Early data on thyroid cancer released.

August 26, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Children at risk of deadly poison: Lead contamination levels high in central Sydney.

August 25, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Are rising cancer rates now a fixture among post-Deepwater Horizon illness?

August 25, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Health benefits of reducing emissions outweigh costs involved, study.

August 25, 2014 - 9:00am
Cutting carbon emissions from sources like power plants and vehicles can lower asthma rates and other health problems, a new study finds.

Respiratory disease doubles in India's children.

August 25, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Children at risk in e-waste sites.

August 24, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Vaccine-preventable illnesses on the rise.

August 24, 2014 - 9:00am
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 confirmed by poll.

August 23, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Nuclear power stations cause childhood leukemia - and here's the proof.

August 23, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Why Arlington joined the battle against climate change.

August 23, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

UN ‘ignores’ genetic mutations caused by Fukushima disaster.

August 23, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

UK councils warning over toxic loom bands.

August 23, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Amid food safety scares, China retailer offers insurance for baby milk.

August 23, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Penis deformity cases among baby boys on the rise in Sweden, stump scientists.

August 22, 2014 - 9:00am
Sweden has seen a rise in baby boys being born with deformed penises, a condition called hypospadias, which has stumped the nation’s scientists.

Asthma attack rates similar for black and white kids.

August 22, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

With fossil subsidy phase-out, Egypt experts weigh renewables.

August 22, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

After food safety scares, China retailer offers baby milk insurance.

August 22, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Land abuse comes back to haunt.

August 22, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

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