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Working together to 'green' Philadelphia.

July 8, 2014 - 9:00am
Transforming paved surfaces into parks, gardens, and outdoor classrooms is a smart investment that will have an immediate positive return in the quality of life of our students and our communities.

Study: Compliance with Rhode Island's lead-paint law low, but children’s exposure reduced.

July 8, 2014 - 9:00am
A new study of Rhode Island’s landmark lead-paint legislation concludes that the law is making homes safer for children. But the study also found that many dwellings are not in compliance with the law, which took effect in 2004.

Eating fish from South Carolina's Upstate waters poses health hazard.

July 8, 2014 - 9:00am
As the methods for testing fish to find potentially harmful toxins have improved, South Carolina has added seven new waterways to its fish-consumption advisories. Yet, getting the public to heed those warnings has become a greater challenge.

Engineering the ocean.

July 7, 2014 - 9:00am
Once you know what plankton can do, you’ll understand why fertilizing the ocean with iron is not such a crazy idea.

The congressman fighting for more arsenic in drinking water.

July 7, 2014 - 9:00am
Mike Simpson believes it’s too expensive for small towns to filter the toxic chemical, which is found in greater abundance out west.

Wait might be over for Wilmington cancer study.

July 7, 2014 - 9:00am
Fifteen years have come and gone, but no conclusions have been reported to the public about the possible link between contaminants entering Wilmington's drinking-water supply and the town's above-average rate of child cancer cases. But some answers could finally be coming to Wilmington.

Our mismeasured economy.

July 7, 2014 - 9:00am
In obscuring the value of government, the G.D.P. story is leaving us in the dark about potentially crippling trade-offs between fiscal and regulatory austerity and our needs as a society.

Overweight and pregnant.

July 7, 2014 - 9:00am
Obesity affects 36 percent of women of childbearing age. In addition to hindering conception, obesity is linked to a host of difficulties during pregnancy, labor and delivery. Personal biases and concerns about professional liability lead some obstetricians to avoid obese patients.

Endosulfan pesticide victims seek care in India.

July 6, 2014 - 9:00am
Expressing concern over the state of endosulfan victims in Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka High Court Judge K.L. Manjunath said they were real sufferers who need more care and relief.

Pension, rehab village underway for India's endosulfan victims.

July 6, 2014 - 9:00am
The government has initiated some steps to implement the rehabilitation package for the people affected by the use of endosulfan in Kasargod district.

Victims of Camp Lejeune’s dirty water deserve better.

July 6, 2014 - 9:00am
America’s veterans deserve better. The growing scandal that has engulfed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs overshadowed other actions by the Obama administration that further call into question its policies to protect the men and women who have served in the armed forces.

Gross domestic problem.

July 6, 2014 - 9:00am
Economists have long known the difficulties in using production as a proxy for progress, but that arcane debate has rarely leaked into the broader public discussion. More than four decades later, the threat of climate changes forces us to confront the question of what we are sacrificing for growth.

Washington state begins cleanup of Tacoma’s Vassault Park.

July 5, 2014 - 9:00am
This week marked the beginning of a year-long closure of Vassault Park’s playfields to allow for the removal of accumulated arsenic from the former Asarco copper smelter in Ruston.

More shoppers are seeking green bedding.

July 5, 2014 - 9:00am
Business is up at Jeff Kaplan's natural furnishings store called New Living on Kirby Drive in Rice Village, where customers come in search of hypoallergenic mattresses and couches made with natural materials. Some even arrive with prescriptions in hand.

The long shadow of Chernobyl.

July 5, 2014 - 9:00am
Victor Gaydack is now in his 70s and lives in a Kiev suburb. In April 1986 he was a major in the Russian army, on duty when reactor four at Chernobyl exploded. He was one of tens of thousands of fit, young “liquidators” sent in from all over the Soviet Union to try to make safe the stricken reactor. Since the accident, Gaydack has suffered two heart attacks, and developed severe stomach cancer.

Blood lead level in children alarmingly high.

July 5, 2014 - 9:00am
Research currently being conducted on blood lead level in children has shown that blood lead level in children under two years of age in urban areas is alarmingly high.

Report: Powerful new herbicide may be sprayed in close range of thousands of U.S. schools.

July 5, 2014 - 9:00am
Chemical-resistant superweeds are popping up in millions of acres of fields sprayed with Glyphosate or 2,4-D, two of the most widely used herbicides on the market. And the EPA is on track to allow Dow Chemical to combine the two chemicals into a new superweed killer called Enlist Duo.

Fukushima's radioactive soil sparks storage fights, exposes enormity, hopelessness of clean-up task.

July 5, 2014 - 9:00am
Last week's abject apology by Japanese environment minister Nobuteru Ishihara to Fukushima Prefecture officials underscores how serious the problem of contaminated-soil storage has become in that country.

US climate report suggests $500bn of property below sea level by 2100.

July 4, 2014 - 9:00am
A new report, Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States, frames climate change as a risk issue with a price tag. Does it indicate that the financial community is beginning to take climate change seriously?

Federal support for potent new weedkiller raises fears about children's health.

July 4, 2014 - 9:00am
As a federal decision looms over whether to approve Dow AgroSciences' proposed Enlist Duo herbicide challenges from critics across the country have poured in. And children's health advocates are among the most vocal.

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