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Springdale school part of study on prevalence of asthma in region.

April 6, 2014 - 9:00am
Screenings for asthma should be required for all Pennsylvania school children, just as tests for vision and hearing are, the principal investigator for an upcoming asthma study says.

Labeling would help keep toxins away from Maine kids.

April 6, 2014 - 9:00am
Mandating the disclosure of phthalates in consumer goods is a minor technical action that could have a major impact. Putting this information out there would make it easier for parents to avoid harmful products and give businesses an incentive to research and use safer alternatives.

Intensify efforts to combat autism.

April 6, 2014 - 9:00am
More must be done to solve the mysteries of this ever-growing disease and to expand the services needed to help families cope.

Don’t fear GMOs: Genetically modified food is just the latest chapter in 10,000 years of high-tech agriculture.

April 6, 2014 - 9:00am
As long as food is produced by strangers, consumers must be in control of their relationship with suppliers. To do this, they must be educated, and advocate for solutions that promote public health, recognizing that many of them will involve new technologies.

Political push for raw, unpasteurized milk is increasing access, but illnesses are up, too.

April 5, 2014 - 9:00am
An alliance of food activists and anti-regulation libertarians is battling to legalize raw, unpasteurized milk, despite warnings from health officials about the rising toll of illnesses affecting adults and children alike.

Student helps shine a light.

April 5, 2014 - 9:00am
A Lee High School student's interest in environmental science helped shed a light on U.S. agricultural practices and the impact those practices could have on the environment.

Billion dollar settlement a big win for Henderson.

April 5, 2014 - 9:00am
A billion dollar settlement to clean up contamination is a big win for the state of Nevada in its fight to clean up contamination from the old Kerr-McGee plant in Henderson.

Avon will remove triclosan from products – what will replace it?

April 5, 2014 - 9:00am
Even before the US FDA began mulling a rule late last year that would require companies to prove products containing the antimicrobial triclosan are both safe and effective, cosmetic makers were sending out press releases by the droves, announcing their intention to remove the chemical from product lines.

Hazardous Yosemite Slough in San Francisco finally getting cleaned up.

April 5, 2014 - 9:00am
After years of cleaning up surrounding areas, federal regulators say they will tackle the extensive lead and PCB contamination in Yosemite Slough, the intertidal channel between Candlestick Point and the Hunters Point Shipyard.

Clean-air rule for cargo ships survives Russian challenge.

April 5, 2014 - 9:00am
Russia lost its bid this week to delay for years an international agreement to cut air pollution from ships -- a rule Southern California regulators are counting on to help the region meet clean-air goals.

Veterans cite lingering peril of Agent Orange.

April 5, 2014 - 9:00am
Basil "Buzz" Bocynesky cannot say for sure whether Agent Orange is to blame for the nerve damage that makes his legs numb and his gait uncertain. But the 70-year-old Sun Lakes resident knows for a fact that he was exposed to the herbicide for years after the Vietnam War ended.

Stress in pregnancy linked to children's asthma risk.

April 5, 2014 - 9:00am
Stress during pregnancy brought on by events like divorce, job loss or death of a loved one appears to be linked to an increased risk of asthma and eczema among children.

Report: Poor children in New York twice as likely to have asthma.

April 5, 2014 - 9:00am
Harlem has some of the highest asthma rates in the city. A new report released Friday is giving us a closer look at the chronic lung disease and who is struggling with it. Asthma is not only deadly but it's costing billions of dollars to treat.

$1 billion settlement to aid Navajo mine cleanup.

April 5, 2014 - 9:00am
A $1 billion cleanup of abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Reservation could soon begin under a record U.S. Department of Justice settlement announced Thursday.

Orange County measles outbreak spurs officials to call for immunizations.

April 5, 2014 - 9:00am
The campaign to have parents immunize their children has run up against a 'vigorous anti-vaccine movement' that has taken root across the country.

Ocean City seriously mulling smoke-free beaches.

April 5, 2014 - 9:00am
Officials in Ocean City, Maryland are seriously considering a smoking ban for the beach and Boardwalk, on the heels of similar efforts by Delaware beach towns.

Mind the fracking data gap, study says.

April 4, 2014 - 9:00am
A new analysis of natural gas drilling and fracking in urban areas near Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, not only criticizes regulatory agencies for dismissing public concern, but illuminates the large gap in understanding about what shale oil and gas production mean for public health and the environment.

Gas company special payments dwarf constraint payments to windfarms.

April 4, 2014 - 9:00am
National Grid made special payments of £300m over the last 12 months to big energy companies - sometimes for switching off their power stations in an attempt to "balance" the system.

Greenhouse gases, more to be weighed in Vancouver oil terminal review.

April 4, 2014 - 9:00am
The Washington state board reviewing what would be the Northwest’s largest oil-by-rail terminal will undertake a sweeping analysis of the facility’s environmental effects - the oil to its ultimate consumption.

Environmentalists' science hypocrisy.

April 4, 2014 - 9:00am
Earlier this year, researchers in Colorado came forward with a shocking claim: hydraulic fracturing causes birth defects. There's just one hitch: it isn't true.

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