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Raw milk contaminated in Sullivan County.

October 29, 2014 - 9:00am
Consumers in Sullivan County and the surrounding area are being advised not to consumer unpasteurized raw farm milk from the Richard Dirie Farm on Shandelee Road in Livingston Manor due to possible Listeria contamination. To date, no illnesses are known to the department to be associated with the product.

Plastics chemical linked to changes in boys' genitals.

October 29, 2014 - 9:00am
Boys exposed in the womb to high levels of a chemical found in vinyl products are born with slightly altered genital development, according to research published today. The study of nearly 200 Swedish babies is the first to link the chemical di-isononyl phthalate (DiNP) to changes in the development of the human male reproductive tract.

Cause of children’s paralysis remains unclear.

October 29, 2014 - 9:00am
More than 50 children in 23 states have had mysterious episodes of paralysis to their arms or legs, according to data gathered by the C.D.C. Some doctors suspect the cases may be linked to infection with enterovirus 68, a respiratory virus that has sickened thousands of children in recent months.

The damage already done: Mr Fluffy victims tell of a living hell.

October 28, 2014 - 9:00am
Homeowners talk of the stress of living with asbestos.

Mont. looks at energy policy scenarios.

October 28, 2014 - 9:00am
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has put out for discussion different scenarios for an energy policy, writing a white paper with five hypothetical strategies for Montana to respond to the tougher federal carbon emissions rule that the EPA proposed in June.

Scientists blame oil drilling for spike in number of baby deaths in Utah town.

October 28, 2014 - 9:00am
Air pollution from oil and gas wells in Utah is being linked to the deaths of 13 infants last year - six times higher than the national average.

Westminster proposes first-in-state ban on tobacco sales.

October 28, 2014 - 9:00am
The Central Massachusetts town of Westminster would become the first community in the state, and perhaps the nation, to ban all tobacco sales under a proposal made public Monday that regulators say is designed to improve health, especially among the young.

Could Bhopal happen in America?

October 28, 2014 - 9:00am
On Nov. 7, Martin Sheen’s latest film, “A Prayer for Rain,” will be released in U.S. theaters. It brings to life the story of the tragic chemical disaster 30 years ago in Bhopal, India, and raises the question, Are we safe from a similar tragedy unfolding again? Chemical safety advocates say not very.

Pass the ACHE Act and stop destroying Appalachia.

October 28, 2014 - 9:00am
The time is now to stop mountaintop removal mining. Otherwise, the coal companies will likely exploit the land to the hilt and then melt away into the night, leaving behind a devastated landscape, polluted air and water, and ticking time bombs of toxic waste impoundment sites.

Lead lingers as threat to children in Erie County, New York.

October 28, 2014 - 9:00am
Erie County will use a $3 million federal grant to educate parents about the threat posed by the toxic metal, and to assess and reduce its levels in 200 residences.

Abbott Government offers 'Mr Fluffy' asbestos lifeline.

October 28, 2014 - 9:00am
More than a thousand anxious and grief-stricken families caught up in an asbestos crisis have been thrown a billion dollar lifeline by Federal Cabinet. AM understands it agreed last night to give the ACT Government a concessional loan.

Big C rules five Greater Noida villages near industrial park.

October 27, 2014 - 9:00am
Move over Punjab's notorious Malwa, for there's a new belt in north India that's ruled by the Big C. And it's less than an hour's drive from the heart of the Capital.

Building blocks for Montana’s energy future.

October 27, 2014 - 9:00am
After reviewing the Department of Environmental Quality “Options for Montana’s Energy Future,” the reader may well ask: Shouldn’t we be doing the energy savings anyway? Even without an EPA rule? The answer is yes.

Focus on the root causes of cancer.

October 27, 2014 - 9:00am
It is a comfort that there are numerous efforts to seek a cure for cancer. But precious few efforts are ever directed toward finding out why we get cancer in the first place. There is growing evidence that cancer’s dramatic increase in our everyday lives is connected to the environment.

Fears that Ebola crisis will set back malaria fight.

October 27, 2014 - 9:00am
A leading malaria control expert has said efforts to contain the disease may be jeopardised by the Ebola crisis. In 2012, malaria killed 7,000 people in the three countries worst hit by Ebola. Most of these will have been young children - although malaria is curable.

New study: Hidden dangerous chemicals in popular costumes, party supplies.

October 26, 2014 - 9:00am
A new study by a trio of environmental organizations has found elevated levels of toxic chemicals in popular Halloween costumes, accessories and party supplies.

Cancer risks from mountain top removal coal mining.

October 26, 2014 - 9:00am
Coal miners in Appalachia commonly practice mountaintop removal, blasting off hilltops to reach coal, and sending dust into the air that pollutes nearby communities. A recent study has linked the dust to increased cancer risks.

Dead babies near oil drilling sites raise questions for researchers.

October 26, 2014 - 9:00am
The smartphone-sized grave marker is nearly hidden in the grass at Rock Point Cemetery. The name printed on plastic-coated paper — Beau Murphy — has been worn away. Only the span of his life remains. "June 18, 2013 - June 18, 2013"

Australian town waits to hear of terrible toll on its ‘grog babies’.

October 26, 2014 - 9:00am
The Kimberley town of Fitzroy Crossing is bracing for bad news that it suspected all along — that up to one in four children suffers from foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD, a level far higher than previously reported in Australia and one of the world’s highest recorded rates.

Unvented gas stoves are an asthma risk.

October 26, 2014 - 9:00am
When most people think of air pollution, they think of outdoors - smokestacks and tailpipes. So they may overlook a significant source indoors - the household gas stove, which is gaining new notoriety as an air polluter these days.

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