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Brown bear spotted in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for first time in a century.

December 1, 2014 - 9:00am
A brown bear has been spotted in the disaster zone around the Chernobyl, the first time one has been seen in the area for 100 years.

30 years after deadly disaster, Bhopal's toxic legacy lingers on in India.

December 1, 2014 - 9:00am
Three decades later, the toxic legacy of the factory owned by U.S. multinational Union Carbide Corp. lives on, say human rights groups, as thousands of tons of hazardous waste remains buried underground, slowly poisoning the drinking water of more than 50,000 people and affecting their health.

Taking stock of America's toxic sites.

December 1, 2014 - 9:00am
In 1978, a man named Jun Apostol moved to a new house just east of Los Angeles - its location and size just right for his family. The only catch - it was right next to a landfill that contained hazardous waste.

Boxer rebellion: A pocketed cellphone may be behind your infertility.

December 1, 2014 - 9:00am
As soon as they buy a new cellphone, most people tend to ravenously rip the device from its wrapping, cast the accessories and directions aside and begin getting to know the gadget that will never leave their side. But within that discarded handbook lurks some important information.

How thalidomide survivors won the battle for better compensation in Europe.

December 1, 2014 - 9:00am
As Canadian thalidomide survivors press the Harper government for a fund to cover their growing medical needs, the experience of their counterparts in Europe is illuminating.

Thirty years on, Bhopal residents still waiting for answers.

December 1, 2014 - 9:00am
When Champa Devi Shukla’s granddaughter was born with a raft of facial deformities in the Indian city of Bhopal, she was not left short of advice. “Many people said you should kill her. They said she is of no use."

Long after an '80s scare, suspicion of power lines prevails.

December 1, 2014 - 9:00am
In the late 1980s, palpable dread gripped parts of the country after reports that clusters of cancer had developed among children whose families lived near high-voltage power lines. As other scientists looked at this issue more closely, they could not find a public health peril.

Prop. 65's warning signs of chemical hazards may require more detail.

December 1, 2014 - 9:00am
The ubiquitous, California-mandated warning signs about potential chemical hazards in bars, gas stations, parking garages and dozens of other locations may be in for a change.

Bhopal: Still suffering, 30 years after tragedy.

December 1, 2014 - 9:00am
Even after 30 years of the world’s worst industrial tragedy in which Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) gas and other chemicals leaked from the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, capital city of Madhya Pradesh, there is no end to people suffering. Even after over two decades, the third generation of gas victims are still born with deformities.

Indiana to coal mine's neighbors: Dust? We didn't see it.

November 30, 2014 - 9:00am
Since 2012, state environmental regulators have received numerous complaints from neighbors about dust from Peabody Energy's Bear Run Mine. In spite of rules that say mines must contain dust inside the property boundaries, no action has been taken.

Can breeders cure what ails our breast-heavy turkeys?

November 29, 2014 - 9:00am
We have decades of intense selective breeding to thank for the dramatic evolution of the average American turkey — from a scrawny 13.2 pounds in 1929, to a robust weight of nearly 30 pounds in 2012. A lot of that weight has gone straight to the breast.

Metals in kids' diets a concern: Expert.

November 29, 2014 - 9:00am
Australian kids may be consuming high levels of potentially dangerous metals in their food, a study shows.

Proposed smog standard: 'Single costliest regulation in U.S. history'.

November 29, 2014 - 9:00am
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency moved Wednesday to reduce ground level ozone with its announcement of a proposed rule that would signficantly lower the standard and result in increased industry controls.

Bhopal's toxic legacy lives on.

November 28, 2014 - 9:00am
Beyond the iron gates of the derelict pesticide plant where one of the world's worst industrial disasters occurred, administrative buildings lie in ruins, vegetation overgrown and warehouses bolted. Thirty years ago this Dec. 2, the factory accidentally leaked cyanide gas into the air, killing thousands.

Bhopal: Thirty years on, misery and questions linge.

November 28, 2014 - 9:00am
On Wednesday survivors of the world's worst industrial disaster will commemorate 30 years since a cloud of deadly gas leaked from a Union Carbide pesticide plant and engulfed the central Indian city of Bhopal, killing thousands of people and injuring tens of thousands more.

EPA intensifies US smog crackdown.

November 28, 2014 - 9:00am
The Obama administration has this week opened another front in its push to tackle US carbon emissions and air pollution, announcing that the Environmental Protection Agency plans to significantly strengthen smog standards.

Federal lawsuit alleges asbestos cover-up at Dearborn Heights schools.

November 28, 2014 - 9:00am
A Dearborn Heights school district endangered students and staff by falsifying a report and covering up past asbestos contamination at two schools, according to explosive records filed with a federal lawsuit on Tuesday.

The end of 'Super Size Me'?

November 28, 2014 - 9:00am
Americans have every right to know the potency of the food that we are eating, just as we know the proper dosage of the medicine we are taking. Keeping this information secret doesn't give us more freedom; it just leaves us waddling around in the dark.

Oilsands study confirms link between tailings ponds and air pollution.

November 28, 2014 - 9:00am
New federal government research in Canada has confirmed that oilsands tailings ponds are releasing toxic and potentially cancer-causing chemicals into the air.

Calories on menus: Nationwide experiment into human behavior.

November 28, 2014 - 9:00am
Now it’s official. Starting next November, menus in many places where Americans eat — like chain restaurants and some movie theaters, convenience stores and amusement parks — will have to list calories.

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