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Smog levels that topped the UK Government’s official scale in parts of the country led to soaring ambulance calls for people with breathing difficulties, it was revealed yesterday.
A United Nations report on the effects of radiation released in the Fukushima nuclear disaster said findings by the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., may have underestimated the levels of exposure by contract workers.
More than $1 billion is going to help clean up abandoned uranium mines that have left a legacy of disease and death on the Navajo Nation.
The British government took a step Thursday toward imposing a ban on branding for cigarette packs, indicating that it was likely to go ahead with sweeping new restrictions on the marketing of tobacco.
All parts of the UK are set to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products in efforts to meet an ambitious target to dramatically cut rates of smoking.
The UK government is moving forward with plans to ban branding on cigarette packs, Public Health Minister Jane Ellison told MPs. She said an independent report found it was "very likely to have a positive impact" on public health and stop children from starting to smoke.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is "pushing very hard" to release a proposed rule that would establish its authority over e-cigarettes, the head of the agency said on Thursday amid concerns the products pose a risk to children.
Britain was left gasping for breath yesterday as a grey cloud of smog descended over much of the country. People were warned not to exercise outdoors and schools kept pupils inside as a mix of dust from the Sahara, toxic particles from the continent and fumes from cars and factories filled the skies.
A U.N. committee dismissed any recognizable rise in overall cancer rates among residents of Fukushima Prefecture caused by fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, sources said.
The end of the Second World War brought on the golden age of pesticides, as chemical companies promised to make weeds and pests a thing of the past. Farmers were producing more food than ever. Since then, these chemicals have become the lynchpin of our food supply.
Just when I thought the fashion of brightly-colored bracelets was waning as quickly as favor for disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, Oregon State University scientists could be bringing them back in style.
Schools were tonight warned to keep millions of children indoors tomorrow because of the lethal Sahara sand cloud and toxic air blighting Britain. Experts also advised more than five million asthma suffers to avoid strenuous outdoor exercise because of the potential health dangers caused by high pollution levels.
Schools are being urged to stop pupils from using playgrounds at lunchtime and employees to avoid cycling, running or walking to work during rush hour in the areas of England worst affected by the ongoing rise in pollution.
Schools in areas affected by severe air pollution should keep pupils indoors at lunchtime to avoid them having asthma attacks and potentially lifelong lung damage, a key government adviser is urging.
Healthy schoolchildren were being kept indoors on Wednesday as government experts’ conflicting messages about the dangers of smog led to widespread confusion.
Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster is unlikely to lead to a rise in the number of people developing cancer like after Chernobyl in 1986, even though the most exposed children may face an increased risk, U.N. scientists said on Wednesday.
The Royal Society of Canada has given Health Canada a thumbs up on radiation limits from wireless devices and transmitters but said more research is needed around issues such as the link between cancer and wireless airwaves.
Federal guidelines that spell out safe exposure levels of radiofrequency waves emitted by cellphones and other wireless devices appear to be mostly adequate, but research to clarify the potential risk of cancer should be aggressively pursued, an expert panel recommends.
A group of residents wants members of the Mars Area school board to join their fight against a gas well proposed for less than a mile from the schools.
The Italian government is sending 100 troops into the area north of Naples that has seen a spike in murders and continued environmental destruction from mob-run waste disposal rackets.