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Responding to the Food and Drug Administration's move to banish trans fats from the nation's diet, some public health advocates grumped Thursday that the agency was playing catch-up to a trend already well underway nationwide.
Attorneys have agreed to dismiss a $750 million class-action lawsuit against Whirlpool Corp. that alleged the company's Clyde division was responsible for the local childhood cancer cluster.
The massive container ships pulling in and out of the busy Port of Oakland will now be plugging-in, in an effort to curb pollution. The program is in direct response to new regulations by the California Air Resources Board aimed at reducing port pollution 80 percent by 2020.
Getting pregnant women to stop smoking is just as important as getting them to stop using alcohol and illicit drugs, says a researcher and psychologist.
In spite of the substantial evidence of air-pollution risks to children who attend schools near large roadways — including lung problems, asthma attacks and heightened absenteeism — policymakers at both the state and federal levels ducked the issue in recent years, records and interviews show.
A thick haze of smoke that once again is blanketing the Sydney basin is expected to clear by late afternoon, after a sea breeze brings relief to coastal areas first before pushing through the city. Friday morning, the air quality level had reached hazardous in parts of Sydney’s north and north-west.
State officials are asking residents of the Como neighborhood in southeast Minneapolis for permission to test their homes for the presence of a potentially harmful vapor.
Some states have taken action to protect children from the harms of roadway pollution. Washington state is not one of them.
Albertans could soon be banned from smoking in cars carrying children, stopped from using water pipes in public, and will lose access to flavoured tobacco products under new restrictions proposed Monday by the provincial government.
The climate change crisis is upon us. The world's leading climate scientists agree that time is rapidly running out and that urgent steps are needed in the next 10 years to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions. But exchanging global warming for nuclear meltdown is not the answer.
New York's Department of Health is seeking to monitor contamination levels of 100 residents in the Town of Tonawanda industrial corridor as part of a three-year study which found that certain cancers were elevated among residents in the study area.
An outbreak of polio in Syria represents a public health threat to Europe, experts have warned for the first time, as the World Health Organisation announced a huge vaccination programme to stop the disease taking hold across the Middle East.
The long war on trans fats may be drawing to a close. The government proposed new rules Thursday that would all but ban the artery-clogging fats, a move that will force makers of margarine, frozen pizza and other processed foods to reformulate their products.
The meltdowns of three reactors at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant may have happened more than two years ago, but the disaster remains a giant, unresolved mess.
The state is warning homeowners and businesses in the southeast Minneapolis Como neighborhood of potentially harmful vapors coming into their homes.
It's a dangerous, cancer-causing chemical. And on Thursday, the state warned hundreds of people living in one Minneapolis neighborhood that that chemical – trichloroethylene – could be seeping into their basements, and into the air they breathe.
New types of cigarettes and tobacco threaten to addict a new generation of kids, in spite of the country's overall progress against smoking, said Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.