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Chicken Farms Fueled a Massive Public Health Crisis—While the Government Turned a Blind Eye 10-28-17

This story was originally published by Food and Environment Reporting Network.

Antibiotic-resistant infections—everything from gastrointestinal illnesses to recurring urinary tract infections and staph—are among the most menacing issues in public health today, sickening 2 million people a year and killing at least 23,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more at Mother Jones

The list of diseases linked to air pollution is growing 9-19-17

To the residents of Donora, Pa., a mill town in a crook of the Monongahela River, the daily haze from nearby zinc and steel plants was the price of keeping their families fed. But on October 27, 1948, the city awoke to an unusually sooty sky, even for Donora. Read more at Science News

Pesticides linked to birth abnormalities in major new study 08-29-17

‘The sheer size of the study, and the meticulous way it has been carried out, suggest that there is an environmental hazard for mothers resident in an area with large scale pesticide usage’ Read more at The Independent

EPA Welcomed Industry Feedback Before Reversing Pesticide Ban, Ignoring Health Concerns 08-18-17

Before the Environmental Protection Agency issued its March 29 decision to reverse a proposed ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos, the agency considered information from industry groups that wanted to keep it on the market, according to internal agency documents. But the heavily redacted documents may be most notable for what they do not include. Read more at The Intercept

This pipeline could jeopardize Washington’s water supply, environmentalists say 08-03-17

The pipeline that TransCanada wants to build is short, 3.5 miles, cutting through the narrowest part of Maryland. It would duck briefly under the Potomac River at this 1,500-person town, bringing what business leaders say is much-needed natural gas to the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Read more at the Washington Post

McCain’s Brain Cancer Draws Renewed Attention to Possible Agent Orange Connection 07-27-17

For years, Vietnam vets and their widows have been pushing the VA to extend benefits to those exposed to the toxic herbicide and later stricken with glioblastoma. The VA has said no, but advocates hope the agency will now revisit the issue. Read more at ProPublica

It’s Official: California Lists Key Ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup as Cancer-Causing 07-07-17

California is officially adding glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, to the state’s list of chemicals and substances known to cause cancer. Read more at EcoWatch

Living in California’s San Joaquin Valley May Harm Your Health 07-05-17

More than 1 million people in the region have been exposed to unsafe drinking water in recent years from pesticides, arsenic, nitrate and uranium. And many communities also face multiple environmental health threats. Read more at News Deeply

Here’s Why Most Most of the Meat Americans Eat Is Banned in Other Industrialized Countries 07-09-17

Recently, Organic Consumers Association, along with Friends of the Earth and Center for Food Safety filed suit against chicken giant Sanderson Farms for falsely marketing its products as “100% Natural” even though they contain many unnatural and even prohibited substances. Read more at EcoWatch

Push to Fix North Carolina Well Water 07-24-17

The EPA requires public water systems to monitor their drinking supplies frequently and limit the amounts of the contaminants that the federal government regulates. But people who own their wells shoulder all that responsibility themselves, whether or not they know it. Read more at North Carolina Health News

Hog Poop Bacteria From Big NC Farms Taints Nearby Homes 05-11-17

Bacteria from large-scale industrial hog farms in North Carolina are contaminating the homes, lawns and air of nearby private homes, according to new evidence. Read more at Environmental Health News

Deregulation Nation 05-17-17

In 2015, the EPA released an update to the “worker protection standard” that shields farmworkers from insecticide poisoning — the first update in a quarter century. Now it’ll be pushed back for an indefinite period. Read more at Grist

Trump’s EPA Greenlights a Nasty Chemical. 05-15-17

“Anybody that was exposed, we encourage them to seek medical attention immediately,” a California public health official stated. Read more at Mother Jones

Respect the elderly: Saving cities’ oldest trees 04-13-17

Old growth forests are increasingly rare in US cities—protecting these health-boosting relics from bulldozers, invasives and apathy is no easy feat. Read full article at Environmental Health News

Evidence builds that dirty air causes Alzheimer’s, dementia 01-26-17

A cloudy suspension of smog particles, collected near a Los Angeles, California, freeway, will be turned into an aerosol and piped into tanks holding laboratory mice. Read more on Science Magazine

Final EPA Study Confirms Fracking Contaminates Drinking Water 12-13-16

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its widely anticipated final report on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, confirming that the controversial drilling process indeed impacts drinking water “under some circumstances.” Read more on EcoWatch

Pig CAFOs influence timing of human flu seasons, study shows 12-15-16

The enormous numbers of animals concentrated in industrial pig farms are changing the pattern of flu seasons, by providing flu viruses a place to jump between humans and animals and multiply faster than they otherwise would, according to new research from North Carolina. Read more on Fern’s AG Insider

Latinos disproportionately breathe toxic air from big oil and gas 9-26-16

Hispanics often face elevated cancer and asthma risks due to emissions, according to a new report. Read more on Think Progress

Report: Tens of Thousands of Californians Exposed to Arsenic in Drinking Water 9-12-16

An environmental group says the state is failing to warn poor communities that their water is contaminated. Read more on takepart

Health and neighborhood are too often linked. These people are out to change that. 8-25-16

Across the U.S. people are trying to reduce inequities in how environment affects physical well-being. Read more on ensia

Health Dangers of Fracking Revealed in Johns Hopkins Study 8-25-16

A new study out today from Johns Hopkins in Environmental Health Perspectives revealed associations between fracking and various health symptoms including nasal and sinus problems, migraines and fatigue in Pennsylvanians living near areas of natural gas development. Read more on EcoWatch

Increased Asthma Attacks Tied to Exposure to Natural Gas Production 7-18-16

New study in the heart of Pennsylvania’s fracking region shows increase in severity of asthma ong residents exposed to most active wells. Read more on Inside Climate News

Navassa: From Guano to Creosote 7-13-16

Creosote was one of numerous toxic materials handled at the various industries that have operated here over the decades. Industry brought needed jobs, but in many cases contamination remained after the factories closed. Read more on Coastal Review Online

Opinion: The case for a child-centered energy and climate policy 6-21-16

Children suffer the most from fossil fuel burning.

Fossil fuel combustion and associated air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) is the root cause of much of children’s ill health children today as well as their uncertain future. Read more on Environmental Health News

Can we actually make a difference by changing the way we eat? 4-20-16

You’ve probably seen the statistic: According to the United Nations, we’ll need to produce 70 percent more food by 2050 to feed ourselves. That goal of increasing production by 70 percent, which is just as daunting as it sounds, is called the “food gap.” …Full article

A Year of Fear and Distrust in Dukeville 4-18-16

How tainted well water and conflicting health information have turned one North Carolina family’s life upside down ” We just want to be able to look at our water and not fear turning on the faucet.”-Deborah Graham …Full article

Fracking Wells Released Over 5 Billion Pounds of Methane in One Year 4-14-16

Being in close proximity to fracking operations could screw up your sexual health, cause developmental defects and cancer, induce seismic activity around you, and the list goes on …Full article

Interactive Map: The Most Polluted States in America 3-30-16

Nebraska is on the list of most polluted states in America. See how it “stacks” up with those even more polluted and what the statistics show about pollution in your state Using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. …Full article and map

10 Misconceptions on the Link Between Environmental Factors and Cancer 2-19-16

As a cancer epidemiologist, I’ve spent a lot of time researching the links between environmental contaminants and cancer. One of the pitfalls of the Digital Age is that people come across a lot of information that isn’t based on sound scientific evidence or is, at best, anecdotal …Full article

Cancer and Climate Change 1-16-16

I’m a climate scientist who has just been told I have Stage 4 pancreatic cancer This diagnosis puts me in an interesting position. I’ve spent much of my professional life thinking about the science of climate change, which is best viewed through a multidecadal lens. ...Full article

Study Links Fracking to Premature Births, High-Risk Pregnancies 10-9-15

A new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has linked hydraulic fracturing, commonly know as fracking, to premature births and high-risk Pregnancies …Full article

12 Universities Leading the Charge in Serving Locally-Source Food 8-28-15

Many cafeterias around the U.S. are working to provide students with healthy, sustainable meal options. to do this, colleges and universities are changing the way they purchase and prepare food in their cafeterias and many of them are beginning to source food locally …Full article

Baltimore Wins Grants to Remove Health Hazards from Homes 8-26-15

It’s a hidden danger that’s affected the health of thousands of Baltimore City children — hazardous lead in paint and other items in homes. Now there’s a multi-million dollar effort to eliminate lead paint dangers  …Full article

RCC Special Report: What’s in Your Food? 8-24-15

According to the Environmental Working Group’s 2015 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce nearly two-thirds of the 3,015 produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013 contained pesticide residues …Full report

Time’s Up for Decision on Hog Farms, The EPA’s 180 days are up 8-19-15

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce today how it will address allegation over North Carolina’s hog industry, which environmentalists say is harming the health of racial minorities …Full article

Clock Ticking as EPA Prepares Response Over Hog Pollution 8-19-15

Environmentalists want to clean up North Carolina’s hog farms. They’re calling on the federal government, which could withhold state funds …Full article

What Does it Mean for the Food Industry to Scrap Anitbiotics, Cages, GMOs, and Artificial Ingredients? 8-3-15

This has been a big year in the restaurant and food-retail world, with many brands and chains announcing significant overhauls of their supply chains and ingredients with an eye toward animal welfare and public health-or so it might seem …Full article

Health Groups Praise Obama Plan on Coal, Saying it Will Save Lives 8-3-15

Health organizations have praised President Obama’s plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. The new Clean Power Plan — certain to be challenged in the courts and in the Republican Congress — will require power plants to reduce carbon emissions by 32% from 2005 levels between now and 2030 …Full article

The Meat Industry is Licking it’s Chops Over Obama’s Massive Trade Deal 10-7-15

The US meat industry scored a big victory this week when world leaders hammered out an agreement that would reduce trade barriers across the Pacific. …Full article

What Does ‘Low Dose’ Mean When It Comes to Exposure to Toxic Chemicals? 6-29-15

A major study reveals how exposure to over 80 different chemicals could have synergistic impacts on the development of cancer …Full article

What’s Killing the Babies of Vernal, Utah? 6-22-15

A fracking boomtown, a spike in stillborn deaths and a gusher of unanswered questions A midwife come under attack after she starts asking questions about dead babies in a Utah fracking town. Every night, Donna Young goes to bed with her pistol, a .45 Taurus Judge with laser attachment. …Full article

Study Says Outdoor Green Spaces Make Kids Smarter 6-19-15

As Albert Einstein once said, “Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” …Full article

Fracking Linked to Low Birth Weight Babies 6-18-15

Expectant mothers who live near natural gas fracking site may be at increased risk of having babies with lower birth weight, according to a new study of birth rates in Pennslyvania …Full article

Advocacy Group Offers U.S. Testing for Herbicide Feared Linked to Cancer 4-22-15

An advocacy group seeking a ban on the world’s most widely used herbicide said it is launching a U.S. public testing project to gather data on detectable levels of the herbicide in drinking water, human urine an2d breast milk. …Full article

North Carolina Residents Worry Over Tainted Water From Nearby Coal Ash Pond 4-22-15

After state regulators began telling people who live near Duke Energy coal ash ponds that their well water was contiminated, some residents said their worst fears are being confirmed. …Full article

Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Crop System Puts Monarch Butterflies at Brink of Extinction 3-20-15

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) released a detailed, 80-page scientific report, Monarch in Peril: Heribide-Resistant Crops and the Decline of Monarch Butterflies in North America. …Full article

Lawsuit Launched Over US EPS’s Approval of a New Pesticide 3-18-15

The Center for Biological Diversity, the Center for Food Safety and the Defenders of Wildlife sent a formal notice of intent to sue the EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy claiming that by approving the insecticide flupyradifurone the agency is in violation of the Endangered Species Act.  …Full article

5 Projects to Transform Civic Space in Philly, Yield Lessons in Collaboration 3-16-15

In West Philadelphia, one neighborhood has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past 10 years—new residential housing, a revitalized commercial corridor, and an influx of millennials—but has not lost its convivial spirit …Full article

We’re Finding Out What’s in Fracking Wastewater, and it Ain’t Pretty 3-11-15

California is often a green leader but better is not the same as flawless. California is doing a better job of regulating fracking than any other state, but local activists would rather they just ban it like New York has. …Full article

Toxic Manure Lagoons Spark Battle Over Chinese-owned Pigs in the US 3-10-15

Attorneys for the Chinese company that now owns America’s largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods, have asked a federal judge to forbid people who live near pig manure lagoons on their farms from mentioning the new Chinese owners – or the country of China or pork exports to China – in court …Full article

Unexpected Toxics Are Surfacing with Fracking Fluid from Oil and Gas Wells 1-14-15

Researchers find alarming levels of ammonium and iodide in fracking wastewater released into Pennsylvania and West Virginia streams. …Full article

The Diet Climate Connection

The droughts, heat waves and wildfires have vividly brought home the effects of our warming planet. Some of the consequences will also show up at the grocery store. Foods we buy will cost more because of crop failures …More

The best way to get people to save energy isn’t through their pocketbook. To save power, appeal to health benefits 1-12-15

Conventional wisdom holds that the most effective way to get people to save energy is to show them how much money they’ll save. Turns out there’s a more efficient approach …Full article

From Rainforest to Your Cupboard: the Real Story of Palm Oil 11-10-14

You wash with it, you brush with it, you toast it, it’s in 50% of what you buy – but what’s the real story of palm oil? …more

The Case Against Chlorpyrifos: The Long Battle Over Pesticides, Birth Defects and Mental Impairment 10-24-14

The recent number of articles in the popular press concerning loss of intellect among children exposed to chlorpyrifos is important in the case of this pesticide. …Full article

Scientists: Fracking Wastewater Poses Threat to Drinking Water 9-25-14

Every year, hundreds of billions of gallons of wastewater are produced by fracking operations across America. Some of that water gets stored in manmade ponds, some of it is injected underground, and some of it is treated and put back into rivers …Full article

25 Most and Least Polluted Cities in America 4-30-15

The American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report is out. The report reviews monitoring data on the two most common and harmful types of air pollution—ozone (smog) and particle pollution (soot)—and compiles “a report card” telling how much of each type of pollution is in the air where you live …Full article