Environmental Health News

A feed of recent articles from environmentalhealthnews.org.


18 October 2017. ‘Shrinking, shrinking, shrinking’: Puerto Rico faces a demographic disaster. – Long before the winds of Hurricane Maria reached Puerto Rico, another disaster had been wrenching and scattering the lives of island residents.

18 October 2017. Scott Pruitt suggests he will restrict scientists who get EPA grants from advising the agency. – EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt hinted Tuesday at plans to rid the agency’s scientific advisory boards of researchers who get EPA grants, arguing that the current structure raises questions about their independence.

18 October 2017. As Bloomberg hammers coal, what's next for his climate giving? – The fate of the coal industry is bigger than Michael Bloomberg and Donald Trump. That’s a perception that Bloomberg ought to be wary of as his climate philanthropy continues to develop.

18 October 2017. America’s climate refugees have been abandoned by Trump. – As hurricane after hurricane ravages Puerto Rico and the Gulf Coast, the Trump administration has quietly walked away from a government-wide effort to help the growing number of American communities whose very existence is threatened by climate change.

18 October 2017. How big water projects helped trigger Africa’s migrant crisis. – Major dam and irrigation projects are drying up the wetlands that sustain life in the arid Sahel region of Africa. The result has been a wave of environmental refugees.

18 October 2017. How California’s North Bay fires became the state’s deadliest. – California is beginning to take stock of the damage caused by a series of wildfires that tore through the state’s wine country and resulted in more than 40 confirmed fatalities.

18 October 2017. Satellite shows how forest CO2 emissions can skyrocket. – NASA data collected in 2015, an exceptionally warm year, raises more concerns about spiraling global warming feedback.

18 October 2017. Johnson & Johnson wins reversal of $72 million verdict over talc cancer risks. – Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday won the reversal of a $72 million verdict in favor of the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer they claimed stemmed from her use of the company’s talc-based products like Johnson’s Baby Powder.

18 October 2017. Toxic firefighting chemicals 'the most seminal public health challenge.' – A U.S. environmental official says PFAS chemicals found in firefighting foam are contaminating water supplies.

18 October 2017. Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl. – A new study inspired by Boston's early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but might also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl.

18 October 2017. Republicans may use budget to open Arctic, Atlantic to oil rigs. – Congressional Republicans have found a way to use the federal budget to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling— and they don’t plan on stopping there.

18 October 2017. Australian doctors call on health super funds to pull $1.7 billion out of coal and oil companies. – Hundreds of Victorian doctors and medical staff are pressuring their super funds to quit investing in coal and oil for the sake of health, as they did with tobacco five years ago.

18 October 2017. A small firm in Germany has big ambitions in green energy. – Consumers have spent about 190 billion euros on sources like wind and solar, which account for about one-third of the country’s electric power.

18 October 2017. Interior clears California project with friends in high places. – The Trump administration has cleared the way for a controversial project that would suck groundwater from under Southern California's Mojave Desert and sell it to water providers.

18 October 2017. Munduruku standoff against Amazon dam builders potentially explosive. – A fierce standoff is underway in the Brazilian Amazon.

18 October 2017. California enacts cleaning product law. – Makers of cleaning products sold in California will have to reveal ingredients online and on product labels, under a first-of-its-kind law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

18 October 2017. Artificial sweeteners are being used to detect polluted water. – Low-cal additives are finding a place in pollution control — even as scientists dig into whether they are pollutants in their own right.

18 October 2017. Bristol Bay's Pebble Mine is back in play. – One of the most contentious environmental fights of the past 30 years is suddenly back in the news, now that EPA head Scott Pruitt is poised to withdraw measures protecting the bay's storied salmon runs.

18 October 2017. Trump’s mine-safety nominee ran coal firm cited for illegal employment practices. – Records show the coal mining company formerly run by David Zatezalo retaliated against a foreman who complained of harassment and unsafe conditions.

18 October 2017. Rubbish causing Polar Bear hormone disruption. – Fears have been raised over the risks of plastic pollution as UK MPs heard claims discarded bottles are leading to polar bears developing two sets of testicles.

18 October 2017. Brazilian Amazon still plagued by illegal use of natural resources. – Practices such as poaching and illegal logging are concentrated near inhabited areas and along rivers, study finds.

18 October 2017. UK withdrawal bill 'rips the heart out of environmental law', say campaigners. – The cornerstones of wildlife and habitat protection have been quietly left out of the withdrawal bill ripping the heart out of environmental law, campaigners say.

18 October 2017. How bugs in your gut might hijack your emotions. – Tiny molecules in the brain may help gut bacteria control anxiety levels, research suggests.

18 October 2017. Some groups want more CO2. Here's what that means. – A key argument used by climate skeptics to downplay the consequences of anthropogenic climate change is resurfacing: the idea that carbon dioxide emissions are a net positive for the planet's vegetation.

18 October 2017. Will Northern California soon have Southern California's climate? – The Napa Valley wildfires are eerily similar to those that often flare up near Los Angeles.

18 October 2017. For sale in Canada, endangered sharks’ fins. – Shark fin soup is on the menu in Canada, but a new investigation shows that some fins come from dubious, even illegal, sources.

18 October 2017. The UK just installed its first “seabin” to clean plastic-polluted waters. – Our oceans fill with millions of tons of plastic every single year. Portsmouth Harbor, in the UK, aims to combat this problem with the seabin, a new device that sucks plastic, oil, and other debris from the water.

18 October 2017. As fires move on, wine country wonders whether immigrants will, too. – Many of the foreign-born workers the region depends on are undocumented and do not qualify for most disaster aid. They may struggle to find affordable housing.

18 October 2017. The hunt for the brain-eating amoebas of Yellowstone. – It was a lovely September day in Yellowstone’s Boiling River and although no one here has ever fallen victim to Naegleria fowleri, signs posted onshore warn swimmers: This thing can ruin your day, and most likely your life.

18 October 2017. This startup turns climate pollution into fish feed. – NovoNutrients wants to replace that fish food with something more sustainable: microbes grown with carbon dioxide.