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E.P.A. Leaders Disregarded Agency’s Experts in Iss...

Debris contaminated with asbestos was removed from a burned home in Coffey Park, Calif., in 2017. CreditCreditJim Wilson/The New York Times WASHINGTON — Senior officials at the Environmental Protection Agency disregarded the advice of their own scientists and lawyers in April when the agency issued a rule that restricted but did not ban asbestos, according to two internal memos. Because of its fiber strength and resistance...

After a decade of research, here’s what scientists...

“This should be of serious concern to policymakers interested in protecting public health.” Fracking has been linked to preterm births, high-risk pregnancies, asthma, migraine headaches, fatigue, nasal and sinus symptoms, and skin disorders over the last 10 years, according to a new study. Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is a process of extracting oil and gas from the Earth by drilling deep wells...

One thing you can do: Reduce Your Lawn

Spring is here, and that means millions of Americans will soon be seeding, fertilizing and mowing their grass. America has a lot of lawns. Add them all together, and they’d cover an area roughly the size of Florida, making grass the most common irrigated plant in the country. And all that grass comes with an environmental cost. To keep weeds at bay, homeowners dumped around 59 million pounds of pesticides onto their...

Plastic Pollution: Could We Have Solved the Proble...

There’s plastic in seabirds, in the middle of the remote Pacific Ocean, even in people. It’s a challenge to turn to the news these days without reading or hearing the latest horror story about plastic pollution. These updates seem new and striking and scary, but in reality much of the fundamental information contained in these stories is actually far from fresh. “In the last five years there has been more...

Man Who Developed Cancer After Roundup Use Awarded...

A jury in the first U.S. federal Roundup trial ruled Wednesday that Bayer must pay more than $80 million in damages to 70-year-old Edwin Hardeman, who developed cancer after using the glyphosate-containing weedkiller to control poison oak, weeds and overgrowth on his Sonoma property for years, the Los Angeles Times reported. Hardeman’s trial had been split into two parts. In the first, decided last week, the jury ruled...

Trump’s Pick to Head Interior Blocked Report...

Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who faces a Senate confirmation hearing Thursday after President Donald Trump nominated him to head Interior permanently, acted to block a report that found that two pesticides “jeopardize the continued existence” of more than 1,200 endangered species, according to documents obtained by The New York Times and the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD). In 2017, Fish and...

Studies Link Lawn Chemicals to Canine Cancer

Dogs whose owners have their lawns professionally treated with herbicides and pesticides are 70 percent more likely to get cancer, one study found. Several studies have shown a link between the use of lawn chemicals and cancer in dogs. The most recent study found the professional application of lawn herbicides and pesticides was associated with a 70% increased risk of canine malignant lymphoma. Canine malignant lymphoma is...

A Shopper’s Guide to Home Tissue Products

In the U.S., we consume more than 15 billion pounds of tissue each year—more than 50 pounds per person. It’s taking a major toll on forests like the Canadian boreal. Few people give much thought to how their toilet paper is made. And to be fair, there’s nothing particularly engaging in the backstory of this industrially produced, single-use paper product. But it’s important to remember that many toilet...

New Warnings on Plastic’s Health Risks as Fracking...

A new report traces the life cycle of plastic from the moment an oil and gas well is drilled to the time plastic trash breaks down in the environment, finding “distinct risks to human health” at every stage. Virtually all plastic — 99 percent of it, according to the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) report — comes from fossil fuels. And a growing slice comes from fracked oil and gas wells and the natural gas...

EPA Adopts Fringe Science Claim That Small Doses o...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in April 2018 proposed relaxing standards related to how it assesses the effects of exposure to low levels of toxic chemicals on public health. Now, correspondence obtained by the LA Times revealed just how deeply involved industry lobbyists and a controversial, industry-funded toxicologist were in drafting the federal agency’s proposal to scrap its current, protective...

What Can Be Recycled? Your Complete 2019 Recycling...

Picture this: you just finish eating your favourite meal in a styrofoam container along with your favourite chips and a refreshing can of pop. You get up to throw everything out but you’re stuck. Do you recycle everything? What about the chip bag? Is the styrofoam recyclable? When it comes to waste, it’s important to know what you can recycle and what you can’t recycle. And to answer those questions, the chip bag and...

Bees Brought Bavarians Together. And They Have a L...

Last week, Bavarians forced their state legislature to change farming policies with the most successful petition in the state’s history. And while the law proposed by the petition covers a range of measures, it’s no surprise that campaigners’ rallying cry quickly became “save the bees”. Bees stand for diligence, dedication and orderliness. But they are also a symbol of our relationship with nature – and everything that has...

Intensive Agriculture Driving Worldwide Decline of...

Over 40% of insect species are at risk of extinction over the next few decades and 75% to 98% of insect biomass has already been lost, according to this review of the current state of knowledge about insect declines, with habitat loss through conversion to intensive agriculture being the main driver. Agro-chemical pollutants, invasive species and climate change are also driving insect declines. The authors conducted a...

The Ohio Supreme Court has rightly affirmed that T...

OPINION: Wherever they are, Theodore Roosevelt and his allies at Ohio’s 1912 constitutional convention must have smiled Wednesday. That’s when the state Supreme Court refused to yank from Toledo’s ballot a voter-initiated city charter amendment creating a Lake Erie Bill of Rights. It’ll be on the city’s Feb. 26 special election ballot. The Ohio Constitution guarantees Ohioans’ right to propose (“initiate”) amendments...

US EPA shouldn’t gut the Clean Water Act

Opinion: As Ohio struggles to find ways to limit the agricultural pollution that turns parts of Lake Erie green every summer, the last thing we should do is strip away protection from streams and endanger much of the state’s meager remaining wetland acreage. That’s what the Trump administration would do with its proposed replacement of an Obama-era rule that aimed to clarify what types of waters are protected under the Clean...