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House votes to undo pesticide protections for nati...

Pesticides and other pollutants that run off into waterways are killing salmon in Seattle’s Longfellow Creek. CREDIT: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson House votes to undo pesticide protections for nation’s waterways Opponents say Republican-led bill takes away the public’s right to know about pesticides. ThinkProgress | The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a bill that dismantles a pesticide permitting system....

A Strong Case Against a Pesticide Does Not Faze E....

Chlorpyrifos is still on the market as an agricultural pesticide, routinely sprayed on common crops like apples, oranges, strawberries and broccoli.Credit Gerry Broome/Associated Press A Strong Case Against a Pesticide Does Not Faze E.P.A. Under Trump By  RONI CARYN RABIN MAY 15, 2017 nytimes.com | May 15, 2017 Some of the most compelling evidence linking a widely used pesticide to developmental problems in children stems...

E.P.A. Chief, Rejecting Agency’s Science, Chooses ...

WASHINGTON — Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, moved late on Wednesday to reject the scientific conclusion of the agency’s own chemical safety experts who under the Obama administration recommended that one of the nation’s most widely used insecticides be permanently banned at farms nationwide because of the harm it potentially causes children and farm workers. The ruling by Mr. Pruitt, in one of...

Trump may shrink EPA, but effects in Ohio to be de...

President Donald Trump’s first few weeks have left Washington disoriented and environmentalists worried. The president’s pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, is a close ally of the fossil-fuel industry who says that scientific climate-change evidence is “far from settled” and that the agency’s staff and budget should be shrunk. In Congress, things are just as...

Unsealed Court Documents Suggest Monsanto Ghostwro...

Monsanto suffered a major setback Tuesday when a federal judge in San Francisco unsealed documents that call into question the agrichemical giant’s research practices and the safety of its best-selling herbicide, Roundup, the world’s most-produced weedkiller. The documents counter industry-funded research that has long asserted Monsanto’s flagship product—used by home gardeners, public park gardeners and...

Monsanto Weed Killer Roundup Faces New Doubts on S...

A scanning machine illuminating a bottle of Roundup, a weed killer, as it moved along a production line at a facility in Antwerp, Belgium, owned by Monsanto.Credit Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg Monsanto Weed Killer Roundup Faces New Doubts on Safety in Unsealed Documents By  DANNY HAKIM MARCH 14, 2017 nytimes.com | March 14, 2017 The reputation of Roundup, whose active ingredient is the world’s most widely used weed killer, took a...

Amid Trump’s Deregulatory Bonanza, UN Report...

Amid Trump’s Deregulatory Bonanza, UN Report Details ‘Catastrophic’ Impact of Pesticides  by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Common Dreams | Study accuses agro-chemical industry of ignoring scientific studies on toxic impact while pushing ‘myth’ that pesticides are aiding world hunger Taking the global pesticide industry to task for its “systematic denial of harms” while, at the same...

Unsafe Lead Levels in Tap Water Not Limited to Fli...

In Sebring, Ohio, routine laboratory tests last August found unsafe levels of lead in the town’s drinking water after workers stopped adding a chemical to keep lead water pipes from corroding. Five months passed before the city told pregnant women and children not to drink the water, and shut down taps and fountains in schools. In 2001, after Washington, D.C., changed how it disinfected drinking water, lead in tap water at...

3 Ways Monsanto Contributes to Climate Chaos and W...

Monsanto may claim that GMO farming is helping farmers and the environment, but science has proved otherwise. Monsanto claims that GMO farming will support farmers while fighting climate change and drought, but they are in fact a major cause of the problem. Their products are creating the very problem they seek to solve and no amount of denial or PR will hide this from the public for much longer. GMOs are genetically...

Cancer preys on rural Americans

MARIANNA, ARK. – In the home of the blues, amid dying towns, gravel back roads and endless Mississippi Delta farmland, cancer grows, spreads and kills mercilessly — even the types that can be caught or stopped with well-known screening tests. Ruby Huffman, 73, got her first colonoscopy only after passing blood, and it found a huge cancerous tumor. Rita Stiles, 61, went at least a decade without a mammogram. And Tina...

Contaminating Our Bodies With Everyday Products

IN recent weeks, two major medical organizations have issued independent warnings about toxic chemicals in products all around us. Unregulated substances, they say, are sometimes linked to breast and prostate cancer, genital deformities, obesity, diabetes and infertility. “Widespread exposure to toxic environmental chemicals threatens healthy human reproduction,” the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics...

Thousands of C8 (TEFLON) suits against DuPont floo...

A decade-long legal battle accusing DuPont of being responsible for life-threatening medical problems among Ohio River residents is flooding federal court in Columbus. Nearly 2,500 personal-injury lawsuits have been filed against DuPont as part of multidistrict litigation assigned to U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr. and Magistrate Judge Elizabeth A. Preston Deavers. More than 600 already are in federal court, and the...

Popular Weedkiller Deemed Carcinogenic: Herbicide ...

The active ingredient in Roundup, one of the world’s most popular weed killers — and the most commonly used one in the United States — has been declared a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the WHO, released the results of its review of five herbicides and pesticides on Friday. The French-based agency ranks...

How Toxins Are Changing Childhood

The number of (largely untested) chemicals in our environment is on the rise, as are the rates of autism, cancer, and other serious health problems affecting kids. KIWI investigates
 this “silent pandemic”—and reveals how parents can fight back. When Josephine Wilson, 37, of Princeton, New Jersey, took her 1-year-old daughter to the pediatrician for a routine visit in July 2013, a flyer for a study on flame retardants in...

‘Putting the next generation of brains in da...

(CNN) — The number of chemicals known to be toxic to children’s developing brains has doubled over the last seven years, researchers said. Dr. Philip Landrigan at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and Dr. Philippe Grandjean from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, authors of the review published Friday in The Lancet Neurology journal, say the news is so troubling they are calling for a worldwide...