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‘Climate Change’ Removed From National...

The effects of climate change is inextricably linked to human health. The burning of fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that traps heat in the atmosphere, causing global temperatures to spike, air quality to worsen, all while fueling droughts, floods and storms that impact food and water security. Climate change is making us sick in many ways, but it appears that the Trump administration trying...

Is Sam Clovis a Scientist? A Racist? 9 Questions t...

Things are not going so well for President Trump’s nominee for the position of under secretary for research, education, and economics (REE) at the US Department of Agriculture. This job has responsibility for scientific integrity at the USDA, as well as oversight of the department’s various research arms and multi-billion dollar annual investments in agricultural research and education that are essential to farmers and...

EPA chief backtracks on delaying rules reducing em...

WASHINGTON (AP) — One day after 15 states sued him, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt backtracked on delaying Obama-era rules intended to reduce emissions of smog-causing air pollutants. Pruitt contended his agency was being more responsive than past administrations to states’ needs. He made no mention Wednesday of the legal challenges to his earlier stand. At issue is an Oct. 1 deadline for states to...

EPA Chief’s Refusal To Ban Pesticide ‘Puts All Chi...

The American Academy of Pediatrics says the agency “has no basis” to continue allowing brain-damaging chlorpyrifos on crops. WASHINGTON — A leading organization of pediatricians warns that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s refusal to ban a widely used pesticide threatens the health of children, developing fetuses and pregnant women. The American Academy of Pediatrics and Environmental Working...

Trump Shouldn’t Mess With The Clean Air Act, Ameri...

Nearly 4 in 10 Americans live in areas with dangerous levels of pollution, according to the ALA’s “State of the Air” report. WASHINGTON — A new report from the American Lung Association comes with a clear warning for the Trump administration and Congress: Continue America’s fight against pollution or jeopardize public health. On Wednesday, the ALA released its 18th annual “State of the Air” report, which found there’s been a...

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...

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...

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...

Live near a busy road? You may have higher risk of...

Most of us associate car pollution with coughing and wheezing, but mounting evidence is linking air pollution to a less obvious health effect: dementia. People who live near a major road are up to 12 percent more likely to develop dementia — a group of memory-loss disorders including Alzheimer’s disease — than those who live farther away, according to study published Wednesday in medical journal in The Lancet. The study, led...

Report says oil and gas production will exacerbate...

About 30,000 children in Ohio, including 7,000 in the Columbus area, will suffer asthma attacks each year by 2025 because of smog created by oil and gas operations, according to a new report. The report, released Wednesday by the Boston-based Clean Air Task Force, also quantified the average days of school missed and hours spent inside due to air pollution. The report should serve as a wake-up call for U.S. and Ohio...

Ohio Attorney General Puts Corporate Profit Before...

In a disappointing move on Tuesday, August 1st, Ohio Attorney General  Mike Dewine, once again prioritized polluter profits above safeguards for Ohio residents from pollution generated by the oil and gas industry. Ohio has a record number of people living within a half mile of oil and gas development, which means 3.1 million Ohioans are subjected daily to toxic chemical pollution that can cause cancer, anemia, brain damage,...

Ohio EPA asks feds to waive ozone requirements

Air quality in central Ohio is a two-headed problem. On one hand, our air has never been cleaner. On the other, it still isn’t clean enough to protect people’s lungs. Air quality has improved enough, though, that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency wants to ask the federal government to give central Ohio’s air a clean bill of health for ozone pollution. The region met old standards for ozone during a three-year period...

Analysis: Dust from dam project is health risk (Bu...

BUCKEYE LAKE – Dam project spokesperson Ian Nickey hand- delivered two Material Safety Data Sheets last Thursday to a North Bank resident who requested them earlier in the week. The resident sought the OSHA-required documents after his physician asked about the dust that was irritating his eyes and skin. Other neighbors reported similar symptoms plus some respiratory problems. Enlarge Map Portland cement, which is delivered...

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...

10 Things They Won’t Tell You About the Flin...

News of the poisoned water crisis in Flint has reached a wide audience around the world. The basics are now known: The Republican governor, Rick Snyder, nullified the free elections in Flint, deposed the mayor and city council, then appointed his own man to run the city. To save money, they decided to unhook the people of Flint from their fresh water drinking source, Lake Huron, and instead, make the public drink from the...