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Researchers warn a common air pollutant is a drive...

Low air quality, even at pollution levels well below current Environmental Protection Agency thresholds, is associated with increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in later life, according to a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Researchers Kelly C. Bishop, Nicolai V. Kuminoff and Jonathan D. Ketcham of Arizona State University cross-referenced more than a decade of...

How a nuclear stalemate left radioactive waste str...

When I got to the San Onofre State Beach about 60 miles north of San Diego, the red sun of fire season was sandwiched on the horizon between a layer of fog and the sea. Surfers floated in a line off the shore. It looked like any other California beach — except for the row of signs that warned “Nuclear Power Plant Exclusion Area,” and the twin reactor domes rising above the bluffs. I was there to see the San Onofre Nuclear...

Air Pollution Shortens Human Life by One Year, on ...

In a summer marked by air quality alerts as wildfires rage in the western U.S., a study has been published finding that air pollution lowers the average lifespan by one year worldwide. The study, published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters Aug. 22, was the first to assess the impact of particulate matter pollution smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) on human life expectancy on a per country basis, ScienceNews...

Kroger to end bagging groceries in plastic within ...

CINCINNATI — The nation’s largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags, as more Americans say they’re uncomfortable with their impact on the environment. Kroger Co. started its pitch to end plastic Thursday at its QFC stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at those stores by some point next year. The company intends to be plastic-bag free at all of its nearly 2,800 stores...

Tons of Plastic Trash Enter the Great Lakes Every ...

Awareness is rising worldwide about the scourge of ocean plastic pollution, from Earth Day 2018 events to the cover of National Geographic magazine. But few people realize that similar concentrations of plastic pollution are accumulating in lakes and rivers. One recent study found microplastic particles—fragments measuring less then five millimeters—in globally sourced tap water and beer brewed with water from the Great...

The Plastic Waste Crisis Is an Opportunity to Get ...

A global plastic waste crisis is building, with major implications for health and the environment. Under its so-called “National Sword” policy, China has sharply reduced imports of foreign scrap materials. As a result, piles of plastic waste are building up in ports and recycling facilities across the U.S. In response, support is growing nationally and worldwide for banning or restricting single-use consumer...

Breakfast With a Dose of Roundup?

Weed Killer in $289 Million Cancer Verdict Found in Oat Cereal and Granola Bars Report by the numbers Conventional Organic Samples Tested 45 16 Glyphosate Detects 43 5 Detects Above EWG’s Health Benchmark (160 ppb) 31 0 Popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars come with a hefty dose of the weed-killing poison in Roundup, according to independent laboratory tests commissioned by EWG. Glyphosate, an herbicide...

Monsanto Cancer Ruling Sparks Backlash Around the ...

Glyphosate, the world’s most popular herbicide, is at the center of international scrutiny after a San Francisco court on Friday decided in favor of a California school groundskeeper with terminal cancer. The jury ruled that the plaintiff, Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, developed cancer from repeated exposure to Roundup, Monsanto‘s widely used glyphosate-based weedkiller, and ordered the company to pay $289...

Career EPA Staff Objected to Trump Administration&...

Attorneys and scientists with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) objected to the Trump administration’s proposal of a “significant new use rule” (SNUR) for asbestos, according to internal agency emails obtained by the The New York Times. Trump’s former EPA boss Scott Pruitt quietly announced the proposal in June, framing the plan as an “important, unprecedented action on...

Trump Admin Reverses Ban on ‘Bee-KillingR...

The Trump administration has lifted an Obama-era ban on the use of genetically modified crops and pesticides linked to bee decline in certain national wildlife refuges where farming is allowed, Reuters reported Saturday. In a memo signed Aug. 2, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Principal Deputy Director Gregory J. Sheehan said the move was necessary to provide adequate food for waterfowl. “There may be situations,...

More Than 400 Glyphosate Cancer Lawsuits Can Go to...

A federal judge presiding over more than 400 lawsuits claiming that glyphosate—the active ingredient in Monsanto‘s Roundup weed killer—causes cancer ruled Tuesday that the plaintiffs could present their evidence in court, ABC reported. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said the evidence presented by experts in March hearings linking glyphosate to a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma were “not...

EPA Shakeup: Wheeler Gives First Address as Top Pr...

Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Andrew Wheeler addressed his new employees for the first time Wednesday, setting the tone and agenda for his leadership, Pacific Standard reported. Wheeler broke with ex-EPA head Scott Pruitt in style, but not in substance, vowing to be more transparent and listen to career staffers while also upholding President Donald Trump‘s deregulatory agenda, The Washington Post...

Couple plans for renewable energy of solar panels ...

Randy and Renee Ruchotzke have installed enough solar panels on their house in Kent to power everything in their house and an electric car. Most of the solar panels are on the sunny side of the house, with a couple on the front. YellowLite, a solar energy contractor of Cleveland, installed the 22 panels in March, and they were operational by April. The system cost the husband and wife $17,000. Renee said they took out an...

9 Reasons to Buy Products Made From Organic Cotton

What’s the dirtiest crop on the planet? You may be wearing it. At a production rate of 25 million tons a year, cotton is one of the top four GMO crops in the world—and nearly 95 percent of that global cotton production is GMO and/or conventionally grown. Cotton earned the title “dirtiest crop” because it’s sprayed with some of the worst pesticides, including: Bayer’s aldicarb, which was banned...

Monarchs Use Milkweed as Preventive Medicine—but C...

Most people know that monarch butterflies can’t exist without milkweed. As caterpillars, the monarchs feed on milkweed plants exclusively, absorbing the milkweed’s poisons in order to ward off birds and other predators. On their epic migration across the North American continent, the butterflies also lay their eggs on these plants, relying on the noxious taste of the leaves to keep their brood safe from grazers...