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U.S. tribe looks to International Court for justice.
Sunday, April 20, 2014news article
An indigenous community in the United States has filed a petition against the federal government, alleging that officials have repeatedly broken treaties and that the court system has failed to offer remedy. Inter Press Service.

Flavored cigars appeal to youth: study.
Sunday, April 20, 2014news article
Young people are smoking fewer cigarettes these days, but their cigar use is rising, which may partly be due to the popularity of flavored cigars, according to a new study. Reuters Health.
[See the study; Preference for flavoured cigar brands among youth, young adults and adults in the USA]

Bill on toxic chemicals clears committee.
Sunday, April 20, 2014news article
A Vermont House panel Friday passed legislation to regulate toxic chemicals found in children's products despite strong opposition from industry representatives who say it will impose unnecessary costs on manufacturers and provide only minor public health benefits. VTDigger, Vermont.

Asthma, acid rain: life in one of India's most polluted cities.
Sunday, April 20, 2014news article
Welcome to one of the most polluted cities in India. The air pollution is so bad that up to 70 per cent of children in Chandrapur are suffering from asthma or some other kind of respiratory disease. Sydney Morning Herald, Australia.

Breaking down the myths and misconceptions about the Gulf Oil Spill.
Sunday, April 20, 2014news article
In the months and years following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, telling fact from fiction regarding seafood safety and ecosystem health was supremely difficult. To clear up some of the confusion, here are seven topics of concern, some still unresolved, about the Gulf Oil Spill. Smithsonian Magazine.

Studies: links between fracking and smog pollution stronger than state claims.
Friday, April 18, 2014news article
New research suggests that pollution from fracking contributes a much larger share of Dallas-Fort Worth's smog problem than state officials have said. Texas Observer, Texas.

Sperm RNA carries marks of trauma.
Friday, April 18, 2014news article
A study published this week in Nature Neuroscience finds that stress in early life alters the production of small RNAs, called microRNAs, in the sperm of mice. The mice show depressive behaviours that persist in their progeny, which also show glitches in metabolism. Nature.
[See the study: Implication of sperm RNAs in transgenerational inheritance of the effects of early trauma in mice]

Center wins first Pulitzer Prize.
Friday, April 18, 2014news article
The winning series, "Breathless and Burdened: Dying from Black Lung, Buried by Law and Medicine", was a year-long investigation by Center reporter Chris Hamby illuminating how doctors and lawyers working at the behest of the coal industry helped defeat benefit claims of coal miners who were sick and dying of black lung disease. Center for Public Integrity.

How does the media -- and public -- learn environmental science? Help us find out.
Friday, April 18, 2014news article
A Pew Research Center content analysis of a broad sampling of media outlets revealed that from 2007 to 2010, environmental topics accounted for only 1.5 percent of all news stories, with the same percentage for all science and technology news. That number dropped to one percent in both categories in 2011. New Security Beat.

Tanned girls, tobacco-chewing dudes: gender norms affect teen cancer risk.
Friday, April 18, 2014news article
Teenage girls who see themselves as the most feminine and teenage boys who perceive themselves as the most masculine may be more likely to behave in ways that increase their risk of cancer and other health issues, according to a new study. LiveScience.
[See the study: Masculine boys, feminine girls, and cancer risk behaviors: an 11-year longitudinal study]

Gene increases meat-eaters' cancer risk.
Friday, April 18, 2014news article
One in three people carry a gene that significantly raises the risk of developing bowel cancer from eating processed meat, new research shows. Sydney Morning Herald, Australia.
[See the study: Genome-wide diet-gene interaction analyses for risk of colorectal cancer]

Washington governor weighs tenfold increase in cancer risk for fish eaters.
Friday, April 18, 2014news article
How much risk of cancer from eating fish is too much? Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has privately advanced a proposal that would likely pass legal muster but that worries Indian tribes and environmentalists. It would allow a tenfold increase in allowable cancer risk under the law. InvestigateWest.

Why we get autism but our Neanderthal cousins didn't.
Friday, April 18, 2014news article
It's not what you've got but how you use it. The first maps of gene expression in two of our extinct cousins flag up important differences between the activity of their genes and our own. The results suggest that brain disorders like schizophrenia and autism may be unique to us. New Scientist.
[See the study: Reconstructing the DNA methylation maps of the Neandertal and the Denisovan]

Lowe's settles EPA allegations on lead paint.
Friday, April 18, 2014news article
Lowe's Cos., the home-improvement retail giant, has agreed to pay a $500,000 civil penalty and roll out a new record-keeping policy for contractors that could encounter lead paint. Los Angeles Times.

New products offer more ways than ever to create a 'green' nursery.
Friday, April 18, 2014news article
As sustainably made nursery products become increasingly prevalent and there are more ways than ever to create a "green" nursery for your bambino, the biggest question may be where to start. Detroit News, Michigan.

Pregnancy weight gain predicts child's obesity.
Friday, April 18, 2014news article
Gaining too much weight during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk that your child will be obese as a preschooler, new evidence shows. Gaining too little weight may have the same effect. New York Times.
[See the study: Maternal gestational weight gain and offspring risk for childhood overweight or obesity]

Industry heavyweights come to Vermont to oppose toxic chemicals bill.
Friday, April 18, 2014news article
Global technology giant IBM has joined the opposition to a Vermont proposal to regulate chemicals in children's products that the state's health department considers harmful. VTDigger, Vermont.

U.S. EPA seeks public comment on proposed permit for carbon sequestration injection Well in Decatur, Illinois.
Thursday, April 17, 2014announcement
The public comment period closes May 30, 2014; a public hearing will be held on May 21, 2014.

Toxicology: the plastics puzzle.
Thursday, April 17, 2014news article
The decision by regulators in the United States and European Union to ban BPA from baby bottles, combined with industry marketing campaigns, has convinced many consumers that the plastics and other containers currently used to store food are safe. It is a false sense of security. Nature.

Your life is the lab: toxic chemicals in 5 unexpected places.
Thursday, April 17, 2014news article
Our furniture, home improvement items, children's products, and cosmetics often contain chemicals linked to neurodevelopmental disorders, endocrine disruption and cancer. Huffington Post.

Dept. of Interior attacks FCC regarding adverse impact of cell tower radiation on wildlife.
Thursday, April 17, 2014news article
The Interior Department accused the Federal government of employing outdated radiation standards set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a federal agency with no expertise in health. The standards are no longer applicable because they control only for overheating and do not protect organisms from the adverse effects of exposure to the low-intensity radiation produced by cell phones and cell towers. Electromagnetic Radiation Safety.

Google Glass alert: potential health risks from wireless radiation.
Thursday, April 17, 2014news article
The Google Glass emits more wireless radiation than most cell phones on the market, but unlike cell phone users, Glass users may be wearing this device on their heads for more than 12 hours a day putting their health at risk. PR Log.

Analyze This: certified toxin-free medicine on the horizon.
Thursday, April 17, 2014news article
There are very minimal safety regulations in place today for what products growers can legally use on their marijuana. Patients could end up consuming any number of powerful pesticides that are legal in Oregon. Eugene Weekly, Oregon.

UN-FAO-backed lab finds chemicals in Bangladeshi food.
Thursday, April 17, 2014news article
The National Food Safety Laboratory opened at the Institute of Public Health found that nearly 40 percent of 82 samples of milk and milk products, fish, fruits and vegetables were full of banned "DDT, Aldrin, Chlordane, Heptachlor and others." Dhaka Bdnews24, Bangladesh.

China alerted by serious soil pollution, vows better protection.
Thursday, April 17, 2014news article
Under the smoggy sky, another environment hazard is brought into the spotlight in China as an official report confirmed Thursday about 16.1 percent of its soil is polluted. Xinhua News Agency, China.

With white papers, EPA takes first step on a set of potentially far-reaching regulations of methane.
Thursday, April 17, 2014news article
U.S. EPA yesterday took a first step toward what could become a new set of regulations governing emissions of methane from oil and gas operations: The agency released a set of five white papers analyzing methane leaks from the industry. ClimateWire.
[See the White Papers]

US Supreme Court could make it harder for victims of hazardous pollutants to get justice.
Thursday, April 17, 2014news article
Later this month, the Supreme Court will consider whether a federal environmental law should override a North Carolina state law that cuts off a company's liability 10 years after its last contaminating act. The decision could have big implications for corporate America. Huffington Post.

Measuring Africa's air pollution.
Thursday, April 17, 2014news article
When Jenny Linden, an air quality scientist, tried to measure the pollution in Burkina Faso's capital city, one of her instruments clogged up. It was designed for road dust in Arizona, but the dust in Ouagadougou far exceeded the machine's limit. New York Times.

One year after Texas disaster, report looks at schools located near chemical facilities.
Thursday, April 17, 2014news article
A new study released Wednesday finds there are almost 10,000 schools across the country located within a mile of a chemical facility. Huffington Post.
[See the interactive map: Schools within one mile of a high-risk chemical facility]

China's babies at risk from soot, smog.
Thursday, April 17, 2014news article
Evidence is mounting that coal and car emissions in China, as well as other developing countries, are raising the risks of premature babies, low birth weights and neural tube defects. Scientists say that the dangers begin in the womb. Environmental Health News.

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