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11 Feb Finally, pornography is doing its bit to save the whales. The sex industry isn?t the most obvious philanthropist, but conservation needs all the help it can get. The Guardian.

2 Feb Why you can't just wipe out mosquitoes to get rid of the Zika virus. Rather than focus efforts on killing off all mosquitoes, R&D funding directed at vaccines, treatment and other interventions is likely to produce greater returns. Reuters.

29 Jan DuPont faces 40 trials a year over cancer tied to Teflon chemical. Chemical maker DuPont will face 40 trials a year starting April 2017 involving plaintiffs who say they developed cancer from a toxic chemical used to make Teflon that leaked from one of the company?s plants in West Virginia. Reuters.

28 Jan New York to declare Superfund site in Hoosick Falls over water pollution. The designation extends from an emergency regulation that will allow the state to list perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA, a toxic chemical that has been found in elevated levels in the village's water supply, as a hazardous substance. Albany Times Union.

27 Jan Don't spin health risks. Hoosick Falls has hired a PR firm to get its message about tainted water out. It shouldn't take a professional to understand the need for such an urgent warning. Albany Times Union.

26 Jan In New York village, a trail of cancer leads to tap water. After his factory worker father died a painful death from kidney cancer at age 68 in 2013, Michael Hickey made it his mission to find out why so many people in his hometown along the Hoosic River were getting sick. Associated Press.

26 Jan Tests find toxic chemicals in outdoor gear. Levels are small, but effects on human health still unknown. Vancouver Sun.

22 Jan A closer look at PFOA. PFOA has been associated with several health impacts including kidney and testicular cancer, and effects on the liver, immune system and thyroid gland, among others. Northeast Public Radio.

22 Jan Hoosick Falls hires GE consultant for pollution PR. Hoosick Falls village officials secretly hired a public relations firm to help develop "an overall communications program" as criticism mounted about their decision to not warn residents to stop drinking water contaminated with a toxic chemical. Albany Times Union.

15 Jan Study: Colorado water contaminated. Recent studies in Fountain, Security and Widefield show that the water there is contaminated with industrial chemicals that could cause a public health hazard. Colorado Springs Business Journal.

12 Jan FDA?s ban of 3 toxic chemicals in food packaging comes too late, say critics. The chemical industry has already replaced these compounds with new ones that have received little scientific scrutiny. Earth Island Journal.

6 Jan The lawyer who became DuPont?s worst nightmare. Rob Bilott was a corporate defense attorney for eight years. Then he took on an environmental suit that would upend his entire career ? and expose a brazen, decades-long history of chemical pollution. New York Times.

6 Jan The lawyer who became DuPont?s worst nightmare. Rob Bilott was a corporate defense attorney for eight years. Then he took on an environmental suit that would upend his entire career ? and expose a brazen, decades-long history of chemical pollution. New York Times.

6 Jan Just how much is cancer due to your genes? About a third of all cancer cases can be blamed on inherited genes, a giant study finds. NBC News.

5 Jan Teflon?s toxic legacy. For more than half a century DuPont hid information that a chemical it was using to make Teflon might be making people sick. Earth Island Journal.

 

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