Health studies in Pennsylvania show links between some health problems and local fracking activity.
Three studies find higher rate of health issues for people who live near large or many fracked natural gas well sites.
A mountaintop removal site in Kentucky photographed in 2012.
Beyond the environmental cost, what is the psychological toll on communities of mountaintop removal coal mining?
Successive governments have ignored the health risks of climate change.
As the new Australian parliament takes the reins, health groups are moving to ensure the new health minister addresses a major health threat in this term of government: climate change.
New LED-based streetlights are whiter than traditional ones and contain more blue light, which can disrupt people’s circadian rhythms.
The American Medical Association (AMA) issued guidelines for communities to reduce harmful effects of LED streetlights. A medical researcher explains what can go wrong.
What’s in that bottle? And is it safe?
Congress has passed a long-overdue update of a key law regulating hazardous chemicals. But a legal scholar says the new law does not go far enough to reduce chemical exposure risks.
A human-dependent mosquito, the range of the disease-carrying Aedes aegypti is projected to grow in the U.S. and affect more people globally.
More people in the U.S. and world will be exposed to the disease-carrying mosquito Aedes aegypti, not just because of warmer temperatures but global population changes as well.
Field tests of flood-tolerant ‘scuba rice.’
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Advocates have argued for years about whether genetically engineered crops are safe to grow and eat. Plant pathologist and geneticist Pamela Ronald calls for a more nuanced discussion.
Are genetically engineered crops safe for human health and the environment? A new report says yes but points out problems and regulatory gaps. Three members of the study panel offer their takeaways.
The chemical PFOA, used in common coatings, was found in elevated levels in the water supply of Hoosick, New York earlier this year.
A growing number of communities in upstate New York and New England are discovering the chemical PFOA in their water supply. Here's what you should know about the health effects of PFOA.
The way data is currently collected has limited use for environmental health researchers when it comes to understanding health problems at a localised level.
What’s in your water bottle?
Manufacturers have removed the industrial chemical BPA from many products over concerns that it mimics hormones in the body. Now studies show that BPS, a popular substitute, has similar effects.
If the U.S. moved to electric vehicles, there would be a substantial cut in air pollution – and health benefits to go with it.
Global warming is often seen as a problem for future generations, but focusing on the immediate – and substantial – health benefits of clean energy can change public perception of climate change.
Blue-green algae blooms are increasing in size and frequency as global temperatures rise.
For the first time, researchers have shown that feeding vervet monkeys a toxin produced by blue-green algae resulted in protein deposits in the brain, consistent with those seen in human Alzheimer's.
Children living closest to the mines had the lowest literacy and numeracy scores.
Children in mining and smelting towns who are exposed high levels of lead, arsenic and cadmium are more than twice as likely to have developmental disorders than the national average.
Eleven million cars worldwide could be affected by the scandal.
Volkswagen's cheating allowed its vehicles to pass rigorous emissions testing, giving customers maximum driving performance at the cost of the environment and our health.
Where do you live?
Understanding genetics isn't enough to solve our health problems – we need to look at where people live, too.
Keeping office workers from feeling too hot or too cold is no simple task.
If you work in an office, chances are you or the person sitting next to you has grumbled about it being too hot or cold.
Cutting emissions will limit health damages and bring about important health improvements.
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Tackling climate change is the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century, a team of 60 international experts today declared in a special report for the medical journal The Lancet.
Reducing lead exposure has health, social and economic benefits.
Soil, dust and air-based exposure to lead can interfere with a child's developing nervous systems and cause behavioural and developmental problems.
Some rat, possum and mozzie species thrive when living close to people.
Our world is becoming increasingly urbanised. In 1950, just 30% of the world’s population lived in urban areas. This number is now over 50% and rising. By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population are…