Decomposing bodies can add bacteria to the soil.
Bacteria and other toxic biological waste arising from decomposing bodies can contaminate water sources, representing a public health concern.
Starting Feb. 6, 2020, California growers will be barred from using the insecticide chlorpyrifos on grapes and other crops.
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Starting Feb. 6, 2020, California farmers will be barred from using chlorpyrifos on their crops. The Trump administration says more study is needed, but other states are also moving ahead.
The first half of 2019 is the equal hottest on record and summer is set to be a scorcher.
Average temperatures in Australia are already high by international standards, but what happens when they continue to rise? How much heat can our bodies withstand?
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985, is one example of doctors’ involvement on the political stage.
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Doctors have long taken up global issues, from nuclear war to ozone depletion and climate change, and helped shift the course of history.
Hoosick Fall, N.Y. is one of many U.S. communities whose drinking water has been contaminated with PFOA or PFOS.
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EPA is moving to regulate two chemicals from a group called PFAS that are contaminating drinking water. A public health expert explains why the agency should take much broader action.
Environmental health practitioners promote health, safety and well-being.
South Africa's environmental health workers play a vital role in helping communities respond to climate change.
Members of a ground crew In Phoenix wrapped wet towels around their necks to cool off when the temperature reached a record of 116°F.
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Rising temperatures will not only hurt people in the future. Many are feeling the effects now. Those who work outdoors, those who have certain chronic conditions and the elderly are vulnerable.
Rift Valley fever is a disease passed from mosquitoes to animals then to people.
Outbreaks of zoonotic diseases call for a collaborative approach to surveillance.
Testing the claims.
It may come as a shock to discover that businesses are allowed to pay local authorities for advice on environmental health standards and food labelling.
These rats are in special cages for urine collection. Every year, millions of animals are used for testing chemicals that are used in industrial products.
Testing new industrial chemicals is essential for public health and the environment. But animal testing is costly, and too many chemicals are left untested. A new AI tool may solve the problem.
Chemical companies touted synthetic insecticides and herbicides as miracle products in the 1940s and 1950s. But farmers and cropdusting pilots didn't always buy the sales pitch.
Morning smog in New Delhi, India.
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According to one study, more than 8 million people per year die early from air pollution exposure.
The Victorian mountain ash forest has been severely affected by fires and logging. To determine the actual health of the forest, we need to look at the quality, not just the quantity of what remains.
In the aftermath of fires or logging, conservation needs to focus on recovering the health of the remaining vegetation, not just the size of the forest or woodland.
There are nanometals in your washing machine.
Many socks, towels and other textiles are treated with silver nanoparticles to kill germs and odors. When the silver washes out, it can pollute waterways. Two chemists propose a way to collect it from wastewater.
Warning sign at Kerr-McGee uranium mill site near Grants, N.M., December 20, 2007.
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The Trump administration's push for 'energy dominance' could spur a new wave of domestic uranium production. A scholar describes the damage done in past uranium booms and the visible scars that remain.
People collect water piped in from a mountain creek in Utuado, Puerto Rico on Oct. 14, 2017, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans were still without running water.
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Climate change threatens to widen the health gap between the haves and have-nots. Here's why addressing environmental issues that drive poor health is a starting point.
Marine waters are an important source of food for Inuit.
The North Water Polynya, or Pikialasorsuaq, is a key ocean area for Arctic animals and for Inuit hunting and fishing. Rocket launches threaten to contaminate the area with harmful chemicals.
A U.S. agency has warned the public about the dangers of flame retardants known as organohalogens that are found in baby toys, mattresses, furniture and electronics.
The U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission has recommended a wide-spread ban on an entire class of flame retardants. Here's how Canada could follow suit.
Under the El tracks, downtown Chicago.
New research shows that noise pollution in US cities is concentrated in poor and minority communities. Beyond regulating airplane noise, the US has done relatively little to curb noise pollution.
Social media posts, such as this image uploaded to Flickr, can be repurposed for reef health monitoring.
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Mining social media posts from tourism hotspots such as coral reefs could turn tourists into environmental citizen scientists without them even realising it.
Drug resistance to cholera causing bacteria affects treatment especially in developing countries.
Cholera is caused by a lack of access to clean drinking water and unhygienic conditions. Misuse of antibiotics makes it difficult and expensive to treat outbreaks.
The health benefits of being close to nature are well established.
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Health benefits of being close to nature are well established, but the rise of apartment living means we can't always be close to greenery.
Dancing sunlight patterns reflected onto an interior ceiling from a wind-disturbed external water surface.
Research shows that bringing nature indoors, in the form of movement created by light, wind and water, makes occupants calmer and more productive. It also could promote interest in sustainable design.
Wind turbines require massive structures that are polluting to produce and can harm ecosystems, but these impacts compare favorably with those of fossil alternatives.
No energy source is perfect, but solar and wind have a much lower health and environmental footprint than fossil fuels, a study finds. Biopower, though, is a mixed bag.
An innovative water-sensitive project aims to dramatically improve the health of slums and their environment together.
A five-year project announced today will implement an innovative water-sensitive approach tailored to informal settlements. The goal is to revitalise 24 communities in Fiji and Indonesia.