Activists in Newark, N.J., offer tours that teach visitors about the city’s legacy of industrial pollution and environmental racism.
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Societies celebrate heroes and commemorate tragedies. But why is there so little public acknowledgment of environmental disasters?
Coal-fired power plants are a source of mercury that people can ingest by eating fish.
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The Biden administration is moving to revive mercury limits for coal-fired power plants. A scientist explains mercury’s health risks and the role power plants play.
Wildfire smoke contains a mixture of toxic pollutants that can be harmful to both the lungs and the brain.
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Pollution from more frequent floods and wildfires – exacerbated by the warming climate – is threatening human health and poses particular risks to the brain.
Margot Gage Witvliet was hospitalized with COVID-19 in March. More than four months later, she has yet to recover.
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Margot Gage Witvliet went from being healthy and active to fearing she was dying almost overnight. An epidemiologist, she dug into the research to understand what’s happening to long-haulers like her.
Industrial activities like mining, fossil fuel combustion, and cement production release mercury into the environment.
Plants can store mercury and keep it from contaminating waterways, air and soils. Unfortunately, that mercury is released when plants burn.
Motor symptoms of Parkinson’s include tremors, stiffness and slowness or loss of spontaneous movement.
Parkinson’s disease is the second-most-prevalent neurodegenerative condition in Australia, with an estimated 70,000 living with the disease. But what do we know about the causes and risk factors?
Lead exposure is more common than you think.
Children exposed to lead are at elevated risk for learning delays and academic issues.
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.
A speck of gold from a mine in Liberia, Africa.
Shopping for a gold ring? New guidelines seek to be the rough equivalent of Fair Trade for small-scale gold mining.
South Africa needs to ensure that it is equipped to deal with bioterrorism attacks and possible laboratory outbreaks.
In the science world, laboratories are essential but safety precautions should be taken to prevent any incidents like the Ebola outbreak or biochemical attacks.
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.
Pretty but deadly: researchers now understand how blue-green algae is linked to neurodegenerative diseases.
Scientists have known for some time now that exposure to blue-green algae is linked to increased incidence of several neurodegenerative diseases. But the reason for the link has been a mystery until now…
The vast majority of us will never be exposed to aluminium in high enough concentrations to do damage.
Silvery, ductile, malleable and so very, very useful, aluminium is the most common metal in the Earth’s crust. But despite its importance (or perhaps because of it), there are fears that this metal causes…