Puerto Rican families draw water from Superfund site.

Past water tests at the site have shown the presence of potentially harmful industrial solvents. more…

Editor comments: Climate-related weather disasters are driving health concerns in Puerto Rico (Superfund water), Texas (petrochemical spills) and California (toxic air). -JPM

Exposure to air pollution before birth may shorten our lives.

Pollution affects us even in the womb: Women who are exposed to air pollution during pregnancy have babies with shorter telomeres (a genetic biomarker), a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics found. more…

EPA head seeks to avoid settlements with green groups.

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a directive to his agency on Monday seeking to end the practice of settling lawsuits with environmental groups behind closed doors, saying the groups have had too much influence on regulation. more…

Cleanup from California fires poses environmental and health risks.

In California, the road ahead to cleanup and the safe return to properties will probably not be smooth or fast. Think of the environmental cleanup after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York, as debris and dust swirled through Lower Manhattan. more…

Editorials

Health study in Sarnia’s ‘Chemical Valley’ is long overdue.

Sarnia and its environs are home to 57 polluters. Yet the government has never done a baseline study to see how residents are affected and its reporting system on chemical leaks appears lax. more…

Hurricane Ophelia: A warning on climate inertia.

Even if emissions are stabilised through international agreements, the worst effects of global warming have yet to be experienced. more…

Fire-fighting chemicals and drinking water.

The PFAS saga is not just an issue for those who live near the Williamtown RAAF base and other hot spots around the nation. more…

See it, say it: Climate change.

Denial by the White House will sadly increase the intensity of storms and wildfires. more…

Opinions

How a healthy economy can shorten life spans.

In general, prosperity brings better health. But economic booms are also associated with air pollution, stress and car accidents. more…

Trump abandons efforts to clean up Utah's air.

Three million Utahns will be the victims if clean cars are run off the road by the clown car at the White House. more…

Even China is tackling climate change, while US takes a back seat.

Beijing sees an interconnected world where environmental sustainability is crucial to maintaining political support, global stability and economic growth. more…

State’s own evidence shows tunnels project will harm fish.

The Brown administration is denying scientific evidence when it comes to the impact that the proposed Delta tunnels project would have on endangered species and fisheries, says scientist Jonathan Rosenfield of The Bay Institute. more…

In the News

Gulf of Mexico oil spill may be largest since 2010 BP disaster.

The Delta House floating production facility southeast of Venice, Louisiana, released 7,950 to 9,350 barrels of oil making it the largest spill in more than seven years, even though it’s a fraction of the millions of barrels ejected in the 2010 incident. Bloomberg News

EPA cleanup plan for Houston Superfund site opposed by industry.

The San Jacinto waste pits were flooded during Hurricane Harvey. EPA and industry differ on how to minimize contaminant risk. Circle of Blue

Nearly half of the 102 Superfund homes in East Chicago tested by EPA had lead paint. Whose job is it to remove?

An agency spokesperson said they have no plans to remove it because such activity is outside the authority of the agency's Superfund program. Northwest Indiana Times, Indiana

Florida’s migrant farm workers struggle after hurricane damaged homes, crops.

Jobs, homes and lives are at risk when extreme weather strikes the communities that grow America's food. InsideClimate News

Report spotlights nitrate contamination in drinking water across the US.

Some recent research suggests that, over the long term, drinking water with nitrates at just half the U.S. limit raises cancer risks for children and adults. FairWarning

Our cities need fewer cars, not cleaner cars.

Electric cars won’t eradicate gridlocks and air pollution, but carbon footprints could be cut by favouring pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit. The Guardian

The danger of President Pence.

Trump’s critics yearn for his exit. But Mike Pence, the corporate right’s inside man, poses his own risks. New Yorker

Trump has taken longer to name a science adviser than any modern president.

The administration is moving forward on decisions that depend on science despite leaving the top White House scientific position open. Washington Post

The state of Trump’s USDA: What you need to know.

Can the USDA continue to do its work amid major reorganizations and minimal appointments and new hires? Civil Eats

As drought makes harvests uncertain, Kenya’s farmers mull a seed change.

Using imported seed, "you are not sure if you will harvest enough to offset the costs" - so local seed is gaining ground, farmers say. Thomson Reuters Foundation

Lead poisoning plummets thanks to cleaner petrol.

Lead poisoning in expectant mothers has fallen dramatically since lead was finally phased out of petrol in 2006. Johannesburg Times, South Africa

Judge dismisses lawsuit portraying environmental activism as illegal racket.

The fight isn't over yet. Lawyers for the logging company that sued plan to refile the complaint, and they have a similar lawsuit on behalf of a pipeline company. InsideClimate News

Indigenous rights "serious obstacle" to Kinder Morgan pipeline, report says.

The controversial expansion of a pipeline that would carry tar sands crude from Alberta to British Columbia’s coast will be doomed by the rising power of Indigenous land rights. The Guardian

Pesticide traces in New Zealand honey surprises researcher.

A researcher says he was surprised to find how four samples of New Zealand honey contained traces of a class of pesticides known for their role in the decline of bees. New Zealand Herald

Dams hurt indigenous and fishing communities in Brazilian Amazon.

The change in the natural flow of the Teles Pires river is reducing fish catches, which native people living in the lower stretch of the basin depend on as their main source of protein. Inter Press Service

East Antarctic marine park hopes build after seven years on table.

There is renewed hope parts of East Antarctica will be declared marine protected areas, more than seven years after the proposal was first developed. ABC News Online, Australia

Rabobank, UN launch $1 billion fund to boost sustainable farming.

Rabobank NA is launching with the United Nations $1 billion in financing for farmers to transition to more sustainable practices as food companies and consumers are demanding more supply chain transparency. Reuters