Reflections upon the death of a hero, Dr. Herbert Needleman.

David Bellinger

The passing of a great doctor and a fine American who shined a light on the injustice of lead poisoning. more…

Kaboom town.

The U.S. military burns millions of pounds of munitions in a tiny, African-American corner of Louisiana. The town’s residents say they’re forgotten in the plume. more…

Open burns, ill winds.

The Pentagon’s handling of munitions and their waste has poisoned millions of acres, and left Americans to guess at the threat to their health. more…


Protection plan needs practical aid.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently announced that a plan for reducing pollinator loss had been finalized for the commonwealth. But the plan is voluntary. more…

Losses get real as seas rise.

America’s coasts — especially the teeming, wealthy Eastern seaboard and Gulf shore — are doomed to drown in ever-worse flooding from sea rise caused by global warming. more…

Pa. must stop muddying the Susquehanna.

Pennsylvania needs to do a much better job of reducing pollutants that flow into the river and the bay. more…


Fossil fuel industry should pay for rising sea level.

The hard-working, taxpaying residents and businesses in our communities should not have to foot the bill for the very real costs of sea level rise caused by the fossil fuel companies’ pollution. more…

Dirty coal to dirty politics: Everything is connected through a malformed political economy.

The life of our reef is intimately linked to the health of our politics and the future of our communities. Coal has no role to play. more…

Are we ready for a ‘managed retreat’ from the coasts — and from the forests?

If British Columbia were smart, we’d be reviewing our options now. more…

In the News

The women confronting California’s farm conditions.

Female farmworkers face sexual assault, pesticide exposure and low wages. High Country News

Trump’s EPA Chemical Safety nominee was in the “business of blessing” pollution.

Michael Dourson's company was picked by DuPont for its ability to “assemble a package and then sell this to EPA, or whomever we desired.” The Intercept

Swine flu linked to Parkinson's like brain changes.

Growing evidence suggests that neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's may develop in part due to environmental factors, including infections that can cause inflammation in the nervous system. Invisiverse

Do cellphones cause brain cancer or not?

Senator John McCain’s glioblastoma diagnosis revives a longstanding debate over the safety of wireless technology. The Atlantic

Certain antibiotics may increase risk of birth defects.

A large study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that certain antibiotics taken during pregnancy may increase the risk for birth defects. New York Times

Kingston coal ash spill workers treated as 'expendables,' lawsuit by sick and dying contends.

More than 50 coal ash spill cleanup workers and workers' survivors are suiing Jacobs Engineering for unsafe working conditions that they allege lead to sickness and death at the cleanup site. Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee

Trial set for 2018 in lawsuit by ash spill cleanup workers.

The lawsuit brought by dying workers at the Kingston ash spill nearly died itself. Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee

The strange legal battle that is pitting Trump’s secretaries of the Treasury and State against each other.

The Treasury has fined ExxonMobil $2 million for agreements signed with a Russian businessman when Rex Tillerson was the company’s CEO. Washington Post

Microbeads ban: Government to outlaw microplastics in cosmetic products.

Any kind of 'rinse-off' personal care and cosmetic products are affected, but not 'leave-on' make-up or sunscreen after industry complaints about the cost. The Independent, United Kingdom

US reopens Harley settlement, cutting funds for pollution reduction plan.

The Trump administration took $3 million off the motorcycle maker’s fine in a pollution case, applying a new policy barring benefits to third parties. New York Times

Tracking GenX in North Carolina: Concentration level trends and what you need to know.

State officials have set a health goal for exposure to GenX in drinking water at 140 parts per trillion (ppt) -- more than 500 times lower than the state’s preliminary assessment issued in early June of 70,909 ppt. Wilmington WECT TV, North Carolina

Sea level rise is accelerating in Florida, scientists warn.

In dozens of locations along the state's 1,350-mile coastline, sea level rise is no longer an esoteric discussion or a puzzle for future generations to solve. It's happening now and is forecast to worsen over the next 20 to 30 years. Associated Press

GOP effort to make environmental science 'transparent' worries scientists.

Groups that represent industries from farming to fracking are supporting a legislative push to rewrite how government handles science when drawing up regulations. And the whole effort has scientists worried. All Things Considered, NPR

Texas and federal regulators failed to crack down on polluters, lawsuits say.

An environmental group that recently slammed state regulators for failing to punish illegal polluters is now suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for not cracking the whip on Texas regulators. Dallas Morning News, Texas

Flint water crisis whistle-blowers win MIT Media Lab's 'Disobedience Award.'

The pediatrician and professor who first drew national attention to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, are set to receive the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab's first "Disobedience Award" today. Reuters

Tensions rise at fracking site in UK after police and activists clashes.

Scuffles and accusations of aggression increase at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas exploration site near Blackpool. The Guardian