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

The passing of a great doctor and a fine American who shined a light on the injustice of lead poisoning. Environmental Health News

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. ProPublica

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. ProPublica HuffPost

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Antarctica′s Larsen C ice shelf: New rift detected.

Where a trillion-ton iceberg calved last week, researchers have detected a new rift. The concern is that the Larsen C ice shelf will destabilize and collapse, releasing glacial ice into the sea. Deutsche Welle, Germany

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

Trump outlines deregulation agenda.

The White House this morning released the new administration's first regulatory plan, a sweeping survey for all federal agency actions. Greenwire

With climate change driving child marriage risks, Bangladesh fights back.

Climate change-driven extreme weather - from flooding and mudslides to blistering heat - is accelerating migration to Bangladesh's cities, raising the risks of problems such as child marriage, according to UNICEF's head of Bangladesh programs. Thomson Reuters Foundation

Gas is the worst fuel for your health.

Two recent studies present the downside of cars that run on gasoline compared to other liquid fuels. Anthropocene Magazine

Coal ash: Coming to a town near you?

“They are all disasters waiting to happen.” Climate Desk

Protesters seek additional Hudson River dredging.

The crowd of protesters outside the Saratoga Hilton had a simple message for the EPA - remove PCBs from the Hudson River. Northeast WAMC Public Radio, New York

UK-built pollution monitoring satellite ready for launch.

The Sentinel-5P spacecraft is designed to monitor the pollution that causes a reported tens of thousands of deaths every year in the UK. The Guardian

China's air quality deteriorates due to winter pollution: Official.

Air quality in China worsened in the first half of 2017, with 338 cities including the capital Beijing on average reporting fewer clean air days due to winter pollution in January and February, an official at the Ministry of Environmental Protection said. Reuters

Federal ban—and anti-pot EPA—has states, firms scrambling.

With the stroke of a pen under a brown EPA seal, Administrator Scott Pruitt took a definitive stance on the agency’s view on marijuana. Bloomberg BNA

Mexico launches pioneering scheme to insure its coral reef.

Hotels and local government in Cancún will pay premiums, and insurance industry will pay out if the reef is damaged by storms. The Guardian

A high-tech solution to seafood slavery and illegal fishing.

New science can track transhipping, the high-seas transfer of seafood catches between ships, but it may take consumer demand to truly halt it. Civil Eats

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