Even after the Flint scandal reawakened the nation to the dangers posed by lead drinking water pipes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency appears to be in no rush to strengthen federal health standards. Circle of Blue.
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The entry into force of the Minamata Convention on Mercury Aug. 16 will spur companies worldwide to restrict their use of mercury and pursue alternatives to mercury added products. Bloomberg BNA.
The Indian government has threatened Philip Morris International Inc with "punitive action" over the tobacco giant's alleged violation of the country's anti-smoking laws, according to a letter sent to the company by the federal health ministry. Reuters Health.
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Researchers report rapid removal of BPA from water using green chemistry. Environmental Health News.
Male sterility is a growing problem. Here's why you should be worried—and your kids should be terrified. Environmental Health News.
The passing of a great doctor and a fine American who shined a light on the injustice of lead poisoning. Environmental Health News.
More than 200 scientists outline a broad range of concerns for triclosan and triclocarban and call for reduced use worldwide. Environmental Health News.
Ordinary cleaning compounds—used in ordinary amounts—create long-lasting risks of spinal and brain defects in a lab study. Environmental Health News.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seems to be having trouble explaining a lead-contamination cleanup it oversaw in Laureldale and Muhlenberg Township a decade ago. more…
No commodity is as valuable as the air we breathe. If the EPA won’t protect it, then the states must. more…
Public health advocates should be jumping for joy at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s announcement that it would explore ways to reduce nicotine levels in conventional cigarettes to non-addictive levels. more…
Children and environmental justice
It has been more than a year since Mayor Anthony Copeland informed more than 1,000 West Calumet Housing Complex residents it was in their "best interest to temporarily relocate" because of contaminated soil. Northwest Indiana Times, Indiana.
Lack of orthophosphate corrosion control contributed to city’s water crisis, according to new analysis. Chemical & Engineering News.
Skepticism about drinking water is pervasive through many black communities in northern cities and in pockets of poverty throughout the south. News21.
While schools often struggle with the aftermath of finding lead in their drinking water, education advocates and health professionals agree that there’s an even costlier scenario: not knowing at all. News21.
The researchers found worse birth outcomes for chemical exposure alone than for chronic stress alone. But combined, the negative effects were multiplied. Sacramento Bee, California.
The emerging health crisis in Appalachia is much more than the opioid epidemic. And the health gap between the region and national averages is relatively new. Washington Post.
Kids around the globe
China will ban the production and trade of a range of products containing mercury by 2020. Reuters.
In the fight against Zika, malaria, and other mosquito-borne killers, the answer could lie with the insect's immune system. Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania.
McDonald’s Korea has asked the local court to block the release of results from a consumer group’s analysis of hamburgers being sold at fast-food chains and convenience stores in Korea. Korea Herald, South Korea.
Over the past four decades, a huge amount of effort has gone into cleaning America’s heavily polluted waters. Is all of that progress about to be undone? more…
America's drinking water infrastructure is aging and needs billions of dollars in upgrades. Two extension educators urge consumers to monitor their water and have it tested if they suspect problems. more…
Trump has energized the vaccine skeptics, and that’s dangerous. more…
Air pollution and kids
Kids are getting more than just a ride at school drop-off zones, according to research from the University of Toronto. Metro Canada.
Mayor Eric Garcetti has ordered Los Angeles building inspectors to begin tracking whether required air filtration systems are being installed in new homes near freeways, officials said Tuesday. Los Angeles Times.
Children were wheezing, but it wasn’t because they were catching colds — their homes were sick. Alaska Dispatch News, Alaska.
Scores of Chicagoans and suburbanites retreat from the dog days of summer by heading to bucolic vacation spots around Lake Michigan. But there is no escape from city pollution. Chicago Tribune, Illinois.
Kids and industrial agriculture
A case of pesticide poisoning highlights stark differences in safety regulations on either side of the Atlantic as British negotiators seek trade deal with U.S. The Independent, United Kingdom.
On Tuesday, two senators introduced a bill that would ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide linked to brain damage in kids. Mother Jones.
A pesticide banned by international treaty in 2011 could be responsible for the deaths of young children in South Asia, according to new findings. Voice of America.
Solutions and Good News
With a few tweaks, the fungus behind bread and beer could become a simple, low-cost cholera detector. The Atlantic.
BrightGuard is installing free sunscreen dispensers across the country, in the hopes of reducing melanoma rates by 20% by 2025. Fast Company.
Editor comments: Added bonus: The company's SPF follows guidelines spelled out in the Environmental Working Group’s annual sunscreen guide. -LP
Youth tobacco use in the United States fell to historic lows in 2016, leading public health experts to speculate that a smoke-free generation may be within reach. Reuters.
Endocrine Disruption and kids
Research suggests chemicals in the environment might help breast cancer grow. US News & World Report.
As many as 63 million people – nearly a fifth of the country – were exposed to potentially unsafe water more than once during the past decade, according to a News21 investigation of 680,000 water quality and monitoring violations from the Environmental Protection Agency. News21.
Canada's pesticide regulator, the PMRA, is accused of turning a blind eye to problems with three of the most popular pesticides on the market. National Observer, Canada.
While bisphenol A is a known endocrine-disrupting compound (EDC), its substitute bisphenol S has been shown to be worrisome as well. Three new studies add more evidence that exposure to these EDCs early in life will likely lead to serious health issues later in life. Endocrine News.
Climate and kids
A report released this week by advocacy group Environmental Justice Australia presents a confronting analysis of toxic emissions from Australia’s coal-fired power plants. The Conversation, Australia.
Scientists warn of new threats to the ozone layer, including widespread use of ozone-eating chemicals not covered by the treaty. Yale Environment 360.
Whoever replaces Republican Gov. Rick Snyder will have to confront the aftermath of the public health disaster and how he or she proposes to deal with it. Detroit Free Press, Michigan.
New podcast series explores how some people are taking unique approaches to climate activism. National Geographic News.
East Porterville was the hardest-hit community during the drought, when nearly 1,000 people were without water. Efforts to find a long-term fix have been successful but came with a big price tag and some important lessons. Water Deeply.
In the sweltering Sun Belt, workers laboring outdoors are wrestling with the personal and political consequences of a worsening environment. New York Times.
Energy and children's health
How the state of Texas allows industrial facilities to repeatedly spew unauthorized air pollution — with few consequences. Texas Tribune, Texas.
Dozens of studies already published about mountaintop removal coal mining’s effects on public health provide adequate evidence to support ending the practice, a leading author on the subject told a National Academy of Sciences panel. Charleston Gazette-Mail, West Virginia.
As the coal industry falters and alternative energy gains steam, hear the voices from all sides of the debate. National Geographic News.
Food, agriculture and kids
The Center for Ecoliteracy has developed a new tool to help kids understand where their food comes from. Civil Eats.
Soy milk and soy formula contain potent human hormone disruptors. We don’t know what this means for child development. Undark.
More than one million malnourished children aged under five in Yemen are living in areas with high levels of cholera, the charity Save The Children warned on Wednesday as it began sending more health experts to the worst hit areas. Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday urged the Food and Drug Administration to launch an investigation into the possible use of chemicals in the packaging of fast foods, that can have a detrimental effect on people’s health. International Business Times.
Islamist militants in Somalia have imposed a ban on humanitarian assistance in areas they control, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to choose between death from starvation and disease or brutal punishment. The Guardian.
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said she would consider taking money from Coke for C.D.C. programs despite the agency’s having cut ties with the company in the past. New York Times.