Top stories of 2010: The oil spill and beyond

By Marla Cone

Editor in Chief

Jan. 4, 2011

In 2010, journalists devoted an extraordinary amount of resources to the largest spill in U.S. history, writing tens of thousands of articles on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. At Environmental Health News, we posted 9,086 of those articles from media around the world, and that doesn’t even include every story published.

Other topics were well-covered, too. EHN’s 2010 archives include nearly 1,700 articles on fracking, the controversial process of fracturing rock to stimulate oil and gas production.

Our list of the top stories of 2010, however, doesn’t rely on numbers alone. Some of the most important environmental health topics got comparatively little coverage. Included is California’s approval of methyl iodide, a highly toxic fumigant that will be used on strawberries and other crops.

Every day, our team at EHN hand-selects and posts the most interesting environmental stories of the day from media around the world. In 2010, it amounted to 67,925 articles from newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations and online media.

We also reported and wrote our own articles to help fill the void left by shrinking newsrooms at newspapers and other traditional media. In case you missed any, here are the enterprise stories written by EHN.

Take a look at our roundup of the most important and intriguing topics of 2010, including links to a sampling of the stories. You also can find more articles on any of these topics by searching the archives at our web site. All of these issues will continue to be important in 2011 – and beyond. We welcome your input at feedback@environmentalhealthnews.org.
 

 Gulf spill makes history

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Search for missing oil rig workers expected to be called off Friday. Hope for survivors dimmed as two drilling companies and the federal government marshal resources to contain leaking oil after the burning rig sank Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico. New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisiana. 23 April 2010.

Five times as much oil spewing in Gulf of Mexico oil spill as first thought. As a sheen of oil moved closer to the Louisiana coast Wednesday, NOAA officials revised their estimates of the amount of oil that has been leaking from the oil well from 1,000 barrels a day to up to 5,000 barrels a day, or about 210,000 gallons. New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisiana. 29 April 2010.

Gulf spill is really a river of oil, environmentalists say. To understand the gravity of the danger facing Louisiana's coast, pollution clean-up veterans offered this starting point: Forget the word "spill." It's a river of oil flowing at the rate of 210,000 gallons a day that has the potential to spread to every state along the Gulf Coast. New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisiana. 30 April 2010.

Regulator deferred to oil industry on rig safety.
 
Federal regulators warned offshore rig operators more than a decade ago that they needed to install backup systems to control the giant undersea valves known as blowout preventers, used to cut off the flow of oil from a well in an emergency. New York Times. 8 May 2010. [Registration Required]

Challenge of cleaning up Gulf of Mexico oil spill 'unprecedented' at such depths. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has not yet caused coastal damage on the scale of the Exxon Valdez disaster. But scientists say it is becoming something different and potentially much more troubling: the first massive U.S. oil spill whose effects so far are largely hidden underwater. Washington Post. 15 May 2010. [Registration Required]

Gulf of Mexico oil spill called worst in U.S. history. The Gulf of Mexico undersea gusher has already spilled more oil than the Exxon Valdez disaster -- possibly more than twice as much, making it the largest oil spill in U.S. history -- government scientists said Thursday. CNN. 27 May 2010. 

Years of internal BP probes warned that neglect could lead to accidents. A series of internal investigations over the past decade warned senior BP managers that the company repeatedly disregarded safety and environmental rules and risked a serious accident if it did not change its ways. ProPublica. 8 June 2010.

Is using dispersants on the BP gulf oil spill fighting pollution with pollution? It remains unclear what impact chemical dispersants will have on sea life - and only the massive, uncontrolled experiment being run in the Gulf of Mexico will tell. Scientific American. 19 June 2010.


Tainted eggs prompt food safety crisis, new law

Ongoing salmonella outbreak prompts egg recall. A national outbreak of salmonella in eggs has sickened hundreds of people since May and appears to be ongoing. The outbreak has been tracked to in-shell eggs from Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa, which has launched a recall. USA Today. 18 August 2010.

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As egg producers consolidate, problems of just one producer can be far-reaching. The largest egg recall in U.S. history comes at a point of great consolidation, when a shrinking number of companies produce most of the eggs found on grocery shelves and a defect in one operation can jeopardize a significant segment of the marketplace. Washington Post. 24 August 2010. [Registration Required]

Egg crisis piques interest in food-safety bill. The outbreak of salmonella in eggs is energizing efforts to pass a long-stalled food-safety bill that could prevent or mitigate such problems, according to federal officials, congressional supporters and independent experts. USA Today. 25 August 2010.

Unsafe eggs linked to U.S. failure to act. The role of the federal government has not drawn much scrutiny, though it recognized 20 years ago that salmonella in eggs posed a public health threat. Inspectors have closely monitored meat and poultry production for the better part of a century, but have largely ignored eggs. Washington Post. 11 December 2010. [Registration Required]


Fracking controversy spreads

EPA launches national study of hydraulic fracturing. Responding to reports of environmental contamination in gas drilling areas across the country, the U.S. EPA will conduct a nationwide scientific study to determine if the problems are caused by the practice of injecting chemicals and water underground to fracture the gas-bearing rock. ProPublica. 19 March 2010.

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Chemicals used in 'fracking' often a mystery at spill cleanup time. Three times in September 2009, chemicals used to coax natural gas from the Marcellus Shale spilled in Susquehanna County and leaked into a wetland and creek. Documents meant to detail product hazards did not specify the chemicals and provided virtually none of the information needed to evaluate the spills. Scranton Times Tribune, Pennsylvania. 22 June 2010.

8,000 people? EPA defers hearing on fracking. The EPA announced that it was canceling an all-day hearing that had been scheduled for Thursday in Syracuse after Onondaga County officials expressed concern that they had not been given enough time to prepare security in anticipation of rallies and protests at the event. New York Times. 11 August 2010. [Registration Required]

Out of gas: Boom goes bust. Encana Natural Gas, the only company to drill a Marcellus Shale gas well in Luzerne County, announced Thursday that it is ceasing operations in the county and Pennsylvania. The departure of Encana from the Back Mountain may signal the end of natural gas drilling in Luzerne County in the foreseeable future. Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, Pennsylvania. 20 November 2010.

Wyoming natural gas fracking rules point the way for public disclosure of chemicals used. State regulators have decided that the best response to fears about water contamination and the prospect of federal regulation was to order the country's most detailed disclosures of the ingredients used in hydraulic fracturing. Greenwire. 21 December 2010.


The FDA takes on BPA; new evidence of widespread exposures

FDA shifts stance on BPA, announces “some concern” about children’s health. In a major shift, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it has “some concern” about the effects of bisphenol A on children’s health and is launching new research to answer key questions that may lead to regulation of the chemical. Environmental Health News. 16 January 2010.

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FDA does about-face on exposure to BPA. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday reversed its much-criticized position on BPA safety, saying it was concerned about the chemical's effects on fetuses, infants and children. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin. 16 January 2010.

FDA says it's unable to regulate BPA. U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials say they are powerless to regulate BPA, although they have declared the chemical to be a safety concern for fetuses, babies and young children. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin. 17 January 2010.

In historic move, Canada to list BPA as 'toxic.' Canada is in the process of a historic move to add bisphenol-A to its list of toxic substances, Environment Canada confirmed Wednesday. Toronto Star, Ontario. 26 August 2010.

In feast of data on BPA plastic, no final answer. The research has been going on for more than 10 years. Studies number in the hundreds. Millions of dollars have been spent. But government health officials still cannot decide whether the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, a component of some plastics, is safe. New York Times. 7 September 2010. [Registration Required]

The dangers of a ubiquitous food chemical: new evidence. Bisphenol A, America's most demonized food-packaging chemical, nationally debated and being considered for a federal ban under an amendment of the food safety bill, S. 510, may be even worse than anyone imagined, a new peer-reviewed study finds. Atlantic Monthly. 4 October 2010.

Recipe for high BPA exposure: Canned vegetables, cigarettes and a cashier job. Pregnant women who eat canned vegetables daily have elevated levels of bisphenol A, an estrogenic chemical found in food containers and other consumer products, according to new research published today. Environmental Health News. 8 October 2010.

Canada declares BPA toxic. Is the US next? Bisphenol-A has become a litmus test for how people view environmental health and the risks of common household chemicals. Canada has already banned BPA in baby bottles, and this new listing will likely bring an end to food-related uses for BPA, in bottles and possibly cans as well. Time Magazine. 16 October 2010.

A new reason to worry. The Food Safety Modernization Act, if it survives the political process, would strengthen the FDA and hold food producers to higher safety standards. But while it would go a long way toward dealing with pathogens in our food supply, the bill largely ignores a different type of food-safety worry: hazardous man-made chemicals. Newsweek. 16 December 2010.


Climate scientists under fire

Cyber bullying rises as climate data are questioned. The e-mails come thick and fast every time NASA scientist Gavin Schmidt appears in the press. Rude and crass e-mails. E-mails calling him a fraud, a cheat, a scumbag and much worse. Daily Climate. 1 March 2010.

Scientists taking steps to defend work on climate. Tentatively and grudgingly, climate scientists are beginning to engage their critics, admit mistakes, open up their data and reshape the way they conduct their work. New York Times. 3 March 2010. [Registration Required]

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After Climategate attacks, climate scientists fight back. In the May 7 edition of Science, 255 members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, including 11 Nobel laureates, signed a letter decrying what they call the "political assaults on scientists and climate scientists in particular." Time Magazine. 7 May 2010.

National Academy of Sciences urges swift U.S. action to curb greenhouse gases. The National Academy of Sciences says that climate change is happening now, is largely driven by human activities and threatens the well-being of people today and in future generations. It wants to put the U.S. on a low-carbon diet. So says a hotly anticipated trio of reports requested by Congress and released today. Greenwire. 20 May 2010.

Climate science: an erosion of trust? Many climate researchers worry that scepticism about global warming is on the rise. Jeff Tollefson investigates the basis for that concern and what scientists are doing about it. Nature. 1 July 2010.

Climategate scientist cleared in inquiry, again. A Penn State investigation has found no substance behind allegations of academic misconduct by climate researcher Michael Mann, one of the central figures in the so-called 'Climategate' e-mail scandal. Daily Climate. 2 July 2010.

The traveling salesmen of climate skepticism. A handful of US scientists have made names for themselves by casting doubt on global warming research. In the past, the same people have also downplayed the dangers of passive smoking, acid rain and the ozone hole. In all cases, the tactics are the same: Spread doubt and claim it's too soon to take action. Der Spiegel. 8 October 2010.

Climate law suspension defeated. Voters rejected a controversial proposal to suspend California's landmark greenhouse gas reduction law Tuesday, showing their support for the state's efforts to lead the nation in confronting climate change. San Francisco Chronicle, California. 3 November 2010.

Scientists scramble to bridge the uncertainty gap in climate science. Skeptics of climate change -- a good number of them about to take seats in Congress -- often point to uncertainties or holes in the science as reasons for delaying or not taking action. Greenwire. 10 November 2010.


EPA takes a closer look at herbicide

Another look at Atrazine. One of the most widely used herbicides in the U.S., Atrazine, is being reevaluated by the EPA. Some scientists say the weed killer negatively impacts the environment and human health. But Atrazine’s parent company Syngenta stands behind its product. Living On Earth. 30 January 2010.

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Atrazine getting new scrutiny from EPA. Thousands of corn producers are keeping a watchful eye on a new round of EPA scrutiny of one of their cheapest and most effective weed-killing chemicals. Lincoln Journal Star, Nebraska. 10 January 2010.

EPA revisits atrazine. Over the course of this year, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs will attempt to integrate everything there is to know about the safety of atrazine, including animal toxicity data and, for the first time, human epidemiology data, looking at both cancer and noncancer effects. Chemical & Engineering News. 2 March 2010.

Study: Herbicide upsetting some animals' hormone systems. A new study shows that male frogs exposed to the herbicide atrazine -- commonly found in U.S. rivers and streams -- can make a startling developmental U-turn, turning female so completely that they can mate with other males and lay viable eggs. Washington Post. 2 March 2010. [Registration Required]

Weighing safety of weed killer in drinking water, EPA relies heavily on industry-backed studies. Companies with a financial interest in atrazine, a weed-killer sometimes found in drinking water, paid for thousands of studies federal regulators are using to assess the herbicide’s health risks, EPA records show. Meanwhile, some independent studies documenting potentially harmful effects are not being considered. Huffington Post Investigative Fund. 8 July 2010.

Atrazine debate intensifies. It’s been one year since the EPA decided to reevaluate the toxicity of atrazine, one of the most commonly used herbicides in the U.S. Since then, a plethora of new and contradictory studies on the health effects of atrazine have bogged down the review process. Chemical & Engineering News. 11 October 2010.


Controversial fumigant approved

Toxicologists say methyl iodide poses health risks. An independent panel of toxicologists, asked by state regulators to assess the potential risks of a controversial new soil fumigant called methyl iodide, being considered as a replacement for ozone-damaging methyl bromide, say it presents “significant health risks.” Ventura County Star, California. 12 February 2010.

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California proposes allowing methyl iodide on farm fields. State pesticide regulators proposed Thursday that methyl iodide, a controversial fumigant that would be largely used by strawberry growers, be registered for use in California. Ventura County Star, California. 1 May 2010.

Dispute over pesticide for California strawberries has implications beyond state. In a report and in public testimony before the State Senate Food and Agriculture Committee, members of the review committee said the state’s decision to approve the new pesticide, methyl iodide, was made using flawed and improperly conducted scientific research. New York Times. 20 June 2010. [Registration Required]

A closer look: Pesticides in strawberry fields. California strawberry farmers may soon have a new pesticide to use on their fields. The state's Department of Pesticide Regulation is recommending approving use of the soil fumigant methyl iodide. However, scientists say that methyl iodide is very toxic and can cause cancer, brain damage and miscarriages. Los Angeles Times, California. 27 June 2010. [Registration Required]

Under fire from industry, scientific panel is 'gutted'. Five out of nine members of a scientific panel that advises California on toxic chemicals have been fired in recent weeks, following disputes with the chemical industry and a conservative group that targets environmental laws. Center for Investigative Reporting. 30 August 2010.

State approves controversial farm fumigant. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation on Wednesday approved the use of the potent fumigant methyl iodide, capping months of debate over whether it's too big a threat to public safety. Fresno Bee, California. 2 December 2010.


Cadmium turns up in children’s products

Walmart pulls jewelry over cadmium. Walmart is pulling an entire line of Miley Cyrus-brand necklaces and bracelets from its shelves after tests performed for The Associated Press found the jewelry contained high levels of the toxic metal cadmium. Associated Press. 20 May 2010.

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McDonald's offers cash in recall of Shrek glasses. McDonald’s is paying customers to return Shrek drinking glasses it has recalled because of concerns that cadmium used in the paint on the glasses could come off on children’s hands. New York Times. 9 June 2010. [Registration Required]

Tests show cadmium risk in kids’ cups. Consumers were originally told the recalled McDonald's Shrek glasses were being recalled out of an abundance of caution. But regulatory records show that government scientists had concluded that a 6-year-old could be exposed to hazardous levels of the carcinogen after touching one of the glasses eight times in a day. Chicago Tribune, Illinois. 8 October 2010. 

Kids' jewelry shows high levels of toxic metal cadmium: Health Canada documents. Three in 10 pieces of children’s jewelry tested by Health Canada for cadmium in the past year were made of as much as 93 per cent of the highly toxic metal, internal government test results show. Postmedia News. 18 October 2010. 

Regulators advise on cadmium in toys. Federal product-safety regulators, responding to concerns about cadmium in children's products, Tuesday told manufacturers they could develop their own safety standards for the substance, but also proposed testing that would be more rigorous than children's product makers say is necessary. Wall Street Journal. 20 October 2010. [Subscription Required]


Earthquake devastates Haiti

Haiti faces colossal and costly cleanup before it can rebuild. The task of knocking down, smashing apart and hauling away the mountain range of rubble left by the Jan. 12 earthquake will take years and cost as much as $1 billion, according to some estimates. Washington Post. 7 March 2010. [Registration Required]

Haiti's cholera outbreak will go from bad to worse. Cholera broke out in Haiti on 19 October, and from the outset doctors feared they could not contain it. Now conditions are even worse. As a result, cholera has spread throughout Haiti, and as of 24 November, the outbreak had caused 1721 deaths. New Scientist. 30 November 2010.

Cholera outbreak could hurt Haiti's rice production. Cholera has already killed almost 3,000 Haitians. Now it is threatening to cause misery in another vital way. CNN. 30 December 2010.


Pakistan hit by biblical flood

Pakistan floods affecting 20 million; cholera outbreak feared. Pakistan on Saturday sharply increased its estimate of the number of people affected by this summer's catastrophic floods to 20 million, and the United Nations said that 6 million of those victims lack access to food, shelter and water. Washington Post. 16 August 2010. [Registration Required]

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As waters recede in Pakistan, frustration mounts. A biblical flood has covered a fifth of Pakistan -- an area the size of England. The flood swelled rivers to 10 or 20 times their normal sizes. And still, every day, more rain. It is an unprecedented disaster that has failed to attract attention or support on par with the suffering. ABC Nightline. 18 August 2010.

Flood disaster may require largest aid effort in modern history. One of the largest humanitarian relief efforts ever attempted is now mobilizing to help Pakistan cope with what its government and U.N. agencies are calling the worst natural disaster in modern memory. ClimateWire. 21 August 2010.

Ten million without shelter in Pakistan floods: UN. Pakistan's devastating floods have left 10 million people without shelter, the United Nations said Tuesday, as authorities rushed to bolster river defences to save two towns from catastrophe. Agence France-Presse. 8 September 2010.

2010's world gone wild: Quakes, floods, blizzards. Earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides and droughts killed at least a quarter million people in 2010 — the deadliest year in more than a generation. More people were killed worldwide by natural disasters this year than have been killed in terrorism attacks in the past 40 years combined. Associated Press. 20 December 2010.


West Virginia mine disaster kills 29, prompts investigations

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Mine disaster calls attention to revolving door between industry, government. More than 200 former congressional staff members, federal regulators and lawmakers are employed by the mining industry as lobbyists, consultants or senior executives, including dozens who work for coal companies with the worst safety records in the nation, a Washington Post analysis shows. Washington Post. 18 April 2010. [Registration Required]

Mountaintop coal mining rules may send more miners underground. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency crackdown on mountaintop mining in Appalachia may force coal producers to rely increasingly on underground sites such as the Massey Energy Co. mine where 29 workers were killed this month in West Virginia. Bloomberg News. 23 April 2010.

Massey under criminal inquiry. Federal agents are interviewing current and former Massey Energy employees as part of a sprawling criminal investigation into the April 5 explosion that killed 29 miners at the company's Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, according to sources familiar with the inquiry. Charleston Gazette, West Virginia. 2 May 2010.


California unveils effort to regulate chemicals

California mounts ambitious effort to fill gaps on chemicals. Across the globe, scientists and regulators are encountering the same gaps in knowledge about the potential ecological effects of most of the estimated 70,000 to 90,000 chemicals in commerce today. Environmental Health News. 14 May 2010.

California unveils proposed regulations to rid consumer products of the riskiest chemicals. California officials proposed regulations Wednesday that would force manufacturers and importers to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in everyday consumer products. Environmental Health News. 24 June 2010. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger backs down on gutting of California's Green Chemistry Initiative. In the face of withering media coverage in LA Weekly and elsewhere, the Schwarzenegger Administration has pulled an about-face on the gutting of new chemical regulations by the state's Department of Toxic Substances Control. LA Weekly, California. 29 December 2010.


Coal-fired power plants told to cut smog emissions

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EPA proposes to cut power-plant emissions in 31 states. The Obama administration proposed new rules Tuesday that would require owners of coal-fired power plants to invest in technology to slash the smog-forming gases they send drifting across the Eastern U.S. Wall Street Journal. 7 July 2010. [Subscription Required]

EPA calls on power plants to save lungs, but plan is hazy. A federal plan to cut air pollution from power plants within two years and lower lung disease nationally could make Northeast Florida's electricity more expensive. The changes would reduce the amount of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides released in many fossil-fuel-burning Florida plants. Jacksonville Times-Union. Florida. 19 July 2010.

Proposed air quality rule could improve health, stifle industry growth. Crossroads area residents may breathe easier come 2012, but a proposed rule to reduce smog transport from state to state could also stifle coal industry growth, a state air quality official said. Victoria Advocate, Texas. 6 August 2010.


EPA regulates carbon; court rejects Texas claim

EPA says it will press on with greenhouse gas regulation. The EPA announced a timetable on Thursday for issuing rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and oil refineries, signaling a resolve to press ahead on such regulation even as it faces stiffening opposition in Congress. But it was vague on how stringent the rules would be and how deep a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions would result. New York Times. 24 December 2010. [Registration Required]

EPA taking over greenhouse gas permits in Texas. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it is taking the unprecedented step of directly issuing air permits to industries in Texas, citing the state's unwillingness to comply with greenhouse gas regulations going into effect Jan. 2. Associated Press. 24 December 2010.

EPA to double down on climate. The Obama administration is expected to roll out a major greenhouse gas policy for power plants and refineries as soon as Wednesday, signaling it won’t back off its push to fight climate change in the face of mounting opposition on Capitol Hill. Politico. 22 December 2010.

Court blocks move by oil industry to delay EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. A U.S. appellate court on Friday turned down a request from utilities, oil refiners and the state of Texas to effectively delay the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions by the Environmental Protection Agency. Washington Post. 11 December 2010. [Registration Required]

Texas won't follow new U.S. greenhouse gas policy. Texas officials said Wednesday that they would refuse to implement a program that regulates the largest industrial sources of greenhouse gas emissions, despite new federal rules that give wide leeway to states to implement the program. Dallas Morning News, Texas. 11 November 2010.

As regulation of greenhouse gases nears, EPA releases guidelines. The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday unveiled new regulatory guidance intended to help states' air-pollution regulators and heavy industry evaluate the cost and kind of technologies that would best reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Christian Science Monitor. 11 November 2010.


Endosulfan declared unsafe

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Endosulfan to be banned, poses 'unacceptable risks' to farm workers and wildlife, EPA says. Declaring that endosulfan is unsafe, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that it is about to ban one of the last organochlorine pesticides still used in the United States. Environmental Health News. 10 June 2010.

Endosulfan's exit. After a lengthy scientific review, the United States last week decided to ban the use of endosulfan, an inexpensive pesticide that builds up in the environment. More than 60 other countries have already opted for a ban; the holdouts—including India and China—argue that it should continue to be permitted where farmers cannot afford substitutes. Science. 18 June 2010. [Subscription Required]

US bans health risk pesticide: Endosulfan. The leading environmental regulator in the US has moved to end that country's use of an agricultural chemical permitted in Australia, claiming it poses an unacceptable risk to human and environmental health. Sydney Australian, Australia. 26 June 2010.

Demand for ban on endosulfan through Stockholm Convention on POPs. Governments here and abroad are watching India’s stand on endosulfan at the sixth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) of Stockholm Convention that began in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday. Hindu, India. 12 October 2010.


Bedbugs spread across US

Bedbug numbers swell. Bedbugs were once a distantly remembered nuisance, the stuff of children's rhymes and Depression-era tales of woe. But increasingly, the tiny pests have become nightmarish bedfellows for homeowners, apartment dwellers and travelers in the Baltimore area and across the country. Baltimore Sun, Maryland. 26 July 2010.

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'The most difficult, challenging pest problem of our generation.' From New York to Los Angeles, and everywhere in between, bedbugs are spoiling sleep, vacations, and the bottom line of just about every business except pest control. Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania. 15 August 2010. [Registration Required]

Bedbugs aren't just back, they're spreading. Bedbugs are back. At first, they appeared in places that you might expect, in dense city centers like New York, where officials may seek a bed bug czar, and San Francisco, which is trying landlord-education programs. But now reports of bedbug infestations are showing up in homes and hotels from Ohio to Texas. All Things Considered, National Public Radio. 22 August 2010.

How to fight a scourge: Scenes from the bedbug summit. It's possible that bedbugs are simply the latest in a long string of public panics over epidemics that eventually proved to be manageable, from killer bees to bird flu. But that would not quite capture the grim mood of a big bedbug summit. Time Magazine. 25 September 2010.
 

Plus, take another look at 2009’s top stories:

Top environmental health stories of 2009. The team at Environmental Health News hand-selected and posted 71,143 stories that were published in the worldwide media. Here's a list of those we consider the year's most important. Environmental Health News. 10 January 2010.

 

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