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Published: 2017-02-22

 



Economic growth — a primer.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

Economic growth is the greatest threat to humanity today, and those most devoted to economic growth will, as its consistent performance begins to wane in the future, perhaps be the greatest political threat to ordinary people of the world.



Pruitt treads softly, but signals big changes at EPA.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

New EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt offered a conciliatory greeting Tuesday to employees of the agency he frequently sued in his old job as Oklahoma's attorney general.



Homeopathic remedies harmed hundreds of babies, families say, as FDA investigated for years.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

Over a 10-year period, from 2006 to 2016, the FDA collected reports of “adverse events”—including eight deaths—in more than 370 children who had used homeopathic teething tablets or gel.



Somalia faces unprecedented drought.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

Even the hyenas won't eat the carcasses of Mohamed Aden Guleid's sheep, goats and camels, which litter the landscape in Somalia's northwest Somaliland region. There is too little meat on their bones because of a devastating drought.



Bushmeat trade tests Cameroon's Ebola prevention.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

In a country where hunting wildlife for food is a centuries-old practice, the association with Ebola challenges habits.



South Sudan's Kiir promises safe access to starving civilians as famine bites.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on Tuesday promised aid agencies safe access to hunger-stricken civilians, a day after his government declared a famine in parts of the war-ravaged country.



HIV stalks prostitutes and their children in Cambodia.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

Abortion and AIDS are the two most common causes of death among Cambodian female sex workers, and AIDS is the most frequent cause of death among their children, according to a small new study.



Environmental lawyer killed in the Philippines.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

Mia Mascariñas-Green was shot dead in front of her children in the Philippine island of Bohol.



ATF filled secret bank account with millions from shadowy cigarette sales.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

An off-the-books operation, meant to finance undercover work, is the subject of a lawsuit that has been kept nearly entirely sealed for years.



Levee system battered by record rainfall from 'atmospheric river.'

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

As the latest major storm to saturate California got in its final licks Tuesday, the state deployed all the weapons in its flood-control arsenal — including farm tractors, pontoon boats and controlled releases from mountain reservoirs.



San Jose streets flooded as more heavy rains wallop California.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

Waist-high waters flooded hundreds of homes in a neighborhood of San Jose on Tuesday after heavy rains drenched the state, causing a creek in the Northern California city to overflow, officials said.



'Alarming' superbugs a risk to people, animals and food, EU warns.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

Superbug bacteria found in people, animals and food across the European Union pose an "alarming" threat to public and animal health having evolved to resist widely used antibiotics, disease and safety experts warned on Wednesday.



Trump's potential science adviser William Happer: Hanging around with conspiracy theorists.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

William Happer is a physicist at Princeton University - and thinks more CO2 will only be good for the planet - putting him at odds with science academies around the world.



A deadline looms for Dakota protesters to leave campsite.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

Activists protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline remained camped along the banks of the Missouri River as a Wednesday afternoon deadline loomed for them to leave.



VIDEO: Can President Trump keep his promises to coal country?

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

From 2011 to 2015, the coal mining industry lost more than 26,000 jobs, one of the reasons why many miners saw Trump’s election as a moment of hope.



Bay Area might adopt world’s first regional oil-refinery emissions caps.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

On May 17, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will consider a proposal that would make the San Francisco Bay Area the world's first region to place limits on oil refineries' overall greenhouse-gas and particulate-matter emissions.



Pennsylvania landowners caught in eminent domain fight with Rover.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

If David Rheinlander believes that his 5.5 acres, which include woods and a modular home, are worth $10 million, then who exactly is the Rover Pipeline or the federal government, for that matter, to say otherwise?



Settlement: Companies would pay $1 million to Hoosick Falls for pollution.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

Honeywell International and Saint-Gobain would pay about $1.045 million to the village of Hoosick Falls under a revised settlement reached over drinking water contaminated with PFOA.



Should we mine the deep ocean?

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

Behind the deep sea “gold rush” for increasingly rare minerals.



Shrinking and darkening, the plight of Kashmir’s dying lakes.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

Blessed with over 1,000 small and large water bodies, the landlocked Kashmir Valley, located northern India, is known as the land of lakes and mountains. However, due to large scale urbanization and unprecedented deforestation, most of the water bodies in the region have disappeared.



Bird flu strain hitting China may be getting more infectious.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

Bird flu is breaking out in Egypt and invading the US, while a new strain in China is poised to spread across the world.



Imported foods sicken lots of people. Trump is unlikely to fix that.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

Food poisoning outbreaks from imported foods have spiked sixfold since the '90s—and it'll take a strong FDA to reverse the trend.



Saving the silverspot.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

A team of scientists and land managers is racing to save a butterfly that depends on fragile coastal habitat.



Proposed Trump policy threatens Critically Endangered Grauer’s gorilla.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

The Critically Endangered ape could be in even greater danger if a proposed Trump presidential memorandum allows U.S. companies to buy conflict minerals freely.



Hunters, ranchers worry Trump's wall could keep them out.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

As President Trump pursues plans to construct a 2,000-mile-long barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, hunters and ranchers are concerned they may find themselves cut off from access to public lands.



Farmers deliver stark warning over access to EU seasonal workers.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

Farmers have warned that food will “rot in the fields” and Britain will be unable to produce what it eats if the government cannot guarantee that growers will continue to have access to tens of thousands of EU workers after Brexit.



Modern living is killing our sense of smell, says leading scientist.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

Modern life is ruining mankind’s sense of smell and making people crave salty and fattening food, a leading scientist has said.



EU member states agree four phthalates are EDCs for health.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

A majority of member states have backed Denmark's proposal to add four phthalates to the candidate list of SVHCs due to their endocrine disrupting properties for which there are probable serious effects on human health.



Mosquito spit vaccine would fight malaria, Zika, West Nile, too.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

The vaccine targets mosquito saliva in the hope that the body could push back against the bite and stop viruses or parasites from getting a foothold and starting an infection.



Climate change, development loom on Nanticoke’s horizon.

2017-02-22T09:00-05:00

The Nanticoke River is beautiful to look at now, but scientists and conservationists worry that trouble may be just beneath the surface, or around the bend.