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Study finds residue of pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormone in non-organic milk

From USA Today, June 26, 2019. Results from a recent study examining what’s in organic versus conventional milk show that the majority of samples of conventional, non-organic milk tested positive for certain low, chronic levels of pesticides, illegal antibiotics and growth hormones. The organic samples tested at either much lower or non-existent rates in comparison. Read the article.

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When water demand rises, this Montana town invests in forests

From the Christian Science Monitor, June 21, 2019. When the appetite for high-priced housing threatened the water source of this picturesque mountain town, the residents raised taxes and spent money on forests. Three years later, when rising tourism upped the summer demand for water, more money was raised to buy more forests. The equation used […]

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US environment agency cuts funding for kids’ health studies

From Nature, May 13, 2019. The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health has tracked the lives of hundreds of children in New York City since 1998. Scientists have collected samples of blood, urine and even the air in children’s homes, starting when their subjects were in the womb, to tease out the health effects of […]

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SUNSCREEN CHEMICALS SOAK ALL THE WAY INTO YOUR BLOODSTREAM

From Wired, May 6, 2019. BY NOW, YOU’VE probably been taught to gird your sun-starved skin for battle with cancer-causing cosmic rays every time you go outside. Choose a spray, choose a lotion, but by heavens, choose something! Legions of doctors, parents, and YouTube beauty influencers are unanimous on this point. But with sunscreen application […]

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States Weigh Banning A Widely Used Pesticide Even Though EPA Won’t

From Kaiser Health News, April 25, 2019. Lawmakers in several states are trying to ban a widely used pesticide that the Environmental Protection Agency is fighting to keep on the market. The pesticide, chlorpyrifos, kills insects on contact by attacking their nervous systems. Several studies have linked prenatal exposure of chlorpyrifos to lower birth weights, […]

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How to Minimize Exposures to Hormone Disrupters

From The New York Times, April 1, 2019. “We tend to think hormone disrupters are a mom and baby issue,” said Dr. Leonardo Trasande, the chief of the division of environmental pediatrics at N.Y.U. School of Medicine. “But it literally can be a life and death matter for folks who are not even trying to […]

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Want cleaner roadside air? Plant hedges

From Earthsky, February 27, 2019. Urban air quality can really stink! In cities, scores of vehicles emit enormous quantities of pollutants into the air, and these pollutants can pose serious threats to your health. While a long-term fix for this problem will require emission reductions from tailpipes, quick exposure reductions could be achieved by planting […]

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A TALE OF TWO TOXIC CITIES

From The Intercept, February 24, 2019. After a crucial division of the Environmental Protection Agency reassessed the dangers of two key pollutants — ethylene oxide and chloroprene — the risk of cancer from air pollution shot up in many communities around the country. In 109 census tracts around the United States, the risk was suddenly unacceptable, according to the […]

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The FDA Wants to Make Sunscreen Safer, Finally

From Outside, February 21, 2019. Supporters say the proposed regulations are over 40 years overdue and would be a major win for public health On Thursday, the FDA announced that it is beginning a process to update regulatory requirements for sunscreen products. The proposed rules seek to bring over-the-counter sunscreen regulation into the 21st century. […]

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ASC ASSOCIATE FELLOW GREB TRACKS WISCONSIN WATER QUALITY THROUGH HIGH-TECH APPROACH

From the University of Wisconsin Water Research Institute, February 20, 2019. One of the familiar faces around Goodnight Hall—the home of the Aquatic Sciences Center—since spring 2018 is Associate Fellow Steven R. Greb. Retired after 32 fruitful years with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Greb continues to protect Wisconsin’s waters using innovative technology. […]

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IN DEPTH: Wisconsinites fight for quality water

From WiscNews, February 8, 2019. Having clean water is not something people always can take for granted. In the northern Juneau County town of Armenia, residents worry about one contaminant in particular: nitrates. Of the 104 wells recently surveyed in the Armenia and Port Edwards areas, more than 40 percent contained nitrate levels exceeding the […]

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