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Seafood Consumption Linked to Increased Risk of Melanoma

Seafood Consumption Linked to Increased Risk of Melanoma

A new study has found that regular consumption of fish and other seafood is linked to an increased risk of developing melanoma. While sun exposure, especially when the skin gets sunburned, heightens the risk of melanoma, a new study from Brown University and published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control has also found that […]

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    Trump’s Latest EPA Rollback Lets Polluters Spew More Lead, Arsenic, Mercury

    Trump’s Latest EPA Rollback Lets Polluters Spew More Lead, Arsenic, Mercury

    Trump‘s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has weakened yet another safeguard against air pollution in the midst of a respiratory pandemic. The agency finalized a rollback Thursday of the Clinton-era “once in, always in” policy that required major polluters like industrial plants and refineries to maintain the highest possible levels of pollution controls as long as […]

    California Becomes First State to Ban 24 Toxic Chemicals From Cosmetics

    California Becomes First State to Ban 24 Toxic Chemicals From Cosmetics

    California became the first state in the nation to ban two dozen toxic chemicals from cosmetics Wednesday when Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill to that effect into law. The Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, or Assembly Bill 2762, targets 24 toxic chemicals including mercury and formaldehyde that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, hormone disruption […]

    New York Attorney General Files Suit to Dismantle the NRA

    New York Attorney General Files Suit to Dismantle the NRA

    New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced Thursday that she will attempt to dismantle the National Rifle Association (NRA), arguing that years of corruption and mismanagement warrant the dissolution of the activist organization, as CNN reported. The lawsuit specifically names the organization’s top brass as corrupt and inept, accusing them of failing to follow […]

    Reducing Air Pollution Has Helped Children in Northeast U.S., Study Finds

    Reducing Air Pollution Has Helped Children in Northeast U.S., Study Finds

    States in the Northeastern U.S. have made a considerable effort to make their air cleaner by reducing toxic mercury, sulfur dioxide and greenhouse gases emitted by the region’s power plants. New research has found that those efforts have had an ancillary benefit of improving the health of children in the area, preventing hundreds of childhood […]

    Mercury Pollution Found in Deepest Part of Ocean

    Mercury Pollution Found in Deepest Part of Ocean

    Plastic isn’t the only human pollutant infiltrating the deepest corners of the ocean. Two separate studies presented at the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference this week found mercury in fish and crustaceans living 11,000 meters (approximately 36,000 feet) under the sea in the Mariana Trench. “This is a surprise,” Dr. Ruoyu Sun, a scientist from Tianjin University […]

    Trump’s EPA Weakens Justification for Life-Saving Mercury Pollution Rule

    Trump’s EPA Weakens Justification for Life-Saving Mercury Pollution Rule

    As many Americans fight for their lives in the midst of a respiratory pandemic, the Trump administration Thursday axed the justification for a mercury pollution rule that saves more than 10,000 lives and prevents as many as 130,000 asthma attacks each year. The new rollback leaves mercury emission standards in place for now, but changes […]

    Mine Waste Dams Threaten the Environment, Even When They Don’t Fail

    Mine Waste Dams Threaten the Environment, Even When They Don’t Fail

    By Christopher Sergeant, Julian D. Olden Scars from large mining operations are permanently etched across the landscapes of the world. The environmental damage and human health hazards that these activities create may be both severe and irreversible. Many mining operations store enormous quantities of waste, known as tailings, onsite. After miners excavate rock, a processing […]