Brian Bienkowski

Exposure to Pesticides and Other Chemicals Cost U.S. Billions Due to Health Care and Lost Wages

Exposure to chemicals in pesticides, toys, makeup, food packaging and detergents costs the U.S. more than $340 billion annually due to health care costs and lost wages, according to a new analysis.

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Chicago's Air Is Contaminated With Long-Banned Chemicals Still in Paint

More than 400 pounds of toxic PCBs are emitted to Chicago’s air each year and researchers warn that some of this load comes via a chemical reaction in paint still sold in hardware stores.

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Burn Pits: The New 'Agent Orange' That the Media Has Failed to Expose

The U.S. media has failed to expose the civilian toll of recent wars by largely ignoring burn pits’ toxic effects on local people, a U.S. researcher argues in a new report, suggesting the burn pits are this generation’s Agent Orange.

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Sweeping 'Revolution' Required to Feed People on Stressed Planet, Scientists Say

How do you make sure billions of people around the world have access to food?

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Low Levels of Exposure to Monsanto's Roundup May Cause Kidney and Liver Damage

Long-term exposure to tiny amounts of Roundup—thousands of times lower than what is permitted in U.S. drinking water—may lead to serious problems in the liver and kidneys, according to a new study.

The study looked at the function of genes in these organs and bolsters a controversial 2012 study that found rats exposed to small amounts of the herbicide Roundup in their drinking water had liver and kidney damage. 

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Male Fish in North Carolina Rivers Found to Have Female Parts

Male black bass and some sunfish in North Carolina rivers and streams are developing eggs in their testes, which can cause reproductive problems and potentially threaten populations, according to unpublished research.

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2012 Drought: Pick Your Poison

The drought that has kept much of the nation in its grip this summer brings a host of additional downstream worries for growers already struggling with reduced yields.

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