Chemicals in sunscreen are destroying coral reefs, says author Peggy Orenstein in an opinion piece for the New York Times.  

About 90% of child laborers and residents living near tanneries in Bangladesh will die before age 50, according to a new WHO report. Toxic chemicals used to process leather have permeated the air, streets and rivers, and employers do not provide protective equipment.  

Antibacterial soaps and body washes will be removed from the shelves of stores across the US as of September 2017 to comply with a new FDA order banning the products.   Officials say the products contain chemicals that pose health risks, including hormonal effects and…

Editor’s Note: This week we will highlight 5 takes on whether or not DDT should be used to combat the Zika virus, from the new issue of Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine. Read the complete set here.

When a rash of cancer cases hit the bucolic agricultural region of Campania, Italy, investigators eventually traced the rising rates to illegal dumping of toxic waste. An Italian National Institute of Health inquiry showed a 17% rise in cancers of the central nervous…

An April 20 blast at a petrochemical plant in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico that left 32 dead highlights the country’s loose regulations on toxic chemicals. The Pajaritos Petrochemical Complex produces 170,000 tons annually of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which generates dioxins and…

In an eye-opening report, Sharon Lerner describes how DuPont concealed the dangers of a chemical created to replace the chemical known as C8 used to make Teflon—a case of what environmentalists term “regrettable substitutions.” After lawsuits revealed a cancer link with C8…

Now that Flint is commanding the country’s attention, columnist Nicholas Kristof hopes the lead-poisoning disaster could galvanize a public health revolution. “Lead, mercury, PCBs, flame retardants and pesticides cause prenatal brain damage to tens of thousands of children…

Skin lighteners—used by up to 70% of women in parts of Africa—are damaging. In fact, the WHO has banned the active ingredients of skin lighteners—a hydroquinone and mercury—from being used in any unregulated skin products. But Lester M. Davids, a University of Cape Town…

Indian citizens living downstream from an enormous uranium mining and processing complex are routinely exposed to exceptionally high levels of radiation, Indian and Japanese scientists report. Adrian Levy, a London-based investigative reporter, provides an in-depth look at…