COVID-19 may be dominating the headlines, but people are just as worried about climate change, according to a new Pew Research Center poll spanning 14 countries, 

LIMÓN—It’s a humid 95 degrees Fahrenheit and the sunlight peeks through the leaves of a thousand identical trees. Men maneuver through the dense rows, carrying enormous yellow fruits on their backs; on their hips, finely-sharpened machetes. Drenched in sweat, they…

Fleets of US truckers make their living hauling brine laden with radioactive elements extracted along with oil and gas.   One scientist likened it to “letting out the devil,” yet industry workers often find themselves soaked in the stuff.   Tipped off that he was carrying “…

More than 4 decades after the Vietnam war ended, USAID has launched a new campaign to clean up the remains of Agent Orange stored at the Bien Hoa air base. The area remains ridden with the contaminant dioxin, which is found in Agent Orange. Many people exposed have been…

Designing new health care facilities finds its exemplar in an old tuberculosis hospital. Without a cure for TB, doctors prescribed bed rest, clean air, and sunshine. So, the 87-year-old Paimio Sanatorium in Finland was designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto to be “an instrument…

Air pollution is now as deadly as tobacco, according to the Lancet Countdown Report detailing concerning connections between climate change and health, Deutsche Welle reports.

International efforts to banish trade in mercury—used in gold mining—have spurred a multi-billion dollar black market in Indonesia that has spread exposure far and wide. And officials may be in on it, writes Richard C. Paddock. There is no safe level of mercury in humans.…

California’s fast-moving wildfires are sending plumes of smoke and particulates over urban areas, triggering air quality alerts and other public health warnings, Vox reports.   Millions of people in Los Angeles and the Bay Area risk breathing difficulties because of the…

Parents—and doctors—blame the massive Ilva steel plant for the area’s high number of cancer cases, calling it a “cancer factory” and pushing for its closure.   The factory has spewed toxic red dust around Taranto, Italy for 6 decades—flouting environmental standards.    

Life at 5100 meters comes with a host of challenges, but in Peru's La Rinconada, it's the thin air—just half the oxygen as at sea level—that interests scientists.  The world’s highest human settlement, La Rinconada is the global capital of chronic mountain sickness, a…