It was called “strange disease” or “sauntering disease” or, more disturbingly, “dancing cat disease.” Now it’s known as Minamata disease—or, simply, mercury poisoning.It resulted from one of the most famous environmental disasters in history, when from 1932 to 1968, the…

15 years ago, the 9/11 terrorism attacks in the US took nearly 3,000 lives—but about 1,000 people have died since from illnesses related to the toxic ash and dust in the wreckage. The number of people dying from painful, drawn-out illnesses related to their exposure to…