Rescuing Madagascar’s coastal waters from overfishing and climate change goes hand-in-hand with empowering women with birth control at Blue Ventures, a UK-based marine conservation charity. While working with semi-nomadic Vezo communities to create sustainable, locally run…

California’s parched climate has been a boon for the West Nile Virus. In 2014, the California Department of Public Health tallied 801 diagnoses, including 31 deaths—the most cases of the potentially deadly mosquito-borne illness since it first showed up in the Golden State…

An analysis of indoor radon readings in Pennsylvania links higher levels of the colorless, odorless gas to the proliferation of fracking in the state.  Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health analyzed more than 860,000 indoor radon measurements…

Rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons rained down on a protest against pollution from a chemical plant in China's Inner Mongolia, a human rights group reports. One person died and 50 were arrested. Ethnic Mongols, who make up less than 20% of Inner Mongolia's…

Human lungs as well as the gills of fish and crabs may be damaged by the dispersant used in the BP spill, according to research published in the PLOS One online journal.

Blaming India’s escalating pollution on changing lifestyles and increasing wealth, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Indians of an impending environmental catastrophe if they do not curb their waste and adopt conservation practices.

Zoonotic disease outbreaks like Ebola could become more likely due to climate change and human encroachment, and the world needs a systematic prevention and response plan, warned David Nabarro, MD, the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy on Ebola. In an interview with the…

What does the 7th largest economy in the world look like without water? Or at least savagely reduced amounts of water? Sparked by Gov. Jerry Brown’s March 31 announcement of a mandatory 25% reduction in water usage in California, The New York Times and The Washington Post…

Brazil's agricultural sector is booming--and so is the country's use of pesticides, many of which have been banned by other countries as human health risks.

Flushed down toilets, poured down sinks and excreted in urine, a chemical component in birth control pills ends up in various waterways and collects in fairly heavy doses. That's where fish soak it up. The US Geological Survey found that fish exposed to a synthetic hormone…