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…

Earth’s forests aren’t soaking up our carbon pollution like they used to. That means humans will have to replace the decades-old safety net with sharper cuts in emissions to limit global warming. Published in Nature, a vast study spanning 30 years and covering 189,000…

Studying incarceration as a disease has helped experts reveal its impact on populations. The mental health of neighborhoods is the latest angle explored. The key result: Law-abiding Detroiters living in areas with high prison-admission rates were significantly more likely…