With President Trump’s urging, the government of Colombia will resume aerial fumigation of coca crops later this year. The practice of spraying crops with glyphosate, a carcinogenic weed-killer, was halted in 2015. Since then, the government has used manual eradication by…

The 2010s marked the hottest decade on record, data published yesterday by NASA and NOAA confirm, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. 2019 was the second-warmest year ever.  The analyses tie the trend to emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, and “a…

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…

A Mexican community of just 5,000 people has the highest rate of kidney disease in the world—and young people bear the brunt, not their parents and grandparents.   The scourge in San Pedro Itzicán has been linked to rising contamination around Laka Chapala—a key water…

Australia’s devastating bushfires have prompted historic mass evacuations as officials anticipate more uncontrollable blazes and temperatures soaring past 40 degrees C (104F), The 

Sydney was cloaked in an “apocalyptic” haze yesterday as bushfire smoke overtook the city amid weeks of wildfires in the region. One nearby “megafire” is as big as the city itself, VICE News reports.  

Happy World Toilet Day! Since 2013, WTD has highlighted the SDG aimed at securing access to adequate sanitation and banishing open defecation by 2030. The returns are high. One analysis calculated a 6:1 cost-benefit ratio of investing in ending open defecation. This year…

In 2017, 3,483 civilians were killed in the Afghan war. That same year, pollution was responsible for some 26,000 deaths.  Ancient cars and unchecked development pump toxins into the air. But nearly 75% of the deaths are attributable to household pollution.…

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians could be drinking water laced with lead, according to a sweeping investigation led by Concordia University’s journalism school.  

Heaps of garbage piled up in war-torn Taez, Yemen are more than an eyesore for the once-beautiful city of 600,000+ people.   They’re also a breeding ground for mosquitoes and a source of cholera, which killed 304 people in Taez in the last 2+ years, according to the WHO.  …