Nearly 7 months after the EPA gave $100 million to Flint, Michigan, to replace its lead pipes (in addition to $270 million in state funds), not much has changed.   This Bloomberg photo essay puts faces and names to the ongoing quagmire that is Flint’s water crisis. Some 8,…

If you’re just testing your interest in population-level health or you’re a veteran public health-er, you may be a bit bewildered by the proliferation of the various “healths:” public health, global health, planetary health, one health… The differences can be squishy, the…

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…

Early automobile innovator Henry Ford is to blame for antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to a new book about American agriculture, “This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm,” by Ted Genoways.

Fewer babies are being born in Flint, Michigan, a likely outcome of the highly publicized lead-poisoning of the city’s water supply, say economists from the University of Kansas and West Virginia University.They looked at birth and death certificates in Flint and compared…

Once green year-round, agricultural fields in southern India have been devastated by years of inadequate rainfall and drought. Thus, millions of people are being driven to urban areas to find work.Most migrants are young men like 30-year-old Vinod Kumar, who drives for a…

Toxic levels of mercury are widespread in women of childbearing age in 25 countries due to gold mining, industrial pollution and fish-rich diets, says a new IPEN study.

By 2025, Britain will have phased out its last coal-burning power plant, a startling move for the founder of the industrial revolution.   This summer, coal supplied less than 2% of Britain’s electricity. The country’s grid is almost completely run on natural gas, nuclear,…

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As long as coal’s not burning, it can’t hurt us, right? Not true, according to a recent study that suggests even when it’s sitting in place, coal pollutes the air. Carnegie Mellon University’s Akshaya Jha and Nicholas Muller found that wind blowing over coal in uncovered…