Pregnant Chinese women with high concentrations of the metal vanadium in their urine had greater odds of preterm delivery and low birth weight babies, according to a study in The Lancet Planetary Health.  

When the small startup EarthEnable was interviewed by NPR 3 years ago, the group had trained 20 masons and tested its method of converting unsanitary dirt floors with sealed earthen floors in just 7 homes in Rwanda.

The Ganges River is a water source to 400 million in India, its basin is home to about 1/4 of the country’s 1.3 billion population, it contains 40% of India’s replenishable groundwater resources—and it’s in trouble.

Scientists have found there is 10X more mercury in the US West Coast’s fog than in rainwater. Area plants and animals such as pumas and deer also have elevated mercury levels, compared with their counterparts in non-foggy areas.The mercury in fog itself doesn’t pose a…

The US needs to do more to reduce antibiotic use in farm animals, a research commission convened by the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health has concluded.

Even as engineers and philanthropists distribute safer cookstoves, more than 3 billion people worldwide still cook and heat homes with barely contained fires—and suffer the consequences.   A typical cooking fire produces about 400 cigarettes’ worth of smoke an hour.…

Chemicals in sunscreen are destroying coral reefs, says author Peggy Orenstein in an opinion piece for the New York Times.  

Tens of millions of Americans—especially those in small, low-income and minority communities—are drinking contaminated water, according to a News21 analysis of water violations from the US EPA. High-profile cases of lead contamination in Milwaukee, Wis. and Flint, Mich.,…

Depleted forests in south India are bouncing back thanks to increased use of biogas by nearby villagers, according to a study published in Global Ecology and Conservation.

In Kathmandu, Nepal, thousands of back-up diesel generators spew noxious particulate matter, or PM2.5, into the air every time a blackout occurs—which is often in a city that cannot meet demand for electricity. As a result, doctors are constantly treating patients for…