The state Department of Corrections says it has shut down a 23-year-old program that deployed inmate work crews to remove asbestos-containing material.
The big driver behind the frigid-East and warm-West divide was a kinky jet stream, a pattern that arose 4,000 years ago. While natural variations have controlled its wanderings to date, climate change could make the duality we saw this winter more the norm.
Given potential environmental and health impacts, concerned environmental and civil society groups say that countries should use DDT as a last resort, but that some are too quick to use the insecticide rather than looking for alternatives.
Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But as we get farther from our own bodies and the present, a new poll shows Americans have much more doubts about concepts that scientists say are basic truth: global warming, evolution, and the Big Bang that created the universe.
Texas health officials will take a new look at cancer cases in Flower Mound in the coming months. The new investigation comes in response to a study by a University of Texas lecturer who challenged the agency’s conclusion that there was no cancer cluster in the community. The agency studied cancer cases in the town four years ago after tests found cancer-causing benzene in the air around some gas drilling sites.
An ongoing drought and the Colorado River's stunted flow have shrunk Lake Mead to its lowest level in generations. The reservoir, which supplies 90% of Las Vegas' water, is ebbing as though a plug had been pulled from a bathtub drain.
A grassroots movement against B.C.’s Northern Gateway project and a White House decision to delay approval of Keystone XL are the latest blows to Conservatives’ plans to ship more oilsands crude abroad.
Documents obtained by a group opposed to hydrofracking show New York's governor Cuomo administration is conducting a thorough health study on the controversial natural gas drilling process. The group is now wondering why the review has been conducted almost entirely in secret.
A federal appeals court April 18 upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's revised air toxics standards for cement kilns but said the agency overstepped its authority when it tried to limit the authority of federal district courts to impose civil penalties for emissions violations during equipment malfunctions.
A large scale study discovered that consumption of red meat is tied to an increased risk of colorectal cancer and the risk is highest in the population carrying a genetic variant.
To monitor water for harmful bacteria, scientists look for Escherichia coli. But this method isn’t always reliable. Researchers now report a more accurate approach: a microfluidic technique that can quickly detect a whole suite of pathogens at once in environmental water samples.
EPA may be recommending more bleach than is necessary to render untreated water safe to drink, says a team of researchers funded by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
Health experts say any apparent mold growth or dampness needs to be taken care of swiftly or it could lead to asthma or other respiratory problems.
A meta-analysis of ecosystems finds that species losses in any given place do not yet translate to large changes in the number of different species in that place. David Biello reports.
Tom and Jo Brehm's new wheelchair lift sits next to their new back staircase. Their block, hit with four-foot waves during Sandy, is a locus of a still-odd but steadily emerging post-Sandy reality: the raised houses of the Jersey Shore.
Dyngus Day celebrations, to be staged Monday in Buffalo and a handful of other U.S. cities, trace their roots to ancient Polish fertility rites. But this year, after an especially harsh winter, organizers are worried that there won't be enough pussy willows to go around.
From Mauritius to Manitoba, climate change is slowly moving from the headlines to the classroom. Schools around the world are beginning to tackle the difficult issue of global warming, teaching students how the planet is changing and encouraging them to think about what they can do to help slow that process.
Over the past year, scientists have engaged in a vigorous dispute over Europe’s potential regulations for endocrine-disrupting chemicals. The debate began last summer, when 18 scientists wrote an editorial that was sharply critical of a leaked European Union plan. Other scientists countered that the plan was reasonable and supported by scientific evidence.
No one now alive has experienced anything similar in North America or Europe, except in the middle of a forest fire or a volcanic eruption. More sobering still: Air pollution, while the most visible (literally), is not the most serious of China's environmental problems. Water pollution, and water shortage, are worse.
Heading into the third year of a prolonged drought, the Allen brothers are among the many California farmers forced to make dire choices that could leave as much as 800,000 acres, or about 7 percent of the state’s cropland, fallow. The consensus is that drier and drier seasons are on the horizon.