Behind Closed Doors: Air Pollution

March 31, 2015- We have written before about the health risks associated with household and ambient air pollution. Indeed, the World Health Organization says that in 2012 air pollution replaced poor diet as the world's largest preventable health risk.

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Chinese Imports to Australia Increasingly Tainted with Asbestos

March 30, 2015- In Australia, consumer advocates are growing worried about greater exposure to asbestos because of the booming trade in Chinese products laced with asbestos.

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A Mixed Picture of Portland’s Air Pollution

March 27, 2015- Residents of Portland, Ore., recall how thick smog used to spoil the views of Mount Hood. But these days, it seems the mountain is visible whenever the sun shines.

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Officials Spread the Word About Health Risks of Radon Gas

March 26, 2015- A household problem like mold in the basement may be hard to ignore, but radon is easy to miss because the gas has no color, taste or odor.

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Huge Asbestos Release in Michigan Leads to Three Convictions

March 24, 2015- A woman and two men from Southwest Michigan face up to five years in prison after pleading guilty in what investigators say may have been the largest release of asbestos in Michigan since the material was declared a hazardous air pollutant in 1971.

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Gulf Shore Microbes Key Players In Oil Vs. Soil

March 23, 2015- A recent study of shore soils in the aftermath of the BP oil spill indicates that microbial communities were genetically altered as they broke down most of the oil on Gulf beaches.

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Bad News for Chocolate Lovers: It May Have High Levels of Lead, Cadmium

March 19, 2015- We’ve all heard the good news about small amounts of chocolate possibly being heart-healthy, but now there’s a downside to that decadent treat so many people love, according to a new study. 

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Third Firm to Test Soil Dumped Near a San Antonio Food Bank

March 13, 2015- The city of San Antonio will hire a third, independent environmental consulting firm to test soil with heavy metals that was excavated and hauled from the downtown Convention Center expansion site and dumped across the street from the San Antonio Food Bank.

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Tenants Report Being Much Happier in Green Buildings

March 12, 2015- A new study is one of the first to find a strong link between tenant happiness and building sustainability.

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Why is Geothermal Energy So Unpopular in the U.S.?

March 11, 2015- Geothermal energy offers a flexible, 100 percent renewable and clean energy source, yet the U.S. has been slow to implement it.

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UC Berkeley On Track To Zero Waste By 2020

March 10, 2015- The University of California at Berkeley annually grades itself on sustainability and energy use.

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Power, And Death, From Coal

March 5, 2015- A recent Earth Talk post on Scientific American's website looks at the negative impacts on our health of our reliance on coal combustion, an energy source which accounts for more than half of Americans’ electric power generation.

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