EPA report finds pesticide poses risks to workers, spurs calls for ban. An insecticide used on corn and other U.S. crops poses health risks to workers who mix and apply it and also can contaminate drinking water, according to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report released this week. Environmental Health News
Report: Transatlantic trade agreement could increase toxic pesticide use. International trade agreement proposals could roll back protections from harmful pesticides in the U.S. and EU, according to a new report expected to be released Wednesday. The Guardian
EU banned pesticides to help bees, but now other bugs are invading. After regulators in late 2013 banned pesticides called neonicotinoids, linked in some studies to the unintended deaths of bees, farmers across the continent applied older chemicals to which many pests had developed a resistance, allowing them to survive. Bloomberg News
Groups sue to force EPA's hand on oil and gas emissions. The way environmental groups see it, there’s a gaping hole in what the public knows about toxic chemicals released into communities. A wide range of factories and facilities must report to a key federal inventory, but not the companies that extract oil and gas. Center for Public Integrity
New antibiotic teixobactin kills drug resistant superbugs, study says. Using soil from a grassy field in Maine and a miniaturized diffusion chamber, scientists have cultivated a microbe that could help tame the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Los Angeles Times
Why Bill Gates is drinking water made from human waste. If you thought Bill Gates' contribution to everyday computing was impressive, his latest project could be revolutionary. The husband and wife team are backing a pilot project that hopes to turn human feces into clean drinking water in some of the poorest regions of the world. The Independent, United Kingdom
Environmental science: Pollution patrol. In collaboration with the Earth Journalism Network, an international group of environmental journalists, Munkhmandakh Myagmar and her colleagues distributed five devices, each about the size of a child's lunch box, around Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the one of the world's most polluted cities. Nature
Inslee's pollution solution: Tackle water toxics at source. Washington state Governor Jay Inslee is proposing legislation to protect state waters by tackling pollution at its source and giving a state agency the authority to potentially ban the worst chemicals in products before they get into the environment. Associated Press
Breathing diesel exhaust induces DNA changes, study finds. Asthmatics who inhaled diesel exhaust fumes for two hours in a study booth experienced effects on a micro level as genes associated with inflammatory and oxidative stress processes were altered. Vancouver Sun, British Columbia
Are oil and gas industries behind rare Texas earthquakes? A rare series of earthquakes in northern Texas has residents asking if oil and gas activities are responsible for the shaking, which has left people rattled but did not cause significant damage or injuries. National Geographic News
New research links scores of earthquakes to fracking wells near a fault in Ohio. A detailed study has concluded that two mild earthquakes were not isolated events, but merely the largest of scores of quakes that rattled the area around the Ohio wells for more than a week. New York Times
Scientists say fossil fuels must go untapped. Canada's tar sands need to stay in the ground, the oil beneath the Arctic has to remain under the sea, and most of the world's coal must be left untouched in order to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 2°C, a study released Wednesday says.National Geographic News
Major setback for Cape Wind project. Future of Nantucket Sound turbine project in doubt as purchase contracts are terminated. Boston Globe, Massachusetts
Niger delta communities to sue Shell in London for oil spill compensation. Locals to bypass Nigerian courts and look to UK for justice after $84 million settlement is awarded to Bodo people. The Guardian
Harmful chemicals found in swimming pools, including flame retardants and insect repellant. A new study has found that urine could be the least of your worries, as more harmful chemicals could be floating around in your local swimming haunt including insect repellant, caffeine and flame retardants.Huffington Post United Kingdom, United Kingdom
West Virginia officials deal with late inspections, troubled tanks. As key requirements take effect in a law to protect water supplies, state environmental officials still haven’t received inspection certifications for 20,000 aboveground tanks statewide that were due New Year’s Day. Associated Press
Environmental groups seek to force federal regulation of clean water in Kentucky, West Virginia.Environmental groups are seeking a court order that would force federal regulators to answer a demand that they stop letting state officials enforce federal clean-water rules in Kentucky and West Virginia, the groups announced Wednesday. Lexington Herald-Leader, Kentucky
Report: Pennsylvania needs to step up farm runoff, stormwater controls for Bay cleanup. Efforts to reduce farm runoff and urban stormwater in Pennsylvania are lagging behind the state's vow to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, Pennsylvania
Ships, cargo trucks ‘next’ as Shanghai builds on air pollution successes. Reducing pollution caused by heavy trucks and ships will be a priority for Shanghai this year, an environment official said yesterday. Although the city has far fewer vehicles than Beijing, the amount of pollution they create is much higher. Shanghai Daily, China
Albany County, New York, bans toxics in children's products. County Executive Dan McCoy signed into local law Wednesday the first-in-the-state ban on children's products containing toxic chemicals. Albany Times Union, New York
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