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August 2011

NASSAU, BAHAMAS–Hurricanes are followed by a storm of mosquitos and other insects that have been blown from their homes in trees and shrubbery, any hurricane survivor will tell you. And like other hurricane surivors, those insects are often hungry,…

From The Bahamas: Better Hurricane Advice

NASSAU, BAHAMAS–Hurricane Irene is swirling around me right now, slamming gates, lashing shutters with wind and rain, bending coconut palms, and sweeping from these low, sandy islands anything that's not been tied down.
In the hours leading to this…

When the news broke yesterday that a previously unreported type of fallout from Fukushima—radioactive sulfur—had reached the United States in late March, nearly all mainstream media reports made the claim that it poses no threat to the health of…

Millions of Americans have been ingesting them for years—perchlorate, hexavalent chromium, volatile organic compounds—not because they're safe, but because they are among 6,000 toxins the EPA has not gotten around to regulating in municipal drinking…

How Did Those Vermont Fish Get Radioactive?

"Hey, don't look at us" has been Entergy Corporation's response to the discovery of Strontium-90 in fish from the Connecticut River.
But the contamination, revealed this week by the Vermont Department of Health, promises to complicate the utility's…

Fracking Radiation Targeted By DOE, GE

The Department of Energy and General Electric will spend $2 million over the next two years to remove naturally occurring radioactive materials from the fracking fluids produced by America's booming shale-gas industry.
The New York State Department…