Archives For Air Quality


1. Flame retardant in old couches, carpets poses health risk to kids’ IQs

2. Lung illnesses more likely near Logan Airport

Study doesn’t find higher rates of heart disease, hearing loss

Winthrop, a town under a flight path to Logan Airport, is one of 17 communities cited in a Health Department report.

3. Planes’ exhaust could be harming communities up to 10 miles from LAX

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4. Global health: Deadly dinners

Polluting biomass stoves, used by one-third of the global population, take a terrible toll. But efforts to clean them up are failing.

5. Rejected Pa. drilling waste brought to W.Va.

6. Texas oil and gas regulator says it can’t link water contamination to gas drilling

7. And The Biggest Power Polluter Is: American Electric Power Company

8. Corporate stranglehold of farmland a risk to world food security, study says

Small farmers are being squeezed out as mega-farms and plantations gobble up their land
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9. How much is going clean costing China?

Chinese tourists wear face masks while walking past the Forbidden City in February 2014 as heavy air pollution shrouded Beijing.

10. Toxins in the environment may accelerate aging, study finds

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1. Developers file $37 million federal suit over Fort Detrick contamination

Say high TCE levels in groundwater have thwarted residential development

2. Evolution in the Age of Mass Extinction

3. China’s generation green: waste, food safety, pollution & the China dream.

4. Delhi not alone, 25 other Indian cities have higher air pollution levels than Beijing: WHO

According to WHO, Dehradun, Pune and Jammu are just as polluted as Delhi. (IE photo: Praveen Khanna)

5. Researchers: No Fukushima radiation found in West Coast kelp

6. $20 Million Fight Threatened Over Pig Smell on Farm

Image: Hogs are raised on the farm on April 28, 2009 in Elma, Iowa

7. ‘Missing’ mud in Hudson River holds climate change clue

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8. From Wal-Mart to the White House, Obama talks up expansion of solar power

9. California drought: El Niño probability raised to 78 percent for next winter

10. Billionaire activist Tom Steyer carries a $100 million sledgehammer into the battle over climate change

Photo - Tom Steyer, the former manager of a San Francisco hedge fund, has pledged $50 million of his own money, and to raise a matching amount, for November's Congressional and state elections through his NextGen Climate Action PAC to address what he calls "the generational challenge." (Bloomberg Images)

11. Funeral parlours contaminate drinking water

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1. Environment as influential as genes in autism, study says

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2. Long-Awaited DEP Study Says PFC Contamination Widespread in State’s Water

3. Dangerous Chemical Invades West Wichita Drinking Water

4. East Antarctica more at risk than thought to long-term thaw

An ice shelf previously thought to be resilient to climate change is being held in place by a relatively small plug of ice.

Penguins congregate near Wilkes Land, Antarctica

5. BP cries foul in massive oil spill settlement

Is BP backpedaling on a settlement with oil spill victims, or are some Gulf Coast businesses exploiting BP to the tune of more than $500 million?

  6. ‘Sewer assets’: Use of sludge as fertilizer leads to rich-tasting foods

7. Food Fights

To address online consumer activism, food makers are advised to embrace openness
A series of foods with related quotes superimposed upon them.

8. Kentucky tops U.S. for ADHD

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9. Poverty, environment are interconnected

10. Did Michigan agency lobby to bend rules on pollutants at Dearborn steel mill?

The state DEQ is proposing to revise the emissions permit for Severstal Steel in Dearborn to allow for some toxic pollutants such as lead, carbon monoxide, and PM10 (fine dust) to be doubled, tripled, quadrupled, even increased by more than 7200 percent.


1. Indian River Lagoon: What went wrong?

2. Monsanto and Maine: A look at Maine’s sometimes fractious relationship with the GMO giant

It has evolved to lawsuits, a labeling law and a public now deeply suspicious of or deeply confused about what this giant corporation does.

3. Families packing up and leaving Hong Kong over pollution life expectancy fears

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4. Lynchburg, Va., oil train derailment illustrates threat to rivers

By Curtis Tate

Published: Friday, May. 2, 2014 – 4:22 pm
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 4, 2014 – 5:45 am
Rail derailment in Lynchburg, Virginia

5. Cartels and organised crime target food in hunt for riches

From adulterated olive oil to counterfeit vodka, the trade in fake food is booming – and for mafia gangs it’s less risky than drugs
Chinese confiscate fake Remy Martin and Hennessy whiskey.

6. In India election battle, Ganges locked in fight to survive

India’s holiest river is dying because it has not become a vote bank, say environmentalists

7. Study Reveals Sizable Increase in Diabetes Among Children

8. State hiring beginners for critical refinery-inspector jobs

The Chevron Corp. flag flies in front of the company's administrative building inside the Chevron Corp. Richmond Refinery stands in Richmond, California, U.S., on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Chevron Corp. hopes to gain city approval to finish hydrogen plant at the Richmond refinery in June or July. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg Photo: David Paul Morris, Bloomberg


Barrows Elementary School evacuated again

READING, Mass. — For the second time this week, students and faculty members at the Reading’s Barrows Elementary School were evacuated after high carbon monoxide levels were detected.

On Thursday, students in the Barrows Elementary School on Edgemont Avenue in Reading were evacuated to Austin Prep where parents were notified to pick them up.

The school had been evacuated on Tuesday for the same issue.

No illnesses or injuries were reported in either incident.


Several overcome by air quality problem in Rindge

RINDGE, N.H. —Authorities say an “air quality” incident at a Rindge food market has sent multiple people to the hospital.

A dispatcher says that the incident occurred around 6:12 p.m. at the Market Basket on Route 202.

According to the Southwestern New Hampshire District Fire Mutual Aid, this is a mass casualty incident.  Mass casualty incidents are typically declared when there are a large number of patients needing medical treatment.

A Hazmat team from Keene was sent to the scene, along with ambulances from five other towns.

The exact cause and seriousness of the injuries was not immediately known.