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By Brian Bienkowski Environmental Health News Aug 03

Researchers report rapid removal of BPA from water using green chemistry. more

Editor comments: The inventor, Terry Collins has proven its efficacy against a host of molecules (and anthrax) and he predicts that it will also remove current BPA substitutes. The paper also contains a startling review of the environmental occurrence of BPA. -JPM

By Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica Aug 03

The first results in a national effort to better measure the levels of contaminants released through the burning of munitions and their waste show elevated levels of lead, arsenic and other toxics. more

By Jacob Kushner Outside Aug 03

The future of one of the most iconic regions on the planet hangs in the balance. more

Discharges of sewage, trash, and toxic sludge from Mexico have one California border city threatening to sue a binational agency charged with managing water pollution along the U.S.-Mexico border. Bloomberg BNA.

A new report traces illegally sourced timber products from Papua New Guinea via China to U.S. stores. National Geographic News.

Pipelines, roads, railways and transmission lines cause severe habitat fragmentation in the Amazon rainforest. A new study looked at canopy connectivity for large arboreal mammal populations using natural bridges above a new gas pipeline in Peru. Mongabay.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has joined a new program that rates companies on their use of chemicals, a move that puts fresh pressure on the consumer-products industry to police its ingredients. Bloomberg News.

An advanced weed-killing chemical has twice come back to haunt Arkansas farmer John Weiss. Reuters.

Officials from the U.S. Dept. of Energy, which owns Hanford, and the contractor in charge of the demolition, CH2M Hill, downplayed the seriousness of the event. Seattle King 5 TV. Washington.

Cities planning for weather disasters, pandemics or civil unrest need to take steps to support local farmers and protect key transport routes so as to secure food and water supplies in a crisis, experts said on Wednesday. Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The Trump administration is reversing course on its plan to delay by one year enforcement of the Obama administration’s ozone pollution regulation. The Hill. District of Columbia.

Dr. Savabieasfahani is interviewed on toxic U.S. burn pits in Iraq. Al Jazeera.

Monsanto Co. pressed the EPA in 2015 to publicize a report that would show its Roundup herbicide doesn’t cause cancer, but the agency appeared reluctant to do so on the company’s timeline, newly released documents show. Bloomberg BNA.

German government leaders and the country’s powerful car industry agreed Wednesday to a plan to install relatively inexpensive software updates on 5 million of the country’s most heavily polluting diesel cars. Los Angeles Times.

Boxed in by a court ruling, California water regulators have agreed to to eliminate the ceiling on the amount of hexavalent chromium that’s allowed in the state’s drinking water supplies. Sacramento Bee. California.

A new drinking water database aims to inform Americans by telling them what’s in their drinking water. But some say the database is causing unwarranted concern. Bucks County Courier Times. Pennsylvania.

A federal judge has ordered the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the city of Flint into mediation in an attempt to resolve their differences regarding the future of Flint’s drinking water out of court. Flint Journal. Michigan.

If warming is not tackled, levels of humid heat that can kill within hours will affect millions across south Asia within decades, analysis finds. The Guardian.

A push by Republicans to roll back parts of the Clean Air Act would affect California more than any other state, rattling its lawmakers and regulators. Los Angeles Times.

North Dakota, the first state to ban corporate farming, is caught in the courts. OZY.

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Our team of journalists and experts doesn’t just aggregate. We put the day’s news in context, tapping our knowledge to highlight trends and connect dots.

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