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Toxic Injuries

Toxic injury law, technically termed “toxic tort” law, has its roots in individual state common laws. The most familiar examples of toxic tort cases are the cases made famous by the movies Erin Brockovich and A Civil Action.

Prescription Drugs

Drug manufacturers make billions of dollars of profit each year despite the fact that prescription drugs are responsible for thousands of injuries each year.

Environmental Law

Environmental law has its roots in federal, state, and local statutes. The most familiar of these are the federal Clean Water and Clean Air acts. In addition to these, there are the federal superfund and hazardous waste laws, and parallel state regulations.

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Pesticides

Pesticides have been linked to a number of human health impacts. These include multiple forms of cancer (lymphomas and leukemias), neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, and birth defects.

Fluoride

The widespread use of fluoride in drinking water has become increasingly challenged by public health experts. Fluoride has a limited cost-benefit window, that is, that there is increasing evidence of harm where there is little-or-no evidence of actual benefit.

Consumer Protection

The widespread use of fluoride in drinking water has become increasingly challenged by public health experts. Fluoride has a limited cost-benefit window, that is, that there is increasing evidence of harm where there is little-or-no evidence of actual benefit.

Fluoride FOIA Revealing

Documents that have been obtained through Freedom of Information Requests reveal the behind-the-scenes workings of government agencies in dealing with citizen concerns regarding water fluoridation.  These documents raise questions about the objectivity of individuals...

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There is No Such Thing as a “Safe Tan”

Skin cancer has been on the rise, particularly in young adults.  A number of dermatologists and other medical experts have attributed this increase in skin cancer, at least in some part, to the increasing popularity of indoor tanning.  This is despite the fact that...

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The Local Nose Knows Best What to Do with Sewage Sludge

The regulation of sewage sludge, and in particular, land application of this mixture of human and industrial waste, is highly controversial throughout the country, especially in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Hampshire, and California.  If you are like many of us...

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Environmental Health News

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The political economist Benjamin Friedman once compared modern Western society to a stable bicycle w [...]

Thousands of scientists and their supporters, feeling increasingly threatened by the policies of Pre [...]

A fungus that causes “vomitoxin” has been found in some U.S. corn harvested last year, forcing poult [...]

Childhood lead poisoning remains a great threat to young children, and even low levels can stunt dev [...]

For the second time this week, U.S. President Donald Trump has given Canada a verbal lashing over wh [...]

Oh, right. It’s Earth Day. It’s either time for kids to attend a feel-good event where they learn ab [...]

Peter Dykstra and Living on Earth Host Steve Curwood discuss stories about international recycling s [...]

The ecological systems upon which humans rely for life support are in crisis, and human behavior is [...]

Ecosystem management is more realistically seen as a “wicked problem” that has no clear-cut solution [...]

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