RTKnet: Science

Protection of the environment and public health depends on scientific information that is reliable and impartial. Citizens and policy makers rely on the most current scientific knowledge and technologies to make wise decisions.

Mercury Levels in Women Jump (Environment News Service)

Inorganic mercury was detected in the blood of 30 percent of women studied in 2005-2006, a steep rise from the two percent of women found to have inorganic mercury in their blood in a 1999-2000 study. The findings also suggest increased risks of mercury-related diseases.

(04 Sep 2009)

What a 1-Degree Temperature Increase Means for Wildfires (Center for American Progress)

A one-degree rise in average summer temperatures could mean a staggering increase in the extent and cost of wildfires according to a recent study.

(01 Sep 2009)

Nanotechnology Risks Downplayed, Benefits Unfounded - Toxics Groups (European Environmental Bureau)

The environmental risks of nanotechnologies are being ignored, according to a paper by a global coalition on toxics. Citing research studies that show a significant ecological footprint, the authors caution that more governance and better understanding of nanomaterials are needed before they spread even further. "Nanomaterials themselves constitute a new generation of toxic chemicals," the authors claim.

(01 Sep 2009)

EPA Finds Water Polluted Near Gas Drilling Sites (Reuters)

Evidence builds showing risks to drinking water from a natural gas drilling method called hydraulic fracturing. Legislation in Congress would force drillers to disclose the identity of secret fracturing chemicals.

(28 Aug 2009)

"Carbon Chasm" - Companies' Voluntary GHG Reductions are Insufficient to Prevent Worst of Climate Change

Although many of the largest companies have set greenhouse gas reduction targets, these goals fall far short of what scientists say is necessary to avert the worst impacts of climate change.

(25 Aug 2009)

Herbicide Atrazine Widespread in Drinking Water (NRDC)

A new NRDC report finds atrazine contamination is widespread, and EPA is compounding the problem.

(24 Aug 2009)

Public Not Told When Atrazine in Drinking Water Spikes (New York Times)

New studies find that the herbicide atrazine may be a risk at lower levels than previously thought; while water systems fail to notify the public when spikes occur in drinking water.

(24 Aug 2009)

Mercury Contamination is Widespread - Study (Associated Press)

A federal study found mercury in every fish tested in almost three hundred streams nationwide. One quarter of the fish tested contained mercury at levels higher than what the EPA deems safe for consumption.

(21 Aug 2009)

Study finds pesticide link to childhood leukemia (AFP)

Georgetown University researchers found higher levels of household pesticides in the urine of child leukemia patients.

(05 Aug 2009)

Reproductive Health Declines as Chemical Exposure Increases (OMB Watch)

Troubling national trends show increases in reproductive health problems as the widespread use of certain chemicals has increased dramatically.

(30 Jul 2009)