environmental health environmental health
Stories About

environmental health

Smog is common not only in Los Angeles but also in cities across the country. New research finds that long-term exposure to high levels of air pollution may be as harmful to the lungs as smoking. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Mario Tama/Getty Images

Air Pollution May Be As Harmful To Your Lungs As Smoking Cigarettes, Study Finds

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/750581235/750897718" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Drinking water samples from homes in southwestern Puerto Rico are tested at Interamerican University of Puerto Rico in San German. Rebecca Hersher/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Rebecca Hersher/NPR

Puerto Rico's Tap Water Often Goes Untested, Raising Fears About Lead Contamination

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/645625805/650052919" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Marcus Butt / Ikon/Getty Images

Heat Making You Lethargic? Research Shows It Can Slow Your Brain, Too

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/628521596/629362049" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A pump jack at work in 2016, near Firestone, Colo. The American Exploration & Production Council, which represents oil and gas exploration firms, is one of many industry groups supporting the HONEST Act, which was passed by the House and is now with the Senate. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

toggle caption
David Zalubowski/AP

GOP Effort To Make Environmental Science 'Transparent' Worries Scientists

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/537243392/538370751" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The village of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., sits along the Hoosick River in eastern New York. Elevated levels of a suspected carcinogen known as PFOA were found in the village's well water, which is now filtered. Hansi Lo Wang/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Hansi Lo Wang/NPR

Elevated Levels Of Suspected Carcinogen Found In States' Drinking Water

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/472501029/472501030" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

An oil field truck is used to make a transfer at oil-storage tanks in Williston, N.D., in 2014. It was atop tanks like these that oil worker Dustin Bergsing, 21, was found dead. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Eric Gay/AP

Mysterious Death Reveals Risk In Federal Oil Field Rules

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/472341181/472365311" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A worker in Claysville, Pa., shovels the fine powder that's part of a watery mixture used in hydraulic fracturing. Silica dust is created in a wide variety of construction and manufacturing industries, too. Keith Srakocic/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Keith Srakocic/AP

Tighter, Controversial Silica Rules Aimed At Saving Workers' Lungs

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/471585412/471685052" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

December brought storm clouds to the Porter Ranch neighborhood in Southern California's San Fernando Valley. David McNew/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
David McNew/AFP/Getty Images

Families Near The Huge Gas Leak Wonder: Is Home A Safe Place To Be?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/465712700/465748333" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A production facility that created lead paint and other lead products once stood at Almond and Cumberland Streets, across Aramingo Avenue in Philadelphia. Kimberly Paynter/WHYY hide caption

toggle caption
Kimberly Paynter/WHYY

Calls Continue For EPA To Clean Up Former Lead Production Site In Philly

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/449698380/449748262" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Eastman Chemical went a step beyond calling Tritan plastic BPA-free, setting off a legal challenge. Eastman hide caption

toggle caption
Eastman

Beyond BPA: Court Battle Reveals A Shift In Debate Over Plastic Safety

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/385747786/386635242" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript