Long-term exposure to certain kinds of air pollution increases the risk of premature death in Americans over 65 years old. And that finding holds true even at levels of air pollution below national standards.
Researchers have found a family of chemicals called highly fluorinated compounds are contaminating drinking water around the country. Now they’re trying to figure out whether filters really work to remove these chemicals from water.
If you believe your health has been, or could be, impacted by industry pollution, one place to start is this organization. Staffed with doctors, nurses and public health scientists, the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project helps people and communities protect themselves.
Scientists have linked fracking with health issues for people who live near gas wells. Many wonder whether the fracking process itself is to blame. But one researcher thinks the problem might have nothing to do with fracking, but rather something we see so often, we hardly ever notice it.
Since energy companies have been fracking, they've been trying to figure out the best way to deal with the chemical and mineral-laced water that gurgles out of the wells. Some of the wastewater is transported to Ohio where it is injected thousands of feet into the ground, and where it's been known to cause earthquakes. But a new company in thinks it can do better by building on an old technology.
According to a new study, about 35 percent of kids who live near sources of pollution in Allegheny County have asthma. The national asthma rate is about 8 percent. The pollution, and the asthma it causes, have far-reaching consequences in a child’s life.