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Lawmaker calls for federal probe of contaminated baby food

Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to examine a report that found dozens of baby food products contaminated with lead and other toxic heavy metals.

Ten most toxic places in the world revealed

Where are the most toxic places on the planet? A survey based on an assessment of danger and the risk to the greatest numbers of people has been put together, revealing mining areas, chemical waste risks, and of course Chernobyl.

Word of the year for 2018 is ‘toxic’

Oxford - There are ‘somethings of the year’ for almost everything – movies, books, the person who adorns the cover of Time magazine. How about a word? The Oxford English Dictionary has selected a word for 2018 and it is “toxic”.

British firm's Korean unit apologises over poison deaths

Seoul - The head of a Korean subsidiary of a British consumer goods company was slapped and shouted down Monday as he apologised for his firm's role in selling a humidifier disinfectant blamed for more than 100 deaths in South Korea.

Assessing the cumulative risk of pesticides on people

The cumulative risks from exposure to pesticides on people is often discussed, but there is limited information. Now a new European study will consider the impact on the thyroid and nervous systems.

Congress passes bill requiring childproof liquid nicotine bottles

Washington - It's called the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act, and it's intended to keep kids safer by making it more difficult for sticky little fingers to get into yummy-looking but highly toxic liquid nicotine. Congress passed the measure on Monday.

More than 30 refugees sickened after eating 'death caps'

Hanover - For asylum-seekers fleeing their homelands in an attempt to reach safety in Europe, the perilous boat ride and trek across an unfamiliar landscape is hard enough. But a new peril, in the form of toxic mushrooms now awaits them.

Watch what you take home, warning about kids and lead risks

Washington - These days greater controls are in place about the risks of lead exposure, especially with children, but risks still exist — especially with items brought home from the workplace and when kids get hold of them.

U.S. train with toxic chemicals derails, catches fire

Washington - A train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in Tennessee and caught fire, prompting a large-scale evacuation, fire fighters said Thursday.

Vancouver student scoops top prize at Intel science fair

Vancouver - Canadian student Raymond Wang has won $75,000 at an international science and engineering fair. This is for designing a way to better protect airline passengers from pathogens.

Ivory Coast toxic spill victims hope for reparations

Abidjan - Andoudoua Blonde says he will have to live forever with blindness in one eye, headaches and skin rashes caused by a 2006 dumping of toxic waste near his farm in Ivory Coast.

Indiana cop claims McDonald's served him tea laced with chemicals

Indianapolis - An Indiana police officer isn't "Lovin' it" after he allegedly drank sweet tea laced with cleaning fluid at a local McDonald's. The officer stopped by the fast food chain Saturday to use the self-serve drink dispenser.

Mercury contamination to last 10,000 years in SF

San Francisco - Alarming figures suggest that that toxic remnants of the infamous gold rush will seep into San Francisco area waterways for millennia.

Bootleg liquor kills dozens in India

Over the course of three days forty-two people in northern India has died in hospitals after drinking toxic bootleg liquor.

Sweden finds arsenic in Chinese herbal remedy

Stockholm - A chinese herbal remedy has posed a very serious health threat as workers in Sweden's National Food Agency have found arsenic in it.

Justice at last? The Nigerian baby mixture scandal

Barewa Pharmaceutical Ltd have been prosecuted in Nigeria for producing contaminated ‘My Pikin’ baby mixture, which caused the death of 84 children.

Another study finds GMO corn to be highly toxic

A new study has been leaked which examines genetically modified corn and reveals that the crop contains a startling level of toxic chemicals and just isn't as nutritious as natural corn.

Study shows sugar is toxic — blamed for 'diabetic epidemic'

A new study based on data on availability of sugar and comparative rates of diabetes in 175 countries in the past decade claims a strong link between increased consumption of sugar and increased rates of diabetes.

Dangerous chemicals persist in U.S. homes

Chemicals banned years ago are still present in many U.S. homes according to a new report. These chemicals were used to make flame resistant fabrics for couches.

Drug for angina can treat carbon monoxide poisoning

New research suggests that a commonly-used angina treatment drug called Ranexa (ranolazine) might be able to shield the heart from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Moon dust is found to be toxic to humans

It might sound like science-fiction but one day moon bases could be a reality. One thing which future lunar dwellers will need to be careful of is moon dust, as scientists have now declared it to be toxic.

Water in Gaza not fit for human consumption say charities

Save the Children and Medical Aid for Palestinians say that the water in Gaza is unfit for human consumption, as it is contaminated with fertilizers and sewage.

Fresh smell of scented laundry found to contain toxic chemicals

Seattle - While enjoying the fresh smell of newly washed laundry, it's likely the smell we're enjoying contains toxic chemicals not listed on product labels, with nearly a one in four chance the chemicals are toxic or hazardous, a study on scented products reveals.

Agent Orange being used to clear Amazon

A chemical weapon from the Vietnam War-era that has been linked to deaths, injuries, and birth defects is now being used by Brazilian ranchers to clear the Amazonian rain forest to make way for farm land.

Notes warning of toxins left on car with dead couple inside

Braintree - A man and a woman were found dead in a car to which notes, warning of toxic chemicals inside, had been attached. The car was parked in a remote area of an industrial estate in the UK.

Toxic fumes kill beloved panda at Chinese zoo

Chinese zookeepers found 21-year-old panda bear Quan Quan very ill last Thursday, but despite all efforts to revive her, she died.

Hydro One Involved In Local Oil Spill Special

Dryden - Ontario's crown corporation, Hydro One, is involved in an ongoing dispute over a substantial oil spill and contamination in their fleet parking lot.

Ill Winds Blowing At BP Oil

The start of hurricane season may give BP even more uncertainty in its attempts to cap the Gulf of Mexico oil spill at the Deepwater Horizon rig.

A nauseating toad sausage may save Pavlovian quolls

Sydney - Three-quarters of a century after the invasive and toxic cane toad arrived in Australia scientists are still battling to control its impact. Introduced to control another pest, a beetle, the toads have become an invasive ecosystemic disaster

Toxic seaweed suspected in Brittany death

A truck driver may be the first death caused by a toxic seaweed that is covering areas along the Brittany coastline. The case is under investigation.
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Giant hogweed.
Giant hogweed.
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Fruits of plant Atropa belladonna from the Botanical Gardens of Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
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Toxic Talk by Bill Press
The Valley of Drums  a toxic waste dump located in Bullitt Co. Kentucky is one of the reasons the U....
The Valley of Drums, a toxic waste dump located in Bullitt Co. Kentucky is one of the reasons the U.S. Superfund law was enacted.
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A leakage of industrial waste water with high acidity occurred on Friday afternoon at the Rotem Amfe...
A leakage of industrial waste water with high acidity occurred on Friday afternoon at the Rotem Amfert plant, causing acidic water to flow into the Ashalim area of the Judean desert.
Israel Environment Protection Ministry
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A sandy shore littered with the little "beach apples."
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Using Driveway Seal-Coat to repair a driveway.
Using Driveway Seal-Coat to repair a driveway.
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All the plants in the poison garden are dangerous.
All the plants in the poison garden are dangerous.
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A woman with a painful dermatitis caused by manchineel vapors.
A woman with a painful dermatitis caused by manchineel vapors.
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Some Toxic Waste candy has been recalled because it is contaminated with lead.
Some Toxic Waste candy has been recalled because it is contaminated with lead.
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Notice the red warning signs on a few of the trees. Those you want to steer clear of as you walk down the path.
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Microcystis algae grow in a large bloom in the Copco Reservoir on the Klamath River  posing health r...
Microcystis algae grow in a large bloom in the Copco Reservoir on the Klamath River, posing health risks to people, pets and wildlife.
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Giant hogweed  pretty to look at  deadly to touch.
Giant hogweed, pretty to look at, deadly to touch.
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The leaves and fruit of the manchineel look very much like an apple tree.
The leaves and fruit of the manchineel look very much like an apple tree.
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The Perfect Environmental Storm: With a mixture of raw oil and its toxic chemical dispersant along with the start of the hurricane season, BP Oil has set up an apocalyptic event in the Mexican Gulf and the coastlines as well effecting fresh ground water tables and the ruining of the area wildlife and seafood industries in the process.

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