This photo provided by the National Park Service shows a large sinkhole at the Kilauea Overlook intersection inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Slowing activity at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is prompting scientists to downgrade their alert level for the mountain. (Janice Wei/National Park Service […]

Pharmaceutical group Bayer has dismissed claims that an ingredient used in weed killers is carcinogenic. The German company, which owns agriculture giant Monsanto, says herbicides containing glyphosate are safe. On Friday, Monsanto was ordered to pay $289m (£226m) damages to a man who claimed the products caused his cancer. A […]

Crops are often treated with the herbicide glyphosate AFP Chemical giant Monsanto has been ordered to pay $289m (£226m) damages to a man who claimed herbicides containing glyphosate had caused his cancer. In a landmark case, a Californian jury found that Monsanto knew its Roundup and RangerPro weedkillers were dangerous […]

The majority of Americans view marijuana favorably, but there’s little science to support any health benefit from this flowering herb. Credit: Shutterstock What are your thoughts on marijuana? If you’re like the majority of Americans, you probably think this flowering herb has significant benefits and few serious risks, even though […]

Credit: Shutterstock Following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, radioactive waste leaked into surrounding areas and contaminated waters and food. Seven years later, traces of the disaster were found half a world away — in California’s wine. A group of French nuclear physicists tested 18 bottles of California’s rosé and […]

Organic pollutants hazardous to human health may contaminate farm-raised Atlantic salmon if their feed is sourced from regions with little or no environmental regulations. Credit: Swanson School of Engineering/Carla Ng Persistent organic pollutants—or POPs—skulk around the environment threatening human health through direct contact, inhalation, and most commonly, eating contaminated food. […]

Despite various measures intended to prevent deaths, including dams to control flood waters, Japan sees rain-related deaths most years Japan is famously prone to natural disasters including earthquakes and tsunamis, and is generally considered well-prepared to cope. So why has record rainfall caused at least 100 deaths? Here are some […]