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I figured the air around Chicago rail yards would be dirty...but finding out was not as easy as it seemed.

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Cancer-associated chemicals in baby shampoo, asthma and pollution in California's Central Valley, and good news for kids on ADD drugs, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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BP owns the century-old Standard Oil refinery, the largest in the United States. Residents of the Whiting, Ind., area are especially concerned about their health now that the refinery is undergoing a large expansion to process more Canadian tar sands oil by 2013.

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Troubled doctors escape sanctions in California, HIPAA irony alert, Walgreens to sell health insurance, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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When the Chicago City Council last week passed an ordinance to reduce emissions from construction equipment working on city jobs, it touched on a larger problem: harmful amounts of diesel exhaust in the city. Journalist Kari Lydersen found troubling emission levels in some neighborhoods.

 

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Wildfires are a yearly occurrence in the Sierra Nevada. Low fuel moisture, high temperatures and human impacts in the wildland-urban interface combine into the ideal conditions for fast-moving fires. At the same time, ozone pollution levels regularly approach unhealthy levels. The area itself does not generate the pollution, but prevailing winds push pollution out of the Bay area and Sacramento corridor against the foothills and peaks of the region. U.S. EPA and the American Lung Association have consistently ranked Nevada County among the dozen most ozone-polluted counties in the nation.

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What is air pollution doing to our kids? The air we breathe gets plenty of media coverage, but we tend to consider it more of an inconvenience than an emergency. Yet at every stage of children’s lives – from their time in the womb until they’re ready to leave the nest – the pollution in the air affects their health.

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This story explores how freeways may cause children in certain Utah neighborhoods to be hospitalized more often. It is a sidebar to the third part of her series on health disparities in Salt Lake City.

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Eight weeks without food. Five days without water. Three minutes without air. In the world of survival math, breathing is at the top of almost every equation. But here in the L.A. Basin, we inhale much more than life-sustaining oxygen, drawing in a mix of ozone, carbon

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As Chico eyes possible wood-burning restrictions, the Enterprise-Record launched a two-month reporting project to better understand the medical, environmental, political and economic realities of heating homes with wood.

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