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Above the Fold: Fracked brains; Roundup in bodies, bans
Wednesday October 25th 2017, 11:57 am

Researchers are out today with a full review of the science on fracking chemicals and what exposure might mean for kids’ brains: “Early life exposure to these air and water pollutants has been shown to be associated with learning and neuropsychological deficits, neurodevelopmental disorders, and neurological birth defects, with potentially permanent consequences to brain health,” the authors wrote.

See my

full story on the research


More energy reads:

New research finds

glyphosate is increasingly showing up in people


In the new study:

  • The

    number of people

    over age 50

    testing positive for glyphosate shot up

    500 percent

    between 1993 and 2016.
  • The

    amount of glyphosate in their bodies


    1,208 percent

    over that period.

Also yesterday, Europe Parliament lawmakers voted to ban the weed killer glyphosate by 2022 citing evidence it is linked to cancer. (Read more at:



Deutsche Welle




  1. Puerto Rico is still struggling, as crews tear down homes in heaps of trash and schools re-open without power. (Sources:



    NY Times

  2. A class action lawsuit was filed against Chemours, DuPont in North Carolina over alleged years of dumping of toxic Telfon chemicals into the Cape Fear River. (Source:

    Delaware Online

  3. The fires that burned in Northern California this month now pose a threat to water quality. (Source:

    Water Deeply

  4. Less arsenic in water = less cancer for people drinking it. (Source:

    NY Times

  5. What toxics are lurking in baby food? (Source: The

    Indy Channel


Inside Climate News visits Norfolk, Va., where the Naval Station Norfolk continues to flood. The seas here “are rising at twice the global average here, due to ocean currents and geology,” writes ICN’s Nicholas Kusnetz.

But there’s no plan to fix things. Read the

full story here


In Boston, as storms get meaner and seas rise, things are no better. The city is weighing a multi-billion-dollar seawall to hold the growing tide back.

Ensia has the story


Mercury pollution continues to plague Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong First Nation communities in Canada.

“They’re saying ‘we’ll never believe you that you’re going to clean the river,’” First Nations environmental health coordinator Judy Da Silva told CBC News.

As the communities struggle, a new report calls out the Ontario government for turning a “blind eye to pollution that’s adversely affecting Indigenous communities.” (Sources:

CBC News


National Observer


Civil Eats has a solutions story

on how some U.S. farms are letting people pay what they can for healthy food.

Comedy Central had a segment on making people care about the Great Lakes—something I’ve been trying to do for almost a decade.

See the full video here


The lakes’ greatness was on full display yesterday—

Lake Superior waves were breaking records

(and sending winds inland that had me chasing my garbage can down the road).

And, yes,

you can surf here.

Top news of the day for Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

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