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Lynne Peeples
Lynne Peeples is the environment and public health reporter for The Huffington Post. Before becoming a science journalist, she was a biostatistician at Harvard. E-mail her with ideas or requests:

Entries by Lynne Peeples

After Years Of Lukewarm Climate Talks, Paris Turns Up The Heat: A Timeline

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 1:57 PM

World leaders gathered in Paris on Monday for the latest chapter in what is now a decades-long series of meetings, negotiations and proposals on how to collectively stave off catastrophic climate change.

Hopes are high that this 21st Conference of the Parties, or

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World's Pledges To Reduce Carbon Emissions Aren't Enough To Tackle Climate Change, UN Warns

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 3:22 PM

Countries around the world are pledging to cut their carbon emissions ahead of next month's climate meeting in Paris, part of a desperate team effort to stave off catastrophic climate change. But even if these promises are kept, they won't go nearly far enough, according to an 

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Spiders Inspire Fear -- Along With Novel Products That Could Change The World

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 9:54 PM

Spiders, or at least caricatures of them, are out in full force this Halloween weekend. But next time you see the eight-legged creature carved into a pumpkin, or dropping from the ceiling of a haunted house, perhaps consider feeling more than just spooked. A little respect is also appropriate....

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Major Medical Groups Increasingly Warning Of Toxic Chemical Risks To Unborn Babies

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 2:01 PM

During her five-and-a-half-year battle with infertility, Julieta Pisani McCarthy bought organic foods and chose personal care products free of synthetic ingredients such as parabens and phthalates. And when she finally did become pregnant with her first son, Nicolas, she continued her diligence, including ridding her home of any furniture foam that might...

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Fracking Chemicals May Mess With Hormones, Lower Sperm Counts

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 11:23 AM

Prenatal exposure to a cocktail of chemicals commonly used in the various phases of oil and natural gas production, including fracking, could carry long-term reproductive health consequences, according to a new study published on Wednesday.

Scientists tested 24 fracking chemicals -- including benzene,...

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If You Want To Stop Violence Against People, Stop Violence Against Animals

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 9:33 PM

Denise asked the animal service officers if she could look in the green bag. They told her she really didn't want to do that. In the bag were the remains of Pepper, her family's beloved 8-year-old dog.

Pepper, a black-and-white Jack Russell mix, had been beaten, skinned...

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Senators Hammer VA's 'Intolerably Long' Delay In Addressing Toxic Exposures

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 4:58 PM

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee heard testimony on Tuesday from senators and advocates who urged the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to remove roadblocks to care and compensation for veterans sickened by environmental toxicants, including contaminated drinking water at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune.

"Agents within the VA system...

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This Rocker Has A Heavy Metal Warning For Fellow Parents

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 12:25 PM

When Jon Fishman's family moved into their 200-year-old Maine farmhouse years ago, they didn't think to be concerned about lead paint hazards. That all changed this February, a few minutes after a pediatrician pricked their toddler son's toe. The rapid blood test revealed the presence of lead.


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Internet Addiction Isn’t An ‘Official’ Diagnosis, But This Center Is Devoted To Treating It

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 8:16 PM

FALL CITY, Wash. -- When Roey Gabay finally got home from the college library, he found his twin sister, Reut, waiting for him in the living room. It was around 1 a.m. on June 9, the night before finals. But she knew he hadn't gone to the library to study....

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Toxic Chemicals Taint The 'Best Possible' Food For Babies

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 3:05 PM

Nature created the perfect food for a growing baby. A mother's breast milk is chock full of the essential vitamins, fats, proteins and carbohydrates needed to best build the brain, fight infection and resist chronic disease. But as new research published on Thursday reminds us, a mother's milk...

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VA May Finally Expand Disability Benefits For Camp Lejeune Veterans

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 10:22 AM

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced plans on Monday to begin revising how it grants disability benefits for veterans who lived at Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base in North Carolina, during the 30-plus years that toxic chemicals tainted the base's...

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The VA's 'Experts' On Toxic Chemicals May Not Know What They're Talking About

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 12:00 PM

Pfc. Donald Burpee spent four months of 1975 living at Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base in North Carolina. On July 7 of this year, at the age of 59, he lost an eight-year battle with kidney cancer -- one of a number of illnesses linked with exposure...

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Veterans Exposed To Toxic Chemicals Accuse VA Of Foot-Dragging

(85) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 1:18 PM

Retired Senior Master Sgt. Leslie Howe has battled two cancers -- non-Hodgkin lymphoma and prostate cancer, both of which have been linked with exposure to Agent Orange, the herbicide used by the U.S. military to destroy enemy cover and crops during the Vietnam War. Howe, 71, was never...

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Can We Wean Our Future Food Off Antibiotics?

(20) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 8:33 AM

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Poultry probiotics may help wean chickens off regular doses of antibiotics. (Getty)

Each year, at least 23,000 Americans die from drug-resistant infections carried by so-called superbugs -- pathogens that were once easily treatable but that can now withstand modern medicine's full arsenal...

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Artificial Grass May Save Water, But Does It Endanger People?

(40) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 8:32 AM

When Michael and Barbara Fouch first considered replacing their grassy lawn with artificial turf, they researched the growing array of options for the green plastic blades and the infill that holds them in place. They wanted a product that looked nice, but they also wanted something that wouldn't make any...

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Cientistas alertam para químicos em carpetes, casacos e utensílios de cozinha

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 7:56 PM

Em 1961, um toxicologista da DuPont alertou aos colegas que a exposição aos químicos da linha de produtos Teflon aumentava os fígados de ratos e coelhos.

Estudos nas décadas seguintes apontaram que não existem níveis seguros para a exposição de animais a esses químicos e que os humanos também...

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This Growing 'Green' City May Be The Front Line In Climate Change Battle

(388) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 8:36 AM

SEATTLE -- "That doesn't even look like a boat. How does it float?"

Elizabeth Spence, 8, peered through a chain-link fence at a massive yellow drilling rig, newly docked a short stretch away. Her dad had brought her here on Thursday evening to check out the latest addition to the...

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Feds Block Shareholders' Attempt To End Production Of Toxic Lead Paint

(7) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 7:20 PM

One of the world's largest paint manufacturers continues to add a toxic heavy metal to products it sells outside the U.S., mostly in poor countries, despite decades of health warnings and ongoing pleas to stop the practice -- the latest of which came from the company's own investors.

A recent...

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Scientists Issue Warning Over Chemicals Common In Carpets, Coats, Cookware

(143) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 6:37 PM

In 1961, a DuPont toxicologist warned colleagues that exposure to their company's increasingly popular Teflon chemicals enlarged the livers of rats and rabbits. Studies over the following decades found no safe level of exposure in animals and determined that humans, too, got sick when exposed to the chemicals -- which...

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Seaweed Might Have The Power To Make The Oceans Less Acidic

(17) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 8:33 AM

The thick, slimy brown ribbons are notorious for tangling the ankles of beachgoers and rotting in pungent piles. But kelp, according to its growing fan base, could also prove potent in protecting the health of oceans -- and us.

"We've got some bad water heading our way," said Betsy...

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