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Agent Orange, exposed: How U.S. chemical warfare in Vietnam unleashed a slow-moving disaster.

Some 45 million liters of the poisoned spray was Agent Orange, which contains the toxic compound dioxin. It has unleashed in Vietnam a slow-onset disaster whose devastating economic, health and ecological impacts that are still being felt today.

In the end, the military campaign was called Operation Ranch Hand, but it originally went by a more appropriately hellish appellation: Operation Hades. As part of this Vietnam War effort, from 1961 to 1971, the United States sprayed over 73 million liters of chemical agents on the country to strip away the vegetation that provided cover for Vietcong troops in “enemy territory.”

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Devastated Puerto Rico tests fairness of response to climate disasters.

Hurricane Maria wrecked the impoverished island’s electrical grid and laid open toxic sites. How will Congress handle the crisis?

Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico presents a test case of the United States' response to climate-related damages on a small island territory that is impoverished, vulnerable and underrepresented in Congress. The storm caused widespread damage that could leave people homeless, jobless and without clean water or electricity for months. As is so often the case, the harm hit hardest those with the fewest resources.

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EPA removes waste at Texas toxic sites, won’t say from where.

The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of “unidentified, potentially hazardous material” from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey.

By Michael Biesecker | AP September 23 at 10:44 PM

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Move over malaria: Mosquitoes carrying Zika, dengue may thrive in warmer Africa.

Hotter weather and migration to cities may make different diseases the scourge of the future in Africa, scientists say.

by Kieran Guilbert | KieranG77

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Diseases of poverty identified in Alabama county burdened by poor sanitation.

Study finds “shocking” incidence of parasite infections in Lowndes County.

By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue

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Living on Earth: Beyond the headlines.

Peter Dykstra and host Steve Curwood discuss two contradictory science-related Trump administration nominees as well as developments on the Zika Virus, this week in Beyond the Headlines. They also note the devastating Great Galveston Hurricane that hit Texas in 1900.

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Time to clean up the San Jacinto waste pits.

The federal government bears responsibility for Superfund sites like the San Jacinto waste pits, and it falls on Pruitt to uphold his part of that covenant.

Time to clean up the San Jacinto waste pits

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