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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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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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Closure of US coal study marks an alarming precedent.

The Trump administration has stepped up its assault on environmental protections by halting a US$1-million study on the health risks of coal mining — casting a pall on academic freedom.

The Trump administration has stepped up its assault on environmental protections by halting a US$1-million study on the health risks of coal mining — casting a pall on academic freedom.

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