Health worries pervade North Texas fracking zone

By Jamie Smith Hopkins

Some residents of the heavily fracked Barnett Shale in North Texas blame their health problems on toxic oil and gas emissions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… , an internal medicine specialist who sits on the Lubbock, Texas, Board of Health, reviewed the research herself and saw it as a call to action. “I think …"

"… ef-exposure guideline is even higher, at 180 parts per billion. The World Health Organization’s guidelines say “no safe level of exposure can …"

"… o effects. In 2012 the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences called for more low-dose testing to fill the void. The …"

"… logist working for the nonprofit Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, said his group’s measurements show emissions from wells and com …"

Scientist with deep industry ties being considered for key EPA job

By David Heath

Michael Dourson is one of two candidates to lead the EPA office that determines which chemicals make people sick, and in what doses.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… e chemical industry is one of two finalists to lead the office at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that determines which chemicals can make people sick, …"

Five-state study finds high levels of airborne chemicals near oil and gas sites

By Jamie Smith Hopkins

A study of air emissions near oil and gas wells found strikingly high levels of benzene and other dangerous chemicals in some locations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "inspector":

"… ia Department of Environmental Protection, said agency employees recall an inspector going to Roter’s home and noticing no odor, but they haven’t been able …"

U.S. Senate races to attract 1 million TV ads

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Super PACs, nonprofits help fuel relentlessly negative messaging in U.S. Senate races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kay Hagan":

"… he U.S. Senate. North Carolina’s race between incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis, her Republican rival, drew more ads last week than any ot …"

Democrats seize air supremacy in Senate battlegrounds

By Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel

Liberals aired more TV ads last week than their conservative foils in seven of the nine top Senate battlegrounds races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… sponsored about 6,300 ads last week across nine states — from Alaska to North Carolina — buoyed by a nearly $25.3 million cash reserve and $5.1 …"

"… e Center for Public Integrity’s analysis of Kantar Media/CMAG data. The North Carolina race, where incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan faces GOP state House Spea …"

Herbicide ban on hold in Sri Lanka, as source of deadly kidney disease remains elusive

By Sasha Chavkin

After Sri Lanka's announced ban on a Monsanto herbicide, opponents challenged the action and convinced the president to put the ban on hold.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Environmental Protection Agency":

"… se among agricultural workers, which has not been reported in Brazil. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it is now engaged in a registration review process for glyphosate, bu …"

Sri Lanka bans Monsanto herbicide citing potential link to deadly kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

Sri Lanka orders ban on glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup, citing kidney disease outbreak; Monsanto said the evidence is unproven.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Roundup":

"… on glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s top-selling herbicide Roundup. The move comes weeks after publication of a new study in Sri Lanka sugge …"

"… heavy metals in the drinking water is causing the chronic kidney disease. Roundup is the top selling herbicide in the world, and Monsanto said the newest st …"

"… the local market soon after he was told of the contents of the report.” Roundup is used all over the world, including in countless areas that do not suffe …"

"… break down in people’s kidneys. It is the combination of heavy water and Roundup or other glyphosate products, he argued, that places the population at ris …"

Facing lawsuits over deadly asbestos, paper giant launched secretive research program

By Jim Morris

Facing 60,000 asbestos claims over a product it once sold, Georgia-Pacific responded with a legal pushback — and secretive science.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… and mesothelioma. “There is no safe level of exposure known,” says the Environmental Protection Agency. ------------------------- Don’t miss a single Center for Public Integr …"

Shining examples of cross-border journalism recognized at international conference

By Bill Buzenberg

ICIJ presented its annual Daniel Pearl awards at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Rio de Janeiro.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Uzbekistan":

"… ights activists, and paid extensive bribes to gain access to the market in Uzbekistan. “At a time when surveillance by governments and security services is o …"

Countries target pesticides as suspected link to rare kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

Governments from El Salvador to Sri Lanka explore the role of pesticides in a malady killing laborers, as other scientists eye heat stress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… ral pesticides following a multi-year study by its health ministry and the World Health Organization, which concluded that the heavy metal cadmium had entered the food supply …"

Industry muscle targets federal 'Report on Carcinogens'

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

Chemical industry groups are pursuing hearings and legal fights challenging a government cancer report — part of a growing rift with HHS.

Excerpts from this story referencing "physician":

"… ntific work has caused some discomfort” in industry circles. Broun is a physician and U.S. Senate candidate who has called man-made climate change a “hoax …"

"… y development as “lies straight from the pit of hell.” Bucshon, also a physician, is a self-described “long-term friend of coal.” Since 2010, each has …"

New urgency targets mysterious kidney disease in Central America

By Sasha Chavkin

In El Salvador, health ministries formally recognize a kidney disease killing laborers — and vow deeper scrutiny of its causes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pesticide":

"… ome the leading cause of hospital deaths among adult men. The Debate over Pesticides Although the declaration reflected broad agreement to take action, the t …"

U.S. asbestos imports condemned by health experts, activists

By Jim Morris

More than 50 countries have banned asbestos, a toxic mineral linked to cancer and other diseases. The United States isn't one of them.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BBC":

"… year. A Center for Public Integrity investigation, done in tandem with the BBC in 2010, revealed that the global asbestos industry, with help from scient …"

In Sri Lanka, new steps target mysterious kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

In Sri Lanka, the president vows controls on chemicals potentially linked to chronic kidney disease, as hospitals take steps for patients.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ating its north central region.In September, in Mystery in the Fields, the Center for Public Integrity explored how a rare form of chronic kidney disease is killing agricultural …"

In Sri Lanka, breakthroughs, setbacks and a spiritual touch

By Sasha Chavkin and Anna Barry-Jester

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… fficial research, a glimmer of scientific hope emerged. The government and World Health Organization announced in June that they identified a key cause of the disease in Sri L …"

"… in the U.S. and Europe.In 2008, Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry invited the World Health Organization to join a comprehensive study to unravel the disease’s roots.For more th …"

As kidney disease kills thousands across continents, scientists scramble for answers

By Sasha Chavkin

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… ths increasing more than threefold since 1990, according to an analysis of World Health Organization data. In Sri Lanka, the WHO says at least 8,000 people suffer from chronic …"

"… e country, and estimates of the number of patients range from 8,000 by the World Health Organization to nearly 19,000 in a tally based on hospital records compiled by independ …"

Traceability elusive in global trade of human parts

By Kate Willson and Mar Cabra

The paper trail following human remains is not foolproof — in some cases, infected tissue can be impossible to track down.

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… r the past 15 years — and despite continuing concerns by the CDC and the World Health Organization. Read more at …"

Diesel engine exhaust earns 'carcinogenic' label

By Jim Morris

An international health body declared Tuesday that diesel engine exhaust is 'carcinogenic to humans.'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… acknowledged the new technologies and stricter diesel standards adopted in Europe and North America over the past two decades. “However,” it said, “wh …"

Long-delayed diesel study published

By Jim Morris

Landmark study of miners shows elevated risk of cancer from engine exhaust

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… matter.The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization, considers diesel exhaust "probably carcinogenic to humans." But IARC is s …"

Asbestos deaths bring 16-year sentence

By Jim Morris

In a case followed around the world, two former business executives were convicted in Italy of manslaughter in 3,000 deaths

Excerpts from this story referencing "BBC":

"… ntegrity’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the BBC jointly produced an investigation into the global asbestos trade, “Dange …"

Costa Rica to study kidney disease afflicting sugarcane workers

By Sasha Chavkin

In Costa Rica, health officials and one company step up against a disease that's claimed thousands of lives in Central America

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… and other Central American nations to include CKD in an initiative by the World Health Organization and United Nations to battle chronic diseases in the Americas. Even as tho …"

Landmark diesel exhaust study stalled amid industry and congressional objections

By Jim Morris

Publication of a landmark government study of lung cancer in miners is delayed by an industry group and its congressional allies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Judge":

"… iberately withheld study materials from the House committee. U.S. District Judge Richard Haik of Lafayette, La., who had earlier granted the committee, alo …"

"… irman William Goodling, a Pennsylvania Republican, filed an affidavit with Judge Haik. “We have been concerned about the diesel study for several years, …"

Thousands of sugar cane workers die as wealthy nations stall on solutions

By Sasha Chavkin and Ronnie Greene

Mysterious kidney disease has killed thousands of men in an isolated region of Central America, but why?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Columbia University":

"… pulation impact,” said Victor Penchaszadeh, a clinical epidemiologist at Columbia University and frequent consultant to the Pan American Health Organization on chronic …"


A note of the data and analysis for 'Island of the Widows'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Central America":

"… n the region. …"

"… .The data show that this formula clearly reflects the CKD epidemic. Across Central America in 2009, the most recent year available, 87 percent of male deaths from ki …"

"… Also, WHO data show that while kidney disease grew among women in the four Central American countries used for analysis, the rate of growth was smaller among women t …"

"… he U.S. Renal Data System. But even this increase pales compared to men in Central America. In El Salvador and Nicaragua, the countries where data is complete from 1 …"

Daniel Pearl Awards winners announced

ICIJ announces the winners of the 2011 Daniel Pearl Awards

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… RSI for Tamiflu, Inc. The investigation examined the decisions made by the World Health Organization and The Centers for Disease Control in light of the swine flu and H1N1 flu …"

ICIJ unveils Daniel Pearl Awards finalists

By Steve Carpinelli

ICIJ Announces the Finalists for the 2011 Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting

Excerpts from this story referencing "ICIJ":

"… e United States.“I’m honored to present this outstanding work,” said ICIJ Director Gerard Ryle, the group’s first non-American director. “We are …"

"… fficient governments fail.      Formerly the ICIJ Award, the Pearl prize was renamed in 2008 in honor of Wall Street Journal …"

Public health suffers as Indonesia ignores calls for tobacco reform

By Andreas Harsono

Home of the 'smoking baby,' 200,000 Indonesians die every year from smoking-related illnesses

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cigarette":

"… “Sampoerna.” In Malay the word means “perfect.”Don’t Talk About CigarettesTulus Abadi, coordinator of the Indonesian Consumers Foundation, which cam …"

"… The government should finance this research,” the protestor shouted. “Cigarettes are proven to have the potential to cure diseases.”The Indonesian Allia …"

In India, bidi industry's clout trumps health initiatives

By Murali Krishnan and Shantanu Guha Ray

Bidi makers in India adopt Big Tobacco tactics to avoid reforms on smoking and excise taxes

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… than from all other forms of tobacco combined, according to studies by the World Health Organization and the Voluntary Health Association of India.Bidis are distributed primar …"

Canada resists adding deadly asbestos to toxics blacklist

By Jim Morris

Major producer resists adding substance to toxics blacklist

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… ns a major exporter of Chrysotile asbestos to India and other countries in Asia and Latin America.“The federal government’s sabotaging of the United N …"

Russia's cigarette king practices strategic giving

By Roman Anin

Dominant vendor sets standard for connections

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… at OJSC V.A. Degtyarev Works — which sells military equipment in Africa, Asia and the Middle East through the Russian government’s military goods expo …"