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 "Formaldehyde":

"… r stations, which pressurize natural gas so it can flow through pipelines. Formaldehyde can be a byproduct of the facilities' engines.  Breathe Easy Susqueh …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… U.S. Senate-related TV ads during a one-week period. …"

"… U.S. Senate-focused TV ads have aired this election cycle, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of preliminary data provided by Kantar Media/CMAG, an advertising t …"

"… s were subjected to about two TV ads every three minutes, according to the Center for Public Integrity’s analysis of estimates provided by Kantar Media/CMAG. U.S. Senate race …"

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 "Mitch McConnell":

"… Pryor’s campaign aired. Meanwhile, in Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell battled Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. The state ranked No …"

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 "Central America":

"… ned a rare form of kidney disease devastating agricultural workers in Central America, Sri Lanka and India. Scientists suspect the malady is caused by a combina …"

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 "World Health Organization":

"… blished last August by Sri Lankan health officials in partnership with the World Health Organization found that urine samples of sick patients had elevated levels of cadmium, …"

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 "World Health Organization":

"… . More than 107,000 people die of asbestos-related diseases each year, the World Health Organization estimates. “All types of asbestos cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, …"

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 "Latin America":

"… ” Monsanto confirmed it sells glyphosate in El Salvador and across Latin America, but said it is confident the product does not cause renal disease. "When …"

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 "ExxonMobil":

"… ouncil, a trade association that represents companies such as Dow and ExxonMobil, had 53 panels devoted to chemicals from acetone to vinyl chloride, the co …"

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 "World Health Organization":

"… otect public health over the profits of these companies,” she said. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 people worldwide die of asbestos-related diseases e …"

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 "epidemic":

"… rtilizers amid growing concern the chemicals are helping fuel a mysterious epidemic of chronic kidney disease devastating its north central region.In Septembe …"

"… ists in each region are struggling to identify the cause of these parallel epidemics, which have led to tens of thousands of deaths worldwide and are suspecte …"

"… a said, referring in oblique terms to the politically controversial kidney epidemic. “Therefore, regulations will be formulated to require suppliers and dis …"

"… yake said, some individuals and groups have emerged seeking to exploit the epidemic. To prevent problems, Dassanayake said his hospital only accepts kidney do …"

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 "kidney disease":

"… s "The World."  …"

"… ht.”Sampath is among the youngest victims of a broad epidemic of chronic kidney disease sweeping north central Sri Lanka. Its victims are mostly male agricultural …"

"… usual causes of the illness. The government and WHO call it CKDu: chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology.Winding path to answersCKDu emerged in Sri Lanka’s n …"

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 "Sri Lanka":

"… think there’s a good chance they are in fact connected.” …"

"… nce they are in fact connected.” …"

"… is afflicting thousands of people in rural, agricultural communities in Sri Lanka, India and Central America. The struggle to identify its causes is bafflin …"

"… ch affected region — and a potentially noteworthy discovery this year in Sri Lanka — scientists have yet to prove a chemical at fault or a means of exposur …"

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 ICIJ.org. …"

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 "World Health Organization":

"… rance, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization, said there is “sufficient evidence that exposure [to diesel exhaust] is …"

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 "National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health":

"… blication of the $11.5 million study, conceived in 1992 by the NCI and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), had been held up by litigation from the Mining Awareness Resource …"

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 "Latin America":

"… of a $1 billion trust designed to fuel entrepreneurship among the poor in Latin America.The Italian arm of Eternit went bankrupt in 1986. Italy banned asbestos si …"

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 "epidemic":

"… estigative Journalists that explored the mysterious and largely overlooked epidemic of chronic kidney disease — or CKD — that is killing thousands of suga …"

"… cally sensitive questions surrounding what regional health experts call an epidemic: whether the illness should be classified as an occupational disease. Many …"

"… rdas, a nephrologist at Costa Rica’s Hospital Mexico who has studied the epidemic in Guanacaste. “If it proves this, the government will say to the manage …"

"… American scientists that has played a pioneering role in the study of the epidemic. In Guanacaste, doctors who last year described being overwhelmed by the f …"

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 "National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health":

"… of an $11.5 million investigation by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health are under lock and key.Richard Clapp, emeritus professor of environmental …"

"… dy for several years,” Goodling said in the affidavit. He asked that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), over which the committee has jurisdiction, be required to submit …"

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 "World Bank":

"… ports from Venezuela, and sponsored a conference to promote biofuels. The World Bank, meanwhile, has provided more than $100 million in loans to promote biofue …"

"… ber 2006, the board of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) — the World Bank’s lender for private-sector projects — approved a $55 million loan to …"

Methodology

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… idney disease (CKD) in Central America is based on mortality data from the World Health Organization. Our goal was to obtain to a conservative estimate of the epidemic’s imp …"

"… being classified in different ways. It is also because prior to 2000, the World Health Organization presented data in only a single category that indicated overall deaths cau …"

Daniel Pearl Awards winners announced

ICIJ announces the winners of the 2011 Daniel Pearl Awards

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… r 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 …"

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 "World Health Organization":

"… nial competition drew 70 entries from 30 countries. Topics ranged from the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control’s handling of the swine flu and H1N1 flu …"

"… PR, Radio Canada/CBC, and Swiss TV TSI, examined the decisions made by the World Health Organization and The Centers for Disease Control in light of the swine flu and H1N1 flu …"

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 "lawyer":

"… could get a lot of parties to support them,” said Todung Mulya Lubis, a lawyer and anti-tobacco activist. “Grants from Sampoerna Foundation or Djarum F …"

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 "bidi maker":

"… ts, compared to roughly $1.50 for a similar pack of branded cigarettes.But bidi makers recognize threats on the horizon.Today they’re pushing back not just ag …"

"… lawyers to lobby politicians,” John said.Over the past decade, India’s bidi makers have also exported more of their smokes to Europe and the United States. …"

"… n the United States had tried bidis. The trend is enough to lead one major bidi maker to gloat on its website that its products are “increasingly popular in t …"

"… is Praful Patel. His family runs the $5 billion CeeJay Group, the largest bidi maker in India’s western Maharashtra state. The company also has interest in p …"

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 "Japan Tobacco International":

"… rgest tobacco companies, Philip Morris International, Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International.Last fall Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin outlined a new policy for …"

Mexican tobacco growers: Economically shunned by industry, still used as lobbyists

By Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab

Big Tobacco cultivates more people, less land, in Mexico

Excerpts from this story referencing "Latin America":

"… exico is also home to the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim Helú, who is Latin America’s biggest tobacco baron, with a seat on the Philip Morris International …"

Activist asbestos inspector faces threats, industry backlash

By Jim Morris and Marcelo Soares

Official endures threats, ostracism – and now a lawsuit for activism

Excerpts from this story referencing "Minaçu":

"… and the Saint-Gobain group,” which was part-owner, with Eternit, of the Minaçu asbestos mine in central Brazil from 1967 to 1999. Martins said he has gr …"

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