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Earth Focus is a news magazine that features investigative reports and in-depth stories about our changing environment and how it affects people around the world.

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  • UNSAFE: The Truth Behind Everyday Chemicals

    There are tens of thousands of chemicals in our air, water, and in everyday products -- and most are unregulated. Earth Focus investigates these harmful chemicals and what we can do to make our environment safer.

     

     

  • America's Dirty Secret: Coal Ash

    People in three adjacent Pennsylvania communities suffer from a rare blood cancer. In Juliette, Georgia, where radioactive water flows from the tap, people are also getting sick. What else do these communities have in common? Coal ash.

     
  • A Town Fights Back: The Toms River Story

    Earth Focus visits Toms River, New Jersey to investigate a childhood cancer epidemic. Congratulations to Dan Fagin, author of the book Toms River, on his Pulitzer Prize! Watch the video version here.

     
  • Exposed: Killing Dolphins - Dying for Lobsters

    Earth Focus exposes the illegal practice of killing dolphins for shark bait off the coast of Peru. This episode also investigates the decompression sickness epidemic among lobster divers in Nicaragua.

     
  • Shades of Gray - Living with Wolves

    Wolves were once federally protected but now can be hunted again, making the fate and future of the wolf more controversial than ever. Can we live with wolves? Earth Focus travels to Montana and Wyoming to find out.

     
  • Asian Elephants in Peril

    Asian elephants, already endangered in Indonesia and Thailand, are being threatened further by human encroachment and illegal trade. Earth Focus investigates what's being done to save them from extinction.

     
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America's Dirty Secret: Coal Ash

America's Dirty Secret: Coal Ash

(Earth Focus: Episode 64) People in three adjacent Pennsylvania communities suffer from a rare blood cancer. In Juliette, Georgia, where radioactive water flows from the tap, people are also getting sick. What else do these communities have in common? Coal ash. Some 130 million tons of it is generated in the US each year. It contains toxins like lead, arsenic and mercury and it gets into ground water from unlined pond and pit storage sites. The federal government says it's non-hazardous and regulation is left to state governments where the coal industry has great influence. And it's always people who suffer the consequences.

 

Read Earth Focus correspondent Miles Benson's blog post, "Coal Ash: Both Beneficial and Poisonous?"

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America's Dirty Secret: Coal Ash

People in three adjacent Pennsylvania communities suffer from a rare blood cancer. In Juliette, Georgia, where radioactive water flows from the tap, people are also getting sick. What else do these communities have in common? Coal ash. Learn more.

 

Read Earth Focus correspondent Miles Benson's blog post, "Coal Ash: Both Beneficial and Poisonous?"

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