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Gina McCarthy reflects on progress 50 years after Cuyahoga River fire

Fifty years ago, Ohio’s Cuyahoga River was so polluted that it caught fire, becoming a powerful symbol for a U.S. public increasingly concerned about the environmental damage around them. This year, the state of Ohio deemed the river clean enough that its fish are safe to eat. That remarkable turnaround is part of a broader… Read More »

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From the archives 20 years ago: the great phone cancer scare

RyanJLane/Getty By Joshua Howgego “FOR anyone who uses a mobile, these are worrying times.” So began our cover story on 10 April 1999. By then, 500 million people worldwide were using mobile phones and hysteria around their effects on health was reaching a climax. There were claims that radiation from handsets cooked your brain, scrambled… Read More »

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