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Environment

This is your brain on lead, and lots of other nasty pollutants

The water crisis gripping Flint, Michigan has exposed thousands of the city’s residents to dangerous lead levels. But Flint is hardly unique. Many other American cities have faced lead contamination in water supplies, and an expanding list of common substances, including some pesticides and flame retardants, may also be linked to significant developmental and neurological problems. Get the latest on this largely hidden crisis at a live forum from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, PRI’s The World and WGBH.

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Global Politics

California greening

California is the only state in the nation to put a hard limit on its carbon emissions in the absence of a federal policy. Now, the details of how much each part of the economy will have to clean up are becoming clear.

Environment

Growing Hope in New Orleans

Will Bradshaw of Green Coast Enterprises tells Living on Earth about Project Sprout, a test plot of sunflowers in New Orleans. The sunflowers will remove heavy metals from contaminated soils and the sunflower seeds will be pressed to make biofuels.

Environment

Harvesting Emissions

Economist Sara Scherr, CEO of Ecoagriculture Parters, says it's time to start looking at farmers as environmental stewards, not just food producers. She speaks with Steve Curwood about techniques that help farmers mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Global Politics

Lead in water underreported

A Congressional investigation found twice as many Washington D.C. children had high blood lead levels during the city's water crises than the Centers for Disease Control previously reported. Living on Earth reports.

Conflict & Justice

Palestinian town in limbo

The World's Quil Lawrence reports on a Palestinian town that's been left a no man's land by the Israeli security barrier, while pollution from the village is also forcing Israelis and Palestinians to work together to solve the problem.

Environment

Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Estonia. The BBC's Cyrus Farivar reports that country recently held its first national clean-up.

Environment

Pollution in Beijing

Host Marco Werman talks to The World's Beijing Correspondent, Mary Kay Magistad, whose view from her apartment window stretches only one block, thanks to the smog that's enveloping the city.

Environment

Running through China's pollution

BBC sports reporter Tom Fordyce put his own lungs on the line to sample the effects that air pollution could have on runners competing in the Beijing Olympics, and his 10-K run through the Chinese capital left him with a serious cough.