Health Care

EPA will not ban pesticide linked to children's health problems

In this image, Scott Pruitt rubs his face at a hearing.
Scott Pruitt testifies at a 2018 hearing. He reversed an Obama-era decision to ban chlorpyrifos. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

The Environmental Protection Agency will not ban chlorpyrifos, a commonly used pesticide linked with heath and developmental problems in children, the NYT reports.

Flashback: Thursday's decision follows a federal appeals court ruling last August banning the pesticide. Chlorpyrifos was banned in 2015 by the Obama administration, after EPA studies demonstrated its potential for brain damage in children. Former EPA chief Scott Pruitt reversed that decision in 2017.

WHO amps up global Ebola warning after spread to big Congo city

Data: DRC Ministry of Health; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon, Harry Stevens/Axios

The World Health Organization Wednesday issued a global health warning on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, although they added that the risk of the deadly virus spreading outside the region remains low.

Why it matters: The official intensification of the warning — caused partly by geographical expansion of cases including at least one in the large, international city of Goma, plus renewed violence against health care workers that killed 2 recently — is expected to spur WHO's 196 members to offer more resources and better organize an international response to this outbreak.