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    Are Scented Candles Actually Bad for You?

    Are Scented Candles Actually Bad for You?

    What is a spa day, romantic dinner, or cozy night in without a candle or two to set the mood? For over a decade, headlines have warned consumers about toxic chemical exposure when burning candles indoors, but new research tells us that our worries might be overblown.  A study published in 2009 found that burning […]

    Most Rainwater on Earth Contains PFAS Exceeding Safe Levels, Study Finds

    Most Rainwater on Earth Contains PFAS Exceeding Safe Levels, Study Finds

    New research from Stockholm University shows that PFAS in rainwater around the world are exceeding safe levels. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are chemical pollutants, often called “forever chemicals” present in many everyday items, like food packaging and clothing. The chemicals leach into the environment, affecting everything from the air we breathe to even rainfall. […]

    Flood Maps Show U.S. Vastly Underestimates Contamination Risk at Old Industrial Sites

    Flood Maps Show U.S. Vastly Underestimates Contamination Risk at Old Industrial Sites

    By Thomas Marlow, James R. Elliott, and Scott Frickel Climate science is clear: Floodwaters are a growing risk for many American cities, threatening to displace not only people and housing but also the land-based pollution left behind by earlier industrial activities. In 2019, researchers at the U.S. Government Accountability Office investigated climate-related risks at the […]

    FDA Denies Petitions to Ban Phthlates in Food Packaging

    FDA Denies Petitions to Ban Phthlates in Food Packaging

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has chosen not to ban chemicals from food packaging that have been linked to serious health impacts including breast cancer, diabetes, asthma and brain development in children.  The FDA’s decision, announced Thursday, came in response to two petitions sent by environmental and public health groups in 2016 asking […]