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    Scientists Uncover How Sunscreen Chemicals Become Toxic to Corals

    Scientists Uncover How Sunscreen Chemicals Become Toxic to Corals

    Awareness of the impacts that some sunscreens can have on coral reefs has been on the rise in recent years. But while scientists knew that chemicals like oxybenzone were causing problems, they weren’t exactly sure why or how. Now, a group of environmental chemists and biologists has come up with an explanation. The scientists first […]

    More Than Half of Car Safety Seats Tested in U.S. Contain Toxic Chemicals

    More Than Half of Car Safety Seats Tested in U.S. Contain Toxic Chemicals

    Car safety seats are designed to protect children, but many of them contain a hidden threat.  A new report from the Ecology Center found that more than half of car seats in the U.S. tested contain toxic flame retardants or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as forever chemicals for their tendency to persist in […]

    More Than Half of Dollar Store Items Tested Contain Toxic Chemicals

    More Than Half of Dollar Store Items Tested Contain Toxic Chemicals

    Discount or dollar stores are sometimes the only choice for people living in low-income neighborhoods without access to larger grocery stores. But are these cheaper products safe? A report released April 12 from the Campaign for Healthier Solutions found that more than half of products tested from the leading dollar stores in the U.S. and […]

    Sunscreen Chemicals Accumulate in Mediterranean Seagrass, Study Finds

    Sunscreen Chemicals Accumulate in Mediterranean Seagrass, Study Finds

    A new study has found that chemicals in sunscreen are building up in Mediterranean seagrass, namely Posidonia oceanica, a seagrass native to the region. Posidonia oceanica forms large meadows along the seabeds of the Mediterranean, and although researchers have known about sunscreen chemicals impacting the marine life, there wasn’t much research about the UV filters […]

    EPA Investigating Racism in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ Permitting Decisions

    EPA Investigating Racism in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ Permitting Decisions

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is investigating whether the Louisiana state departments of Environmental Quality and Health illegally discriminated against black residents in permitting decisions regarding two chemical plants and a grain export terminal. Petitions to the EPA seeking an investigation allege the state departments failed to provide proper notice and comment opportunities to […]

    ‘Love Hormone’ Oxytocin Turns Ferocious Lions Into Friendly Cats

    ‘Love Hormone’ Oxytocin Turns Ferocious Lions Into Friendly Cats

    Oxytocin, the powerful hormone that helps individuals bond with each other, can apparently turn a massive, roaring lion into a cuddly kitten, scientists have found. Sometimes called the “love hormone,” oxytocin reinforces the attachment bonds between mothers and children, romantic partners and friends, and even people and their pets. In a study published recently, lions […]

    Mystery Chemicals in Plastics Might Lead to Obesity

    Mystery Chemicals in Plastics Might Lead to Obesity

    Is plastic making you fat?  It’s well known that plastics contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates. However, a recent study published in Environmental Science and Technology found that these infamous chemicals may just be the tip of the trashberg. The researchers tested 34 common plastic products from bath slippers to yogurt cups […]