chemicals

Tire Particle Pollution May Be Harming Freshwater and Estuary Ecosystems

Tire Particle Pollution May Be Harming Freshwater and Estuary Ecosystems

Tiny particles that rub off of tires are likely harming freshwater and coastal estuary ecosystems, a pair of recent studies from Oregon State University (OSU) found.  The first study, published in Chemosphere last month, found that exposure to tire particles had harmful effects on organisms from coastal estuaries, while the second, published in the Journal […]

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    We Have Breached the Planetary Boundary for Plastics and Other Chemical Pollutants, Scientists Say

    We Have Breached the Planetary Boundary for Plastics and Other Chemical Pollutants, Scientists Say

    Humanity is currently releasing more chemical and plastic pollution into the environment than Earth can support. That’s the conclusion of a first-of-its-kind study published in Environmental Science and Technology Tuesday, which argues that the planetary boundary for novel entities has been exceeded by human activity. The researchers defined “novel entities” as manufactured chemicals that do […]

    6 Everyday Foods That Contain MSG

    6 Everyday Foods That Contain MSG

    Monosodium glutamate is one of the most widely-used and controversial food additives approved by the FDA. MSG is categorized as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for use in food products, but some people choose to avoid it for fear of adverse health effects. The FDA specifies that MSG must be listed on the nutrition label […]

    Forever Chemicals Found in Popular Anti-Fog Sprays and Cloths

    Forever Chemicals Found in Popular Anti-Fog Sprays and Cloths

    New research has revealed the presence of toxic forever chemicals in yet another product: the anti-fogging sprays and cloths that people are using more and more frequently to keep their glasses from clouding over while wearing face masks. A Duke University-led research team found two types of under-studied per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in nine of the top-rated anti-fogging sprays and cloths sold on Amazon.

    Personal Care Product Toxins 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Personal Care Product Toxins 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Choosing beauty products is about more than finding what will work as promised — you also need to determine whether its ingredients list is one you’re comfortable with. If you live in the United States, some experts predict that you are exposed to more than a hundred chemicals from personal care products before you even […]

    Lower Fertility Rates May Be Linked to Rising Fossil Fuel Pollution, Scientists Find

    Lower Fertility Rates May Be Linked to Rising Fossil Fuel Pollution, Scientists Find

    A new study on fertility rates in Denmark finds a possible link between lower fertility rates and rising fossil fuel pollution and industrialization. Although the research identifies this trend in Denmark, it is also seen in other countries globally. The study, published in Nature Reviews Endocrinology, outlines a number of socioeconomic, cultural, and behavioral factors […]

    How an Arctic City Became One of the World’s Most Polluted Places

    How an Arctic City Became One of the World’s Most Polluted Places

    In Norilsk, the northernmost city in the world, the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, but the permafrost and structural problems have not been caused by climate change alone. A smelting company has polluted rivers and destroyed boreal forest. Norilsk, population 176,000, is known by environmentalists and the Russian […]