chemicals

Forever Chemicals Are in the Air, Too

Forever Chemicals Are in the Air, Too

In recent years, experts have sounded the alarm about the presence of toxic forever chemicals in drinking water. Now, a new study finds they are also present in the air we breathe. The research, published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters on Tuesday, developed a new technique for measuring the presence of per- and polyfluorinated […]

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    What Happens to Wildlife Swimming in a Sea of Our Drug Residues?

    What Happens to Wildlife Swimming in a Sea of Our Drug Residues?

    By Tara Lohan Fish hooked on meth? It’s a catchy headline that made the rounds a few weeks ago, but it represents a serious and growing problem. Our rivers and streams have become a soup of hundreds of drugs — mostly pharmaceuticals — that come from the treated water released from wastewater facilities. Conventional wastewater […]

    Neonicotinoids Harm Bees at Far Below the Label Recommended Dose, Study Finds

    Neonicotinoids Harm Bees at Far Below the Label Recommended Dose, Study Finds

    Ornamental plant nurseries — with their high concentration of different flowers — are an important food source for pollinators. In fact, University of California (UC), Riverside entomologists Jacob Cecala and Erin E. Wilson Rankin counted more than 150 species of wild bees at nurseries in California alone. Despite this, very little research has been done […]

    Evacuations Ordered Over Chemical Venting at Dow Plant Near Houston

    Evacuations Ordered Over Chemical Venting at Dow Plant Near Houston

    Residents of a Texas city southeast of Houston woke up to evacuation and shelter-in-place orders Wednesday morning following an incident at a Dow chemical plant. The first alert was issued by La Porte Emergency Management (OEM) at 7:30 a.m., urging residents east of the city’s Bay Area Boulevard to remain inside and turn off their […]

    Maine Becomes First U.S. State to Ban ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Products

    Maine Becomes First U.S. State to Ban ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Products

    By Jenna McGuire Maine enacted a groundbreaking law on Thursday, banning the use of so-called “forever chemicals” in all products by 2030, except in instances deemed “currently unavoidable.” Maine is the first state in the U.S. and first government in the world to implement a ban on the toxic chemicals per- and polyfluoroalkyl, known as […]

    Biden EPA Appears to Side With Chemical Industry in Microplastics Health Conflict: Greenpeace Investigation

    Biden EPA Appears to Side With Chemical Industry in Microplastics Health Conflict: Greenpeace Investigation

    By Julia Conley A Greenpeace investigation revealed Monday that the Biden administration appears sympathetic to oil and chemical industry giants — not the public, scientists, and public health advocates — regarding a push in Europe to curb the use of microplastics in everyday products. According to a report by Unearthed, Greenpeace UK’s investigative journalism unit, […]

    Your Makeup Is Probably Toxic. The U.S. Senate Is Trying to Protect You

    Your Makeup Is Probably Toxic. The U.S. Senate Is Trying to Protect You

    High levels of a marker for toxic “forever” substances have been found in 52 percent of makeup products tested in a new study. Accordingly, the U.S. Senate has recently moved to ban them from cosmetics. According to CNN, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of man-made chemicals that are pervasive in modern life. […]