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Contact Lenses Add to Earth’s Microplastic Crisis

Contact Lenses Add to Earth’s Microplastic Crisis

Contact lenses may appear harmlessly soft and small, but a big chunk of American users are improperly disposing their used lenses and adding to the planet’s microplastic problem, Arizona State University researchers found. In a survey of 409 wearers, about 1 in 5 responded that they flushed their used lenses down the toilet or sink […]

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    Texas Residents Urge Rejection of World’s Largest Plastics Plant: ‘Millions of Gallons of Toxic Wastewater a Day’ Would Be Dumped Into Corpus Christi Bay

    Texas Residents Urge Rejection of World’s Largest Plastics Plant: ‘Millions of Gallons of Toxic Wastewater a Day’ Would Be Dumped Into Corpus Christi Bay

    The Center for Biological Diversity and more than 1,100 Texas residents are demanding that Texas regulators reconsider issuing a wastewater permit to a project that would be the world’s largest plastics plant. The facility, funded by ExxonMobil and the Saudi Arabian government, would discharge more than 13 million gallons a day of toxic wastewater. It […]

    Study: Fracking Chemicals Alter Immune System in Mice

    Study: Fracking Chemicals Alter Immune System in Mice

    Researchers from the University of Rochester have found the first evidence that early life exposure to groundwater contaminated by fracking chemicals “alters” the immune system in mice. The paper, published Tuesday in Toxicological Sciences, could imply potential health dangers for the roughly 17.6 million Americans living within a mile of least one active oil or […]

    Brexit Likely to Weaken UK Eco Rules, Study Finds

    Brexit Likely to Weaken UK Eco Rules, Study Finds

    The UK’s vote to leave the EU in June of 2016 is often compared to the U.S. election of Donald Trump as part of a populist, xenophobic reaction against increasing globalization and business-as-usual politics. But is Brexit as much of a danger to the environment as Trump’s presidency has turned out to be? BRITAIN: Brexit […]

    Four Earthquakes Rattle‬ Northern ‪Oklahoma in 24 Hours

    Four Earthquakes Rattle‬ Northern ‪Oklahoma in 24 Hours

    A 4.3 magnitude earthquake that rattled Northern Oklahoma early Monday morning was the fourth temblor to strike the region in the past 24 hours. In fact, a dozen-plus earthquakes, ranging from magnitudes of 2.5 to 4.6, have been recorded in the Sooner State since Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There have been 8 […]

    Dye Your Hair With ‘Nontoxic’ Graphene Nanoparticles? Not So Fast!

    Dye Your Hair With ‘Nontoxic’ Graphene Nanoparticles? Not So Fast!

    By Andrew Maynard Graphene is something of a celebrity in the world of nanoscale materials. Isolated in 2004 by Nobel Prize winners Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, these ultrathin sheets of carbon atoms are already finding novel uses in areas like electronics, high-efficiency heating systems, water purification technologies and even golf balls. According to recent […]

    Trump Administration Offers 77 Million Acres in Gulf of Mexico to Oil Industry

    Trump Administration Offers 77 Million Acres in Gulf of Mexico to Oil Industry

    The Trump administration is holding the biggest offshore oil and gas lease auction in U.S. history Wednesday, offering all 77 million acres of unleased, available federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico. The sale comes as administration officials seek to rescind drilling safety rules approved after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, reduce royalties paid by […]

    Silver Nanoparticles in Clothing Wash Out, May Be Toxic

    Silver Nanoparticles in Clothing Wash Out, May Be Toxic

    By Sukalyan Sengupta and Tabish Nawaz Humans have known since ancient times that silver kills or stops the growth of many microorganisms. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, is said to have used silver preparations for treating ulcers and healing wounds. Until the introduction of antibiotics in the 1940s, colloidal silver (tiny particles suspended in a […]