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Widely used PVC plastic chemical spurs obesity, prediabetes: Study

Little is known about the compound—but researchers say exposure is likely widespread and it could be making us fat and susceptible to diabetes

Mice exposed in the womb to a chemical used in PVC plastic, door and window frames, blinds, water pipes, and medical devices were more likely to suffer from prediabetes and obesity, according to a study released this week.

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Pharmaceutical makers sending drug-spiked water to treatment plants

Water treatment plants near drug makers are getting heavily drugged.

Wastewater treatment plants taking discharges from nearby pharmaceutical manufacturers have "substantially" higher concentrations of drugs in the water, according to a new national study.

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Happy people … happy forests?

More trees can improve people's well-being—a new report says the opposite is true as well

The growth of forests globally is linked to human progress and well-being, according to a new report.

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E-waste linked to decreased fertility hormones in Nigerian men

Hormones vital for reproduction are "significantly lower" in men who work with toxic-filled electronic waste

Nigerian men who work with electronic waste have much lower levels of crucial fertility hormones than men unexposed to the waste, according to a new study.

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Fracking chemicals “imbalance” the immune system

Mice exposed to fracking chemicals during pregnancy were less able to fend off diseases; scientists say this could have major implications for people near oil and gas sites

Chemicals commonly found in groundwater near fracked oil and gas wells appear to impair the proper functioning of the immune system, according to a lab study released today.

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The world is sending tons of illegal, electronic waste to Nigeria: Report

New report finds more than 66,000 tons of used electronics was sent to Nigeria in 2015 and 2016; about a quarter was illegal e-waste. The waste is full of toxics.

Thousands of tons of pollution-filled e-waste are shipped illegally to Nigeria each year, and most of it is coming from Europe, according to a study released today.

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Finished kitchen cabinets are emitting toxic PCBs

First-of-its-kind study finds finished cabinetry is a major source of PCBs inside people's homes; scientists suspect wood sealants are the culprit

Researchers tested indoor air at 16 homes and found three types of PCBs are widespread and finished cabinets are the source of the toxics, according to a study released today.

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