'Clean' beauty products are a marketing triumph

Clean skin care is now a billion-dollar industry. But it's a murky label — any brand can claim its product is clean, regardless of the ingredients used in its formulas.
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Chernobyl alcohol drink seized by authorities

The first bottles of an "artisanal spirit" made using apples grown near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant have been seized by Ukrainian authorities.


How drinking habits of fathers may contribute to birth defects

New evidence suggests a link between paternal alcohol consumption before conception and the chances of fetal birth defects.


U.S. diet guidelines sidestep scientific advice to cut sugar and alcohol

The government’s new nutritional recommendations arrive amid a pandemic that has taken a huge toll on American health.

Green and tonic: Gin in paper bottles is the new eco-tipple

The world's first gin in a paper-based bottle is set to go on sale in the UK early next year as packaging specialists jostle to step up production of eco-friendly alternatives to the traditional glass container.


Mezcal is more popular than ever—why that’s bad news for bats

As consumption of the drink hits record levels in the U.S., wild agave plants are dwindling—but conservationists say there's a solution.

Climate change could make beer taste differently

For years, an increasing number of scientists have warned about the side effects of climate change like rising oceans and unpredictable changes in weather patterns. But this may be the most serious repercussion of climate change identified to date: Beer may taste different.


Tainted sanitizers and bootleg booze are poisoning people

These substances have contributed to the deadliest year on record for methanol poisonings. Here’s how to protect yourself.

‘Green’ household cleaners and coronavirus: What you need to know

Few cleaners marketed as nontoxic have been proven to kill the coronavirus.

C.D.C. warns of the dangers of drinking hand sanitizer after fatal poisonings

Four people died and nearly a dozen others were poisoned after swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizer, federal health officials said.

Lifestyle changes could delay or prevent 40% of dementia cases - study

Excessive drinking, exposure to air pollution and head injuries all increase dementia risk, experts say in a report revealing that up to 40% of dementia cases worldwide could be delayed or prevented by addressing 12 such lifestyle factors.


FDA hand sanitizer recall expands to at least 77 brands

Regulators say the brands contain dangerous levels of methanol, which can lead to blindness, hospitalization and even death if consumed.

The Republican climate agenda

Scientists say solving climate change means significantly reducing the use of fossil fuels. That's not how many Republicans in Congress see things, though.


Dining out, dessert and booze may be worse for climate change than meat

A Japanese study, which has implications for all big economies, suggests that the best way to tax carbon might focus on sweets and alcohol over meat.

What men eat and drink may affect their babies's health

Emerging science indicates that fathers play a more significant role in pregnancy outcomes than previously thought.
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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

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Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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