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.
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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.

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.

Budweiser to stop using plastic for all its UK beer four-packs before 2021

Brewing firm Budweiser is to phase out single-use plastic pack rings from its entire range of UK-produced beer – which include the bestselling brands Stella Artois, Budweiser and Bud Light – by the end of 2020.

Why warning pregnant women not to drink can backfire

Harsh measures, or even threats of them, can lead to the avoidance of prenatal care entirely.

The ocean is teeming with microplastic

The ocean is a mess of microplastic — and it's trickling into humans' food systems.


How making booze from peas can help fight climate change

Scientists say switching from wheat to peas as the base for our alcohol could have major environmental benefits.
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Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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