Little known about non-natural chemicals increasingly being found in environment

Pesticides, ingredients from sunscreen, an artificial sweetener and the plasticizer bisphenol-A,were among the chemicals found.

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One organization aims to hold Antarctic polluters liable

Greenpeace is trying to trace plastics back to the polluters.

To replace controversial plastic additive BPA, a chemical company teams up with unlikely allies

To test its new compound, Sherwin-Williams sought help from scientists and environmental groups critical of bisphenol A.


In New York City, paper receipts set to go the way of foie gras

Those yard-long paper receipts that spew from cash registers may be following plastic bags and foie gras into the dustbin of New York City history.

Many environmental exposures linked to high blood pressure in children

Researchers have found that environmental exposures during pregnancy and childhood could have an effect on blood pressure in young people. 

Leonardo Trasande: Banning dangerous chemicals could save the US billions

It's a myth that environmental regulations stifle economic productivity. Harmful chemicals cost the US $340bn a year.


Paper receipts would be restricted in California under AB 161

California shoppers would have to ask for paper receipts at stores if Gavin Newsom signs into a law a bill that restricts their use. AB 161 by Assemblyman Phil Ting favors electronic receipts.

Illinois lawmakers targeting harmful chemical found in receipts

State senators passed a measure Tuesday that would prohibit BPA from being used in paper for business and banking records. Cash register paper and debit card and sales receipts would be included.


Switzerland bans the use of BPA and BPS in thermal paper

Switzerland has become the first country in Europe to ban bisphenol S (BPS) and bisphenol A (BPA) from being used in thermal paper.

Why we don’t know if plastics are safe

Academics and regulators at odds over impact of chemical additives.

Noise pollution: What you need to know about the carbon footprint of streaming music

It turns out your mother may have been right about your music after all.

Greater supply chain collaboration, information key to BPA substitution

The European Chemicals Agency and Belgian health and economic ministries hosted a workshop on thermal paper alternatives.

California bill would curb use of paper receipts, push digital option

A California lawmaker introduced legislation that would make the state the first to bar retailers from giving out printed receipts unless a customer requests them.

Korean adults have twice as much lead, mercury in bodies as youths: study

South Korean adults have twice the level of lead and mercury as youths, but levels of endocrine disrupters were higher in younger people.

These are the ways plastics can mess up your body

Plastics are putting our health at risk in tons of different ways.
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