Chemistry can help make plastics sustainable - but it isn’t the whole solution

How to make plastics less harmful is an urgent question in chemistry — and must be for policy, too.
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State doubles down on smoking as cause of Warren County cancers

New York State Department of Health officials are confident they got it right when they said lifestyle choices are giving Warren County residents cancer.

Researchers: PCBs causing Warren County, NY's, high cancer rate, not smoking

Warren County’s high cancer rate is caused by long-term exposure to PCBs in the environment, researchers said in a report released Thursday.

Paul Crutzen, who shared Nobel for ozone work, has died

Paul J. Crutzen, a Dutch scientist who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry for his work understanding the ozone hole and is credited with coining the term Anthropocene to describe the geological era shaped by mankind, has died.


Air Force to discuss environmental impact after contamination at Cannon AFB

The Air Force is looking for public input on the environmental impact of Cannon Air Force Base and the contamination of the surrounding area by firefighting chemicals.


Finally, the first room-temperature superconductor

It conveys electricity in the climate of a crisp fall day, but only under pressures comparable to what you’d find closer to Earth’s core.

Mario Molina, Mexico chemistry Nobel winner, dies at 77

Mario Molina, winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1995 for his work on how industrial chemicals caused the ozone hole, threatening all life on Earth and the only Mexican scientist to be honored with a Nobel, has died in his native Mexico City.


Microplastic particles now discoverable in human organs

A new technique has been developed that will enable scientists to find accumulated microplastics in people.


The deadly history of ammonium nitrate, the explosive linked to the Beirut blast

A deep-dive into the chemistry and legacy of the compound offers clues into what sparked Lebanon’s catastrophe.

Workers to clean storm drains after weeks of tear gas use in Portland

The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services will clean six storm drains surrounding the Multnomah County Justice Center following weeks of law enforcement using tear gas and other crowd-dispersal agents.


Newer PFAS contaminant detected for first time in Arctic seawater

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), found in many household products and food packages, have raised concerns because of their persistence and possible toxicity to people and wildlife. Because the compounds don't break down naturally, they have become environmental contaminants. Now, researchers have studied the transport of 29 PFAS into and out of the Arctic Ocean, detecting a newer compound for the first time in Arctic seawater.
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Study finds pharmaceuticals, other chemicals in remote Minnesota lakes

A study has found pharmaceuticals and other chemicals in remote lakes in and around the Grand Portage Indian Reservation in northeastern Minnesota.

The end of plastic? New plant-based bottles will degrade in a year

Carlsberg and Coca-Cola back pioneering project to make ‘all-plant’ drinks bottles

How do you make a less toxic blue dye? Start with red beets

Usually these root vegetables cause pink stains, but with a little bit of chemistry, Brazilian researchers found they could produce another hue.

This scientist dodges hippos to study water pollution in South Africa

The work of South African researcher Mathapelo Seopela monitoring the health of waterways– which sometimes means keeping an eye on hippopotami while taking samples.

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Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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