Living in a world in which nature has already lost

In “Second Nature,” Nathaniel Rich offers a tour of the ways humans have both conquered the natural world and been overwhelmed by the unintended consequences.
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One chemical plant emits a super-pollutant that does more climate damage than every car in the city

A chemical plant in Louisville that makes a raw material for everything from Teflon to lubricants used on the International Space Station also appears to do more damage to the climate than all of this city's passenger vehicles.


PA American Water sues manufacturers of toxic PFAS 'forever chemicals'

One of Pennsylvania's largest water utilities has sued 3M, DuPont and a host of other companies, alleging they knew — or should have known — that so-called "forever chemicals" they manufactured and distributed posed a hazard to the public.


DuPont won't face prosecution over birth defects linked to Dordrecht plant

Chemicals company DuPont will not face criminal prosecution for allegedly poisoning a number of female workers at its Lycra factory in Dordrecht, the Volkskrant said on Monday.


DuPont, Chemours in $4 billion ‘Forever Chemicals’ cost pact

DuPont de Nemours Inc. and Chemours Co. agreed to a $4 billion settlement of a dispute over environmental liabilities shifted to Chemours after it was spun off in 2015.

Erin Brockovich blasts U.S. regulation of toxic chemicals

The activist, made famous by Julia Roberts in an eponymous movie, rails against PFAS in drinking water.


From Alaska to Florida, harmful PFAS compounds pollute water at multiple sites in every state

Wherever you are in the U.S., there's a good chance you can find harmful PFAS compounds in water near you.


'Dark Waters' attorney: New 'forever' chemicals pose threat to environment, human health

Rob Bilott, the attorney who sued DuPont about PFAS health harms in Clarksburg, W.Va., says next generation compounds is just as dangerous.


Erin Brockovich: Dear Joe Biden: are you kidding me?

The president-elect has tapped a former DuPont consultant who helped the company on PFAS to join his Environmental Protection Agency transition board.


Biden EPA transition team member helped DuPont dodge regulations

Michael McCabe, a former EPA official and aide to Joe Biden, led DuPont’s defense of the toxic PFAS chemical PFOA.

North Carolina sues DuPont, spinoff Chemours over GenX contamination

North Carolina filed a lawsuit alleging that DuPont and then Chemours knew for decades the threats to human health posed by GenX and other perfluorinated chemicals that they were discharging into the Cape Fear River.


These everyday chemicals may be hurting pregnant women and their babies

PFAS, industrial chemicals used to waterproof jackets and grease-proof fast-food containers, may disrupt pregnancy with lasting effects.

Plan to send trains with LNG from fracking across Philly to S. Jersey port sparks outrage

Critics say a plan to build a major NJ fuel export terminal could accelerate fracking in Pa. and worsen climate change. An interstate agency is reassessing its earlier approval of the project.

Fighting PFAS in NC will take more than standards

Rep. Pricey Harrison would welcome maximum contaminant levels for PFAS, but she worries that industries would just switch to another compound.
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The political, media, and community response to our Fractured investigation

From a media blitz to calls for statewide drilling bans, here's a look at the fallout and impacts so far from EHN's investigation of western Pennsylvania fracking impacts.

Move to consolidate US paraquat litigation as cases mount against Syngenta

"The evidence linking paraquat to Parkinson's disease is probably the strongest of any pesticide commonly used."

Op-ed: Flood survivors find common ground in a divided nation

Americans have sorted ourselves into communities defined by geography, demography, ideology. But the shared trauma of flooding offers an opening.

These environmental reporters told you so

Florida's Piney Point is the latest predicted disaster. Maybe we should start listening to these folks?

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.

Racism, inequities move to the center of the climate debate

COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter protests threw underlying systemic inequity magnifying climate change impacts into sharp relief.

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