What′s driving Europe′s stance on glyphosate?

Chemicals giant Bayer has reached a settlement to end most of the current US lawsuits. Its glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer, plaintiffs insist, bit it's still used in many places in Europe and beyond.

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EU Commission plans 'clear' rules on non-toxic material cycles

The European Commission's DG Grow has set the stage for a resolute approach towards a non-toxic environment, with new commissioner Thierry Breton promising "extremely clear" rules on eliminating hazardous chemicals, including endocrine disrupting chemicals, from material cycles.


Retail giants face pressure to change chemical-coated receipt paper

Some of Canada's biggest retailers started testing alternatives to receipt paper that's coated in potentially dangerous chemicals, as pressure mounts for them to phase it out by the end of this year.


Concerns raised over ‘regrettable’ BPA substitutions

Research indicates chemicals used as alternatives to bisphenol A in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins aren't always safer.


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.


Study looks at ailing bass in Susquehanna

Megan Schall grew up fishing and kayaking on the Susquehanna River, but gained deeper insight about the river when she started collecting smallmouth bass as a graduate student six years ago.


Baltimore files lawsuit demanding Monsanto pay to clean up PCB chemicals in city waterways

Baltimore's action follows more than a dozen mostly West Coast cities and states that have filed similar lawsuits in recent years.


Warning: Shisha spikes sugar levels

A recent study has linked shisha smoking to an increased risk in diabetes and obesity.

"Sicker, Fatter, Poorer": The cost of hormone-disrupting chemicals

"We found that these exposures cost the United States $340 billion a year. That's 2.3 percent of our gross domestic product," says Dr. Leonardo Trasande.


EU Commission drops move to soften pesticides EDC ban

Proposal to amend pesticides law stumbles again at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF)


Palau to institute $1,000 sunscreen fine

Beginning in 2020, anyone using harmful sunscreens could be subject to confiscation and a fine of up to $1,000 per offense.

Birth control residue in the Saint Lawrence River

"People swallow a contraceptive pill and later use the toilet sending waste water to the water treatment plants. One part ends up in the river, the other becomes drinking water."


How hard is living without plastic?

In 2016, DW reporter Tamsin Walker made it her New Year's resolution to eradicate plastic packaging from her life. After an initial shock to the system, she got used to it. But did she stick to it?

Study warns chemicals found in common household products may cause endocrine disorder in cats

A new study has pinpointed a potential link between PFAS – a controversial group of man-made chemicals – and elevated levels of hyperthyroidism in domestic cats.

Webinar: The science of BPA, from scientists

Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Green Science, together with Environmental Health Sciences, publisher of EHN.org, hosted a webinar Wednesday to discuss data emerging from a federal review on the health effects of low-level exposure to bisphenol A.

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