Many BPA-free plastics are toxic. Some are worse than BPA

More than 50 different chemicals are now pumped into consumer products in place of BPA. These BPA-free alternatives can be as bad as — or worse than — the original.
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EPA temporarily suspends monitoring of a pesticide in water over COVID-19 concerns

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has allowed Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta to halt its water monitoring program of a pesticide linked to reproductive issues and cancer that is found in the drinking water of millions of Americans.


Investor Grantham warns 'only the rich' will be able to have kids due to chemical toxicity

Investor group co-founder Jeremy Grantham said in a letter that chemical toxicity threatens to dramatically lower birth rates and become a major investment issue.


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.


Patricia Dérer: Population growth will make it harder to meet EU climate goals, while stable or declining populations will help cut greenhouse gas emissions in the EU

In the following exercise, we demonstrate how different migration and fertility-influencing policies can lead to large differences in future annual greenhouse gas emissions, and in cumulative emissions throughout the century in the European Union.


The world might actually run out of people

The United Nations predicts that the global population will soon explode. In Empty Planet, John Ibbitson and Darrell Bricker argue they're dead wrong.

'Everybody on the planet' is exposed to toxic flame retardants

Flame retardants are everywhere from your TV to your couch to your car. In the U.S., we’ve largely switched out an old class of retardants with another class that may be much more toxic and widespread than what they were created to replace.

Falling fertility: why more women choose to have fewer children or none at all, while others who want them struggle to conceive

In many countries fertility rates have fallen. Women are putting off having children, or not having any. Infertility is also on the rise, and in Asia there’s still a stigma about it – but attitudes are changing.

High air pollution may raise preterm risk during second pregnancy

Higher air pollution levels may raise the risk of preterm birth for women in their second pregnancy, a new study shows.

Air pollution linked to low IQs in babies of pregnant women, study says

Pregnant woman exposed to high levels of air pollution had children with lower IQs, researchers found.


Gilles Pison: How many humans tomorrow? The United Nations revises its projections

The UN's new global population projections include some surprises – in particular, that the global population in 2100 will be 3% less than they projected in 2017.

Phthalates: why you need to know about the chemicals in cosmetics

Also known as plasticizers, phthalates are also commonly found in food packaging and plastics

Saudi study links phthalate exposure in couples to failed pregnancy

A study of almost 600 couples in an IVF clinic in Saudi Arabia has found an apparent association between phthalate exposure and an increased risk of failed clinical pregnancy and live birth.

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Chesapeake Energy's fall

Chesapeake Energy was a fracking pioneer on a meteoric rise. Last week, it fell to Earth.

The danger of hormone-mimicking chemicals in medical devices and meds

In an effort to bolster our health, we may be exposed to compounds that harm us. New research says physicians need to recognize and explain this hidden risk to patients.

Our annual summer reading list, 2020 edition

EHN staff shares their top book recommendations for the summer.

Coronavirus is creating a crisis of energy insecurity

Fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has led to unpaid bills and energy shutoffs in many vulnerable US households. Indiana University researchers warn we need to act now to avoid yet another health emergency.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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