England’s waterways as polluted as they were 4 years ago

Only 16% of rivers, lakes and coastal waters meet minimum ecological criteria, agency says.

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The 3 scariest chemicals to watch out for in your home

They’re everywhere and can impair fertility and interfere with child development.

Dogs can be 'early-warning systems' for toxic chemical exposure at home

Dogs and people carry remarkably similar amounts of common household chemicals in their bodies, a possible boon for human health.

Best Buy's restricted substance lists 'do not go far enough', says NGO

US-based electronics retailer Best Buy should "significantly expand" its list of restricted chemicals, according to Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (SCHF).


What challenges do consumer electronics companies face in addressing their chemical footprint?

The vast scale of their supply chains is just one of the potential obstacles to grapple with as businesses take their latest steps towards managing hazardous chemicals.


The Americans who say ‘toxic soup’ tap water has given them cancer

New study shows PFAS compounds may be found in more cities than previously realized.


Questions remain about using treated sewage on farms

Spreading biosolids—which include human and industrial waste—on farmland helps cut down on synthetic fertilizer. But it may also pollute water supplies and expose people to harmful chemicals.

Child IQ in the US lowered by exposure to flame retardants and pesticides, study warns

Exposures to toxic chemicals "represent a formidable risk to Americans' physical, mental, and economic health," said Abigail Gaylord of NYU Langone.

Prenatal exposure to flame retardants may affect brain's reading network in kids

Prenatal exposure to flame retardants may increase the risk of reading problems in young children, according to a new study at Columbia University.


Your flame-resistant tent could give you cancer

The chemistry doesn't do much to keep you safer—and it may just add toxics and cost innovation.


NY bill to ban toxics in toys awaits action by year's end

The Child Safe Products Act would outlaw the sale of some toys and other children's products like car seats and bedding that can contain over 100 harmful and toxic substances.


Coastal and seafaring polar bears have different chemical exposures

Changes in the Barents Sea caused by global warming are leading to differences

Got Science? Podcast: Scaling mountains to ban toxic chemicals in pajamas

Scientist and adventurer Arlene Blum discusses her research on cancer-causing chemicals in kid's pajamas in the 70s and chemical safety today.


Dust kicked up from the West’s drying lakes is a looming health hazard

Researchers are only beginning to understand the risks associated with dust from the West's dry lakebeds. Dust from the Salton Sea and Great Salt Lake could carry toxic pollution.

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Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

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