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Plastics with embedded particles decompose in days instead of years

Encased, plastic-chomping enzymes are activated by water and heat or light.

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Toxics

Having your desalination and eating it, too

A small-scale experiment shows that brine waste from desalination can be turned into fertilizer for hydroponic plants.
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Can microbes save us from PFAS?

Researchers are investigating whether microbes can help break down fluorinated contaminants.

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Minnesota's Claros commercializes 'green-chemistry' pollution fixes

A University of Minnesota spinoff is commercializing "green chemistry" solutions that combat coronaviruses as well as neutralize mercury and other industrial-born pollution.

Originals

From butterfly wings to shrimp claws: Mimicking nature on the nanoscale

BOSTON—Standing at a lab bench, Tanya Shirman eyes her creation: a tiny glass vial filled with an iridescent, sand-like material.

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Climate

Nicole Walker: How pandemic lunches gave me hope for the planet

My daughter’s lockdown achievement is that she does not let food go to waste. It’s reminded me that humans don’t have to leave a mass of trash in their wake.
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Climate

Batteries made with ... vanilla?

There's a new type of battery storage technology that has an interesting spice added into the mix — vanillin, which is the primary component of the extract of the vanilla bean.

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Toxics

How can we convert CO₂ from threat to asset?

Chemists want to use electrochemistry to turn the greenhouse gas into chemical feedstocks and fuels, but they need to improve their systems' efficiencies first.

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Toxics

Seafood waste is being turned into protein in a new trial, with benefits for fishers and the environment

Seafood waste protein could soon be in your supermarket as researchers explore turning discarded crayfish and seaweed into a dietary protein source.

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Justice

Can yeast oil save rainforests from palm oil plantation pressure?

Palm oil is cheap, plentiful, and extremely useful — but its production involves destroying tropical rainforests.

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Green chemistry - better, safer, more sustainable

From safer solvents to make better batteries, to catalysts that can clean up wastewater, green chemists are developing better ways of making stuff.
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The world's growing concrete coasts

New technologies may offer a way to shore up coasts while benefiting biodiversity.

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Watchdog ranking grades chemical companies on sustainability

Dutch multinational Royal DSM is the world’s most sustainable chemicals company, according to a watchdog group’s report based on companies’ efforts to phase out hazardous substances and replace them with safer alternatives.
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Toxics

5 sustainable alternatives to plastics

A new range of compostable bioplastics created from seeds and even fish scales could liberate us from plastic waste.

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Toxics

Products we use every day are full of harmful chemicals. Can green chemistry lead to safer alternatives?

Organization and consumer demand for products that don't harm people or pollute the environment are moving forward-thinking brands toward safer ingredients.

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Climate change, chaos, and cannibalism

Forty eight years ago, a sci-fi thriller predicted a future with all three—in the year 2022.

U.S. Steel abandons clean tech plans in Pittsburgh region following damning health study

The company scraps planned Pennsylvania investments and will instead shut down three polluting batteries in 2023. The announcement comes a week after a study shows lower lung function in people living near its Pittsburgh-region facility.

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Fertility & Environmental Justice: A conversation with Shanna Swan and Annie Hoang

"These toxics chemicals are affecting you—not just the polar bears, the insects, and the birds."

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.

Can marine protected areas reduce marine disease?

EHN talked to marine disease experts about the role of increasing ocean protection in combating rising disease rates.

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