Canada sets in motion microbeads prohibition.

Canada this month took steps toward joining the United States in banning the sale of personal-hygiene products that contain tiny plastics known as microbeads in an effort to keep them away from fish and wildlife and address plastic pollution in general.

ByTom Henry | BLADE STAFF WRITER Published on Nov. 28, 2016

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Microfibers emerging as new environmental threat as Canada moves toward banning microbeads.

The Canadian government released proposed regulations on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, to ban the sale of microbeads in toiletries by July, 2018. Natural health products and non-prescription drugs containing microbeads are to be banned a year later in July, 2019.

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FDA bans Triclosan and 18 other chemicals from soaps.

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FDA bans antibacterial soaps containing triclosan.

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Acetaminophen during pregnancy linked to autism.

Boys exposed before birth to a popular pain reliever in many brands including Tylenol were more likely to have symptoms of autism during childhood, according to a new study of mothers and children in Spain.

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ExxonMobil's climate-change smoke screen.

Global warming is perhaps the single most significant threat facing the future of humanity on this planet. It is likely to wreak havoc on the economy, including, most especially, on the stocks of companies that sell hydrocarbon energy products. If large oil companies have deliberately misinformed investors about their knowledge of global warming, they may have committed serious commercial fraud.

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Exxon-Mobil is abusing the first amendment.

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Hard to find good info on drug safety in pregnancy.

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