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Breaking down Canada’s new environmental law

Canada’s most important environmental law — the Canadian Environmental Protection Act — is getting an overhaul, and taking a hard look at Canadians' exposure to toxic chemicals.
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Why California’s first-in-world plan to monitor microplastics in drinking water matters

Every one of us, even unborn fetuses, are continually exposed to microplastics that have become such ubiquitous global environmental pollutants that they now contaminate the everyday air, food, and water we take in.

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Why American food wrappers are less toxic than Canadian

Canadians are likely exposed to more toxic chemicals at the grocery store than Americans, according to a recent study.
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Falling sperm counts 'threaten human survival', expert warns

Epidemiologist Shanna Swan says low counts and changes to sexual development could endanger human species
Climate

Portland group key to convincing General Mills to drop chemical from mac-and-cheese processing

Annie's Homegrown will eliminate ortho-phthalates, which make plastics more flexible but may also pose health risks, from its production equipment.
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Op-ed: What are sperm telling us?

Scientists are concerned by falling sperm counts and declining egg quality. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be the problem.
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Chemicals in plastics damage babies' brains and must be banned immediately, a group of scientists says

Human-made chemicals in the plastics we use are damaging children's brain development and must be banned immediately, according to a group of scientists dedicated to studying and reducing kids' exposure to neurotoxic chemicals and pollutants.
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Shanna Swan: Toxic chemicals threaten ability to reproduce

In a new book, epidemiologist Shanna Swan looks at the impact of environmental chemicals on human sexuality and reproductive systems.
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The harmful chemical lurking in your children’s toys

A scientist tracks the dangers of flame retardants, meant to protect children, and why manufacturers cannot seem to stop using them.
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Phthalates and autistic traits: Exploring the association between prenatal exposures and child behavior

In a recent paper published in Environmental Health Perspectives, investigators reported associations between specific phthalate metabolites and autistic traits in a group of Canadian preschoolers, with additional evidence that folic acid supplementation during pregnancy may mitigate potential effects.

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Toxics

This chemical can impair fertility, but it’s hard to avoid

Hormone-disrupting phthalates can be found in everything from plastics and household goods to personal care products. Studies have shown they may be harmful to women’s reproductive systems.
Toxics

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.
Toxics

Work resumes on cleaning up contaminated sediment I & J waterway

Many of the substances found can be traced back to historic industrial plants such as a pulp and paper mill, municipal landfills and shipyards.
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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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Lead detected in 80% of Allegheny County, Pa., water systems: Report

"There is no safe level of lead in drinking water and this report amplifies the need for health protective action levels."

Earth Day 2021: Looking back at an unprecedented year for the planet

As we honor Earth today, let's remember how much she's been through lately.

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The pollution plumes of North Pole

An oil refining chemical has infiltrated the water of a small Alaskan town, but families—many worried about health issues—are left with more questions than answers.

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.

Systemic racism continues to plague pandemic response: Derrick Z. Jackson

Remembering those have fallen to the collective selfishness of the prior White House and the nation's governors—a selfishness significantly stained by systemic racism.

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