Great Salt Lake is shrinking fast. Scientists demand action before it becomes a toxic dustbin

Great Salt Lake is also known as America's Dead Sea -- owing to a likeness to its much smaller Middle Eastern counterpart -- but scientists worry the moniker could soon take new meaning.
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Maine bans toxic ‘forever chemicals’ under groundbreaking new law

State is the first to enact a broad ban of PFAS compounds, which are found in everything from cosmetics to cookware

Maryland legislature sends flame retardant bill to governor

Maryland's legislature has passed a bill to heavily restrict the use of flame retardant chemicals in children's products, mattresses and upholstered furniture.


US Virgin Islands advances bill restricting sunscreen ingredients

The US territory of the Virgin Islands has become the latest beach community to consider a ban on certain sunscreen ingredients over concerns that they pose a risk to coral reefs and other marine life.


PFC coatings can degrade in the sun to form PFOA, study suggests | Chemical Watch

Polyfluoroalkylsilanes are commonly used to treat surfaces to make them oil- or water-resistant.


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.


Congress revisits legislation to overhaul US cosmetics rules

Bill looks to increase FDA's authority over personal care products.


Washington governor budgets $9m on chemicals in products to save orcas

Washington state governor Jay Inslee has earmarked more than $9m to address the environmental threat posed by toxic chemicals in consumer products


Black residents cite environmental racism as reason for pollution

In Uniontown, Ala., a landfill next to a historic black cemetery overflows with coal ash. A cheese plant leaks lime green sludge into a creek, and tap water is undrinkable. Complaints from the town's residents, who are mostly black and poor, have not led to any action.

Imperial Valley air monitoring program raised red flag. No one did anything

'You don't want to find out you're sick if you can't do anything about it.'


State officials say continue caution when it comes to water

The death toll in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence currently stands at 39. In New Hanover County, an 85-year old man died from an infected cut after cleaning storm debris. Much of the storm-related pollution, and risk for infection, is in the water.


Baltimore approves study of toxic chemicals in Back River in hopes of figuring out how to get rid of them

Traces of toxic chemicals have persisted in waterways, including in the Chesapeake Bay, for decades since the U.S. government banned their use. A new study in Maryland could help explain how the polychlorinated biphenyls continue to wash into the Baltimorea area's Back River.

Radiation found in lab worker’s wound

A worker's puncture wound received while changing cables on a glove box at the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Tech Area 55 Aug. 18 was contaminated with plutonium-238, lab officials said. The internal contamination was found during medical testing done in the wake of the accident.


Snyder orders chemical contamination readiness plan for Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered that the state and local agencies develop a readiness plan for when chemical contamination is discovered in Michigan.

Group cites Triumph Mine pollution in lawsuit

An environmental group has filed a lawsuit contending state officials are violating federal law by failing to prevent toxic discharge from the abandoned Triumph Mine in central Idaho.
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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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