Dam failure threatens a Dow chemical complex and Superfund cleanup

Floodwaters surged toward Midland, Mich., and one of the nation’s most extensive toxic cleanup sites, raising concerns of a wider environmental fallout from the dam disaster.
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Alarming level of plastic in children′s bodies, German study shows

A study by the German Environment Ministry has found almost all children tested have traces of plastic byproducts in their bodies. Some of the chemicals found could affect health and development.

Superfund tax is gone, but corporate pollution remains.

Oh, the Superfund program created in 1980 was a very good idea. Industries and businesses would be held accountable, through taxes, for polluting communities all over the United States. Those taxes – paid by landfill owners, chemical companies and industrial manufacturers – paid for cleanups of polluted sites, an often expensive proposition.

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These chemicals are bad for babies and whales: Why haven't they been banned in Canada?

A federal agency in the United States took action last month to ban an entire class of toxic flame retardants from being added to a wide variety of consumer products, from baby toys to televisions. It’s a first for the U.S. — and it could be done in Canada too.

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No EU deal on hormone-disrupting chemicals.

The EU's efforts to regulate chemicals which can potentially disrupt the body's hormones suffered a setback today when MEPs blocked a key proposal.

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Test tube babies in a conflict zone: Dealing with infertility in Gaza.

The Gaza Strip was a month into this summer’s suffocating electricity crisis when Thair Salah Mortaja became a father for the first time. He had spent thousands of dollars to overcome infertility – first paying for drugs, then a futile operation, and finally for costly in vitro fertilisation (IVF) – but the struggle for parenthood did not end there.

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Children of Vietnam vets say Agent Orange impacts generations.

FARGO, ND — Tears were shed at a town hall meeting in Fargo about the life changing effects of Agent Orange.

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Connelly: State nixes key permit for big Longview coal terminal.

President Trump has vowed to revive America's coal industry, but Big Coal suffered a major setback Tuesday in this Washington.

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Toxic time bombs.

Hormones—chemical messengers secreted by internal (endocrine) glands to control body functions—were discovered as the 20th century began, launching the field of endocrinology. Within a few decades, several natural steroids including the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone had been identified. But since the 1930s, we have been increasingly exposed to many endocrine disruptors—artificial organic substances that mimic natural hormones and can threaten human health.

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We are all choking on plastic pollution - it's time for the UK to act.

A landmark study revealed earlier this week that billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles. Almost 95 per cent of tap water samples tested in the US contained traces of plastic.

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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

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.

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.

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.

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