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Toxics

Canada groups urge government to toughen toxic chemicals law.

By Lynn Desjardins | english@rcinet.ca

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Editorial

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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Opinion

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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Toxics

MEPs vote against exempting some pesticides.

MEPs vote against exempting some pesticides

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Children

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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Toxics

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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Climate

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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Opinion

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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Toxics

Taxpayer dollars fund most oversight and cleanup costs at Superfund sites.

By Bryan Anderson September 20 at 7:25 PM

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Opinion

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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Toxics

Flame retardant in couches, car seats, gym mats linked to ‘lower reproductive success’ for women.

Harvard researchers are sounding a precautionary warning for women hoping to get pregnant: curling up on your favourite couch might lower your likelihood of having a baby.

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Bhopal nocturne

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