Teflon and ′forever chemicals:′ The hidden toxics in your body

They're everywhere, are harmful to our health and do not biodegrade. Has DW reporter Tim Schauenberg also unknowingly ingested 'forever chemicals'?
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Advocates say Massachusetts water toxicity proves R.I. needs to regulate PFAS ‘forever chemicals’

“The full extent of the problem is becoming more obvious every day,” a state legislator said. “It’s time for Rhode Island to do something.”

EPA proposes phasing down hydrocarbons, a set of climate super-pollutants, by 2036

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed on Monday a rule that would sharply cut the use and production of hydrofluorocarbons, powerful greenhouse gases used widely in refrigeration and air conditioning.


Indoor dust contains PFAS and other toxic chemicals

A new study of indoor dust found PFAS and other toxics that can lead to infertility, diabetes, obesity, abnormal fetal growth, and cancers.

Biden EPA transition team member helped DuPont dodge regulations

Michael McCabe, a former EPA official and aide to Joe Biden, led DuPont’s defense of the toxic PFAS chemical PFOA.

Are non-stick pans safe?

It might be time to ditch your old Teflon cookware.

These everyday chemicals may be hurting pregnant women and their babies

PFAS, industrial chemicals used to waterproof jackets and grease-proof fast-food containers, may disrupt pregnancy with lasting effects.

Future without fluoros: A complete guide

In ski racing, fluorochemicals (also referred to simply as fluoros) are infused into waxes to create a low-friction connection between snow and ski base.


PFAS fills Yadkin-Pee Dee River food chain

N.C. State research points to pervasive PFAS that threatens ecosystem, human health and an endangered fish, the robust redhorse.

Study finds PFAS contamination in Cohoes around Norlite incinerator

A study by Bennington College released on Monday found unusually high amounts of potentially hazardous PFAS compounds in the soil and water downwind from the embattled Norlite aggregate and incineration plant.


CT communities seek more funding to clean up firefighting foam

Gov. Ned Lamont's proposed state budget includes $2 million in new funding to help towns replace their chemical firefighting foam.


The Americans who say ‘toxic soup’ tap water has given them cancer

New study shows PFAS compounds may be found in more cities than previously realized.


The art of scientific deception: How corporations use "mercenary science" to evade regulation

David Michaels, former Assistant Secretary of Labor, explains how corporations whitewash harmful products and chemicals by commissioning faux science

Judge rules that medical monitoring allowed as legal remedy in Vermont

The decision comes as legislators prepare to override the governor’s veto of a bill that would spell out the right to seek medical monitoring of industrial pollutants.

Study: 3M chemicals contaminated former Decatur middle school site

A preliminary investigation found high levels of perfluorinated chemicals on a property that was home to generations of Decatur city middle school students.

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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.

Ocean plastic pollution

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

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.

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