Confronting the chemicals that are worsening COVID-19

To weather future pandemics, US agencies need to start using modern science to establish what is safe and what is not.

What affects how likely you are to die from the novel coronavirus?

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Ocean plastic: How recycling creates tomorrow’s problems.

Sometimes plastic recycling is so much worse than just letting trash be trash.

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Looking ahead: Hormone-altering chemicals threaten our health, finances and future

I'm the founder and chief scientist of Environmental Health Sciences, a nonprofit launched in Charlottesville, Virginia, that publishes Environmental Health News and engages in scientific research and outreach to help the public and policy makers understand that we have many opportunities to prevent diseases and disabilities that are afflicting our families, friends and neighbors today.

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My 'photodegradable' plastic mulch just killed two snakes

CROZET, Virginia – I didn't know what to do with this. Fortunately the Facebook community was listening.

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Where does your recycled plastic go? Perhaps into future highways.

An article in Monday's Washington Post proposed that the plastic recycling problem could be solved by using the recycled plastic to make roads.

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WATCH: John Oliver's take-down of "astroturfing"

This week John Oliver delivered a hilarious take-down of astroturfing—when front groups take on deliberately misleading names and shill for vested interests.

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Pete Myers: The past and future of Buckminster Fuller’s energy slaves

Economists like to point to ingenuity, capital and labor as the drivers of economic growth.

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Analysis: Nature and nurture—not nature vs. nurture.

Science has moved beyond the old thought paradigm of nature vs. nurture as determinant of who we are.

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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.

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.

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.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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