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Could COVID-19 have escaped from a lab?

The Broad Institute's Alina Chan believes it could have. The remarkable stability of the virus, whose genome had barely changed from the earliest human cases, despite trillions of replications perplexed her. It appeared to be already adapted for human transmission when it first appeared. Other viruses typically evolve rapidly when they first infect people, changing to adapt to human physiology.

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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.
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FDA must do more to regulate thousands of chemicals added to your food

The US Food and Drug Administration hasn't regulated the 10,000 chemicals added to your food, according to a petition filed Wednesday by groups representing pediatricians, the environment, public health, as well as food and consumer safety advocates.
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EU agency sets limit on PFAS in food

The latest recommendations from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), released Sept. 17, set a limit for combined exposure to 4 PFAS of 4.4 nanograms/kilogram (parts per trillion).

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Recycling isn't enough — the world's plastic pollution crisis is only getting worse

As much as 53 million tonnes of plastic waste could spill into the world's rivers, lakes and oceans by 2030 — even if countries meet their commitments.
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Chemours board sued over PFAS liabilities assumed in DuPont spin

Chemours Co.'s board and senior management were sued by a pension fund in Delaware Chancery Court on Wednesday over billions in potential environmental liabilities related to PFAS that the company took on when it spun off from DuPont.
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A line of fire south of Portland and a yearslong recovery ahead

Fires in California, Oregon and Washington have torn through idyllic mountain towns, reduced neighborhoods to ash and spewed so much smoke that pilots were unable to pursue aerial attacks that can be critical in preventing such mass wildfires from encroaching on communities.

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Our plastic planet

While climate change remains environmental issue #1, the worries over plastic in our water, soil, food, and bodies continue to grow.

Disinfection dangers: How to avoid viruses without exposing yourself to toxics

COVID-19 has all of us cleaning more—but the products designed to kill viruses and bacteria can have dangerous health impacts. Here's how to scrub safely.

Building a library of American environmental classics (Part Two)

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Microplastics in farm soils: A growing concern

Researchers say that more microplastics pollution is getting into farm soil than oceans—and these tiny bits are showing up in our fruits, veggies, and bodies.

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