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Environmental impact of 57,000 multi-ingredient processed foods revealed

A study estimating the environmental impact of 57,000 food products in the U.K. and Ireland has been published this week in the journal PNAS by an Oxford-led research team.


Research shows parents are 'winging it' on their kids' mobile use

As many parents will attest, children and teens' mobile use is a significant source of family arguments. But new Edith Cowan University (ECU) research is shedding light on the issue to help millennial parents who are literally making it up as they go when it comes to digital media use in the home.


EPA seeks to add DINP plasticizer to Toxics Release Inventory

Twenty years after first suggesting it, federal regulators on Monday proposed adding a group of plastic additives common in toys, flooring and fabric coatings to its list of toxic chemicals, concluding that it can "reasonably be anticipated to cause cancer and serious or irreversible chronic health effects in humans."


Traces of 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill are still detectable in 2020

Small amounts of highly weathered oil residues from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster were still present in the surroundings ten years later, shows a new report. Crude oil is a complex mixture with many components that undergo chemical reactions in the environment. These transformed chemicals, as well as longer persisting oil products, can impact local ecosystems and a better understanding of the fates of these molecules can help future cleanup efforts.


Researchers find spreading drilling wastewater on Pa. roads can lead to harmful runoff

Penn State researchers recently briefed a state advisory board on studies that found the common practice of using wastewater from oil and gas drilling to keep dust down on unpaved roads is causing more harm than good.


Scientists link ‘forever chemical’ exposure to development of liver cancer

Scientists in a new study have identified a link between “forever chemical” exposure and the development of the most common type of liver cancer. One specific type of forever chemical, called perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), may have a particularly strong connection to the manifestation of this deadly disease, according to the study.


Rainwater everywhere on Earth unsafe to drink due to ‘forever chemicals’, study finds

Rainwater almost everywhere on Earth has unsafe levels of ‘forever chemicals’, according to new research. Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large family of human-made chemicals that don’t occur in nature. They are known as ‘forever chemicals’ because they don’t break down in the environment.​


“Inert” Pesticide Ingredients and Failure to Regulate Raise Dangers for All U.S. Residents

The most widely used pesticide chemicals in the United States are not listed on product labels, yet pose widespread environmental and public health hazards, according to commentary published this month in Environmental Health Perspectives by two veteran researchers. At issue are adjuvants and so-called “inert” (or “other”) ingredients, chemicals that are added to formulated pesticide products, but do not undergo the same safety reviews as the active ingredient in pesticide products.


Geo-engineering climate solutions come with great risk

Greenhouse gas levels are now at 415 parts per million, well above the considered safe level of 350, and climbing at 3 p.p.m. annually. As climate change continues unabated, in lockstep with rising emissions, our mitigation options for avoiding the worst consequences of climate change are shrinking. We are backing ourselves into a corner and have to hope the movers and shakers come to their senses in time, as we all must. If not, we are left with unproven and possibly dangerous “Hail Mary” geo-engineering technologies that could well backfire.

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