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New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Celebration Creates a Plastic Problem

When you think Mardi Gras, what immediately comes to mind? For many, “beads” would probably be the answer. If you’ve ever been to a Mardi Gras celebration, or have seen photos from one, you surely noticed all of the plastic bead necklaces floating about, available in an assortment of rainbow colors. But have you ever thought about what happens to all of those beads when the party ends?


Revamped lead rule ignores concerns raised in EPA memo

Three years ago, staff in EPA's Midwest office sent a warning to headquarters about regulations that prevent lead in drinking water: Even when followed perfectly, the standards weren't protecting public health. "Proper implementation and compliance with the [Lead and Copper Rule] may not provide certainty that the public is protected from elevated levels of lead, particularly in communities with lead service lines and particularly with regard to susceptible populations such as young children," then-acting Region 5 Administrator Robert Kaplan wrote in a 2017 memo to then-acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water Michael Shapiro.


Concerned citizens pack Rapides Jury meeting for answers on Dresser contamination

Concerned citizens packed Monday's Rapides Parish Police Jury meeting after TCE contamination was discovered in neighborhoods surrounding the old Dresser, LLC plant outside of Pineville. The police jury hosted contractors for Dresser, LLC plant to explain to residents why testing for contamination is taking place.


EPA Releases Draft Risk Evaluation for Trichloroethylene?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on February 21, 2020, the draft risk evaluation for trichloroethylene (TCE), “a chemical used as a solvent and an intermediate for refrigerant manufacture in industrial and commercial processes, and with limited consumers uses like as a spot cleaner in dry cleaning facilities.”


The local hero protecting Papua New Guinea from DDT

Malaria is still a major cause of mortality in Papua New Guinea, with 94 per cent of the population at high risk of infection. The pesticide DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) was once a popular method of controlling vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, and other pests in Papua New Guinea, and was widely used across the health, agricultural and industrial sectors.


An old-school plan to fight plastic pollution gathers steam

In the flood of innovative solutions that have emerged in the last several years to save the world from plastic pollution, Tom Szaky’s fix may be one of the most audacious. Don’t misunderstand. He has not tried to come up with yet another formula to make plastic magically biodegrade like leaves on the ground, a goal of many entrepreneurs that remains elusive.


'Grand Challenge' review stresses global impact of microplastics

Professor Rob Hale of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science is lead author of a new "Grand Challenges" paper commissioned to mark the 100th anniversary of the American Geophysical Union, the world's largest association of Earth and space scientists with more than 60,000 members in 137 countries.


New tech takes radiation out of cancer screening

Researchers have developed a new, inexpensive technology that could save lives and money by routinely screening women for breast cancer without exposure to radiation.


Author to fight retraction of study linking vaping to heart attack risk

A journal's retraction of a study linking electronic cigarettes with an increased risk for heart attack is being challenged by the author.


New study associates intake of dairy milk with greater risk of breast cancer

Intake of dairy milk is associated with a greater risk of breast cancer in women, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Loma Linda University Health.

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