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Reformed Chemical Safety Law Doesn’t Eliminate Need for Public Vigilance

First update in 40 years to key law regulating chemicals in the US greeted with cautious optimism

At a White House ceremony yesterday, President Obama signed into law legislation updating the United States’ main chemical safety law for the first time in 40 years. The new law revises the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA), which gives the Environmental Protection…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – June 23, 2016

Flame Retardant Exposure Poses A Significant Health Risk to Women

New research links exposure to these toxic chemicals to thyroid problems, especially in post-menopausal women

Exposure to flame retardant chemicals has become nearly ubiquitous in the United States thanks to fire safety standards that, until recently, could rarely be met without their use. This has meant that furniture foams, mattress and carpet padding, and numerous other consumer…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – May 24, 2016

“Epidemic” of Premature Births is Increasingly Linked to Air Pollution

16,000 preterm births a year are linked to fine particulate pollution, costing the US $4.33 billion annually

One in 10 babies in the United States is born prematurely, before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Preterm birth is the leading cause of death for children under five and is linked to numerous health problems that persist throughout life. Many factors can…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – March 29, 2016

Switching Cosmetics Can Help Teens Reduce Exposure to Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals

Using off-the-shelf products labeled free of these chemicals for even three days can lead to a big drop in exposure levels, study shows

Using cosmetics and personal care products that don’t contain certain hormone-disrupting ingredients for only three days, women can significantly reduce their exposure to these chemicals, according to a study published today in Environmental Health Perspectives. Photo by Envios/FlickrFour well-known endocrine disrupters —…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – March 7, 2016

Science Used to Regulate Roundup is Outdated, Says New Study

Environmental health scientists call for expanded research and monitoring of world’s most widely used herbicide

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, is now the world’s most widely used weed-killer. First sold to farmers in 1974, its use has increased approximately 100-fold since. Nearly all the corn and soy grown in the United States is now…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – February 17, 2016

Hydropower Dams Threaten One-Third of the World’s Freshwater Fish

Projects’ true costs are being inadequately assessed, say scientists

Three of the world’s most important tropical river basins — the Amazon, the Congo and the Mekong — are experiencing an unprecedented boom in the construction of hydropower dams. According to a paper by more than three dozen scientists from universities, research…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – January 7, 2016

How Green are Oregon’s Forest Management Practices?

New documentary takes aim at clear-cutting and herbicide use on private forest lands

“Come out to Rockaway Beach and walk into Jetty Creek and you’ll feel that sense of outrage,” says Kate Taylor who lives in this small northern Oregon coastal town where she and her boyfriend run a fishing and travel guide business. Shortly…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – October 29, 2015

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