Sri Lanka’s Plunge Into Organic Farming Brings Disaster

The economically troubled country banned chemical fertilizers without preparing farmers, prompting a surge in food prices and worries about shortages.

#agriculture-and-farming, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #fertilizer, #food, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #international-trade-and-world-market, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #rajapaksa-gotabaya, #shortages, #sri-lanka, #tea, #vegetables

India’s Toxic Air Pollution Prompts Supreme Court to Act

Schools and factories close. India’s Supreme Court blasts the government’s do-nothing response. But Delhi residents continue to suffer from the bad air.

#agriculture-and-farming, #air-pollution, #coal, #delhi-india, #electric-light-and-power, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #india, #new-delhi-india, #shutdowns-institutional

Are Scented Candles Harmful to Your Health?

When candles burn, they release various vapors and particles into the air, but research suggests that using them is safe.

#candles, #content-type-service, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #research, #smells-and-odors

Leaf Blowers Destroy the Environment

Nearly everything about how Americans “care” for their lawns is deadly, but these machines exist in a category of environmental hell all their own.

#fuel-emissions-transportation, #gardens-and-gardening, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #lawns

‘Shell Game’: How Chemical Companies Avoid Paying for Pollution

DuPont factories pumped dangerous substances into the environment. The company and its offspring have gone to great lengths to dodge responsibility.

#3m-company, #air-pollution, #cancer, #cape-fear-river-north-carolina, #chemicals, #chemours-company, #conflicts-of-interest, #dupont-co, #environmental-protection-agency, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fayetteville-nc, #fayetteville-works, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #kullman-ellen-j, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #peltz-nelson, #pfas-per-and-polyfluoroalkyl-substances, #regan-michael-s-1976, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #water-pollution

Biden Administration Plans New Regulations for Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’

Michael Regan, the E.P.A. administrator, wants to limit a class of chemicals that has been linked to cancer and is found in everything from drinking water to furniture.

#american-chemistry-council, #chemicals, #chemours-company, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #north-carolina, #regan-michael-s-1976, #water-pollution

What Does It Mean to Eat What You Fear?

Throughout history, we’ve tried to conquer what unsettles us by consuming it. The practice raises questions about who the real monsters are.

#audio-neutral-immersive, #audio-positive-escape, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #food, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #jellyfish, #octopus, #park-chan-wook, #t-design-and-luxury

Lack of Power Hinders Assessment of Toxic Pollution Caused by Ida

More than 100 industrial sites that handle large amounts of hazardous substances are in and around parishes still without power.

#chemicals, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environmental-protection-agency, #factories-and-manufacturing, #global-warming, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hurricane-ida-2021, #louisiana, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #phillips-66, #power-failures-and-blackouts

Ida Hit One of the Country’s Biggest Oil and Chemical Hubs

Louisiana’s 17 oil refineries account for nearly a fifth of the nation’s capacity. Past hurricanes have cause toxic spills.

#floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hurricane-ida-2021, #levees-and-dams, #louisiana, #natural-gas, #offshore-drilling-and-exploration, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #oil-spills, #phillips-66, #refineries, #st-bernard-parish-la, #valero-energy-corporation

Don’t Let the Fossil Fuel Industry Pivot to Toxic Plastics and Chemicals

As we confront climate change, focusing on a single metric, like greenhouse gas emissions, could leave other harmful practices unaddressed.

#africa, #chemicals, #environmental-protection-agency, #european-commission, #european-union, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #flame-retardants, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #international-energy-agency, #mckinseyco, #national-academies-of-the-united-states, #natural-gas, #ohio, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pennsylvania, #plastics, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #united-states, #waste-materials-and-disposal

Chlorpyrifos Will No Longer Be Allowed on Food Crops

The agency will reverse a Trump-era decision to keep chlorpyrifos, one of the most common pesticides, in use.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #chemicals, #croplife-america, #environmental-protection-agency, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #pesticides, #rakoff-jed-s, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

E.P.A. Approved Toxic Chemicals for Fracking a Decade Ago, New Files Show

The compounds can form PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” which have been linked to cancer and birth defects. The E.P.A. approvals came despite the agency’s own concerns about toxicity.

#chemicals, #corporate-social-responsibility, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hydraulic-fracturing, #natural-gas, #obama-barack, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #physicians-for-social-responsibility, #public-employees-for-environmental-responsibility, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #water-pollution

Biden Administration to Restore Clean-Water Protections Ended by Trump

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it would repeal a Trump-era rule that weakened pollution controls for wetlands and streams.

#agriculture-and-farming, #clean-water-act, #democratic-party, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution, #wetlands

Are Natural Deodorants Better for You?

Much of the marketing suggests that they’re safer than more traditional underarm products, but that hype is not based on science.

#aluminum, #breast-cancer, #content-type-service, #cosmetics-and-toiletries, #deodorants, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #labeling-and-labels-product, #skin, #sweating

Indonesian Lawsuit Seeks Court’s Help in Pollution Battle

A district court in Indonesia’s capital is expected to rule soon in a suit accusing the president and top officials of failing to curb pollution.

#air-pollution, #environment, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #indonesia, #jakarta-indonesia, #joko-widodo, #politics-and-government, #respiratory-diseases, #roads-and-traffic, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Train in Iowa With Hazardous Materials Derails, Prompting Evacuation

About 80 people in Sibley, Iowa, were ordered to evacuate. It was unclear what exactly the train was carrying or what was burning.

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #iowa, #railroad-accidents-and-safety, #union-pacific-corporation

Over 25,000 DDT-Tainted Barrels Are Discovered on Seafloor Off California

One researcher said the number of drums laced with the pesticide far exceeded his expectations. “It was hard to wrap my head around the density of targets,” he said.

#california, #ddt-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #los-angeles-calif, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #oceans-and-seas, #scripps-institution-of-oceanography, #terrill-eric, #valentine-david-l-scientist, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

Your Smartphone Should Be Built to Last

A movement is underway to slow the obsolescence of our electronic gear.

#apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #france, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #law-and-legislation, #longevity, #microsoft-corp, #new-york-state, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #samsung-group, #smartphones, #software, #sonos-inc, #sony-corporation, #states-us, #sustainable-living, #tablet-computers, #united-states

Living in a World in Which Nature Has Already Lost

In “Second Nature,” Nathaniel Rich offers a tour of the ways humans have both conquered the natural world and been overwhelmed by the unintended consequences.

#biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #books-and-literature, #genetic-engineering, #global-warming, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #rich-nathaniel-1980, #second-nature-scenes-from-a-world-remade-book

Florida Crisis Highlights a Nationwide Risk From Toxic Ponds

Thousands of open-air waste pools near power plants, mines and industrial farms can pose safety dangers from poor management and, increasingly, the effects of climate change.

#coal, #duke-energy-corporation, #environment, #factory-farming, #floods, #florida, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #mines-and-mining, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

Florida’s Crisis Highlights a Nationwide Risk From Toxic Ponds

Thousands of open-air waste pools near power plants, mines and industrial farms can pose safety dangers from poor management and, increasingly, the effects of climate change.

#coal, #duke-energy-corporation, #environment, #factory-farming, #floods, #florida, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #mines-and-mining, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

E.P.A. to Review Attacks on Science Under Trump

The agency said it would carry out an accounting of political interference in science, an usually public act that Biden administration officials said was needed to restore trust in the agency’s decisions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #science-and-technology, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

More Childhood Lead Poisoning Is a Side Effect of Covid Lockdowns

Lead screenings for children plummeted last spring, and stay-at-home orders may have increased household exposure to the toxic metal.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #children-and-childhood, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #lead, #michigan, #minnesota, #new-york-city, #poisoning-and-poisons, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #tests-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

The Everyday Chemicals That Might Be Leading Us to Our Extinction

In “Count Down,” Shanna Swan tells a story of declining sperm count, rising infertility and the possible extinction of the human species.

#bisphenol-a-bpa, #books-and-literature, #chemicals, #count-down-the-past-present-and-uncertain-future-of-the-big-four-accounting-firms-second-edition-book, #endocrine-gland, #estrogen, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #infertility, #reproduction-biological, #swan-shanna-h, #testosterone

How Do Blind Worms See the Color Blue?

Eyeless roundworms may have hacked other cellular warning systems to give themselves a form of color vision.

#bacteria, #color, #evolution-biology, #eyes-and-eyesight, #genetics-and-heredity, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #light, #research, #science-journal, #senses-and-sensation, #worms, #your-feed-science

Annie’s Pledges to Purge a Class of Chemicals From Its Mac and Cheese

The move comes nearly four years after a study showed that chemicals believed to cause health problems in children and reproductive issues in adults were found in mass-market macaroni and cheese packets.

#containers-and-packaging, #food, #food-and-drug-administration, #general-mills-inc, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #kraft-foods-group-inc, #organic-trade-assn, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #swan-shanna-h, #taco-bell-corp, #testosterone

Lebanon Removes Judge Investigating Beirut Blast

The removal of Judge Fadi Sawan, who had been investigating the port explosion for months, was a setback to those seeking justice for the deadly blast that tore through Beirut.

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #diab-hassan-1959, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hezbollah, #sawan-fadi

Some Baby Food May Contain Toxic Metals, U.S. Reports

Testing found high levels of arsenic, lead and cadmium in some ingredients, congressional investigators said.

#arsenic, #baby-foods, #food, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #infant-formulas, #krishnamoorthi-raja, #lead, #parenting, #product-tests, #rice, #united-states, #your-feed-science

Toxic ‘Black Mayonnaise’ Seeps Into Gowanus Bay After Barge Accident

As Brooklyn residents voiced concern, the Environmental Protection Agency said it appeared little toxic material had been released into the bay.

#canals, #environmental-protection-agency, #gowanus-brooklyn-ny, #gowanus-canal-brooklyn-ny, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #water-pollution

Firefighters Battle an Unseen Hazard: Their Gear Could Be Toxic

This week, in a first, firefighters are demanding independent testing for cancer-linked chemicals known as PFAS in their gear and that their union drop sponsorships from chemical and equipment makers.

#cancer, #chemicals, #fires-and-firefighters, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #international-assn-of-fire-fighters, #national-fire-protection-assn, #organized-labor, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #united-states, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

A Hall of Fame Lawyer, a ‘Real Housewife’ and a Stunning Fall

One of the country’s premier “toxic tort” lawyers is accused of misappropriating money from families of victims of the Lion Air crash that led to the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max. And that’s just the beginning.

#boeing-737-max-groundings-and-safety-concerns-2019, #boeing-company, #brockovich-erin, #embezzlement, #girardi-thomas-v, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #legal-profession, #lion-air, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #suits-and-litigation-civil

New York Waterway Ferry Company Accused of Dumping Sewage into Hudson

Two former workers claim New York Waterway fouled the river with unfiltered waste from boats’ toilets. The firm denies the allegations.

#bathrooms-and-toilets, #boats-and-boating, #carpenito-craig, #clean-water-act, #environmental-protection-agency, #ferries, #fines-penalties, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hudson-river, #imperatore-arthur-e, #imperatore-arthur-jr, #manhattan-nyc, #new-jersey, #new-york-waterway, #pohan-armand, #rivers, #sewers-and-sewage, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #whistle-blowers

Park With Covid Memorial Is Rising on Site of Former Toxic Dump

Hundreds of trees will be planted in a grove at the new Skyway Park — one for every resident of Jersey City who has died of the virus.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environment, #fulop-steven-m, #gardens-and-gardening, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #jersey-city-nj, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #new-jersey, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #pjp-landfill-jersey-city-nj, #riverkeeper, #rivers, #skyway-park-jersey-city-nj, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #wetlands

The African Crested Rat Covers Itself With Poison That Can Take Out an Elephant

The African crested rat gnaws on poisonous tree branches, then grooms its noxious spittle into its fur.

#hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #poisoning-and-poisons, #research, #rodents, #your-feed-science

The Harmful Chemical Lurking in Your Children’s Toys

A scientist tracks the dangers of flame retardants, meant to protect children, and why manufacturers cannot seem to stop using them.

#american-chemistry-council, #babies-and-infants, #chemicals, #chemistry, #child-car-seats, #children-and-childhood, #consumer-product-safety-commission, #consumer-protection, #fires-and-firefighters, #flame-retardants, #foam, #furniture, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #parenting, #stapleton-heather-m

The Risks of Another Epidemic: Teenage Vaping

“We’re stepping backward from all the advances we’ve made in tobacco control,” one investigator said.

#addiction-psychology, #e-cigarettes, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #juul-labs-inc, #lungs, #nicotine, #puff-bar-disposable, #smoking-and-tobacco, #teenagers-and-adolescence

California Needs to Do More to Fight Environmental Racism

The state may be phasing out gas-powered cars, but it’s still legal to put an oil well right next to an elementary school.

#california, #environment, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #los-angeles-calif, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #segregation-and-desegregation

Woman Who Mailed Threat to Susan Collins Gets 30 Months in Prison

Suzanne Muscara, 38, sent a threatening letter to the senator’s home in 2018 after becoming upset with her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice, the authorities said.

#collins-susan-m, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #maine, #muscara-suzanne, #postal-service-us, #senate, #sentences-criminal, #supreme-court-us, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #united-states-politics-and-government

The F.D.A. Wanted to Ban Some Hair Straighteners. It Never Happened.

In 2016, agency scientists deemed hair straighteners containing formaldehyde to be unsafe, according to newly obtained emails.

#beauty-salons, #cosmetics-and-toiletries, #environmental-working-group, #food-and-drug-administration, #formaldehyde, #freedom-of-information-act, #hair, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #recalls-and-bans-of-products, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Asbestos, a Quebec Mining Town, Will Change Name to Val-des-Sources

The Quebec town is home to one of the world’s largest former asbestos mines. Residents voted to rename the town Val-des-Sources, or Valley of the Springs.

#asbest-russia, #asbestos, #canada, #cancer, #france, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #mines-and-mining, #names-geographical, #names-personal, #quebec-province-canada, #russia, #strikes, #world-health-organization, #world-war-i-1914-18

When the U.S. and China Fight, It Is the Environment That Suffers

The Trump administration’s moves to decouple the two economies means less leverage over Beijing’s green policies.

#air-pollution, #carbon-dioxide, #chengdu-china, #coal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #environment, #gansu-province-china, #general-assembly-un, #global-warming, #green-climate-fund, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hong-kong, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #liu-he-1952, #obama-barack, #outsourcing, #pacific-ocean, #paris-agreement, #pew-research-center, #pollution, #steel-and-iron, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Wildfires May Pose Drinking Water Safety Issues

Experts are warning that existing water safety rules are not suitable to a world where wildfires destroy more residential areas than in the past.

#awwa-water-science-journal, #california, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #oregon, #paradise-calif, #plumbing, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #santa-cruz-calif, #water-pollution, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

After Wildfires Stop Burning, a Danger in the Drinking Water

Experts are warning that existing water safety rules are not suitable to a world where wildfires destroy more residential areas than in the past.

#awwa-water-science, #california, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #oregon, #paradise-calif, #plumbing, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #santa-cruz-calif, #water, #water-pollution, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

E.P.A. Rejects Its Own Findings That a Pesticide Harms Childrens’ Brains

The agency’s new assessment directly contradicts federal scientists’ conclusions five years ago that chlorpyrifos can stunt brain development in young children.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #chlorpyrifos, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #pesticides, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

These Everyday Toxins 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.

#babies-and-infants, #breastfeeding, #chemicals, #containers-and-packaging, #diabetes, #dupont-co, #environmental-protection-agency, #european-food-safety-authority, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hoosick-falls-ny, #obesity, #parenting, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #science-and-technology, #teflon, #thyroid-gland, #water-pollution

356 Elephants Dropped Dead. Did This Bacteria Poison Them?

Some conservationists accepted the explanation provided by Botswana’s government, but others raised doubts.

#algae, #botswana, #conservation-of-resources, #elephants, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #wildlife-die-offs, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

How to Protect Children from Wildfire Smoke

Even if flames are far away, smoke can travel and threaten kids’ health. But staying inside has trade-offs too.

#air-pollution, #asthma, #children-and-childhood, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #lungs, #masks, #respiratory-diseases, #wildfires

Australia’s Stinging Trees: Please Do Not Pet Them

Scientists have found a potent chemical that might give Australian giant stinging trees their extraordinarily painful punch.

#australia, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #indigenous-australians, #research, #science-advances-journal, #trees-and-shrubs, #your-feed-science

Here’s a Way to Make Communities More Resilient to Hurricanes

Listen to the scientists who study them.

#coastal-areas, #global-warming, #gulf-coast-us, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #houston-tex, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #new-orleans-la, #research

Her Town Depended on the Mill. Was It Also Making the Residents Sick?

In “Mill Town,” Kerri Arsenault uncovers her family’s long history in northern Maine and an epidemic of cancer that may be intimately connected to the community’s main employer.

#arsenault-kerri, #books-and-literature, #cancer, #dioxin, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #mill-town-reckoning-with-what-remains-book, #paper-and-pulp