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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Hurricane Laura Passed, but Disaster Still Looms for Texas

We survived Hurricane Laura, but the Gulf Coast needs better surge protections for the next one.

#global-warming, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nuclear-energy, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

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Laura Hits Petrochemical Region, and a Factory Goes Up in Flames

The hurricane rolled over a coast studded with oil, gas and chemical plants. Other storms have caused the release of toxic substances, often affecting minority communities.

#environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #port-arthur-tex, #sasol-ltd, #texas

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The 3 Scariest Chemicals to Watch Out For in Your Home

They’re everywhere and can impair fertility and interfere with child development.

#chemicals, #content-type-service, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #parenting

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Don’t Drink the Tea: Poison Is a Favored Weapon in Russia

Poison has been a preferred tool of the Russian security service for more than a century, and critics of the Kremlin say it remains in the arsenal today.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #kara-murza-vladimir-v, #moscow-russia, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #targeted-killings

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Michigan to Pay $600 Million to Victims of Flint Water Crisis

Residents were left ill and relying on bottled water. Health officials said the effects on children were most concerning.

#flint-mich, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #lead, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #water-pollution

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Should a Study on Pesticides Affect Our Use of Them?

Recent research, which found a link between pyrethroids and deaths from heart disease, highlights the limitations of epidemiological research.

#ddt-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #heart, #medicine-and-health, #pesticides, #research, #west-nile-virus

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Pollution Is Killing Black Americans. This Community Fought Back.

African-Americans are 75 percent more likely than others to live near facilities that produce hazardous waste. Can a grass-roots environmental-justice movement make a difference?

#air-pollution, #black-people, #discrimination, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #philadelphia-pa, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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Gold vs. Salmon: Battle Over an Alaskan Mine

The Pebble Mine could be worth billions. It could also put a lucrative fishing industry at risk.

#alaska, #environment, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #lakes, #mines-and-mining, #pipelines, #salmon, #water-pollution

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Judge Puts Cloud Over Settlement of Roundup Cancer Claims

An agreement for the weedkiller’s maker to pay more than $10 billion to end litigation may not get court approval.

#bayer-ag, #chhabria-vince-girdhari, #defoliants-and-herbicides, #feinberg-kenneth-r, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #monsanto-company, #non-hodgkins-lymphoma, #roundup, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Roundup Maker to Pay $10 Billion to Settle Cancer Suits

Bayer faced tens of thousands of claims linking the weedkiller to cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Some of the money is set aside for future cases.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bayer-ag, #biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #cancer, #chemicals, #defoliants-and-herbicides, #feinberg-kenneth-r, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #monsanto-company, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Women With Cancer Awarded Billions in Baby Powder Suit

An appellate court in Missouri upheld more than $2 billion in damages against Johnson & Johnson, saying the company knew there was asbestos in its baby powder.

#cancer, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #johnsonjohnson, #liability-for-products, #missouri, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-science

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9 Hand Sanitizers May Be Toxic, F.D.A. Warns

The warning applies to nine lines of hand sanitizer manufactured in Mexico that contain methanol, or wood alcohol, which can be dangerous, the agency said.

#cleansers-detergents-and-soaps, #consumer-protection, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #eskbiochem-sa-de-cv, #food-and-drug-administration, #hand-sanitizer, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #methanol, #mexico, #poisoning-and-poisons

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Toxic Ghosts

My father and I worked for years at a factory that became a Superfund hazardous-waste site. We’re still feeling the repercussions.

#air-pollution, #chemicals, #colitis, #digestive-tract, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #pcb-polychlorinated-biphenyls, #prostate-gland, #superfund, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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Michigan Dam Disaster Threatens Major Dow Toxic-Chemical Superfund Site

Floodwaters surged toward Midland, Mich., and one of the nation’s most extensive toxic cleanup sites, raising concerns of a wider environmental fallout from the dam disaster.

#environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #floods, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #levees-and-dams, #superfund, #tittabawassee-river-mich, #water-pollution

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In the Shadows of America’s Smokestacks, Virus Is One More Deadly Risk

Nationwide, poor communities are exposed to much more air pollution than wealthier ones. Scientists are racing to understand what role this may play in Covid-19.

#air-pollution, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #detroit-mich, #environment, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #houston-tex, #income-inequality, #marathon-petroleum-corporation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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E.P.A. Opts Against Limits on Water Contaminant Tied to Fetal Damage

A new E.P.A. policy on perchlorate, which is used in rocket fuel, would revoke a 2011 finding that the chemical should be regulated.

#chemicals, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution

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As India Reopens, Deadly Accidents Break Out

A group of laborers trying to get home were run over by a train a day after a disaster at a plastics factory.

#accidents-and-safety, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #india, #quarantines, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Gas Leak in India at LG Factory Sickens Hundreds

An apparent gas leak at a factory owned by South Korea’s LG Corp. in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh has left at least 3 dead and 1,000 ill.

#accidents-and-safety, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #india, #union-carbide-corp

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Trump’s Disinfectant Talk Trips Up Sites’ Vows Against Misinformation

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have declined to remove the president’s statements about unproven coronavirus treatments.

#cleansers-detergents-and-soaps, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #google-inc, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #instagram-inc, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #ultraviolet-light, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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As Coronavirus Spreads, Poison Hotlines See Rise in Accidents With Cleaning Products

A new study suggests a link between the increase and recommendations to clean and disinfect.

#cleansers-detergents-and-soaps, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #your-feed-science

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The Types of Plastics Families Should Avoid

If it seems like plastic is everywhere, that’s because it is. But there are easy ways to limit your exposure.

#babies-and-infants, #baby-foods, #chemicals, #children-and-childhood, #containers-and-packaging, #food, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #research, #toys

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Johnson & Johnson Lawsuits Raise Fears Over Baby Powder

Thousands of people who trusted Johnson’s Baby Powder for decades are suing the company after developing cancer. Our reporters investigate their allegations.

#asbestos, #babies-and-infants, #cosmetics-and-toiletries, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #johnsonjohnson, #mesothelioma, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #the-weekly-tv-program

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