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Tag: Toxics

A powerful documentary about the toll industry takes on the health of those living near power plants, factory farms, and chemical facilities.
Wells used to dispose of the nation’s most toxic waste are showing signs of stress as regulatory oversight falls short and scientific assumptions prove flawed.
Hearings without listening: For the first time in more than two years, the U.S. Senate held a committee hearing on climate change yesterday, with predictably contentious results. In front of the environment and public works... read more >
Concerns over health effects have grown in concert with the natural gas boom in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. And now, doctors are worried that they can't even legally tell their patients what might be wrong with them.
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Every cancer patient wants to know: why me? As the incidence of breast cancer increases, there’s also growing evidence that the toxic chemicals we encounter in our daily lives are among the causes.
A review of Florence Williams' new book on how the modern world has laid siege to a miracle of evolutionary engineering.
Soiled earth: About 70 percent of all polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) ever made remain in the environment. In many cases, the now banned industrial toxins contaminate some of the poorest areas of the country. In an ongoing... read more >
Turns out the forces of comic book evil are often trying to take over the world ... by polluting it.
She asked for the safe stuff. The painters used the wrong brand. So our pregnant columnist takes a deep breath, straps on a respirator, and plunges into child rearing in a toxic world.
With hundreds of sunscreens to choose from -- many full of harmful chemicals or touted with misleading claims -- which should you slather on at the beach?
NRDC expert Sarah Janssen discusses efforts to improve regulation of toxic substances like BPA and phthalates.
After years of resisting the idea, obesity researchers now say “yes” -- our expanding waistlines are likely affected by toxins that are ubiquitous in products we use every day.
Author Susan Freinkel talks about how plastics can be both misused and misunderstood.
Toxic chemicals plague our lives. But now the nation's leading school of chemisty, at the University of California, Berkeley, is teaching a new generation of students the mantra of the future: "benign by design."In a series... read more >
Toxic chemicals plague our lives. Now the nation’s leading school of chemistry is teaching a new generation of students the mantra of the future: "benign by design."