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Is your long-lasting makeup toxic? Study raises concerns about PFAS in cosmetics.

From the Washington Post, August 11, 2021. When toxicologist Linda Birnbaum’s daughter was visiting recently, she asked to stop at a store to buy eye makeup. But when the salesperson began touting the benefits of a certain waterproof mascara, Birnbaum advised her daughter to steer clear. Why? Researchers recently found that waterproof, sweatproof and long-wearing […]

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Study finds link between glyphosate exposure and pregnancy length

From Environmental Health News, August 6, 2021. Women exposed to the herbicide glyphosate were more likely to experience shorter pregnancies, according to a study published last week in the journal Environmental Research. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the widely-used herbicide Roundup. Most research on the health effects of glyphosate has focused on workplace exposures […]

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What is an ‘organic’ golf course, and why aren’t there more of them?

From Golf, July 29, 2021. The golf industry and synthetic pesticides go way back. For decades, courses have relied on a cocktail of chemicals to maintain their playability and visual appeal. During the post-war years, when the scientific-technical revolution made a number of chemical innovations available in the marketplace, the golf industry embraced them. At […]

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Breast cancer: Hundreds of chemicals identified as potential risk factors

From Environmental Health New, July 22, 2021. Researchers have identified almost 300 chemicals in everything from hair dye to pesticides that can increase levels of breast cancer-contributing hormones. Of those chemicals, 219 had not been previously identified as potential carcinogens, Ruthann Rudel, director of research for the Silent Spring Institute and co-author of the new […]

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Research surprise unveils how common herbicide kills bees

From E & E News, April 20, 2021. Many studies already claimed the nation’s most-used weedkiller was lethal to bees, but new research indicates its much-maligned active ingredient — glyphosate — isn’t to blame. Instead, the culprit appears to be inert ingredients added to the herbicide, such as wetting agents called surfactants, according to researchers […]

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Des Moines faces extreme measures to find clean water

From the AP, July 4, 2021. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In the dim light just after dawn, Bill Blubaugh parks his Des Moines Water Works pickup truck, grabs a dipper and a couple plastic bottles and walks down a boat ramp to the Raccoon River, where he scoops up samples from a waterway that […]

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EU top court upholds ban on Bayer pesticides linked to harming bees

From Rueters, May 6, 2021. The European Union’s top court on Thursday upheld the EU’s partial ban on three insecticides linked to harming bees, preventing their use on certain crops. The European Court of Justice dismissed an appeal by Bayer (BAYGn.DE) to overturn a lower EU court’s 2018 decision to uphold the ban. Read the […]

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Living near a US toxic waste site could shave a year off your life, study finds

From the Guardian, April 13, 2021. Superfund sites are scattered across America: they’re places like landfills and manufacturing plants so contaminated with hazardous waste that the federal government has designated them a national priority to clean up. And according to a new, large-scale study, living near one can shave months – and in some cases, […]

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Pesticide breakdown products found in hundreds of US streams

From the American Chemical Society, March 23, 2021. When toxic pesticides break down in the environment, the threat they may pose to aquatic life does not simply disappear—instead, they spawn a deluge of derivatives known as transformation products, which can be just as toxic as their parent molecules. An extensive environmental survey of pesticide transformation […]

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The Tribal Coalition Fighting to Save Monarch Butterflies

From TNR, March 4, 2021. Habitat loss and climate change are decimating the species. What can the U.S. learn from Oklahoma tribes’ efforts to restore their migratory path? Seventeen years ago, Jane Breckinridge came home. A citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation with a great-grandmother who was Euchee, Breckinridge had left Oklahoma after high school […]

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Chemicals in plastics damage babies’ brains and must be banned immediately, expert group says

From CNN Health, February 20, 2021. Synthetic chemicals called phthalates are damaging children’s brain development and therefore must be immediately banned from consumer products, according to a group of scientists and health professionals from Project TENDR. Project TENDR, which stands for Targeting Environmental Neuro-Development Risks, is a group of volunteer scientists, health professionals and child […]

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