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Even organic strawberries are grown with dangerous pesticides
After CIR;'s investigation revealed just how much dangerous pesticides it takes to grow strawberries, many people wrote to us saying they would start buying organic.
But even that won’t fully address the problem: when they are starting out, organic strawberry plants are grown with the help of fumigants, the hard-to-control class of pesticides that have been linked to cancer, developmental problems and the hole in the ozone layer.
Fuel to the fire? Fuel exports soar under Obama
The Associated Press via Knoxville News Sentinel
As the Obama administration makes headway at home in the fight against global warming, it has helped stoke record exports of fossil fuels that are contributing to rising levels of pollution elsewhere.
U.S. exports of diesel and gasoline have doubled since President Barack Obama took office, and the carbon embedded in them has meet political goals by taking it off America's pollution balance sheet. But that does not necessarily help the planet.
Study: Fracking chemicals pose potential health threat to children and mothers
Chemicals from fracking pose "serious health risks" to pregnant women, babies and children, a new study has claimed.
Research published in the peer-reviewed journal Reviews on Environmental Health finds fracking operations use and create chemicals linked to birth defects, infertility, miscarriage, impaired foetal growth, low birth weight, preterm birth and premature or delayed sexual development, among other health problems.
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Could the chemical BPA raise your blood pressure?
Korean researchers have found another small piece of evidence that the chemical BPA might affect health — this time by temporarily raising people's blood pressure.
People who drank out of cans lined with resins containing BPA had a brief increase in their blood pressure, Dr. Yun-Chul Hong of Seoul National University College of Medicine in South Korea and colleagues found.
EPA creates Superfund site in Michigan; cleanup is $23 million
Detroit Free Press
A 5-acre former chemical burning pit is the latest focus in the decades-long cleanup of Velsicol Chemical's toxic legacy in St. Louis, Michigan.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established a new Superfund site at the burn pit, now part of a golf course in the city of about 7,500 residents.
Bisphenol A is safe for approved uses in food containers, packaging
Chemical Regulation Reporter® via Bloomberg
Bisphenol A is safe at the current levels found in foods, the Food and Drug Administration said in a Dec. 5 announcement.
The agency said it reached that conclusion based on a four-year review of more than 300 scientific studies.
Virent expands offerings in 'green chemicals'
Expanding on its work to help produce plant-based plastic bottles, Virent Inc. said recently it is now able to make a variety of other chemicals, all from renewable plant sugars.
The Madison-based clean-technology company said it has produced bio-based versions of paraxylene, toluene and benzene as well as Aromatic 100, a widely used solvent found in paints and cleaning applications.
Why didn't toxic waste Cause a cancer epidemic like we expected in the 1970s?
Like so many people who fear their health has been damaged by living near a hazardous waste site, the veterans of Camp Lejeune, a polluted Marine Corps base in Jacksonville, North Carolina, have had a long time to wait and stew.
For decades, until 1987, drinking water at the 244-square-mile coastal camp, home to 130,000 people, was contaminated with gasoline and cleaning solvents.
Why is diesel now bad news?
The Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo wants to ban diesel cars and the pollution they bring from the streets of the French capital. But not long ago, diesel engines were thought to be environmentally friendly. What could have gone wrong?
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