Pollution

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Plastic has gone from a miracle material to an un-natural disaster

Back when America was great, DuPont had a catchy slogan: “Better Things For Better Living…Through Chemistry.” We were all amazed at how chemists could concoct cool new stuff like Teflon or the polyester yarns that made leisure suits so terrific. (If you missed the golden age of leisure suits, consider yourself lucky.)  And who can […]

September 12th

You’re drinking plastic. Microfibers are in 94% of your water.

The scale of the world’s current micro plastic pollution problem can’t be overstated. Plastic, and more importantly its nearly invisible half-broken-down remnants, are now everywhere. It’s in the food you eat, the water you drink, and even often enough in the air you breathe. By James Ayre Even knowing that, I was still somewhat surprised by […]

September 12th

First responders slammed by (preventable) wall of chemicals at Houston plant damaged by Harvey

Fire fighters and police officers who responded to the explosion and fire at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas after Hurricane Harvey swept through and left devastating floods in its wake have filed suit, claiming that they suffered “severe bodily injuries.” By Steve Hanley  The lawsuit claims that Arkema officials repeatedly held press conferences in […]

September 9th

Is China beginning a serious smog crack-down?

China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection released a statement earlier today complaining that local governments haven’t been taking efforts to reduce air pollution seriously enough. These local officials, mostly at the county level and lower, have not shown “sufficient awareness of the importance, difficulty and urgency of air pollution prevention work.” By James Ayre  The statement comes […]

September 1st

Hurricane Harvey’s impact: Chemical spills

We published an article at CleanTechnica just a few months back discussing the possibility that massive amounts of dangerous petrochemicals could be released into the city of Houston if the region was to hit by a storm bringing high levels of storm surge with it. Houston, you see, is home to coastal storage facilities that are host to chemicals […]

August 31st

NYC leads the way with Environmental Justice laws

The New York City Council recently passed the most comprehensive environmental justice legislation ever achieved in any U.S. city. By Kieth Rushing Earthjustice The breakthrough marked a major win for the Harlem-based organization WE ACT for Environmental Justice, which recently boosted its local and state advocacy efforts. WE ACT is not alone. Many environmental justice […]

June 18th

Autism linked to PCBs (thank you, Monsanto)

By Jeremy Bloom We’re still a long way from finding out what causes autism, but a new study seems to have identified one piece of the puzzle: Exposure to a class of chemicals called PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls). The researchers were able to examine records of women who had had blood drawn during pregnancy to assess […]

August 23rd

Monsanto to pay $46 million to victims of PCB poisoning

(ANTIMEDIA) St. Louis, Missouri — Three plaintiffs have been awarded $17.5 million in damages caused by Monsanto and three other companies for negligence in the production of PCBs. A jury voting 10-2 in St. Louis found Monsanto, Pfizer, Solutia, and Pharmacia must pay the plaintiffs and assessed an additional $29 million in punitive damages against […]

Seven more lead-poisoned families sue over tainted Flint water supply

By Meteor Blades Seven families have filed another federal lawsuit over the Flint water crisis in which an unknown number of people have been poisoned by lead. The lead leached from water pipes due to corrosive river water after the city switched its water source in 2014. Lawyers for the families seek to hold city and state officials responsible for […]

March 7th