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Toxic Chemicals in the News: 12/1 - 12/15

Zoë Furlong December 15, 2015


12/2/15 — “Tiny materials in countless products raise big questions for environment and health” (Ensenia). Nanotechnology opens a universe of possibilities — but also creates a world of unknowns.

12/8/15 — “Eliminating The Need For Chemistry” (Chemistry & Engineering News). Should ‘greening’ organic synthesis or finding new, nontoxic chemicals and materials be necessary, when we might more simply eliminate the need for synthetic chemistry and source directly from nature?

12/8/15 — “People question if using some chemicals is 'worth it', warns Raphael” (Chemical Watch). The former California head of Department of Toxic Substances Control says that people are asking increasingly if the continued use of certain substances is worth it.

12/9/15 — “The House Just Voted to Ban Those Tiny Pieces of Plastic in Your Toothpaste” (Mother Jones). Yesterday, the US House of Representatives voted to phase out microbeads, the little pieces of plastic that act as exfoliants in personal-care products ranging from face wash to toothpaste.

12/11/15 —“Home Depot leads chemical cleanup of flooring” (GreenBiz). Earlier this year, Home Depot instructed its suppliers to eliminate all added phthalates (also known as ortho-phthalates) from all vinyl flooring by the end of 2015. These actions have resulted in a tremendous ripple effect throughout the flooring supply chain and retail sector.

12/11/15 — “Dow, DuPont Agree on $130B Mega Merger Deal” (U.S. News). Chemical giants DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company on Friday announced a mega merger valuing their combined firms at $130 billion. The new combined firm, DowDuPont, will eventually split into three smaller companies, focused on agriculture, materials and specialty products.

12/12/15 Is there a connection between in utero chemical exposure and obesity?” (Living on Earth). Babies exposed to certain chemicals in the womb may have a higher risk of weight and health-related issues later in life.

12/15/15 Year in review: BPA alternatives aren't benign” (Science News). A popular alternative to bisphenol A isn’t as benign as people had thought, at least not in lab animals.

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