Archive for the “Chemicals” Category

There’s a disturbing problem here, the main point being that we only learn about spills, leaks, etc. when they are very large, large enough to really smell and taste bad, and often are not pretty, either. But what about the other leaks and spills that are not so large, but which nevertheless can cause health […]

Wow, in Pennsylvania, doctors can access information about fracking chemicals their patients might have been exposed to, but as reported in the Atlantic, a new bill requires those health professionals to sign a confidentiality agreement stating that they will not disclose that information to anyone else — not even the person they’re trying to treat.

The Keystone XL project is in the news again today, with Obama saying he won’t approve it if it will lead to further global climate change. That’s just about a no-brainer, since we need to produce, refine and burn fewer hydrocarbons, not more. But it’s as good a rationale as any to can this turkey. […]

This is pretty cool. The experiment was set up in 1944, and finally we can see the drop fall  for the first time on camera.

So, Lisa Jackson, formerly head of the EPA, will be Apple’s new top level executive to oversee its environmental efforts

This pig-dumping in China can’t reflect good things, and is a kind of a tip-of-the-iceberg thing. Upwards of 6,000 pigs have been dumped into the river serving as Shanghai’s water supply, which followed police campaigns to curb the illicit trade of pork products harvested from diseased pigs.

A factory costing $1.2 billion to build in Dalian, China  is going to be relocated, after protests by tens of thousands of students, white-collar workers and other residents of the affluent coastal city

The Toronto Sun reports heavy metals have been found in commonly used make-up products. It’s not clear what concentrations of the various metals, including arsenic, were, but the article makes the point that build-up of these toxic elements can be cumulative. I wonder what the make-up industry response will be. They should have a look […]

PETA is happy. But will the chemical industry? That remains to be seen. What we have here is a collaboration between two NIH institutes and the EPA to use the NIH Chemical Genomics Center’s high-speed, automated screening robots to test suspected toxic compounds.