chemicals

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Triclosan could be really harmful to your gut, and it's probably in your toothpaste

Published: 
Fri, 06/01/2018 - 2:04pm

Triclosan, an antimicrobial agent found in toys, toothpaste, cosmetics and more than 2,000 other consumer products, has been found to wreak havoc on the guts of mice whose blood concentrations of the compound are roughly equivalent to a typical level for humans.

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Porter Ranch residents exposed to Aliso Canyon gas leak have uranium, lithium and other chemicals in their bodies

Published: 
Tue, 10/17/2017 (All day)

High levels of uranium, lithium and a synthetic chemical used to make plastics were present in the urine and hair samples of residents who live near the site of the massive 2015 Aliso Canyon natural gas leak, according to results released Saturday by a local physician.

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Panera Bread Plans to Drop a Long List of Ingredients

Published: 
Fri, 05/08/2015 (All day)

Acesulfame K. Ethoxyquin. Artificial smoke flavor.

The first, an artificial sweetener; the second, a preservative; and the third, a flavor enhancer, are just a few of the ingredients that Panera Bread wants to banish from its kitchens by the end of 2016.

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The Next Accident Awaits

Published: 
Thu, 01/30/2014 - 11:40pm
Category: 
Chemicals

The United States is facing an industrial chemical safety crisis. The horrifying chemical spill that recently contaminated the drinking water of hundreds of thousands of people in West Virginia is the latest in a relentless series of disasters and near-misses across the country.

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The Dilemma of a Hardcore Environmentalist: Trying Not to Scare the S#*+ Out of My Family, or Succumb to Defeatist Apathy

Published: 
Mon, 09/16/2013 - 8:11pm
Category: 
Chemicals

First disclaimer: I'm NOT that hardcore. I don't eat a strictly plant-based diet... yet. I ONLY take the bus when it works time-wise, or ride my bike when traffic volume and ecological impulses align.