Chemicals

"Bees Facing a Poisoned Spring"

"A new generation of pesticides is making honeybees far more susceptible to disease, even at tiny doses, and may be a clue to the mysterious colony collapse disorder that has devastated bees across the world, the US government's leading bee researcher has found. Yet the discovery has remained unpublished for nearly two years since it was made by the US Department of Agriculture's Bee Research Laboratory."

Source: UK Independent, 01/20/2011

"An Iowa Fertilizer Plant Purchase Spurs Antitrust Concerns"

"Koch Industries is making a multi-billion-dollar play to purchase a massive fertilizer production facility in the state; some farmers and lawmakers are raising concerns about monopolization and high prices in an effort to halt the sale."

Source: Civil Eats, 04/12/2024

"How The Essential, Dirty Steel Industry Is Going Green"

The United States is suddenly on the very cusp of a ​“green steel” transition. New solutions are emerging that could offer a cleaner path to producing the high-strength metal. Most likely, they’ll involve using hydrogen to process iron ore for steelmaking.

Source: Canary Media, 04/11/2024

Trump Appointees Barred EPA Staff From Warning Senate About PFAS Loophole

"Trump administration officials barred experts from warning legislators that they were about to write a major environmental loophole into law, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staffers alleged in newly revealed internal communications."

Source: The Hill, 04/11/2024

EPA Sets First-Ever Limits On ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Drinking Water

"The Biden administration on Wednesday finalized strict limits on certain so-called “forever chemicals” in drinking water that will require utilities to reduce them to the lowest level they can be reliably measured. Officials say this will reduce exposure for 100 million people and help prevent thousands of illnesses, including cancers."

Source: AP, 04/11/2024

"Lithium Companies Fight Over Water in the Arid Great Basin"

"In the Nevada valley that is one of the most significant domestic sources of a key element for the energy transition, one company controls the groundwater needed to mine it, another is fighting for a share of it and others are lining up at the tap."

Source: Inside Climate News, 04/10/2024

"Railroad Agrees To $600 Million Settlement For Fiery Ohio Derailment"

"Norfolk Southern has agreed to pay $600 million in a class-action lawsuit settlement for a fiery train derailment in February 2023 in eastern Ohio, but local residents worry the money won’t go very far because their potential health needs down the road may be tremendous."

Source: AP, 04/10/2024

"PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ Are Pervasive in Water Worldwide, Study Finds"

"A new study of more than 45,000 water samples around the world found that about 31 percent of groundwater samples tested that weren’t near any obvious source of contamination had PFAS levels considered harmful to human health by the Environmental Protection Agency."

Source: NYTimes, 04/09/2024

"Climate-Warming Gases Being Smuggled Into Europe, Investigation Says"

"Large amounts of climate-warming refrigerant gases from China and Turkey are being smuggled illegally into Europe, undermining a global pact to phase them out, a report by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) said on Monday."

Source: Reuters, 04/09/2024

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