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Only the Most Important News on Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, and Toxic Chemicals

 

Many exciting developments are happening in chemistry. Some are theoretical and aid our understanding of the universe, while others have application potential and will soon be incorporated into cool gadgets, and yet others are immediately relevant to our health and environment and are affecting us now. Click on the links below to learn more about the topics personally handpicked by profTK.


2008
August 22, 2008
Academies Panel Finds Public Participation Improves Quality of Environmental Decisions (National Academies). More info
August 21, 2008
F.D.A. Allows Irradiation of Some Produce (NY Times). More info
August 16, 2008
Controversial chemical bisphenol A is safe, FDA says (FDA). More info
August 14, 2008
President Signs the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, H.R.4040, into Law (White House). More info
August 5, 2008
EPA Releases Risk-Based Evaluations of 26 Chemicals (EPA). More info
July 17, 2008
Sustainability Reporting by S&P 100 Companies Made major Advances From 2005-2007 (Siran). More info
July 17, 2008
Generational Challenge to Repower America (Al Gore). More info
July 14, 2008
McCain and Obama Take on Environmental Concerns (US News & World Report). More info
July 11, 2008
EPA Won't Act on Emissions This Year; Releases Greenhouse Gas Document for Public Comment (Washington Post). More info
July 11, 2008
An American life is worth $1 million less than it was 5 years ago, EPA says (Newsweek). More info
July 3, 2008
Green Countries: Global Report Card on Nations Doing the Most, and Least, to Clean Up the Environment (Newsweek). More info
June 30, 2008
Chemists seek environmentally friendlier compounds and formulations for fireworks and flares (C&EN). More info
June 30, 2008
I Have Just One Word for You: Bioplastics (Business Week). More info
June 28, 2008
Citing Need for Assessments, U.S. Freezes Solar Energy Projects (NY Times). More info
June 26, 2008
EPA proposes to classify key solvent in dry cleaning as likely human carcinogen (EPA). More info
June 19, 2008
White House Directs Federal Agencies to Establish Environment Indicators (White House). More info
June 17, 2008
Latest Honda Runs on Hydrogen, Not Petroleum (NY Times). More info
June 16, 2008
Scientists Help To Explain Diversity of Molecular Structures (CAS). More info
June 16, 2008
Contained Chemistry (C&EN). More info
June 12, 2008
European Chemical Law Has Global Impact (Washington Post). More info
June 3, 2008
In shift, FDA says mercury fillings may harm some (FDA). More info
June 3, 2008
Experts Revive Debate Over Cellphones and Cancer (New York Times). More info
May 31, 2008
Administration Moves to Avert a Late Rules Rush (New York Times). More info
May 28, 2008
New tests find BPA in kids' canned food containers (CTV). More info
May 26, 2008
European Chemicals Agency issues an updated guidance to help firms understand their obligations for registration under the Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals (ECA). More info
May 23, 2008
Chemical Hearing Pits Senators Against FDA (Pump Handle). More info
May 12, 2008
Seeking Sustainability (C&EN). More info
May 8, 2008
If energy conservation both saves money and is good for the planet, why don't people do more of it (Economist). More info
May 5, 2008
Forever Waste: Radioactive waste raises ethical questions of intergenerational responsiblities (C&EN). More info
May 1, 2008
"State of the Air" reports says that nearly 125 million Americans live in an area with unhealthy levels of air pollution (American Lung Association). More info
April 29, 2008
Low Productivity and New Interagency Review Process Limit the Usefulness and Credibility of EPA's Integrated Risk Information System (GAO Report on Chemical Assessment). More info
April 29, 2008
Putting Meat on the Table: Industrial Farm Production in America (Report of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production). More info
April 25, 2008
How Much Do Chemicals Affect Our Health (Discover). More info
April 18, 2008
Briefing: Nuclear power (CNN). More info
April 17, 2008
OECD Summarizes Global Regulatory, Other Developments on Nanomaterials (OECD). More info
April 17, 2008
Toxic Stock Syndrome: How Corporate Financial Reports Fail to Apprise Investors of the Risks of Product Recalls and Toxic Liabilities (IEHN). More info
April 16, 2008
President Bush Sets 2025 Goal for Stopping Growth of Greenhouse Gas Emission (NPR). More info
April 15, 2008
Federal efforts on nanotechnology praised by White House (PCAST). More info
April 14, 2008
National Toxicology Program expresses some concern that exposure to bisphenol A causes neural and behavioral effects in fetuses, infants, and children at current human exposures (NTP). More info
April 9, 2008
Do-it-yourself power; squeezing a few watts out of everyday life (ES&T). More info
April 9, 2008
A new focus on plastic ingredient, BPA, in bottles and cans (Consumer Reports). More info
April 8, 2008
'Revolutionary' Carbon Dioxide Maps Zoom In On Greenhouse Gas Sources (ScienceDaily). More info
April 3, 2008
The Great Forgotten Clean-Energy Source: Geothermal (Discover). More info
April 2, 2008
Industry provides ingredient information to Canadians (Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association). More info
April 1, 2008
Governor Gregoire signs legislation improving toy safety (Washington State Office of the Governor). More info
March 31, 2008
New EPA requirements to protect children from lead-based paint hazards (US EPA). More info
March 29, 2008
The symposium on Breaking the Logjam: An Environmental Law for the 21st Century (NYU). More info
March 28, 2008
EPA Policy Committee releases report: "Everyone's Business: Working Towards Sustainability Through Environmental Stewardship and Collaboration" (EPA). More info
March 26, 2008
Business schools teach environmental studies (US News World Report). More info
March 26, 2008
A Turn to Alternative Chemicals (NY Times). More info
March 25, 2008
China's Three Gorges Dam: An Environmental Catastrophe (Scientific American). More info
March 25, 2008
States alter rules of game on safety for toy makers (Wall Street Journal). More info
March 18, 2008
EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson unveils Chemicals Assessment and Management Program, or ChAMP, during his keynote address at the 2008 Global Chemical Regulation Conference (EPA). More info
March 14, 2008
EPA issues tougher pollution rules for diesel-powered ships and locomotives (Washington Post). More info
March 13, 2008
Green Building in North America: Opportunities and Challenges (Commission for Environmental Cooperation). More info
March 13, 2008
Boeing's new laser cannon can melt a hole in a tank from five miles away and 10,000 feet up (Popular Science). More info
March 12, 2008
EPA strengthened national standards for ground-level ozone levels (EPA). More info
March 12, 2008
CDC releases draft linking pollution to health problems (Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry). More info
March 11, 2008
Are dangerous toxins lurking in your everyday products (Chicago Tribune). More info
March 10, 2008
Prescription drugs found in drinking water across U.S. (USA Today). More info
March 7, 2008
U.S. EPA releases report: Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2006 (U.S. EPA). More info
March 7, 2008
Senate votes for safer products; biggest change is likely to be a better-staffed Consumer Product Safety Commission with more enforcement power (Washington Post). More info
March 3, 2008
First step to CO2 sequestration to be tested at Wisconsin coal-fired power plant (C&EN). More info
March 3, 2008
Green - Up to a Point (BusinessWeek). More info
March 2, 2008
Increasing dependence on the grain leaves the U.S. vulnerable to drought-induced price spikes in food and fuel (Los Angeles Times). More info
March 1, 2008
Non-Toxic Tots (Washington Post). More info
February 28, 2008
Uncharged organic molecule can bind negatively charged ions (ScienceDaily). More info
February 26, 2008
First 30,000 pages have been unveiled of a vast encyclopedia which aims to catalog every one of our planet's 1.8 million species (Encyclopedia of Life). More info
February 25, 2008
Pharmaceuticals in the environment (C&EN). More info
February 21, 2008
Toxic releases are down 2 percent from the previous year, according to new EPA data from the Toxics Release Inventory (EPA). More info
February 21, 2008
EPA announces that it is proposing to study 93 chemicals and 11 microbes in its draft Contaminant Candidate List for drinking water regulation (EPA). More info
February 20, 2008
LDDI Report: Scientific Consensus Statement on Environmental Factors (Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative). More info
February 20, 2008
Lowell Center for Sustainable Production says that that "current regulatory and agency structures for protecting the public from chemical hazards in consumer products are inadequate and in need of reform" (Lowell Center). 1st Report 2nd Report
February 20, 2008
Scientists create a black that erases virtually all Llight (Washington Post). More info
February 19, 2008
Food containers leach bisphenol A, potentially harmful chemical (Scientific American). More info
February 14, 2008
NIH and EPA collaborate on chemical testing program that is anticipated to generate data more relevant to humans, expand the number of chemicals that are tested, and reduce the time, money and number of animals involved in testing (NIEHS, EPA). More info
February 13, 2008
Fabrics that could produce electricity when worn (CBS News). More info
February 8, 2008
EPA is raising the 2008 renewable fuels standard to 7.76 percent (US EPA). More info
February 4, 2008
Many common household products contain compounds that could be affecting our health (Newsweek). More info
February 4, 2008
Congress is investigating the Weinberg Group, a firm which critics charge manufactures uncertainty on behalf of chemical companies to help keep their products free from government bans or other restrictions (ABC News). More info
February 4, 2008
Baby care products are possible sources of infant phthalate exposure (Environmental Health News). More info
February 1, 2008
NICEATM-ICCVAM five-year plan to further reduce, refine and replace the use of animals in research and regulatory testing (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences ). More info
January 31, 2008
California's green chemistry initiative: Options Report includes 818 options on ways to reduce the effects of toxic chemicals on people and the environment (California EPA). More info
January 31, 2008
Hydrogen-bonded crystalline assembly undergoes new motion: tilting (C&EN). More info
January 30, 2008
California legislation calls for disclosure by companies of the contents in the consumer products (Legislative Counsel of California). More info
January 28, 2008
Helium-8 study gives insight into nuclear theory, neutron stars (PhysOrg). More info
January 28, 2008
Air purifiers draw scrutiny for producing ozone (Wall Street Journal). More info
January 28, 2008
EPA releases final Federal Register notice describing Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (US EPA). More info
January 23, 2008
Judging science: raising the bar on introducing scientific data into lawsuit hearings (Science News). More info
January 23, 2008
Join the world’s leading environmental scientists and policy makers at the 7th annual EPA Science Forum: May 20-22, 2008 (US EPA). More info
January 23, 2008
U.S. Given Poor Marks on the Environment (New York Times). More info
January 21, 2008
Greener Cleaners: meeting the consumer demand for environmentally friendly cleaning products (C&EN). More info
January 17, 2008
Report: Green Chemistry - Cornerstone to a Sustainable California (UC Centers for Occupational and Environmental Health). More info
January 17, 2008
Greening of corporate social responsibility (Eocnomist). More info
January 16, 2008
Scientists take complaints about interference to Hill (Washington Post). More info
January 15, 2008
FDA says clones are safe to eat as food (US FDA). More info
January 14, 2008
Breakthrough Could Mean 40-Hour Laptop Batteries (NewsFactor). More info
January 14, 2008
Unanticipated details about the mechanism of the bimolecular nucleophilic substitution (SN2) reaction are uncovered (C&EN). More info
January 14, 2008
Protons may be neurotransmitters (C&EN). More info
January 10, 2008
New nuclear plants in UK get go-ahead (BBC). More info
January 7, 2008
The centrality of chemistry: our challenges and opportunities (President of American Chemical Society; C&EN). More info
January 7, 2008
New world for biofuels (C&EN). More info
January 7, 2008
50 people who could save the planet (Guardian). More info
January 4, 2008
Scientists use sunlight to make fuel from CO2 (Wired). More info
January 3, 2008
California and 15 other U.S. states announce lawsuit against EPA for failing to act on California’s tailpipe emissions request (CA Office of Governor). More info
January 1, 2008
Recall scares spur Congress to increase the budget and power of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (Chicago Tribune). More info
January 1, 2008
President Bush signs bill strengthening Freedom Of Information Act, giving the public and the media greater access to information about what the government is doing (Associated Press). More info
January 1, 2008
European Food Safety Agency says that cloned animals are safe for consumption (International Herald Tribune). More info
January 1, 2008
January is National Radon Action Month (US EPA). More info
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