Antibacterial agent used in common soaps found in increasing amounts in freshwater lakes
When people wash their hands with antibacterial soap, most don't think about where the chemicals contained in that soap end up. University of Minnesota engineering researchers do.
Toxic legacy seeps from melting Alpine glaciers: study
Swiss researchers have found that Alpine glaciers melting under the impact of climate change are releasing highly toxic pollutants that had been absorbed by the ice for decades.
What 95% certainty of warming means to scientists
Top scientists from a variety of fields say they are about as certain that global warming is a real, man-made threat as they are that cigarettes kill.
Reducing the environmental impact: New tools to aid in recycling flat-screen monitors, TVs
(Phys.org)—Millions of flat-screen monitors and television sets will soon become obsolete, posing environmental hazards, and Purdue University researchers are developing tools to help industry efficiently ...
For some crustaceans in polluted waters, it could be worse
(PhysOrg.com) -- Imagine that youre a grass shrimp. Now, imagine that youre a rational grass shrimp, and that you have a choice of living in an environment with relatively high levels of dioxin, ...
Asbestos, dioxin threats in Japan tsunami rubble
Japanese workers tackling the Herculean task of clearing millions of tonnes of debris from last month's earthquake and tsunami also face health risks from asbestos and dioxins.
Take your vitamins: Tocopherol derivatives as new dioxin receptor antagonists
(PhysOrg.com) -- When reactive oxygen species (ROS) hit the body, vitamin E helps to prevent damage to tissues and cells by acting as an antioxidant. The health benefits of vitamin E are numerous, and in fact, ...
Dioxin in your egg? There's an app for that
As Germany grapples with a food scandal that has forced thousands of farms to halt sales, one technology firm has come up with an enterprising way to pick out the bad eggs at the supermarket.
Germany halts pork, egg sales in dioxin scare
(AP) -- Germany froze sales of poultry, pork and eggs from more than 4,700 farms Friday to stem the spread of food contaminated with cancer-causing dioxin, as fears grew that farmers could have been using ...
China to rein in dioxin emissions to help air quality
China has said it aims to cut the intensity of dioxin emissions in key industries by 10 percent by 2015, as part of efforts by the world's top polluter to tackle ever-worsening air quality.
New dioxin rules might force more cleanups
(AP) -- The government has spent many millions of dollars in recent decades cleaning up sites contaminated with dioxin and, in extreme cases, relocating residents of entire neighborhoods tainted by the toxin.
'Fowl' news: Hints from Taiwan that free-range eggs may be less healthy than regular eggs
Contrary to popular belief, paying a premium price for free-range eggs may not be healthier than eating regular eggs, a new study reports. Scientists found that free-range eggs in Taiwan contain at least five ...
Study finds rising levels of dioxins from common soap ingredient in Mississippi River
Specific dioxins derived from the antibacterial agent triclosan, used in many hand soaps, deodorants, dishwashing liquids and other consumer products, account for an increasing proportion of total dioxins ...
E-waste trade ban won't end environmental threat
A proposal under debate in the U.S. Congress to ban the export of electronics waste would likely make a growing global environmental problem even worse, say authors of an article from the journal Environmental Science an ...