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Ohio train disaster exposes dark side of plastics

March 03, 2023 -

Ohio train disaster exposes dark side of plastics

Friday, March 03, 2023 by: News Editors

Tags: badcancer, badhealth, badpollution, big government, cancer causes, cancer criminals, chemical disaster, conspiracy, deception, dioxin, Ecology, environment, microplastic, national security, Norfolk Southern, ohio, plastics, poison, products, rigged, toxic chemicals, toxic ingredients, toxins

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Remarkable mushroom could replace plastics in everyday products

March 01, 2023 -

F. fomentarius becomes hoof-shaped as it ages, gaining it the nickname "hoof fungus." The mushroom has been branded the "tinder fungus" as it is easily combustible and has been used to start fires for thousands of years.

The researchers scrutinized F. fomentarius using advanced imaging techniques and mechanical strength tests to study each layer and assess their potential uses. They found that it possesses different material properties ranging from soft and sponge-like ...

Ohio train disaster exposes the dark side of plastics

March 07, 2023 -

(Article by Brenda Baletti, Ph.D. republished from

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that of the 20 railcars transporting toxic chemicals, at least five contained vinyl chloride — a carcinogenic gas used to make PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic.

The other railcars contained other chemicals used to make plastic, including butyl acrylate and ethylhexyl acrylate, which were all burned and released into the air, surface ...

Researchers find evidence of toxic chemicals from cosmetics and plastics in the blood of pregnant women

July 25, 2023 -

The study recruited and enrolled women from the Chemicals in Our Bodies cohort in San Francisco between 2014 and 2018. These women were 18-40 years of age, English or Spanish speaking, pregnant with only one baby, in their second trimester and had no diagnosed pregnancy complications at recruitment.

Researchers collected paired maternal and umbilical cord blood from all 302 participants who agreed to bank their samples and be contacted for participation in future studies....

Paper straws and other “green” solutions are MORE TOXIC than plastic, study finds

August 27, 2023 -

In fact, Belgian researchers found that many so-called "green" utensils are actually worse for the health of both humans and planet than are their plastic counterparts.

"Straws made from plant-based materials such as paper and bamboo are often advertised as being more sustainable and eco-friendly than those made from plastic," commented Thimo Groffen, PhD, one of the study's authors and an environmental scientist at the University of Antwerp.

"However, the presence ...

Every stage of plastic production and use is harming human health: report

March 24, 2023 -

(Article by Tatum McConnell republished from

Experts say the report is one of the most comprehensive to date in compiling evidence of plastics’ risks for humans, the environment and the economy at every stage of their lifecycle. The commission — a group of researchers organized by the Australian foundation Minderoo, the Scientific Center of Monaco and Boston College — found plastics disproportionately harm low-income communities, people of color and children. ...

Another “green” FAIL: Recycled plastic found to be environmentally UNFRIENDLY and saturated with toxic chemicals

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As many as 13,000 different chemicals have been identified in the manufacture of plastics. And since the government does not require testing for all of them, it is unknown exactly what these chemicals do to the human body upon consumption or absorption.

The Minderoo Foundation recently released a resource to help the public learn about these chemical toxins. The group's new open-access database contains about 3,500 studies on plastics chemicals that were published between ...

Report: Plastic production set to TRIPLE by 2050, exposing many to toxic particles and chemicals

March 26, 2023 -

The Minderoo-Monaco Commission on Plastics and Human Health (MMCPHH) indicated this in its report published in the Annals of Global Health. According to the report, the threefold increase of plastic production could expose many to dangerous chemicals.

Experts lauded the MMCPHH report as one of the most comprehensive to date – given that it collects shreds of evidence on the dangers of plastics to humans, the environment and the economy at every stage of their lifecycle....

Sharks are behaving strangely and plastic pollution could be to blame

July 10, 2023 -

Now, sharks are behaving strangely and plastic pollution in the ocean may be to blame.

There's so much plastic in the ocean and sharks may be ingesting microplastics that get into their systems and may alter their brain function.

This year’s Sharkfest series began on July 2, and the shows cover four weeks on different streaming services such as National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo Mundo, Disney+, Hulu and ESPN2.

Sharkfest highlights include:


Report reveals recycling plastic releases toxic “chemical cocktail” into the environment

June 27, 2023 -

However, a shocking report from Greenpeace and the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) revealed that plastics contain toxic chemicals that can enter products and interact to create new harmful substances during the recycling process.

The report comes as negotiators from over 180 nations meet in Paris this year to discuss a global plastics treaty and develop regulations to address the plastic pollution crisis.Capping plastic production still a major ...

Study: Plastic pollution in some lakes is WORSE than the most contaminated parts of the oceans

July 30, 2023 -

Two types of lakes are particularly vulnerable to plastic contamination. The first type pertains to lakes and reservoirs in densely populated and urbanized areas. The second pertains to large lakes and reservoirs with elevated deposition areas, long-water retention times and high levels of environmental change caused or influenced by people – either directly or indirectly.

In the study published in the journal Nature, the authors led by researchers from the University of ...

EPA failed to regulate billions of gallons of industrial wastewater laced with toxic chemicals, lawsuit alleges

April 13, 2023 -

(Article by Tennessee Riverkeeper republished from

The Clean Water Act requires the EPA to limit discharges of industrial pollutants based on the best available wastewater treatment methods and to tighten those limits at least once every five years when data show treatment technologies have improved.

But the EPA has never set limits for many pollutants and has failed to update the few decades-old limits that exist — including limits set ...

Study finds that FRAGRANCES used in personal care products are loaded with cancer-causing, diabetes-promoting chemical that targets WHITE women with degenerative disease

February 13, 2023 -

Published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the paper explains how phthalates, a class of chemical used to improve the durability of plastics and make fragrance chemicals last longer on the skin, increases a woman's risk of diabetes by anywhere from 30 to 63 percent, depending on the concentration in her urine.

Because they mimic the activity of estrogen in the body, phthalates are linked to all sorts of health conditions, including breast and ovarian ...

Microplastics are everywhere, including in New Zealand’s rainfall

January 06, 2023 -

The first peer-reviewed study of its kind to calculate the total mass of microplastics in a city's air, the paper found that the pollution equivalent of three million plastic bottles falls on Auckland in an average year – a truly astounding level that is much higher than generally accepted estimates.

Researchers say the global prevalence of airborne microplastics appears to be much higher than previously believed. Most of these particulates are too small to be seen with ...

Common chemicals in shampoo and soap found to increase diabetes risk in women

February 15, 2023 -

Researchers discovered that phthalates, a common chemical in personal hygiene products like shampoo and soap, can raise a woman’s risk of developing diabetes by more than 60 percent. Data also showed that people with higher levels of phthalates in their urine are at least 30 to 63 percent more likely to develop diabetes.

The study was published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism and conducted by scientists from the University of Michigan (U-M).Why ...

Scientists create eye tissue using stem cells and 3D printing

January 13, 2023 -

A group of researchers from the National Eye Institute (NEI), a branch of the National Institutes of Health, printed a combination of cells that compose the outer blood-retina barrier, the eye tissue that assists the retina's light-sensing photoreceptors.

This technique theoretically gives unlimited supply of eye tissue to study degenerative retinal diseases like age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and better understand how to cure or treat these diseases. (Related: Researchers ...

Sperm counts continue to PLUMMET worldwide as assault on men rages

February 24, 2023 -

An international team of researchers reviewed 2,936 scholarly abstracts and 868 full articles about the subject, as well as analyzed data from 38 sperm count studies conducted on six continents. They published their findings in this latest report, which is an update to an earlier one they published in 2017.

That 2017 study found that sperm counts had fallen in North America, Europe, and Australia by over 50 percent in 50 years. This latest study also includes new data ...

Five-acre plastic plant pots warehouse in Florida CATCHES FIRE, releasing fumes similar to those at Ohio train derailment site

February 17, 2023 -

The nursery supply company initially lost about two acres' worth of plastic planters that were set ablaze in the inferno before the entire five acres went up in smoke. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The incident occurred around 2am when local firemen were notified about flames and smoke at Nursey Supplies, Inc., located at 2050 Ave. A in Kissimmee. The nursery itself did not catch fire, but the warehouse did. Flames as high as two stories tall were ...

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