Chemicals and Environment

Public’s and scientists’ views diverge widely on important Issues

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A survey by the Pew Research Center, in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), asked members of the public, on the one hand, and scientists associated with AAAS on the other, about a range of scientific and health issues often in the news. Continue reading

A Profile in Cowardice: Cuomo’s Fracking Ban (Commentary)

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Dr. Gilbert Ross in Syracuse.com, January 26, 2015.

After putting off the decision during his self-imposed four-year “moratorium,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last month that New York State will ban hydraulic fracturing Continue reading

New, long-term study by PA Environmental agency shows low risk of radiation from fracking

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Among the many nonsensical agenda-driven attacks on fracking, the allegation that the process produces dangerous radiation is among the more ludicrous. Now the PA environmental agency agrees. Continue reading

What is really killing bees? You may be surprised.

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It has been accepted dogma in certain circles that we a suffering a global catastrophe of bee colony collapse, which, of course is caused by use of insecticides.

The only problem with this is, as we have discussed before, there is no bee colony collapse: Continue reading

“The Science of the ‘Endocrine Disrupter’ Debate” explains the absence of science

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An opinion piece in the Independent Women’s Forum by CEI’s Angela Logomasini explores the science behind “endocrine disruptors.” Summary: there isn’t any. Continue reading

Henry Miller in the Wall St. Journal: EPA/USDA strangled biopharming in its cradle

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In his op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Henry Miller reminisces, sardonically, about the vast potential — wasted — of “biopharming”: genetically modifying plants to make pharmaceuticals. The regulators choked it to death.
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Next up: BPD(uh)?

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Fear, Inc. is having a big day on the New York Stock exchange. It is up 45 percent on heavy volume.

How could it not be? After all, the plastic component BPS — supposedly a safe replacement for BPA — isn’t looking so great after all. BPA (bisphenol A) is a chemical so “deadly” that Times columnist Nick Kristof — by far the most accomplished toxicological expert who never took a chemistry class — refuses to touch cash register receipts because they contain small amounts of the chemical. Continue reading

Health News: Tanning dangers, Flu woes, & Dr. Ross’ op-ed

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The latest health news: the dangers of tanning and skin cancer, CDC’s recommendations on treating the flu, & Dr. Ross’s latest op-ed published in The Hill. Continue reading

Interior Secretary Jewell calls out fracking bans as antithetical to U.S. interests

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Sound advice on “fracking” from an unexpected source: Obama’s Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, castigated those towns, counties and even one particular state for banning hydraulic fracturing, based on politics and fear, not science and certainly not economics. Continue reading

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