Chemicals and Environment

“If this paper were about science,” says Geoffrey Kabat: Purported link between BPA from cash receipts and health effects

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Earlier this week, we discussed a study conducted by Frederick vom Saal, the best-known fringe anti-BPA activist posing as a scientist, attempting to link “high” levels of BPA in the blood stream and urine from the handling of thermal paper cash receipts to increased risk of serious diseases. Yet, as ACSH advisor Dr. Geoffrey Continue reading

Avoid those thermal paper cash receipts, says well known anti-science BPA critic, vom Saal

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If you believe what you read about BPA and its harmful effects on human health, a topic that we here at ACSH have taken on many times, the latest development from Frederick vom Saal, Professor of Biological Sciences at Continue reading

A call for more attention to be paid to the benefits of nuclear energy

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An op-ed in Forbes.com wonders why clean, safe, zero-carbon-footprint nuclear energy has so few friends in high places these days. ACSH advisor and co-author of our publication on nuclear energy has some thoughts, but no answers. Continue reading

Texas town to vote on proposal to ban fracking. In Texas? Near the biggest shale deposits in America?

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A surprising new front in the war against fracking: Texas, the heart of the fossil fuel industry. Although the anti-frackers (?fractavists) are as scientifically clueless as their New York State fellow-activists, the upcoming vote may be close. Continue reading

BPA linked to diminished childhood lung function—in Bizzaro World

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A recent study examining the association between prenatal BPA exposure and lung function has been making headlines, often with titles similar to “BPA linked to asthma.” However, the actual study is about as Continue reading

Agenda-based precautionary ban of neonics causes the opposite of its intent

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A cogent opinion piece in The Times of London exposes the fallacy of the EU’s precautionary ban of a safe and effective class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. Their ban is not based on actual evidence, but rather politics and agenda. Continue reading

A new study from Federal geologists — AND Tyrone Hayes! — shows no frog harm from atrazine

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Will wonders never cease? Strident “toxic atrazine” mythologizer Tyrone Hayes of UC-Berkeley finds no evidence of amphibian effects from the common, safe and effective herbicide. Continue reading

California bans single-use plastic bags

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This past Tuesday, Gov. Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr. signed a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in grocery and convenience stores, making California the first state to ban plastic bags. The law will take effect in July 2015, when plastic Continue reading

Ho Hum. Blum is Glum

Here she goes again. Deborah Blum couldn’t resist bemoaning the state of our environment—this time, trace chemicals in water. In her New York Times Sept 25th blog, “A Rising Tide of Contaminants,” Blum seems to be trying to convince us that we are drinking pure poison. If followed to its logical conclusion, one might wonder why anyone is still alive. Continue reading

Want to really reduce climate impacts? Don’t fear fracking, promote nuclear instead!

An op-ed in today’s New York Daily News calls for attention to be paid — to nuclear energy. This would help fill our energy needs without any impact on climate. It is posited as a message to the masses streaming to New York for the climate march this Sunday. Continue reading




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