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Plastic chemicals linked to $249 billion in US health care costs in just one year, study finds

By contributing to the development of chronic disease and death, a group of hormone-disruptive plastic chemicals is costing the US health care system billions — over $249 billion in 2018 alone, a new study found.

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Protesters outside of the plastic treaty negotiations this week in Nairobi. (Credit: UNEP)

“Plastic will overwhelm us:” Scientists say health should be the core of global plastic treaty

United Nations’ draft treaty pays “lip service” to the known science, according to the group of international scientists who drafted an alternative health-focused treaty.

More than 20 international scientists put forth a plan today to encourage world leaders to put human health at the center of global plastic treaty negotiations taking place this week in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Why you should stop using laundry pods right now

Save money and go easier on the planet with these tips and alternatives.

Julia Belluz: Scientists don't agree on what causes obesity, but they know what doesn't
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Julia Belluz: Scientists don't agree on what causes obesity, but they know what doesn't

Rates of obesity won’t budge as long as society views it as a personal issue.
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A new analysis shows a “crisis” of male reproductive health

Global average sperm count is declining at a quicker pace than previously known, chemical exposure is a suspected culprit.

For years, scientists across the world have gathered evidence showing declines in sperm quality. Now, new research compiling the results of those studies has found that sperm count has dropped dramatically around the world, and the rate of decline is accelerating.

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After 60 years, 'Silent Spring' is still changing the world

After 60 years, 'Silent Spring' is still changing the world

A scientist, farmer, journalist, biologist, and community organizer reflect on the power and ongoing impact of Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking book, and the work that remains to be done.
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Making the connection between PFAS and fossil fuels

Besides emitting actual PFAS, the factories that manufacture and work with the substances emit potent greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.