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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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Pollution lawsuit could curb use of aerial fire retardant

A legal dispute in Montana could drastically curb the government’s use of aerial fire retardant to combat wildfires after environmentalists raised concerns about waterways that are being polluted with the potentially toxic red slurry that’s dropped from aircraft.

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Opinion: If we stop burning fossil fuels, will we end up with more plastic and toxic chemicals?
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Opinion: If we stop burning fossil fuels, will we end up with more plastic and toxic chemicals?

Shifting away from using fossil fuels for energy is essential for our climate future, but if we aren't careful we may unintentionally encourage a shift that is also unsafe and unsustainable.

Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines
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Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Peter Dykstra joins host Jenni Doering to talk about a chemical factory fire in Rockton, Illinois that was put out with flame retardants containing PFAS "forever chemicals". Next they dive into companies like Logitech and Panera Bread that are putting carbon labels on their products.

Coastal and seafaring polar bears have different chemical exposures
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Coastal and seafaring polar bears have different chemical exposures

Changes in the Barents Sea caused by global warming are leading to differences
Pollution in Puyallup River is harming salmon runs

Pollution in Puyallup River is harming salmon runs

The Puyallup River is the second most polluted in the Puget Sound area and its salmon runs are being harmed, which in turn hurts orcas. Scientists are studying where PCBs and other contaminants are coming from.
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