2017-02-14T07:00:00-05:00Here's a fact that may surprise you: In 2013, Massachusetts manufacturers used more than 57 million pounds of methanol. The toxic alcohol, linked to reproduction and other health concerns, is found in products such as windshield washer fluid and used as industrial solvents in manufacturing.
2017-02-14T12:00:00-05:00DuPont and its spinoff company Chemours will pay $670 million to settle a decades-old battle over C8, a chemical it used to make Teflon, and which has been linked to a host of health problems including cancer. The settlement announced Monday affects more than 3,500 personal-injury claims by residents in Ohio and West Virginia. It also could impact complaints over the use of the chemical elsewhere in the United States and other countries. The settlement includes $1.6 million that will be paid to each of 270 plaintiffs with cancers, the most serious of six illnesses linked to the chemical.
2017-02-08T07:00:00-05:00The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that New York has adopted official sea-level rise projections that will help state agencies and coastal communities better plan for the impacts of a changing climate. "New York is already experiencing the impacts of our changing climate in the form of severe storms and weather events, and our sea levels are rising about two times faster than the global average," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "Thanks to Governor Cuomo's leadership and the Community Risk and Resiliency Act, New York is out in front, building resiliency into permitting and funding actions, and providing key information, like sea-level rise projections, to help local governments, business owners, and planners ensure public safety and prevent the loss of property and services."
2017-02-02T07:00:00-05:00SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.--Toxic mercury is once again increasing in some Great Lakes fish and birds after decades of consistent, promising reductions. Scientists are still trying to figure out what's going on, but one of the suspected culprits in reversing decades of mercury reductions in wildlife is a climate change-induced increase in water temperatures. Mercury is a known toxic--in wildlife it impairs reproduction, growth, behavior, or just flat-out kills them. The reports of increases are a surprise as there's been steady progress on mercury since the 1970s. Fewer domestic coal plants, accountable for about half of U.S. mercury emissions, helped decrease pollution.