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Welcome to Chemical & Engineering News's Environmental SCENE, an up-to-the-minute collection of news about environmental research, business, and policy, including coverage of climate change, pollution, toxic substances, and sustainability.

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Cutting coal has reduced atmospheric mercury in northeastern U.S.

20 Jan 2017 21:46:35 +0000

Decreased pollution from coal-fired power plants has led to a decline in the region’s atmospheric mercury since 2000(image)

Civil suit filed against University of Hawaii for lab explosion

19 Jan 2017 23:11:00 +0000

Injured researcher Thea Ekins-Coward and her spouse allege negligence and emotional distress(image)

EPA makes slew of decisions on pesticides

13 Jan 2017 18:44:55 +0000

Policies and rules completed in finals days of Obama Administration(image)

Nanomaterials makers must report production, safety data

13 Jan 2017 17:27:11 +0000

EPA finalizes long-awaited regulation(image)

OSHA sets lower beryllium exposure limit

13 Jan 2017 15:47:45 +0000

Agency estimates that rule will save the lives of 94 workers annually(image)

As Chinese manufacturing booms, residents choke

09 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Manufacturing rebound in China could be short-lived if authorities crack down on pollution(image)

DuPont faces more legal liabilities for cleanups

02 Jan 2017 06:01:00 +0000

PFOA contamination and the environmental legacy of Chambers Works plague the firm as it awaits a combination with Dow(image)

EPA bans 72 inert ingredients

02 Jan 2017 06:00:00 +0000


EPA issues long-delayed chemical plant safety rule

28 Dec 2016 12:38:00 +0000

Risk management requirements revised(image)

Some teethers advertised as BPA-free leach the compound

22 Dec 2016 18:19:00 +0000

Many baby teethers likely expose children using them to low levels of bisphenol A and other endocrine disruptors(image)

Lonza will acquire capsule maker Capsugel

15 Dec 2016 19:06:00 +0000

Swiss pharma chemicals firm joins competitors in adding drug formulation services(image)

EPA flexes muscle under new TSCA

30 Nov 2016 16:19:00 +0000

Agency picks first 10 chemicals, including asbestos, for safety evaluation(image)

Still a global menace

28 Nov 2016 06:00:00 +0000

Health concerns prompt calls to end production and use of deadly substance in the U.S. and beyond(image)

Cement could be a helpful carbon sink

22 Nov 2016 21:36:00 +0000

Model suggests cement reacting with CO₂ can offset part of the emissions from its production(image)

Will the artificial leaf sprout to combat climate change?

21 Nov 2016 06:00:00 +0000

Technology to produce fuels from sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide faces scientific and economic challenges(image)

Synthetic biology pulls CO2 out of the atmosphere

17 Nov 2016 23:41:00 +0000

A suite of enzymes borrowed from humans, plants, and other life-forms can turn the greenhouse gas into industrial building block chemicals(image)

EPA reaffirms plan to ban chlorpyrifos on food

17 Nov 2016 00:56:00 +0000

Agency cites concerns about neurotoxicity of organophosphate insecticide(image)

Seabirds eat plastic pollution because it smells good

14 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000

Study shows that plastic debris grows algae, which in turn produces a chemical with an enticing aroma(image)

Two-faced fabric separates oil from emulsions

14 Nov 2016 06:00:57 +0000

Cotton coated with cleverly designed polymer could find use cleaning up oil spills(image)

Iron catalyst reduces oxyanion pollutants

14 Nov 2016 06:00:53 +0000

Inspired by enzyme active sites, new catalyst could clean up pervasive nitrate and perchlorate contaminants in the environment(image)

Sulfur hexafluoride is added to the fluorination tool box

14 Nov 2016 06:00:52 +0000

Chemists introduce first practical method for using SF6 as a fluorinating reagent in organic synthesis(image)

Bromine-containing dyes dwarf flame retardants in house dust

11 Nov 2016 18:53:00 +0000

Mutagenic azo dyes are the most prevalent brominated compounds in dust(image)

Bugs, they’re what’s for dinner

11 Nov 2016 06:00:00 +0000

Edible insects could supply as much dietary iron as meat(image)

Mutagenic dyes prevalent in house dust

10 Nov 2016 06:00:00 +0000

Screening unveils the largest class of brominated compounds present in the home(image)

What Election 2016 means for the chemistry enterprise

09 Nov 2016 15:30:00 +0000

Less federal research funding and regulation expected; expansion of legal marijuana could be a boon for analytical testing companies(image)

Bugs, not beef

08 Nov 2016 21:47:00 +0000

Edible insects could supply as much dietary iron as meat(image)

Pristine Stone Age wood and bone artifacts are being dissolved by sulfuric acid in the soil

07 Nov 2016 06:00:44 +0000

Draining of the boggy area for agriculture turned a pristine archeological site into a treacherous place for artifacts(image)

Cold fusion died 25 years ago, but the research lives on

07 Nov 2016 06:00:00 +0000

Scientists continue to study unusual heat-generating effects, some hoping for vindication, others for an eventual payday(image)

EPA greenlights 2,4-D and glyphosate mixture

02 Nov 2016 18:21:00 +0000

Proposal would expand use of Dow’s Enlist Duo herbicide(image)

General Electric to exit water treatment by 2017

02 Nov 2016 17:58:00 +0000

Proceeds will pay for an enlargement of the firm’s oil services business(image)

New weapons in the fight against fungal wilt

31 Oct 2016 16:34:00 +0000

C&EN and CAS examine the intellectual property behind the fight against fusarium wilt disease(image)

Formaldehyde protects lignin during biomass processing

31 Oct 2016 04:13:53 +0000

Simple treatment keeps natural polymer from turning into sludge(image)

Heat-shock proteins have unrecognized roles in cells

31 Oct 2016 04:13:21 +0000

This family of cellular paramedics doesn’t just help peptide chains fold; it also assists mature, folded proteins to get their jobs done(image)

Long-sought atmospheric intermediate detected

28 Oct 2016 11:34:28 +0000

Study helps confirm 43-year-old mechanistic proposal for CO2-forming reaction(image)

Chlorine gas released in Kansas distillery chemical mix-up

27 Oct 2016 23:30:56 +0000

U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigating accident(image)

Chemical Safety Board says multiple errors led to fatal accident

27 Oct 2016 21:58:00 +0000

Two workers died in 2013 Williams Olefin chemical plant explosion(image)

ExoMars orbiter ready to map trace gases

26 Oct 2016 04:54:00 +0000

Although Schiaparelli lander crashed, mission’s orbiter will take data around red planet for next four years(image)

Chemical Safety Board says multiple errors led to fatal accident

24 Oct 2016 18:42:43 +0000

Two workers died in 2013 Williams Olefin chemical plant explosion(image)

ExoMars orbiter ready to map trace gases

24 Oct 2016 16:28:00 +0000

Although Schiaparelli lander crashed, mission’s orbiter will take data around red planet for next four years(image)

Concrete skin detects cracking and chemical leaks

24 Oct 2016 05:00:48 +0000

Researchers develop a silver and copper coating to monitor the structural integrity of building materials(image)

Chilling tomatoes blocks production of flavor-making enzymes

24 Oct 2016 05:00:45 +0000

Researchers discover that cold temperatures lead to methylation of genes involved in making tomatoes tastier(image)

Extracting inorganic ions, organically

24 Oct 2016 05:00:11 +0000

Organic ligands help sequester and separate inorganic ions in mining and nuclear waste treatment(image)

Deep divisions impede House Science Committee

24 Oct 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Attacks and infighting from the previously congenial committee worry the science community(image)