Phthalates are chemicals in plastics which are known as endocrine disruptors, impacting normal hormonal function. A new study looks at how phthalates affect sex differentiation in fetuses during early pregnancy.
Farms and wastewater have gotten a lot of attention for contributing nutrients that create harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and the Chesapeake Bay. More recently, the spotlight has focused on lawn care. International regulators and others are pushing Pennsylvania to ban some lawn fertilizers.
The 24th Annual International Water Tasting Competition took place recently in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. One of the judges was West Virginia Public Broadcasting Executive Director Scott Finn. He lives in Charleston, where his family had to deal with the chemical spill and water crisis earlier this year. This gave Finn a decidedly different viewpoint as he rated the water.
On April 17, when 30 tons of fertilizer detonated in West, Texas, a shock wave travelling faster than the speed of sound crushed homes. The same chemical that blew up West—ammonium nitrate—is manufactured in Donora, Pa., 20 miles south of Pittsburgh.
Plankton, fish, and birds are taking center stage at the Carnegie libraries this summer.
For many regional farmers, the most popular weed-killer is becoming less effective.