Food Packaging Chemicals May Contribute to 100,000 US Deaths Per Year, Study Finds

Phthalates are found in many household products, including cosmetics and food packaging. Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty

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The group of chemicals called phthalates, also known as plasticizers, may contribute to the early deaths of 91,000 to 107,000 older adults in the US each year, according to a new study.

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Food Packaging Chemicals May Contribute to 100,000 US Deaths Per Year, Study Finds

Phthalates are found in many household products, including cosmetics and food packaging. Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty

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The group of chemicals called phthalates, also known as plasticizers, may contribute to the early deaths of 91,000 to 107,000 older adults in the US each year, according to a new study.

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Babies Ingesting High Levels of Microplastics, Alarming Research Finds

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Whenever a plastic bag or bottle degrades, it breaks into ever smaller pieces that work their way into nooks in the environment. When you wash synthetic fabrics, tiny plastic fibers break loose and flow out to sea. When you drive, plastic bits fly off your tires and brakes.

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Babies Ingesting High Levels of Microplastics, Alarming Research Finds

Joel Saget/Getty

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This story was originally published by Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
Whenever a plastic bag or bottle degrades, it breaks into ever smaller pieces that work their way into nooks in the environment. When you wash synthetic fabrics, tiny plastic fibers break loose and flow out to sea. When you drive, plastic bits fly off your tires and brakes.

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Study on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Finds ‘Conclusions Were Often Erroneous’

The largest-ever black-box study on the accuracy of bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA), a widely used forensic technique, has found concerning error rates and disagreement among analysts.
The study, published in the August 2021 volume of Forensic Science International, is the most rigorous attempt so far to measure the accuracy and reproducibility of BPA, in which analysts interpret bloodstains at crime scenes.
“Our results show that conclusions were often erroneous and often contradicted other analysts,” the report found.

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Allbirds, Outdoor Voices, Dims., and More Sustainable Brands to Shop Right Now

The fight to stay sustainable is a valuable one, both for brand and consumer. As more and more companies are focusing their efforts to reign in their plastic use and upgrade their recycling status, we as consumers benefit. The earth is hungry for help and these brands are aiming to give it a fighting chance by reducing their single-use plastic consumption, using recycled fabrics, and opting for more sustainable options for packaging.
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Allbirds
Yep, even Allbirds is on a mission towards sustainability and aiming towards being a carbon neutral business.

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What Are Sperm Telling Us?

Uncertainty remains, research sometimes conflicts and biological pathways aren’t always clear. There are competing theories about whether the sperm count decline is real and what might cause it and about why girls appear to be reaching puberty earlier, and it’s sometimes unclear whether an increase in male genital abnormalities reflects actual rising numbers or just better reporting.

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Millions of Texans Are Freezing Right Now — Our Deregulated Electrical Grid Is to Blame

The Alamo is under two inches of snow. The daytime temperature for Austin is 20 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s 19 in Houston, 12 in Dallas, and 0 degrees in the panhandle. Texas, home to twenty-nine million Americans, is experiencing one of its coldest winters ever. Nearly unprecedented snow and ice have also created dangerous conditions on roads and have caused at least twenty-three deaths so far.
And to make matters much worse, Texas’s electricity grid is utterly failing.

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Millions of Texans Are Freezing Right Now — Our Deregulated Electrical Grid Is to Blame

The Alamo is under two inches of snow. The daytime temperature for Austin is 20 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s 19 in Houston, 12 in Dallas, and 0 degrees in the panhandle. Texas, home to twenty-nine million Americans, is experiencing one of its coldest winters ever. Nearly unprecedented snow and ice have also created dangerous conditions on roads and have caused at least twenty-three deaths so far.
And to make matters much worse, Texas’s electricity grid is utterly failing.

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