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Caution ahead in petrochemicals

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In coming years, petrochemical makers will need to navigate through economic uncertainty, a cyclical downturn, and a plastic waste crisis

Planned cyanide plant sparks legal battle in Louisiana

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Company sues after local authorities rescind a permit to build it

Hurricane Harvey flushed toxic metals into Houston's water

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A sweeping study of water quality in the storm's aftermath concludes that the storm flushed metals and acidic water into Galveston Bay

Ocean survey tracks rising plastic pollution

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Historical records reveal that plastic debris in the North Atlantic has soared since the 1990s

As more opioids go down the drain, scientists are tracking them in the environment

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Researchers have begun sampling water and sediment to understand the extent of the problem

Air pollution kills 780,000 people in Africa each year

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Modeling study from NASA suggests Saharan dust storms account for much of the burden

China's regional clean air efforts can hike pollution elsewhere

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Emission control policies shift emission sources to other areas

US EPA recommends cleanup level for PFOS and PFOA in groundwater

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70 ppt standard would apply to aquifers that are current or potential sources of drinking water

Benzene found in the water supply of fire-ravaged Paradise, California

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Utilities and water experts grapple with second occurrence of wildfire-related contamination

Epoxide synthesis goes green thanks to electrochemistry

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Electrocatalytic oxidation of olefins in water cuts CO2 out of the equation

Benzene found in the water supply of fire-ravaged Paradise, California

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Utilities and water experts grapple with second occurrence of wildfire-related contamination

US EPA recommends cleanup level for PFOS and PFOA in groundwater

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70 parts per trillion standard would apply to aquifers that are current or potential sources of drinking water

Growth in renewable energy capacity didn't increase in 2018

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Lack of steady ramp-up in investment raises concerns over climate goals

Imports of plastic waste will need advance approval

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Governments agree to control of international shipments of used material

Explosion rocks silicone plant

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4 workers are dead following disaster at AB Specialty Silicones site in Waukegan, Illinois

Agricultural ponds are a surprising greenhouse gas sink

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Small bodies of water may soak up N2O instead of emitting it

Root chemicals help plant shape soil microbiome

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The roots of Arabidopsis synthesize triterpenes that repel or attract certain soil microbes

New electrochemical method detects PFOS and PFOA

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Bubble nucleation is the basis for rapid and cost-effective analysis

Using CO2 as a chemical feedstock could slash greenhouse gas emissions

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The climate-mitigation potential of carbon capture and utilization has been underestimated, but the technology's power consumption will hinder widespread adoption

Shipments of plastic waste will need advance approval from recipient countries

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187 governments agree to control international shipments of used material

Thermo Fisher will acquire a GSK plant in Ireland

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The latest in a series of acquisitions adds oncology-drug active capacity

Root chemicals help a plant shape soil microbiome

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The roots of Arabidopsis synthesize triterpenes that repel or attract certain soil microbes

In the drug services industry, growth has no end in sight

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Transformative investments, and capacity expansions abound at CPhI North America

Rare earths facility planned for the US

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A joint venture of Lynas and Blue Line wants to fill a supply chain gap

Podcast: How robots are revolutionizing chemical oceanography

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Automated vessels are making it possible for scientists to monitor chemistry anytime, anywhere in Earth's oceans

US water utilities and states want data on PFAS production and use

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Information would help pinpoint where this pollution is coming from

Prohibited CFC production pinpointed to northeast China

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Region's emissions of ozone-depleting trichlorofluoromethane rose sharply over past decade

The newest food trend is in the ground

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Food companies' sustainability goals hinge on soil health