Tag: Hazardous and Toxic Substances

Judge Puts Cloud Over Settlement of Roundup Cancer Claims

An agreement to pay more than $10 billion to settle thousands of claims that the popular weedkiller Roundup causes cancer is at risk of unraveling. Although the bulk of the complex deal between Roundup’s manufacturer, the German conglomerate Bayer, and a raft of plaintiff lawyers does not require court approval, one crucial piece does: a […]

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Roundup Maker to Pay $10 Billion to Settle Cancer Suits

Bayer, the world’s largest seed and pesticide maker, has agreed to pay more than $10 billion to settle tens of thousands of claims in the United States that its popular weedkiller Roundup causes cancer, the company said Wednesday. The figure includes $1.25 billion to deal with potential future claims from people who used Roundup and […]

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Women With Cancer Awarded Billions in Baby Powder Suit

A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday ordered Johnson & Johnson and a subsidiary to pay $2.1 billion in damages to women who blamed their ovarian cancer on the company’s talcum products, including its iconic baby powder. The decision slashed by more than half a record award of $4.69 billion in compensatory and punitive damages to […]

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9 Hand Sanitizers May Be Toxic, F.D.A. Warns

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid nine hand sanitizer products manufactured in Mexico because, it said, they may contain methanol, a substance that can be toxic if absorbed through the skin or ingested. In an advisory dated Friday, the agency said it had tested samples of two products, Lavar Gel and […]

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Toxic Ghosts

My father is dying, besieged by both emphysema and a metastatic colon cancer that’s migrated to his lungs. I shudder in recognition because I’ve nearly been killed twice by raging diseases: An unusually aggressive prostate cancer, and an uncontrollable ulcerative colitis. What haunts Dad and me all these decades later, as we help each other […]

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Toxic Ghosts

My father is dying, besieged by both emphysema and a metastatic colon cancer that’s migrated to his lungs. I shudder in recognition because I’ve nearly been killed twice by raging diseases: An unusually aggressive prostate cancer, and an uncontrollable ulcerative colitis. What haunts Dad and me all these decades later, as we help each other […]

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Michigan Dam Disaster Threatens Major Dow Toxic-Chemical Superfund Site

The compound, which also houses the chemical giant’s world headquarters, lies on the banks of the Tittabawassee River in Midland, a city that emergency officials say could soon be under as much as nine feet of water. Kyle Bandlow, a Dow spokesman, confirmed that as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, floodwaters had reached the site’s outer […]

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In the Shadows of America’s Smokestacks, Virus Is One More Deadly Risk

This isn’t the first time Vicki Dobbins’s town has been forced to shelter in place. Last year, the Marathon Petroleum refinery that looms over her neighborhood near Detroit emitted a pungent gas, causing nausea and dizziness among neighbors and prompting health officials to warn people to stay inside. When a stay-at-home advisory returned in March, […]

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As India Reopens, Deadly Accidents Break Out

NEW DELHI — Sixteen migrant workers were crushed to death by a freight train in central India on Friday as they were traveling home, the latest casualties connected to India’s coronavirus lockdown and efforts to reopen the economy. Just the day before, a disaster at a plastics factory that was reopening after a lockdown killed […]

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Gas Leak in India at LG Factory Sickens Hundreds

An apparent gas leak at a chemical factory owned by the South Korean company LG Corp. in eastern India made at least 1,000 people sick early Thursday, according to local media reports. Video footage showed dozens of men and women lying unconscious in the street. At least three people were reported dead, with dozens more […]

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Trump’s Disinfectant Talk Trips Up Sites’ Vows Against Misinformation

SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, said in March that promoting bleach as a cure for the coronavirus was “misinformation that has imminent risk of danger” and that such messages would immediately be removed from the social network. President Trump has now put Mr. Zuckerberg’s comments to the test. At a White House […]

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As Coronavirus Spreads, Poison Hotlines See Rise in Accidents With Cleaning Products

As awareness of the coronavirus pandemic has spread throughout the United States, doctors who monitor activity at poison call centers have noticed an alarming trend: a significant increase in accidental exposures to household cleaners and disinfectants. A study released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that calls to poison hotlines this […]

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The Types of Plastics Families Should Avoid

This guide was originally published on Sept. 19, 2019. Take a look around your home and count the items that are made with or contain plastic. Then, consider the less obvious sources: the dust accumulating on your bookshelf, the linings of soup cans, food packaging, cosmetics, even your tap water and beer. Plastic is everywhere, […]

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To Study a Problem That’s Everywhere, They’re Getting Creative

SAN DIEGO — Three years ago, Dimitri Deheyn noticed intensely blue stringy shapes as he examined jellyfish samples through a microscope in his marine biology lab at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. He assumed his lens was dirty, so he wiped it off with a special cloth. Then […]

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How Big Businesses Get a ‘Deep Clean’ in Coronavirus Pandemic

On a recent day on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, traders were cheek-to-cheek as stock prices flashed above them. They stood in clusters shouting, sharing screens, sharing pizza, sharing pens. They shook hands, leaned over shoulders, patted each others’ backs, hugged. There were no windows open. The New York Stock Exchange was […]

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Man Sentenced to 54 Years for Crash That Killed 3 Girl Scouts and a Mother

A Wisconsin man who plowed a pickup truck into a troop of Girl Scouts who were picking up trash on the side of a road, killing three girls and one mother, was sentenced this week to 54 years in prison. The man, Colten Treu, 23, had inhaled twice from an aerosol can used to clean […]

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Caneel Bay: Why a Caribbean Paradise Remains in Ruins

Browned palm leaves fan over the white-sand beaches of Caneel Bay Resort. Peeling paint buckles on the exterior walls of roofless cabins. Inside, white curtains, still knotted, drape like ripped cobwebs from windows, and mold-matted mattresses sag without their frames. A back door swings wide. Long considered the crown jewel of St. John, a small […]

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Air Pollution, Evolution, and the Fate of Billions of Humans

The threat of air pollution grabs our attention when we see it — for example, the tendrils of smoke of Australian brush fires, now visible from space, or the poisonous soup of smog that descends on cities like New Delhi in the winter. But polluted air also harms billions of people on a continuing basis. […]

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When the Cobra Bites, You’ll Be Glad Someone Sequenced Its Genome

Scientists have sequenced the genome of one of the deadliest snakes in the world, the Indian cobra, and have taken a big step toward developing new and better treatments for their bites. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that thousands of people are bitten by snakes in the United States every year, […]

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Johnson & Johnson Lawsuits Raise Fears Over Baby Powder

Episode 14: ‘v. Johnson & Johnson’ Producer/Director Alyse Shorland You’d recognize that distinctive fragrance anywhere. It’s the smell of innocence. Johnson & Johnson has touted its signature baby powder as gentle enough for a baby’s bottom for more than a century. And though its talcum powder represents only a fraction of the pharmaceutical and cosmetic […]

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