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June 20, 2016

PCBs and other organic pollutants reach the deep ocean

Persistent organic pollutants extend 2,500 m deep in the Atlantic Ocean, but at concentrations not acutely toxic to deep-sea organisms

June 20, 2016

Metathesis is a degrading experience for plastics

Mild reaction breaks down polyethylene waste into liquid fuels and waxes

June 20, 2016

Cleaning up tar-contaminated sediments using renewable and recycled materials

A biosurfactant from corn gluten meal and hemp combined with polystyrene could reduce remediation costs

June 20, 2016

Pressure is on the U.S. to relax marijuana’s legal status

Proponents argue move would advance medical research, ensure safety of products that are legal in some states

June 16, 2016

EU proposes criteria for identifying chemicals that alter hormones

Debate over classification of pesticides, biocides intensifies

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