Climate Change News
Bank confirms sale of carbon allowances under NER300 scheme has raised fresh funds for investment in clean energy
European Parliament backs a raft of reforms designed to cut emissions and fuel use across the transport sector
Large companies across the EU to face new non-financial reporting regulations, after long-awaited rules are passed by MEPs
Reuters' reports suggest reforms to national environmental law will provide officials with sweeping new powers to tackle polluters
With a £12m IPO in the pipeline the UK-based building energy management specialist is preparing to heat up the green home market
Climate Change Capital chairman argues that the exciting clean technologies offered by the automotive sector prove green products can be better than the alternatives they replace
What happens when one of the world’s greener, smarter cities meets the hyper-connected world? We’re about to find out
A new report by EDF, Toxics Across America [PDF], tallies billions of pounds of chemicals in the American marketplace that are known or strongly suspected to cause increasingly common disorders, including certain cancers, developmental disabilities, and infertility.
Our new report looks at 120 chemicals that have been identified by multiple federal, state and international officials as known or suspected health hazards. Using the latest, albeit limited, data collected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, we identify which of these chemicals are in commerce in the U.S.; in what amounts they are being made; which companies are producing or importing them; where they are being produced or imported; and how they are being used.
An interactive online map accompanying the report lets the user access the report's data and search by chemical, by company, by state, and by location.
Among the report's key findings:
- At least 81 of the chemicals on the list are produced or imported to the US annually in amounts of one million pounds or more.
- At least 14 exceed one billion pounds produced or imported annually, including carcinogens such as formaldehyde and benzene, and the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA).
- More than 90 chemicals on the list are found in consumer and commercial products. At least eight are used in children's products.
Most Americans assume that somebody is regulating these chemicals to make sure we're safe. In fact, thanks to gaping loopholes in federal law, officials are virtually powerless to limit even chemicals — such as those featured in our report — we know or have good reason to suspect are dangerous. Because none of us has the power to avoid them on our own, we need stronger safeguards that protect us from the biggest risks and give companies that use these chemicals a reason to look for better alternatives.
The good news is that Congress is working on bipartisan legislation that — if done right — would require greater evidence of safety for both chemicals already in use and new chemicals before they enter the market. And by driving development of and access to more chemical safety data, it would give not only government but also product makers and consumers much more of the information they need to identify and avoid dangerous chemicals, and strengthen incentives to develop safer alternatives.Download the report Main report Adobe Reader [PDF] Report appendices Adobe Reader [PDF] Interactive Map
Search the Toxics Across America data by chemical, company and location.Focus Area: HealthPublication Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014Content Role: Report
Leading green crowd-funding platform promises seven per cent rate of return from latest solar rooftop project
New prospectus and funding aims to help local communities move forward with garden city proposals
Latest figures from Clean Energy Pipeline reveal 14 per cent increase in investment during first three months of the year