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2014-08-29 04:20:35

TEL AVIV, Israel and BATON ROUGE, La., Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Albemarle® Corporation (NYSE: ALB) and ICL (TASE: ICL) announced today that the two companies have entered into an agreement to establish a manufacturing joint venture for the production of ICL's FR-122P polymeric flame retardant and Albemarle's GreenCrest(TM) polymeric flame retardant. These flame retardants are designed to replace hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD). HBCD has been the leading flame retardant used in...

Turtle Tumor Disease Not Caused By Organic Pollutants
2014-07-16 03:19:16

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) For nearly four decades, scientists have suspected that persistent organic pollutants (POPs) contributed to a green turtle's susceptibility to the virus that causes fibropapilomatosis (FP), a disease that forms large benign tumors that can inhibit the animal's sight, mobility and feeding ability. In a new study, researchers from the Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML), a government-university partner facility in Charleston, S.C., and from...

2014-06-30 15:01:16

University of California - San Diego Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a widely distributed group of marine bacteria that produce compounds nearly identical to toxic man-made fire retardants. Among the chemicals produced by the ocean-dwelling microbes, which have been found in habitats as diverse as sea grasses, marine sediments and corals, is a potent endocrine disruptor that mimics the human body's most active thyroid hormone....

2014-06-29 23:01:21

The demand for new and modern cars will drive the demand for bromubutyl rubber; a derivative obtained by the reaction of butyl rubber with bromine, and is mainly used in tires. http://www.micromarketmonitor.com/market-report/bromine-reports-9611649808.html (PRWEB) June 29, 2014 Bromine is the only non-metallic element that is liquid under ordinary conditions, it evaporates easily at standard temperature and pressures into red vapor, which has a strong disagreeable odor resembling that of...

2014-06-17 12:28:27

Kaiser Decision to Stop Purchasing Furniture with Flame Retardants Based on Products No Longer on Market WASHINGTON, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA), a group representing the leading manufacturers of flame retardant chemistries, today sent a letter to Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard Tyson urging him to reverse Kaiser Permanente's decision to cease purchasing for its health care facilities furniture that contain...

Hazardous Flame Retardants Found In Preschool, Childcare Settings
2014-05-16 03:51:20

By Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley A new study of preschools and day care centers finds that flame retardants are prevalent indoors, potentially exposing young children to chemicals known to be hazardous. The study, published online today (Thursday, May 15) in the journal Chemosphere, was led by researchers at UC Berkeley and funded by the California Air Resources Board. Although many infants and young children spend up to 50 hours per week in day care, the study authors noted that this paper...

2014-05-15 11:27:07

University of California - Berkeley A new study of preschools and day care centers finds that flame retardants are prevalent indoors, potentially exposing young children to chemicals known to be hazardous. The study, to appear online Thursday, May 15, in the journal Chemosphere, was led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and funded by the California Air Resources Board. Although many infants and young children spend up to 50 hours per week in day care, the study...

2014-04-30 10:11:40

New research indicates that hormone disrupting pollutants are affecting the health and development of wild birds nesting along the urban rivers of South Wales. Findings published today in the Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry journal reveal that chicks of the Eurasian Dipper – a river bird that feeds exclusively on insects and fish in upland streams – are underweight compared to their rural counterparts. Also of concern is that birds nesting in urban rivers have altered hormone...

2014-04-28 23:07:17

This research report categorizes the global bromine market on the basis of derivatives, applications, and geography, forecasting volumes and revenues in each of the submarkets; http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/bromine-market-42782196.html. (PRWEB) April 28, 2014 The report, “Bromine & its derivatives market by Derivatives (organobromines, clear brine fluids, and hydrogen bromide), Application (flame retardants, oil & gas drilling, biocides, medicinal, HBr flow...

2014-04-15 10:20:55

Why do environmental pollutants accumulate in the cold polar regions? This may not only be due to the fact that many substances are less volatile at low temperatures, as has been long suspected, but also to their extremely slow natural degradation. Although persistent environmental pollutants have been and continue to be released worldwide, the Arctic and Antarctic regions are significantly more contaminated than elsewhere. The marine animals living there have some of the highest levels of...


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  • A unit of saved energy.
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