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2011-07-25 07:55:00

Toxic chemicals that have been trapped in Arctic ice and snow are now being released due to global warming, according to a study published on Sunday. Researchers warn that the amount of poisons in the polar region is unknown and the release of large amounts of such poisons could "undermine global efforts to reduce environmental and human exposure to them." Those chemicals include the pesticides DDT, lindane and chlordane; and industrial chemicals PCBs and HCB. All of these are known as...

2011-07-07 19:10:52

Scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are identifying factors that influence pesticide levels in the Chesapeake Bay airshed, including traces of "legacy" pesticides that still linger even though they are no longer being used. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) chemists Laura McConnell and Cathleen Hapeman obtained weekly air samples and rain samples for precipitation events from 2000 to 2003 at three sites in Maryland and Delaware. Both scientists work at the ARS...

2011-07-06 08:14:00

BOSTON, July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers studied over two dozen offices in Boston and discovered dangerous flame retardant chemicals - polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) - banned by an international treaty - are contaminating every office. Exposure to PBDEs in the Office Environment: Evaluating the Relationship Between Dust, Handwipes, and Serum, was published June 30th in Environmental Health Perspectives. "These chemicals can mimic our bodies' natural hormones and...

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2011-05-18 12:55:56

According to a new study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, 80 percent of baby products contain toxic or untested chemical flame retardants. The study said a third of products contain a chemical called chlorinated tris, which was removed from children's pajamas in the 1970s because of cancer concerns. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said there is a "moderate level of concern" about links between tris and cancer, developmental problems, reproductive...

2011-05-16 08:00:00

BATON ROUGE, La., May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), a leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of flame retardants, announced today that it will increase prices of SAYTEX® flame retardants on shipments beginning July 1, 2011, or as contracts allow, at the following rates: SAYTEX® 102E (decabromodiphenyl oxide) by $1.00/kg globally SAYTEX® 4010 (decabromodiphenyl ethane) by $0.80/kg globally...

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2011-05-12 11:24:17

Bottlenose dolphins* and beluga whales**, two marine species at or near the top of their respective food webs, accumulate more chemical pollutants in their bodies when they live and feed in waters near urbanized areas, according to scientists working at the Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML), a government-university collaboration in Charleston, S.C. In papers recently published online by the journal Environmental Science & Technology, one research team looked at the levels of persistent...

2011-05-04 09:18:00

Africa pushes developed countries to stop the export of toxic flame retardant wastes that can cause nervous system damage in infants and toddlers New IPEN study highlights the presence of toxic flame retardants in carpet pads commonly sold to consumers in the USA and other countries GENEVA, May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 53 countries of the African group, led by Kenya, pushed developed countries to ensure that wastes containing toxic flame retardants are not exported to...

2011-04-28 08:25:00

New study reveals dangerous chemicals in carpet padding Obsolete California regulation to blame NEW YORK, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the first public study of its kind, a type of foam carpet pad commonly sold in the USA was demonstrated to contain flame retardant chemicals that raise concerns about human health. Lowered IQ's in children exposed in utero, infertility, and cancer are among health effects linked to exposure from these halogenated chemicals. U.S. samples...

2011-04-26 13:24:53

Indiana University scientists have found chemical flame retardants in the blood of pet dogs at concentrations five to 10 times higher than in humans, but lower than levels found in a previous study of cats. Their study, "Flame Retardants in the Serum of Pet Dogs and in their Food," appears this month in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Authors are Marta Venier, an assistant research scientist in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Ronald Hites, a...

2011-04-25 09:27:00

Carpet pads commonly sold to consumers in the USA and other developed countries contain dangerous chemicals that can cause nervous system damage, particularly in infants and toddlers. GENEVA, April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the first publicly available study of its kind, a type of foam carpet pad commonly sold in the USA and other developed countries was demonstrated to contain levels of flame retardant chemicals that raise concerns about human health. The substances,...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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