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Pig infertility in Spain could mean problems for humans too

Zaragoza - In 2010, there was a mysterious drop in pig fertility in various farms, located all over Spain. Since then, a Spanish scientist has investigated the situation and it seems her findings could have serious implications for us humans, too.

Op-Ed: Makati CBD enforces city-wide plastic ban

Makati - Makati Central Business District (CBD) is home to thousands of organizations and establishments. As the local government implements a city-wide plastic ban, how will this affect the countless workers and organizations in the area?

Is the plastic BPA a risk during pregnancy?

Pregnant mice that were exposed to the chemical used in many plastics - BPA - have offspring with behavioral abnormalities. This finding has re-opened the debate about the effect of this chemical on human health.

Project underway to create plastics from algae

A new type of bioplastic could be produced from algae. Technologists are considering whether such a plastic can be manufactured on an industrial scale.

Unseen dangers from the Japanese tsunami may linger for decades

The debris from the tsunami which struck eastern Japan two years ago today could still be washing up on the western seaboard of Canada and the United States decades from now with, as yet, unknown consequences for marine life.

Soybeans contained valuable chemical for making plastics

Based on new research, soybeans could be a source of a chemical for plastics, textiles, drugs, solvents and as a food additive. The chemical is called succinic acid.

Microbes and cooking oil make cheaper plastics

Scientists have developed a method for producing cheaper 'bioplastics' made from used cooking oil combined with certain microorganisms. This would not only lead to cheaper plastics, it would also help with environmental recycling.

Plastic chemical BPA won't be banned in U.S.

Washington - The chemical BPA, used to make plastics, has been banned in many countries due to its apparent ill-health effects. However, the FDA in the U.S. has decided that the chemical can continue to be used to make containers used for food and medicines.

Video: Girl with strange addiction can't stop eating plastics

Sacramento - An 18-year-old girl from Sacramento, California, has a strange addiction — eating plastics. According to Kailyn, she has eaten over 60,000 plastic items in the past 11 years.

David de Rothschild set to sail for Pacific garbage patch

Love of planet Earth and returning its oceans to as near pristine as possible is what drove David de Rothschild to build his catamaran, the Plastiki, made of soda bottles, and is scheduled to set sail this month.

Two turn mushrooms into insulation

Two students have created Greensulate, a strong, low-cost biomaterial that replaces the expensive, non-biodegradable plastics and styrofoam used in modern packaging and wall insulation.

Green Plastics Could Help Reduce Carbon Footprint

Results from a new University of Missouri study suggest that some of the largely petroleum-based plastic may soon be replaced by a non-polluting, renewable plastic made from plants.

Plastics Suspect In Lobster Illness

A debilitating shell disease affecting lobsters from Long Island Sound to Maine may be caused by environmental alkyphenols, formed primarily by the breakdown of hard transparent plastics.

Researchers Look to Make Environmentally Friendly Plastics

If research at Missouri University of Science and Technology is successful, the plastic bottles of the future could literally disappear within four months of being discarded.

US Health Body Airs Concern Over Safety Of Plastic Baby Bottles

A preliminary report from the National Toxicology Program questions the safety of plastic baby bottles and voices health concerns over its use. The culprit is a chemical called Bisphenol A, common in some polycarbonate articles.

Plastics 'poisoning world's seas'

Microscopic particles of plastic could be poisoning the oceans, according to a British team of researchers.
 

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