Green chemistry and consumer products; furor over exit of EU science adviser; and more // December 2014 news highlights

December 15, 2014 at 2:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

December 2014 news highlights

Green chemistry | Making Chemistry Green. For nearly 40 years, the Food and Drug Administration has wrestled with regulating the chemicals triclosan and triclocarban as they have become among the world’s most ubiquitous environmental contaminants. Designed to kill bacteria, they have been added to antibacterial soaps, cosmetics and other consumer products despite longstanding concerns about their impacts on humans and the environment. (NYT)

Science advice | Exit of E.U. science adviser triggers furor. A balanced overview of the reasons for scrapping the position of Chief Scientific Advisor to the President of the European Commission and concerns that, in the absence of new proposals for integrating science into policy-making, the new Commission is devaluing science in the decision-making process. (Science)

Independence of science | Public health is the bottom line / Good science, bad science? A debate about whether conflicts of interest matter in policy-making and science advice, or whether the data should just be allowed to speak for itself, vs. the case for independence policies at EFSA, in the socioeconomic context of regulating powerful industries which are responsible for determining the safety of the product they are selling. (Chemistry World)

Endocrine disruption | Is it safe to microwave food in plastic? According to concerned scientists gathering in Brussels, the risks are very real — and raise worrying questions about our increasing reliance on a group of chemicals present in almost everything we use, from plastic water bottles, drinks cans and paints to clothing, cosmetics, toothpaste and hairspray. (Daily Mail)

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