Regulation can't keep up with the thousands of harmful chemicals that wash down our drains. Rather, companies should take responsibility for their products – before they hit the market.
Research shows thyroid hormone, which is required for brain development in all vertebrates, is severely affected by chemicals present in our everyday cleaning products, clothing and cookware.
Carbon capture and storage gets a bad rap from its associations with 'clean coal'. But the technology could prove vital in cutting emissions from other industries like steel, cement and chemicals.
An expert in water science explains the mysterious chemistry behind water treatment.
Raging debates about the state of South Africa's energy industry have missed one critical area, the role of transport fuels and base chemicals.
The Assad government is accused of using chlorine gas as a weapon against its own people.
Congress has passed a long-overdue update of a key law regulating hazardous chemicals. But a legal scholar says the new law does not go far enough to reduce chemical exposure risks.
As four new chemical elements are named, here's all you need to know.
The economics of making biofuels from algae no longer add up, but a lesson from the oil industry could make them viable.
A growing number of communities in upstate New York and New England are discovering the chemical PFOA in their water supply. Here's what you should know about the health effects of PFOA.
Chemicals have a bad rap these days. But the fact is that everything is made of chemicals. Here are some of the chemicals at work in your kitchen.
Manufacturers have removed the industrial chemical BPA from many products over concerns that it mimics hormones in the body. Now studies show that BPS, a popular substitute, has similar effects.
From making renewable energy practical to revolutionising farming, the chemicals industry could make a huge contribution to the environment.
Radon gas kills more people than carbon monoxide and yet few know anything about it.
Regulations are catching up with toxic chemicals we're exposed to as products' end users. But workers in un- or underregulated places are still at risk, even from chemicals designed to be "green."
Sodium cyanide has a particularly unpleasant reputation but if officials act fast they should be able to limit its damaging effects.
Cancer is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences – a kind of genetic lottery where the odds are stacked by environmental and lifestyle factors.
Noodle brand was an instant hit in India but the wider issue the country must tackle won't be so quick to solve.
The nail salon industry is booming. But along with polished nails come toxic health effects for the workers, due to the chemical compounds in nail care products.
A century since chlorine gas was used at Ypres, beginning the era of chemical weapons, controlling lethal agents is harder than ever.