Dry cleaning isn't really dry – it uses chemical solvents. Perc, the most common option, has contaminated soil and groundwater and poses serious health risks, but safer choices are emerging.
A PhD student in chemistry addresses some of the most common misconceptions about chemistry.
Hundreds of lawsuits against Monsanto contend that its popular Roundup weed killer gave users cancer. But proving this kind of connection is challenging in both science and law.
Interdisciplinary research led to the discovery that three historic books were covered in a layer of arsenic.
Hundreds of people have been warned after former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was poisoned with Novichok nerve agent.
Evidence suggests that some chemicals can affect our bodies – even in very low doses. How can we better identify and act on these toxic materials?
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.