South African consumers are paying far too much for petrochemicals products.
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 Syrian government has allegedly included chlorine in its attacks on Aleppo.
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The Assad government is accused of using chlorine gas as a weapon against its own people.
What’s in that bottle? And is it safe?
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.
What’s in a name?
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.
The chemical PFOA, used in common coatings, was found in elevated levels in the water supply of Hoosick, New York earlier this year.
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 or a spice rack? Or both?
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.
What’s in your water bottle?
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.
In your living room? Radon is an invisible domestic hazard.
Radon gas kills more people than carbon monoxide and yet few know anything about it.
A New Delhi laborer’s dirtied hands after work in a shoe factory.
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.
No, we’re not swimming around in a soup of cancer-causing chemicals.
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.
Perfect nails, at what cost?
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.
Never again? A poison gas attack in World War I.
A century since chlorine gas was used at Ypres, beginning the era of chemical weapons, controlling lethal agents is harder than ever.
Chemicals are all around us. They are crucial in all manner of industries, from agriculture to food to cosmetics. Most people give little thought to how these chemicals are made – and certainly very few…
I’ll have a clean cage with a side of fertility issues.
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Mice possess a notable talent: they are excellent at making more mice. Their ability to reproduce at a breakneck pace is one reason they are often used as experimental research subjects. Thus, when Dr…
Hate chemicals? Even this won’t work.
All too often the use of the word “chemicals” in the news, in advertising and in common usage has the implication that they are bad. You never hear about chemicals that fight infections, help crops grow…
No chemicals, that’s our promise.
Chemists have long protested the use of the term “chemical-free” in marketing, particularly when used to promote organic produce. This can be seen in the continuing complaints to the advertising standard…