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Maine passes first PFAS biosolids ban, taking stand against forever chemicals

Maine passes first PFAS biosolids ban, taking stand against forever chemicals

Science
BANGOR, Maine, May 4 (UPI) -- Maine has become the first state to ban fertilizer using sewage sludge containing "forever chemicals" -- synthetic compounds found in items from food wrappers to carpeting that fail to break down in the environment. The move, along with a ban approved last year on all PFAS-containing products, puts Maine at the forefront of the fight against per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which have been linked to a variety of health problems, including cancer and high cholesterol. The chemicals accumulate over decades, filtering into soil, water, plants and animals -- and eventually into people's bloodstreams. "Maine is one of the few states that is really taking this problem seriously and taking action to address the issue," Jared Hayes, a policy analyst with the Envi...
Climate change: ‘Forever plant’ seagrass faces uncertain future

Climate change: ‘Forever plant’ seagrass faces uncertain future

Science
Ayuntamiente de IbizaThe green, underwater meadows of Posidonia seagrass that surround the Balearic Islands are one of the world's most powerful, natural defences against climate change. A hectare of this ancient, delicate plant can soak up 15 times more carbon dioxide every year than a similar sized piece of the Amazon rainforest.But this global treasure is now under extreme pressure from tourists, from development and ironically from climate change. Posidonia oceanica is found all over the Mediterranean but the area between Mallorca and Formentera is of special interest, having been designated a world heritage site by Unesco over 20 years ago.Here you'll find around 55,000 hectares of the plant, which helps prevent coastal erosion, acts as a nursery for fish, but also plays a globally si...
Coronavirus: Twitter allows staff to work from home ‘forever’

Coronavirus: Twitter allows staff to work from home ‘forever’

Technology
Twitter has told staff that they can work from home "forever" if they wish as the company looks towards the future after the coronavirus pandemic.The decision came as the social media giant said its work-from-home measures during the lockdown had been a success.But it also said it would allow workers to return to the office if they choose when it reopens.Earlier this month Google and Facebook said their staff can work from home until the end of the year. Twitter said: "The past few months have proven we can make that work. So if our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen."The announcement has been described as "an era-defining moment" by one digital inn...
Kevin Hart: Accident ‘changed my world’ forever

Kevin Hart: Accident ‘changed my world’ forever

Entertainment
Kevin Hart says his "world was changed forever" after a car accident left him with major injuries earlier this year.The comedian and actor was travelling as a passenger in a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda when it crashed down an embankment above Malibu in the early hours of 1 September. Image: He says the crash was God's way of telling him to 'sit down'. Pic: Instagram/kevinhart4real Hart has now spoken out for the first time since undergoing surgery on his back, offering a sobering word of warning to his fans."Basically you realise you're not in control. No matter how much you think you're in control, you're not in control. And at the end of the day it can all be over."The driver of the car, Jared Black, 28, and his fiancee Rebecca Broxter...
CDC study to track dangerous ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

CDC study to track dangerous ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

Health
Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention announced a new multi-site study this week that will investigate the health effects of drinking water contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. The new study -- the first to examine multiple sites of PFAS contamination nationwide -- was authorized by the National Defense Authorization Acts of 2018 and 2019 to provide information to communities about the health effects of PFAS exposure. The CDC will award initial grants totaling $ 7 million to begin the study, with a goal of understanding the relationship between PFAS exposure and health outcomes in differing populations. The study will recruit at least 2,000 children ages 4 to 17, and 6,000 adults over age 18, who have been exposed to PFAS-contaminated...