25 May '11, 6pm

Meet the chemists of the future, making stuff that won’t kill us: What a concept. #TSCA #greenchemistry

Meet the chemists of the future, making stuff that won’t kill us: What a concept. #TSCA #greenchemistry

Chemistry is you and everything around you. Trillions of chemical reactions take place in your body at any given moment, allowing you to read the words on this page, to know you’re thirsty and get up for a glass of water, to sense that the room is a bit stuffy and open a window. And of all the goods bought and sold in the United States, some 97 percent incorporate manufactured chemicals of one kind or another. Many of them make life better: they are used to purify water, fight cancerous tumors, and keep the lights on. The problem is that of the 82,000 synthetic chemicals that have come into production to date, nobody is quite sure which ones simply make life better and which ones are harmful. That is because for the past 200 years, since the advent of modern chemistry, nobody ever asked chemists to consider that question.

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/article/pure-chemistry

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