Chemical giant BASF is under threat after Russians turn off the gas

Oct 4, 2022
Gas rationing by the Berlin government this winter could hit the German chemical industry and dent the global economy.
BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, may be forced to grapple with natural gas rationing if Germany experiences a cold winter.
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As prices at the grocery store rise, farmers' costs are up too

Jan 20, 2022
Iowa corn and soybean farmer April Hemmes paid double for nitrogen this year. Consumers shouldn’t blame growers for inflation, she said.
"That's farming, buddy!" says April Hemmes, a corn and soybean farmer, in the face of drought in her home state of Iowa.
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Growth in oil and gas demand may not be dominated by cars

Oct 5, 2018
When we report on the world’s thirst for energy, we often miss something: chemicals made from oil and gas. A new report Friday finds petrochemical demand in the world is surging for things like synthetic rubber, packaging, fertilizer and detergents. In the long run, chemicals may be a bigger driver of world oil demand than […]
A petrochemical facility is shown after Hurricane Ike made landfall September 13, 2008 in Deer Park, Texas. 
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The EPA says TCE causes cancer, so why hasn't it been banned?

Jul 26, 2018
With the chemical industry challenging the cancer link, the agency has held off on action.
A view of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters on March 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. 
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The EPA is looking to regulate chemicals found in some widely used products

May 23, 2018
Environmental groups, dubious of the move by the agency say new regulations could take years to come.

Botox is a multi-billion dollar, potentially deadly monopoly

The product comes from a substance so lethal that it could be used as a potential agent of bioterrorism.
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EPA getting authority to review chemicals for safety

May 25, 2016
A bill passed by the House would be the first major environmental law in 25 years.
 A worker at Sohn's French Cleaners, which uses eco-friendly chemicals to dry clean clothes, presses shirts in 2007 in San Francisco.  A proposed law would give the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to evaluate whether certain chemicals should remain on the market. These chemicals include Trichloroethylene, which is typically used in dry cleaning, protective coating and industrial greasers.
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Fracking chemicals found in Pennsylvania drinking water

May 5, 2015
Kai Ryssdal talks to Scott Tong about fracking chemicals found in drinking water

Patagonia tests the limits of sustainability

Apr 2, 2015
The outdoor clothing company tries to limit the environmental problems its products contribute to.

Dow: Time for an industry built by plastics to move on

Dec 3, 2013
Dow Chemical says it’s shifting away from the commodity chemical market so much so that it may drop 'Chemical' from its name.