Researchers Find DDT Dangers Span Three Generations, Grandchildren at Risk of Disease

Researchers Find DDT Dangers Span Three Generations, Grandchildren at Risk of Disease

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Decades after scientists first discovered the dangerous public health risks of the pesticide DDT, researchers have confirmed that two generations later, it’s impacting the grandchildren of women exposed in the 1950s and 60s. Those exposed to DDT before it was banned first-hand saw increased rates of breast cancer; subsequently, their children experienced higher […]

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It’s always darkest before the dawn. Which could be true for climate change, too.

It’s always darkest before the dawn. Which could be true for climate change, too.

This piece was originally featured in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and has been reprinted with permission.  By John Morales   This is a new Silent Spring moment. Rachel Carson’s 1962 seminal book Silent Spring—about the harm that pesticides like DDT can cause to humans and the species we share the planet with—is often […]

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Scientist Discovers California’s Offshore DDT Mess

Scientist Discovers California’s Offshore DDT Mess

Using underwater robots that can travel more than half a mile down, a research team from the University of California at Santa Barbara recently uncovered new evidence on the ocean floor of thousands of drums full of the notorious pesticide DDT, which has been banned in the U.S. for decades.

Why This Matters:  Xia’s top-notch reporting reveals that there could be half a million barrels of DDT on the ocean floor — still contaminating marine life.

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