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The SETAC Multibrief features aggregated news on environmental toxicology and chemistry, providing a glimpse of how these issues are being covered in the popular press. The following information is meant to promote discussion but DOES NOT reflect the views or imply endorsement of SETAC. We'd love to hear your feedback, including suggestions for alternate articles.

EPA, Unilever partnering to advance non-animal methods of chemical risk assessment
Sustainable Brands
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Unilever have announced a research collaboration to develop groundbreaking scientific approaches to better assess the safety of chemicals found in some consumer products without using animal data. The alternative approaches represent the first steps in a paradigm shift for chemical safety testing and risk assessment by making them faster, cheaper and more relevant to humans. These new tools will provide a robust scientific basis for assessing and managing chemical safety and efficiently quantifying human health risks for thousands of chemicals.
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The off-season guide: Park City, Utah
There's no reason you shouldn't travel off-season, especially if you'd like to experience a destination from an unfamiliar angle. Lower expenses, fewer crowds and a whole new range of attractions make off-season visits a worthy venture that's much less strenuous on both your schedule and wallet. When you think Park City, Utah — an established winter destination — you typically think snow and Sundance.
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In the future, the best chemistry practices will be green
The Guardian
Chemistry is having "an innovation crisis," according to John Warner, co-author of the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry. "We need to ask if the way we're training future scientists is fitting the need of society." The push for green chemistry began over two decades ago, and Warner has been part of the movement the whole time. He presented one of two keynote speeches at a Guardian conference on green chemistry.
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Hunting is conservation: African trophy hunting — facts and fiction
The Daily Caller
The recent media frenzy over the killing of two named lions in Zimbabwe has brought undue focus to African big game hunting. While conflicting versions of exactly what happened prevail, we will let the legal system determine first if these actually were illegal acts and secondly where guilt lays. The media coverage predictably spawned global outrage over the killings which then spread to calls for outright bans of future lion and big game hunting. Before reaching a judgment on the future of big game hunting, Safari Club International feels strongly that it is important for all to understand the background and facts of big game hunting.
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Are scientists who collaborate with industry tainted?
Kevin Folta, a plant biology professor at the University of Florida, has received money for travel expenses from Monsanto and other companies. Chuck Benbrook, until recently a research scientist at Washington State University, received funding for both travel and research from companies like Whole Foods and Organic Valley. Neither of these facts is hugely consequential in itself. But these scientists work on opposite sides of today's widening debate over the future of U.S. agriculture — the argument between "big" and "small," conventional and organic, whether farming should go back to the land or back to the lab.
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Study finds atrazine pesticide doesn't impact aquatic plant life
Science 2.0
A recent study found that the herbicide atrazine, common for weed control in corn and sorghum crops in large-scale farming operations, does not have any measurable impact on aquatic plant life over the long term. Atrazine has been used for decades and some studies have contended that it might have an impact in laboratory experiments. It has a "level of concern" as identified by United States Environmental Protection Agency, The study authors say this research is the first to address atrazine levels as they would "naturally occur in agricultural areas during rainfall runoff events."
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Feds: Sage grouse face decline if wildfires can't be stopped
Flathead Beacon
If increasingly destructive wildfires in the Great Basin can't be stopped, the sage grouse population will be cut in half over the next three decades, scientists say. A report released by the U.S. Geological Survey comes just ahead of a court-ordered Sept. 30 deadline faced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decide whether sage grouse need protection under the Endangered Species Act. Experts say such a listing could damage Western states' economies.
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