James Carroll, TomDispatch regular and former Boston Globe columnist, is the author of 20 books, including the new novel The Cloister (Doubleday). His history of the Pentagon, House of War, won the PEN-Galbraith Award. His memoir, An American Requiem, won the National Book Award. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives in Boston with his wife, the writer Alexandra Marshall.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are a growing concern because of the many health impacts associated with exposure and their tendency to persist in the human body for months to years and in the environment for thousands of years.
The United States bears its share of responsibility for this crisis that is destroying Ukraine and placing the world in "unprecedented danger," as the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' new Doomsday Clock statement calls it.