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Pioneering mountaineer and Berkeley chemist continues quest to reduce harmful chemicals  

In 1977, three months after Berkeley scientist Arlene Blum climbed Mount Everest and wrote a paper about cancer-causing chemicals in children’s pajamas, the U.S. government banned kids’ sleepwear treated with tris, the dangerous flame-retardant additive.        Today, the winner of 2022 American Alpine Club top honors remains passionate about adventure — and fire retardants.    “I wrote […]