POPs in the news

What Are Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)? Definition, Examples, and Environmental Concerns

27/07/2021 -

The Defense Department responded too slowly to the threats posed to military service members by the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS and is failing to track the health risks facing military firefighters, according to DOD’s inspector general. More:


Defense Department delayed PFAS cleanup, ignored health risks, Inspector General says

The Defense Department responded too slowly to the threats posed to military service members by the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS and is failing to track the health risks facing military firefighters, according to DOD’s inspector general. More:

19/07/2021 -

Producimos una media de 7,3 kilos de residuos de aparatos como viejos ordenadores o teléfonos por individuo al año. La OMS alerta de los enormes peligros para la salud, especialmente para la de los menores de edad y embarazadas, de los vertederos donde se acumulan. More:

Transporte y destino final de la basura electrónica Exposición a residuos electrónicos y salud infantil

18 millones de niños viven, juegan y trabajan entre basura electrónica

Producimos una media de 7,3 kilos de residuos de aparatos como viejos ordenadores o teléfonos por individuo al año. La OMS alerta de los enormes peligros para la salud, especialmente para la de los menores de edad y embarazadas, de los vertederos donde se acumulan. More:

Transporte y destino final de la basura electrónica Exposición a residuos electrónicos y salud infantil
18/07/2021 -

Tailandia es un país que se caracteriza mundialmente por contar con grandes extensiones de arrozales, los cuales son la base de la economía de miles de familias de toda la región. Evidentemente, mantener a salvo todas las cosechas es fundamental para los tailandeses, ya que suelen sufrir de plagas. More:


En Tailandia 10.000 patos se encargan de limpiar los arrozales de plagas y así evitar pesticidas

Tailandia es un país que se caracteriza mundialmente por contar con grandes extensiones de arrozales, los cuales son la base de la economía de miles de familias de toda la región. Evidentemente, mantener a salvo todas las cosechas es fundamental para los tailandeses, ya que suelen sufrir de plagas. More:

14/07/2021 -

The Environmental Working Group released new analysis that dramatically increases an earlier estimate of the number of manufacturers and users of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS that may be releasing PFAS into the environment, including drinking water sources. More:

Legislation on the release of PFAS by companies

Twelvefold increase in suspected industrial dischargers of ‘forever chemicals’

The Environmental Working Group released new analysis that dramatically increases an earlier estimate of the number of manufacturers and users of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS that may be releasing PFAS into the environment, including drinking water sources. More:

Legislation on the release of PFAS by companies
12/07/2021 -

Soil invertebrates are responsible for many critical ecological functions, such as maintaining soil structure and controlling pests, which are necessary for a healthy soil ecosystem. Those ecosystems in turn support food production and, ultimately, human health, through the nutritional support they provide. More:

Soil and Human Health Neonicotinoid Insecticides Ecosystems in Organic Farms

Study: Pesticides harm soil invertebrates but EPA fails to recognize impact

Soil invertebrates are responsible for many critical ecological functions, such as maintaining soil structure and controlling pests, which are necessary for a healthy soil ecosystem. Those ecosystems in turn support food production and, ultimately, human health, through the nutritional support they provide. More:

Soil and Human Health Neonicotinoid Insecticides Ecosystems in Organic Farms
10/07/2021 -

If you applied sunscreen this morning, the chances are you are now wearing billions of microplastics. Just one bottle can contain up to 100tn intentionally added plastic particles—used to bind ingredients together, form a thin coating on the skin and make it waterproof—according to the Plastic Soup Foundation. Should you be lucky enough to be on a beach holiday right now, that may be an unavoidable fate.

Microplastics in cosmetic and hygiene products Microbeads policy and regulation

Are there trillions of microplastics in your sunscreen right now?

If you applied sunscreen this morning, the chances are you are now wearing billions of microplastics. Just one bottle can contain up to 100tn intentionally added plastic particles—used to bind ingredients together, form a thin coating on the skin and make it waterproof—according to the Plastic Soup Foundation. Should you be lucky enough to be on a beach holiday right now, that may be an unavoidable fate.

Microplastics in cosmetic and hygiene products Microbeads policy and regulation
08/07/2021 -

Progress is slowly being made, but environmental activists have long understood the direction we were heading in. Over the last few years, we’ve covered this topic extensively in hopes of raising awareness on plastic pollution and inspiring people to make more conscious choices. Here are 10 of our top articles on the topic to help you understand everything you need to know about plastic pollution. More:

Chemicals and Plastic Pollution Plastic Pollution impacts on Humans, Animals and the Environment Ways of reducing plastic

From Marine Animal Extinction to Ocean Pollutants: Everything You Need to Know About Plastic Pollution

Progress is slowly being made, but environmental activists have long understood the direction we were heading in. Over the last few years, we’ve covered this topic extensively in hopes of raising awareness on plastic pollution and inspiring people to make more conscious choices. Here are 10 of our top articles on the topic to help you understand everything you need to know about plastic pollution. More:

Chemicals and Plastic Pollution Plastic Pollution impacts on Humans, Animals and the Environment Ways of reducing plastic
07/07/2021 -

Since EPA released its investigation, we have learned the disturbing fact that the fluorination of plastic is commonly used to treat hundreds of millions of polyethylene and polypropylene containers each year ranging from packaged food and consumer products that individuals buy to larger containers used by retailers such as restaurants to even larger drums used by manufacturers to store and transport fluids. More:

PFAS generation through Polyethylene Fluorination PFAS contamination from fluorinated containers Alternatives to Polyethylene Fluorination

Beyond paper: PFAS linked to common plastic packaging used for food, cosmetics, and much more

Since EPA released its investigation, we have learned the disturbing fact that the fluorination of plastic is commonly used to treat hundreds of millions of polyethylene and polypropylene containers each year ranging from packaged food and consumer products that individuals buy to larger containers used by retailers such as restaurants to even larger drums used by manufacturers to store and transport fluids. More:

PFAS generation through Polyethylene Fluorination PFAS contamination from fluorinated containers Alternatives to Polyethylene Fluorination
04/07/2021 -

Human exposure to electronic waste is on the increase in Nigeria. This is because of the indiscriminate disposal and crude informal recycling methods in the country. This exposes children and women to the toxic constituents of electronic wastes. These are constantly set ablaze, releasing toxic fumes into the atmosphere and contaminating underground drinking water. More:

E-waste Impact on Human Health E-waste Management in Nigeria

Nigeria’s electronic waste is a public health problem and needs urgent attention

Human exposure to electronic waste is on the increase in Nigeria. This is because of the indiscriminate disposal and crude informal recycling methods in the country. This exposes children and women to the toxic constituents of electronic wastes. These are constantly set ablaze, releasing toxic fumes into the atmosphere and contaminating underground drinking water. More:

E-waste Impact on Human Health E-waste Management in Nigeria
01/07/2021 -

There’s more to microplastics in your sunscreens, and it’s called UV-328, also known as 2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4,6-di-tert-pentylphenol. It is a chemical compound widely used as a UV filter in cosmetics and various other plastic products such as rubber & paint. It is a chemical that is very persistent and toxic and could have long-lasting harmful effects on aquatic life. More:

The chemical UV-328

Microplastics in your sunscreen can be more dangerous than you think

There’s more to microplastics in your sunscreens, and it’s called UV-328, also known as 2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4,6-di-tert-pentylphenol. It is a chemical compound widely used as a UV filter in cosmetics and various other plastic products such as rubber & paint. It is a chemical that is very persistent and toxic and could have long-lasting harmful effects on aquatic life. More:

The chemical UV-328
01/07/2021 -

After any disaster, whether it’s a fire, flooding or chemical spillage, what happens to the large volumes of waste materials left behind? Can any of the materials be salvaged, restored or upcycled? More:


Disaster recovery: Can the loop be closed on calamity?

After any disaster, whether it’s a fire, flooding or chemical spillage, what happens to the large volumes of waste materials left behind? Can any of the materials be salvaged, restored or upcycled? More:

01/07/2021 -

The Clean Water Standards for PFAS Act would set deadlines for the Environmental Protection Agency to issue standards that polluters must meet before discharging PFAS waste into surface water or sending wastewater containing the chemicals to waste treatment plants. More:


EWG applauds House for advancing bill to limit PFAS discharges into water

The Clean Water Standards for PFAS Act would set deadlines for the Environmental Protection Agency to issue standards that polluters must meet before discharging PFAS waste into surface water or sending wastewater containing the chemicals to waste treatment plants. More:

29/06/2021 -

We've heard this in our conversations with residents of PFAS-affected communities, and in their public talks—calls for medical screening to learn about potential effects on their own and their families' health. However, people exposed to PFAS often face significant hurdles in getting screened for health effects from the exposure. And that needs to change. More:


Improved medical screening in PFAS-impacted communities to identify early disease

We've heard this in our conversations with residents of PFAS-affected communities, and in their public talks—calls for medical screening to learn about potential effects on their own and their families' health. However, people exposed to PFAS often face significant hurdles in getting screened for health effects from the exposure. And that needs to change. More:

29/06/2021 -

Efforts to end plastic pollution with recycling could leave people and the environment laden with poisonous chemicals, a new study has found. The report assessed four recycling and plastic waste management techniques that are poised to become more common as countries try to reduce plastic pollution. It found the main solutions promoted by the plastic industry — recycling, incineration, and transforming plastic into fuel — will increase people's risk of exposure to a cocktail of toxic chemicals. More:


Plastic recycling could be more dangerous than you think

Efforts to end plastic pollution with recycling could leave people and the environment laden with poisonous chemicals, a new study has found. The report assessed four recycling and plastic waste management techniques that are poised to become more common as countries try to reduce plastic pollution. It found the main solutions promoted by the plastic industry — recycling, incineration, and transforming plastic into fuel — will increase people's risk of exposure to a cocktail of toxic chemicals. More:

28/06/2021 -

According to a report jointly conducted by Arnika, a Czech environmental non-governmental organization (NGO), and the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN), a global network of environmental and public health organizations working for a toxics-free future, various toxic chemicals were found in free-range chicken eggs in the vicinity of plastic waste disposal sites and facilities. More:


Plastic waste's poisonous journey through food chain

According to a report jointly conducted by Arnika, a Czech environmental non-governmental organization (NGO), and the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN), a global network of environmental and public health organizations working for a toxics-free future, various toxic chemicals were found in free-range chicken eggs in the vicinity of plastic waste disposal sites and facilities. More:

28/06/2021 -

Trade groups are opposing the global regulation of toxic and persistent chemicals in microplastics, according to documents obtained by investigative journalists. The industry argued that there is still insufficient evidence to justify the incorporation of the plastic additive UV-328 into the Stockholm Convention, the UN’s global treaty on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) – chemicals which, once released, do not easily break down in nature. More:

UV-328 in Humans, Animals and the Environment UV-328 Toxicity

The oil and chemical industry is lobbying against landmark global regulation of microplastic chemicals

Trade groups are opposing the global regulation of toxic and persistent chemicals in microplastics, according to documents obtained by investigative journalists. The industry argued that there is still insufficient evidence to justify the incorporation of the plastic additive UV-328 into the Stockholm Convention, the UN’s global treaty on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) – chemicals which, once released, do not easily break down in nature. More:

UV-328 in Humans, Animals and the Environment UV-328 Toxicity
24/06/2021 -

Toxic pollution is not an inevitable byproduct of prosperity. The choice between poisoning or poverty is a false one, writes the EEB’s Senior Policy Officer for Economic Transition Nick Meynen. The massive and growing ‘forever chemicals’ scandal marks the culmination and possible endpoint of the endless growth logic, not to mention the privatising of profit and the socialising of costs. More:

PFAS Human Health Effects Environmental Rights Changing the economic growth paradigm

The link between forever growth and Belgium's 'forever chemicals' scandal

Toxic pollution is not an inevitable byproduct of prosperity. The choice between poisoning or poverty is a false one, writes the EEB’s Senior Policy Officer for Economic Transition Nick Meynen. The massive and growing ‘forever chemicals’ scandal marks the culmination and possible endpoint of the endless growth logic, not to mention the privatising of profit and the socialising of costs. More:

PFAS Human Health Effects Environmental Rights Changing the economic growth paradigm
22/06/2021 -

Plastic is practical, cheap and incredibly popular. Every year, more than 350 million tons are produced worldwide. These plastics contain a huge variety of chemicals that may be released during their lifecycles—including substances that pose a significant risk to people and the environment. However, only a small proportion of the chemicals contained in plastic are publicly known or have been extensively studied. More:


Worrying insights into the chemicals in plastics

Plastic is practical, cheap and incredibly popular. Every year, more than 350 million tons are produced worldwide. These plastics contain a huge variety of chemicals that may be released during their lifecycles—including substances that pose a significant risk to people and the environment. However, only a small proportion of the chemicals contained in plastic are publicly known or have been extensively studied. More:

22/06/2021 -

A suite of harmful chemicals are added to plastic and food packaging to give them desirable traits, like grease resistance or flexibility. When they burn or break down, these chemicals contaminate the surrounding environment and animals living or feeding nearby. More:


The plastics you throw away are poisoning the world's eggs

A suite of harmful chemicals are added to plastic and food packaging to give them desirable traits, like grease resistance or flexibility. When they burn or break down, these chemicals contaminate the surrounding environment and animals living or feeding nearby. More:

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