POPs in the news

14/10/2022 -

What you wear for your workouts may be exposing you to a harmful chemical, warns a new report from the Center for Environmental Health (CEH). The nonprofit consumer advocacy group found high levels of BPA—a toxic chemical compound that can potentially disrupt metabolism, growth and development, and reproduction—in some of the world’s most popular brands of athletic wear. More:


Report: Some sports bras and athletic wear may contain high levels of a toxic chemical

What you wear for your workouts may be exposing you to a harmful chemical, warns a new report from the Center for Environmental Health (CEH). The nonprofit consumer advocacy group found high levels of BPA—a toxic chemical compound that can potentially disrupt metabolism, growth and development, and reproduction—in some of the world’s most popular brands of athletic wear. More:

10/10/2022 -

This fall marks the 60th anniversary of writer and scientist Rachel Carson’s 1962 book “Silent Spring.” The book was seminal in that it sparked the modern environmental movement, a U.S. ban of DDT, and the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). More:

Pesticides as Endocrine disruptors Pesticides: Risk assessment and Regulation Issues Rachel Carson's Legacy

Jennifer Liss Ohayon: Why is the EPA still exposing women to pesticides linked to breast cancer?

This fall marks the 60th anniversary of writer and scientist Rachel Carson’s 1962 book “Silent Spring.” The book was seminal in that it sparked the modern environmental movement, a U.S. ban of DDT, and the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). More:

Pesticides as Endocrine disruptors Pesticides: Risk assessment and Regulation Issues Rachel Carson's Legacy
06/10/2022 -

The explosion of intensive agriculture over recent decades has entrenched and universalised the use of pesticides. Often seen as allies in ensuring predictable, consistent and high-yield harvests, is our trust in these chemicals proving to be misplaced?. More:

Pesticides: Impact on humans and wildlife Pesticides: Mitigating their impact

Pesticides: On borrowed time?

The explosion of intensive agriculture over recent decades has entrenched and universalised the use of pesticides. Often seen as allies in ensuring predictable, consistent and high-yield harvests, is our trust in these chemicals proving to be misplaced?. More:

Pesticides: Impact on humans and wildlife Pesticides: Mitigating their impact
05/10/2022 -

PFAS – per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances – are known to disrupt hormones and fetal development, and future “reproductive capacity” is largely defined as testicles develop in utero during the first trimester of a pregnancy, said study co-author Sandra Søgaard Tøttenborg of the Copenhagen University hospital. More:


Study links in utero ‘forever chemical’ exposure to low sperm count and mobility

PFAS – per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances – are known to disrupt hormones and fetal development, and future “reproductive capacity” is largely defined as testicles develop in utero during the first trimester of a pregnancy, said study co-author Sandra Søgaard Tøttenborg of the Copenhagen University hospital. More:

05/10/2022 -

U.S. authorities have detected the high levels of PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, in deer in several states, including Michigan and Maine, where legions of hunters seek to bag a buck every fall. Sometimes called “forever chemicals” for their persistence in the environment, PFAS are industrial compounds used in numerous products, such as nonstick cookware and clothing. More:


‘Forever chemicals’ in deer, fish challenge hunters, tourism

U.S. authorities have detected the high levels of PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, in deer in several states, including Michigan and Maine, where legions of hunters seek to bag a buck every fall. Sometimes called “forever chemicals” for their persistence in the environment, PFAS are industrial compounds used in numerous products, such as nonstick cookware and clothing. More:

03/10/2022 -

Caribbean governments have made headway in reducing the presence of cancer-causing chemicals that have long been plaguing their environments. With the conclusion of a seven-year, $9 million program, eight participating countries have ramped up their abilities to sample and inventory “persistent organic pollutants” (POPs) — long-lasting, accumulative chemicals that contaminate the Caribbean, UNIDO reported. More:


Caribbean nations taking steps to clean up cancer-causing chemicals: UN

Caribbean governments have made headway in reducing the presence of cancer-causing chemicals that have long been plaguing their environments. With the conclusion of a seven-year, $9 million program, eight participating countries have ramped up their abilities to sample and inventory “persistent organic pollutants” (POPs) — long-lasting, accumulative chemicals that contaminate the Caribbean, UNIDO reported. More:

03/10/2022 -

PFAS are everywhere. These man-made industrial chemicals have been seeping into our environment for over 70 years and are today found all over the globe. The persistent and bioaccumulative nature of these chemicals not only means that they do not break down in nature, it also means that they accumulate and travel up the food chain. More:


We tested our blood for PFAS and this is what we found out

PFAS are everywhere. These man-made industrial chemicals have been seeping into our environment for over 70 years and are today found all over the globe. The persistent and bioaccumulative nature of these chemicals not only means that they do not break down in nature, it also means that they accumulate and travel up the food chain. More:

01/10/2022 -

When Kelvin McNickle discovered in his 30s he had non-Hodgkin lymphoma, he wondered whether it could be due to the Roundup he had used for more than a decade while clearing vegetation for councils. Now living in Queensland, he has become the lead plaintiff in a major class action against a chemical giant. More:

Human exposure Impact on wildlife Regulation and lawsuit

Gardeners beware: household chemicals banned overseas are still used in Australia

When Kelvin McNickle discovered in his 30s he had non-Hodgkin lymphoma, he wondered whether it could be due to the Roundup he had used for more than a decade while clearing vegetation for councils. Now living in Queensland, he has become the lead plaintiff in a major class action against a chemical giant. More:

Human exposure Impact on wildlife Regulation and lawsuit
30/09/2022 -

Boston’s mayor, Michelle Wu, has ordered no new artificial turf to be installed in city parks, making Boston the largest municipality in a small but growing number around the nation to limit use of the product because it contains dangerous chemicals. More:

PFAS in artificial turf Opposition to artificial turf Artificial turf banning

Boston bans artificial turf in parks due to toxic ‘forever chemicals’

Boston’s mayor, Michelle Wu, has ordered no new artificial turf to be installed in city parks, making Boston the largest municipality in a small but growing number around the nation to limit use of the product because it contains dangerous chemicals. More:

PFAS in artificial turf Opposition to artificial turf Artificial turf banning
30/09/2022 -

A non-profit research group has found the oil and gas industry in Ohio has used PFAS, known as “forever” chemicals, in at least 101 oil and gas wells since 2013. Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) released a report and said that the state’s disclosure rules prevent the public from knowing how widely PFAS have been used. More:

PFAS in the oil and gas industry PFAS Environmental Risks PFAS Regulation

Group finds PFAS 'forever' chemicals used in Ohio oil and gas wells

A non-profit research group has found the oil and gas industry in Ohio has used PFAS, known as “forever” chemicals, in at least 101 oil and gas wells since 2013. Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) released a report and said that the state’s disclosure rules prevent the public from knowing how widely PFAS have been used. More:

PFAS in the oil and gas industry PFAS Environmental Risks PFAS Regulation
30/09/2022 -

For almost four decades, the U.S. has recognized October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month to spotlight the disease and funding for research on breast cancer diagnoses, treatments and prevention. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in eight women in the U.S. will get breast cancer in her lifetime. More:

Endocrine disruption and breast cancer Endocrine disruptors Harmful chemicals in personal care and cleaning products Safer alternatives Safer alternatives: Personal care and cleaning products

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, reduce your exposure to endocrine disruptors

For almost four decades, the U.S. has recognized October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month to spotlight the disease and funding for research on breast cancer diagnoses, treatments and prevention. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in eight women in the U.S. will get breast cancer in her lifetime. More:

Endocrine disruption and breast cancer Endocrine disruptors Harmful chemicals in personal care and cleaning products Safer alternatives Safer alternatives: Personal care and cleaning products
29/09/2022 -

When it comes to the United States phasing out PFAS, the “forever chemicals” are true to their nickname in more ways than one. It’s not going to be straightforward or swift to eliminate these substances from countless industries, even though they have been potentially linked to myriad health issues. More:

PFAS Pollution PFAS: Articles and Products PFAS: Firefighting Foam and Protective Gear PFAS Health Effects PFAS Regulation and Monitoring PFAS Alternatives Other Hazardous Chemicals and their Regulation

Why getting PFAS out of our products is so hard — and why it matters

When it comes to the United States phasing out PFAS, the “forever chemicals” are true to their nickname in more ways than one. It’s not going to be straightforward or swift to eliminate these substances from countless industries, even though they have been potentially linked to myriad health issues. More:

PFAS Pollution PFAS: Articles and Products PFAS: Firefighting Foam and Protective Gear PFAS Health Effects PFAS Regulation and Monitoring PFAS Alternatives Other Hazardous Chemicals and their Regulation
28/09/2022 -

Some 400,000 specimens from German citizens, collected over four decades and stored in an old military bunker, trace the rise—and sometimes the fall—of chemical pollutants in an industrial country. More:

Findings from the German Environmental Specimen Bank Chemical regulation in the EU

A German bunker full of blood and urine has the best record of how chemicals contaminate us

27/09/2022 -

The Mediterranean ecosystem is fragile and human-induced pressures are felt intensely in the region. Around 70% of the population in the Mediterranean lives mostly in coastal cities and it is a popular tourist destination worldwide. However, the Mediterranean has recently been the victim of various kinds of pollution. More:


More coordination needed to protect Mediterranean from pollution

The Mediterranean ecosystem is fragile and human-induced pressures are felt intensely in the region. Around 70% of the population in the Mediterranean lives mostly in coastal cities and it is a popular tourist destination worldwide. However, the Mediterranean has recently been the victim of various kinds of pollution. More:

26/09/2022 -

People who work in manufacturing, welding and chemical operations and are exposed to hazardous chemicals may face a higher risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study found. More:

Hazardous Substances Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Study Points to Jobs With Highest Risk for ALS

People who work in manufacturing, welding and chemical operations and are exposed to hazardous chemicals may face a higher risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study found. More:

Hazardous Substances Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
26/09/2022 -

Most consumers would be surprised to learn Australia has less rigorous standards on pesticides than much of Europe or the United States – and UK environmental campaigners have now raised the alarm about harmful pesticides in Australian food. More:

Pesticide Regulation Pesticides: International Trade Pesticides: Effects on Human Health and Wildlife Bromadiolone: Effects on Domestic and Wild Animals

Australian food is grown with dangerous chemicals banned in other countries

Most consumers would be surprised to learn Australia has less rigorous standards on pesticides than much of Europe or the United States – and UK environmental campaigners have now raised the alarm about harmful pesticides in Australian food. More:

Pesticide Regulation Pesticides: International Trade Pesticides: Effects on Human Health and Wildlife Bromadiolone: Effects on Domestic and Wild Animals
26/09/2022 -

Widely used pesticides contain concerning levels of toxic “forever chemicals” called PFAS, adding to concerns about the human health risks posed by pesticides that are used in growing food, according to a study. The study found a type of PFAS called PFOS at levels hundreds of thousands of times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers safe in 6 out of 10 insecticides tested, including malathion, one of the most commonly applied insecticides in the world. More:

PFAS in Pesticides PFAS in Shipping Containers

High levels of toxic PFAS found in pesticides used in farming

Widely used pesticides contain concerning levels of toxic “forever chemicals” called PFAS, adding to concerns about the human health risks posed by pesticides that are used in growing food, according to a study. The study found a type of PFAS called PFOS at levels hundreds of thousands of times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers safe in 6 out of 10 insecticides tested, including malathion, one of the most commonly applied insecticides in the world. More:

PFAS in Pesticides PFAS in Shipping Containers
25/09/2022 -

Researchers are finding chemicals that have not been fully tested for their environmental impact in eagles, owls and falcons – a sign of widespread, persistent pollution. More:

Chemicals bioaccumulation in Wildlife POPs in Wildlife Chemicals in the Environment Chemicals overview and Human Exposure Human Health Effects Chemicals monitoring EU's chemical regulation UK's chemical regulation

How birds of prey are exposing a toxic time bomb

Researchers are finding chemicals that have not been fully tested for their environmental impact in eagles, owls and falcons – a sign of widespread, persistent pollution. More:

Chemicals bioaccumulation in Wildlife POPs in Wildlife Chemicals in the Environment Chemicals overview and Human Exposure Human Health Effects Chemicals monitoring EU's chemical regulation UK's chemical regulation
25/09/2022 -

GINOWAN, Okinawa Prefecture--Extremely high levels of a suspected carcinogen were detected in the grounds of an elementary school next to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma here, rekindling persistent health concerns over the handling of dangerous chemicals at U.S. military bases. More:


High levels of PFOS detected at Okinawa school next to U.S. base

GINOWAN, Okinawa Prefecture--Extremely high levels of a suspected carcinogen were detected in the grounds of an elementary school next to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma here, rekindling persistent health concerns over the handling of dangerous chemicals at U.S. military bases. More:

23/09/2022 -

Toxic PFAS chemicals were detected in every umbilical cord blood sample across 40 studies. The studies collectively examined nearly 30,000 samples, and many linked fetal PFAS exposure to health complications in unborn babies, young children and later in life. More:


‘Forever chemicals’ detected in all umbilical cord blood in 40 studies

Toxic PFAS chemicals were detected in every umbilical cord blood sample across 40 studies. The studies collectively examined nearly 30,000 samples, and many linked fetal PFAS exposure to health complications in unborn babies, young children and later in life. More:

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