POPs in the news

27/01/2014 -

Researchers from Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority in Germany have made a study of Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and “novel” brominated flame retardants in house dust.


Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and “novel” brominated flame retardants in house dust in Germany

 
27/01/2014 -

Researchers from Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences have made a study of development of PFOS and PFOA criteria for the protection of freshwater aquatic life in China.


Development of PFOS and PFOA criteria for the protection of freshwater aquatic life in China

 
24/10/2013 -

22/10/2013 - The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee, a subsidiary body of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), recommended the inclusion of polychlorinated napththalenes (PCN) and hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD) to the UN-backed major treaty banning hazardous chemicals. Every human in the world carries in his or her body traces of POPs, which circulate globally through a process known as the “grasshopper effect” and include chemicals which are agents that that can kill people, damage the nervous and immune systems, cause cancer and reproductive disorders and interfere with normal infant and child development.


UN agencies urge end to potentially deadly – but preventable – lead paint use, recommend phase out of two industrial chemicals

 
19/09/2013 -

Shoppers spend over £10 billion on bananas annually and now this demand is being linked to the contamination of Central America's crocodilians. A research analyses blood samples from spectacled caiman in Costa Rica and finds that intensive pesticide use in plantations leads to contaminated species in protected conservation areas. More:
ScienceDaily


Are Banana Farms Contaminating Costa Rica's Crocs?

Shoppers spend over £10 billion on bananas annually and now this demand is being linked to the contamination of Central America's crocodilians. A research analyses blood samples from spectacled caiman in Costa Rica and finds that intensive pesticide use in plantations leads to contaminated species in protected conservation areas. More:
ScienceDaily

16/09/2013 -

To protect delicate eardrums, around 8 to 10 baleen whale species have ear canals that are naturally sealed off from the external environment. Over the years, earwax begins to build in the narrow tubes. Like tree rings, layers found within whale earplugs are already used to help researchers estimate an animal’s age. In this new study, scientists guessed that the wax may have more secrets to tell. More:
www.smithsonianmag.com


Blue Whale Earwax Reveals Pollution Accumulated Over a Lifetime

To protect delicate eardrums, around 8 to 10 baleen whale species have ear canals that are naturally sealed off from the external environment. Over the years, earwax begins to build in the narrow tubes. Like tree rings, layers found within whale earplugs are already used to help researchers estimate an animal’s age. In this new study, scientists guessed that the wax may have more secrets to tell. More:
www.smithsonianmag.com

15/09/2013 -

San Francisco - In the coastal redwood forests of central California, scientists trying to unravel the mystery surrounding the reproductive problems of dozens of endangered condors think they have uncovered the culprit: the long-banned pesticide DDT. More:
www.thecalifornian.com


Study: Rare condors harmed by pesticide

San Francisco - In the coastal redwood forests of central California, scientists trying to unravel the mystery surrounding the reproductive problems of dozens of endangered condors think they have uncovered the culprit: the long-banned pesticide DDT. More:
www.thecalifornian.com

11/09/2013 -

University researchers say they have developed a safer and cheaper way to clean up harmful contaminants from the ground after finishing a $1-million research project that spanned 13 years. The researchers with the University of Calgary and SAIT use rubbing alcohol and ultraviolet light to remove PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, from affected soil. More:
Calgary Herald


Calgary researchers use rubbing alcohol, UV rays to clean up toxic PCBs

University researchers say they have developed a safer and cheaper way to clean up harmful contaminants from the ground after finishing a $1-million research project that spanned 13 years. The researchers with the University of Calgary and SAIT use rubbing alcohol and ultraviolet light to remove PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, from affected soil. More:
Calgary Herald

28/08/2013 -

Montreal - Quebecers should be worried that it took 15 years for officials to clue into the fact that a Pointe-Claire company had a yard full of toxic materials, says one environmental expert, and the public should be demanding more transparency in the wake of the discovery. More:
www.montrealgazette.com
See also: PCB site in Pointe-Claire: Quebec’s environment minister approves Reliance’s plan for cleanup


Stash of PCBs shocks Pointe-Claire

Montreal - Quebecers should be worried that it took 15 years for officials to clue into the fact that a Pointe-Claire company had a yard full of toxic materials, says one environmental expert, and the public should be demanding more transparency in the wake of the discovery. More:
www.montrealgazette.com
See also: PCB site in Pointe-Claire: Quebec’s environment minister approves Reliance’s plan for cleanup

13/08/2013 -

Concentrations of 16 PBDEs, which are persistent, bioaccumulative, and may be toxic to both humans and the environment, were determined in dust samples from 33 New Zealand households and in breast milk samples from 33 mothers living in these households. More:
Massey University - New Zealand


Study shows links between dust and breast milk

Concentrations of 16 PBDEs, which are persistent, bioaccumulative, and may be toxic to both humans and the environment, were determined in dust samples from 33 New Zealand households and in breast milk samples from 33 mothers living in these households. More:
Massey University - New Zealand

05/08/2013 -

Washington, August 5, 2013 - Many developing countries import pesticides to increase agricultural production and control vector-borne diseases such as malaria. Over time, unused pesticides become obsolete and unsafe for use. Today, across Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 50,000 tons of obsolete pesticides litter the landscape. Exposure to these pollutants can cause cancer, allergies, reproductive disorders, and damages to the nervous and immune systems. More:
www.worldbank.org


Obsolete Pesticide Stockpiles: An Unwanted Legacy of the African Landscape

Washington, August 5, 2013 - Many developing countries import pesticides to increase agricultural production and control vector-borne diseases such as malaria. Over time, unused pesticides become obsolete and unsafe for use. Today, across Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 50,000 tons of obsolete pesticides litter the landscape. Exposure to these pollutants can cause cancer, allergies, reproductive disorders, and damages to the nervous and immune systems. More:
www.worldbank.org

30/07/2013 -

India is still reeling from the deaths of 23 schoolchildren in the village of Dharmasati Gandawa in Bihar on July 17 after they ate a free school lunch that was made with cooking oil tainted with the pesticide monocrotophos. The police say that the cooking oil might have been kept in a container that once held the pesticide. More:
The New York Times


Bihar School Deaths Highlight India’s Struggle With Pesticides

India is still reeling from the deaths of 23 schoolchildren in the village of Dharmasati Gandawa in Bihar on July 17 after they ate a free school lunch that was made with cooking oil tainted with the pesticide monocrotophos. The police say that the cooking oil might have been kept in a container that once held the pesticide. More:
The New York Times

29/07/2013 -

Gas chromatography (GC) is one of the most important tools in the chemical industry and in chemical laboratories. Analytical chemists use it for a wide variety of purposes, from forensic research to environmental testing, health screening and pharmaceuticals production. More:
Chemistry World


The ABC of gas chromatographs

Gas chromatography (GC) is one of the most important tools in the chemical industry and in chemical laboratories. Analytical chemists use it for a wide variety of purposes, from forensic research to environmental testing, health screening and pharmaceuticals production. More:
Chemistry World

23/07/2013 -

An urgent review is underway after a Four Corners investigation- an Australia's television program- found elevated levels of dangerous dioxins in a generic version of 2,4-D, one of Australia's most widely used herbicides. More:
ABC News - Australia


Investigation finds dangerous dioxins in widely used herbicide 2,4-D

An urgent review is underway after a Four Corners investigation- an Australia's television program- found elevated levels of dangerous dioxins in a generic version of 2,4-D, one of Australia's most widely used herbicides. More:
ABC News - Australia

12/07/2013 -

People, animals and the environment can be exposed to multiple chemicals at once from a variety of sources, but current risk assessment is usually carried out on one chemical substance at a time. EFSA review of international frameworks for assessing chemical mixtures will support the roll-out of harmonised terminology and methodologies for risk assessors. More:
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)


Assessing “chemical mixtures” – current approaches and future priorities

People, animals and the environment can be exposed to multiple chemicals at once from a variety of sources, but current risk assessment is usually carried out on one chemical substance at a time. EFSA review of international frameworks for assessing chemical mixtures will support the roll-out of harmonised terminology and methodologies for risk assessors. More:
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

08/07/2013 -

Cinquante tonnes de DDT et de déchets associés devront quitter, mardi le port de Casablanca, pour être incinérés et éliminés en France par une entreprise spécialisée dans le traitement de déchets polluants, selon l’Organisation des Nations-Unies pour l’Alimentation et l’Agriculture (FAO) au Maroc. More:
www.lnt.ma (French)
www.aufaitmaroc.com - Ministère de la Santé : Début du processus d'élimination de 50 tonnes de DDT (French)


Cinquante tonnes de pesticides quitteront mardi Casablanca

Cinquante tonnes de DDT et de déchets associés devront quitter, mardi le port de Casablanca, pour être incinérés et éliminés en France par une entreprise spécialisée dans le traitement de déchets polluants, selon l’Organisation des Nations-Unies pour l’Alimentation et l’Agriculture (FAO) au Maroc. More:
www.lnt.ma (French)
www.aufaitmaroc.com - Ministère de la Santé : Début du processus d'élimination de 50 tonnes de DDT (French)

06/07/2013 -

L’exposition chronique aux polychlorobiphényles (PCB), qui sont des produits dangereux, peut causer des cancers et d’autres effets sanitaires néfastes tels que l’apparition d’acnés chlorés et l’affaiblissement des systèmes immunitaire, endocrinien et reproducteur. Ces produits toxiques, non biodégradables et persistants dans l’environnement s’accumulent tout au long de la chaîne alimentaire et se retrouvent dans tous les milieux : sol, air, eau et sédiments. More:
Le Matin - Maroc (French)


Dépollution industrielle : Traitement écologique des déchets dangereux

L’exposition chronique aux polychlorobiphényles (PCB), qui sont des produits dangereux, peut causer des cancers et d’autres effets sanitaires néfastes tels que l’apparition d’acnés chlorés et l’affaiblissement des systèmes immunitaire, endocrinien et reproducteur. Ces produits toxiques, non biodégradables et persistants dans l’environnement s’accumulent tout au long de la chaîne alimentaire et se retrouvent dans tous les milieux : sol, air, eau et sédiments. More:
Le Matin - Maroc (French)

05/07/2013 -

Rabat.- Marruecos enviará el próximo martes desde Casablanca 50 toneladas de desechos tóxicos a Francia para ser eliminados por un empresa especializada. A través de un comunicado, la Organización de Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO) explicó que el DDT, uno de los pesticidas que se mandará a Francia, forma parte de la categoría de los Contaminantes Orgánicos Persistentes (POP) y fue adquirido en este país en los años 80 para luchar contra el paludismo. More:
www.diariovasco.com (Spanish)


Marruecos enviará 50 toneladas de desechos tóxicos a Francia para destruirlos

Rabat.- Marruecos enviará el próximo martes desde Casablanca 50 toneladas de desechos tóxicos a Francia para ser eliminados por un empresa especializada. A través de un comunicado, la Organización de Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO) explicó que el DDT, uno de los pesticidas que se mandará a Francia, forma parte de la categoría de los Contaminantes Orgánicos Persistentes (POP) y fue adquirido en este país en los años 80 para luchar contra el paludismo. More:
www.diariovasco.com (Spanish)

04/07/2013 -

Nairobi, July 4 2013 - Representative of 28 African countries today developed a draft roadmap aimed at driving the continent toward meeting the 2020 goal of the sound management of chemicals across their life cycles. National legal and institutional arrangements for chemical management and public resources for ensuring the sound management of chemicals are often insufficient, particularly in Africa. More:
UNEP News Centre


African Nations Pledge Increased Efforts in Sound Management of Hazardous Chemicals

Nairobi, July 4 2013 - Representative of 28 African countries today developed a draft roadmap aimed at driving the continent toward meeting the 2020 goal of the sound management of chemicals across their life cycles. National legal and institutional arrangements for chemical management and public resources for ensuring the sound management of chemicals are often insufficient, particularly in Africa. More:
UNEP News Centre

28/06/2013 -

At issue are substances called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, said Dr. Aimin Chen, an assistant professor of environmental health at the University of Cincinnati. They’ve been widely used as flame retardants. “Reducing exposure to PBDEs is a challenge,” he said in a news release, “but even a few simple steps such as hand-washing and limiting young children’s exposure can be helpful.” More:
Cincinnati Business Courier


Chemicals found in phones are a no-no for kids

At issue are substances called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, said Dr. Aimin Chen, an assistant professor of environmental health at the University of Cincinnati. They’ve been widely used as flame retardants. “Reducing exposure to PBDEs is a challenge,” he said in a news release, “but even a few simple steps such as hand-washing and limiting young children’s exposure can be helpful.” More:
Cincinnati Business Courier

26/06/2013 -

Manufacturers add potentially harmful fire-retardant chemicals to insulation to pass a flammability test required in building codes. But the test isn’t reliable for foam plastic insulation, argued fire scientist Vytenis Babrauskas and his colleagues in a study published in Building Research and Information. More:
www.kqed.org (California, USA)


An Environmental Catch-22: Fire Safety Chemicals in Insulation Pose Risks

Manufacturers add potentially harmful fire-retardant chemicals to insulation to pass a flammability test required in building codes. But the test isn’t reliable for foam plastic insulation, argued fire scientist Vytenis Babrauskas and his colleagues in a study published in Building Research and Information. More:
www.kqed.org (California, USA)

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