POPs in the news

12/09/2014 -

A group of Indian and American researchers have found that some species of bacteria have the potential to decompose residues of commonly used pesticide Hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH), which is now identified as a global pollutant. More:
India Today


Bacteria that can break down pollutants found

A group of Indian and American researchers have found that some species of bacteria have the potential to decompose residues of commonly used pesticide Hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH), which is now identified as a global pollutant. More:
India Today

06/09/2014 -

Madrid - La decisión de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) de autorizar un insecticida vetado desde los setenta como recurso último para combatir la malaria en los países pobres ha tenido un precio para la salud, especialmente de los niños, y un grupo de investigadores españoles ha desvelado cuál es. More:
radio intereconomía (Spanish)


El precio de prevenir la malaria con pesticidas

Madrid - La decisión de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) de autorizar un insecticida vetado desde los setenta como recurso último para combatir la malaria en los países pobres ha tenido un precio para la salud, especialmente de los niños, y un grupo de investigadores españoles ha desvelado cuál es. More:
radio intereconomía (Spanish)

02/09/2014 -

Deslauriers Island, Quebec - The gulls that inhabit Deslauriers Island every summer are the most contaminated colony in Canada when it comes to flame retardants, including one compound that has accumulated in their eggs at concentrations up to 44 times higher than elsewhere. More:
Environmental Health News


Toxic gulls: Quebec's contaminated bird colony offers clues about flame retardants

Deslauriers Island, Quebec - The gulls that inhabit Deslauriers Island every summer are the most contaminated colony in Canada when it comes to flame retardants, including one compound that has accumulated in their eggs at concentrations up to 44 times higher than elsewhere. More:
Environmental Health News

28/08/2014 -

A number of leading international researchers, amongst others from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, recommend that fluorochemicals are only used where they are absolutely essential. More:
R&D Magazine


Leading scientists call for a stop to non-essential use of fluorochemicals

A number of leading international researchers, amongst others from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, recommend that fluorochemicals are only used where they are absolutely essential. More:
R&D Magazine

07/08/2014 -

New testing shows low levels of a banned toxic chemical are still showing up in a variety of everyday products including paints, newspapers, magazines and cardboard food packaging. The tests found the compound at low levels in 49 different products, according to a report released by the The Washington Department of Ecology. More:
EarthFix


Report: Banned Toxic PCB Still Showing Up In Everyday Products

New testing shows low levels of a banned toxic chemical are still showing up in a variety of everyday products including paints, newspapers, magazines and cardboard food packaging. The tests found the compound at low levels in 49 different products, according to a report released by the The Washington Department of Ecology. More:
EarthFix

01/08/2014 -

Children from the Midwest involved in a prospective study are the third U.S. birth cohort to show strikingly consistent associations between prenatal exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants and impaired performance on neurodevelopment tests later in childhood. More:
Environmental Health Perspectives


More Evidence for PBDEs as Neurotoxicants: Cohort Study Corroborates Earlier Findings

Children from the Midwest involved in a prospective study are the third U.S. birth cohort to show strikingly consistent associations between prenatal exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants and impaired performance on neurodevelopment tests later in childhood. More:
Environmental Health Perspectives

31/07/2014 -

Waste from soft furnishings like curtains, cushions and sofas should be discarded with the same caution as electronics, say scientists. Both types of waste contain brominated flame retardants (BFRs), which have been shown to damage the environment and human health. More:
Planet Earth Online


Treat sofas like electronic waste, say scientists

Waste from soft furnishings like curtains, cushions and sofas should be discarded with the same caution as electronics, say scientists. Both types of waste contain brominated flame retardants (BFRs), which have been shown to damage the environment and human health. More:
Planet Earth Online

25/07/2014 -

Vietnam will stop using all types of machinery and equipment containing polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), one of the persistent organic pollutants (POPs), by 2020 and safely dispose the substance by 2028.
VietNamNet - Viet Nam


Vietnam strives to eliminate persistent organic pollutants

Vietnam will stop using all types of machinery and equipment containing polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), one of the persistent organic pollutants (POPs), by 2020 and safely dispose the substance by 2028.
VietNamNet - Viet Nam

24/07/2014 -

The Agricultural Ministry has taken measures to control pesticides with a view to safeguard public health and the environment as the Ministry found that it is compulsory to change the act on pesticides to meet the modern day requirements. Organic fertilizer is suitable for the country's agriculture as Sri Lanka still practices traditional methods. More:
www.news.lk - Sri Lanka


Measures to control pesticides - Sri Lanka

The Agricultural Ministry has taken measures to control pesticides with a view to safeguard public health and the environment as the Ministry found that it is compulsory to change the act on pesticides to meet the modern day requirements. Organic fertilizer is suitable for the country's agriculture as Sri Lanka still practices traditional methods. More:
www.news.lk - Sri Lanka

22/07/2014 -

In all urban markets of Nepal, farmers are selling heavily poisoned vegetables and fruits. This is because of the overuse of insecticides and pesticides. And toxic chemicals are used to preserve fruits and vegetables during transportation and storage till they reach the consumers. More:
The Himalayan - Nepal


Unwarranted use of pesticides

In all urban markets of Nepal, farmers are selling heavily poisoned vegetables and fruits. This is because of the overuse of insecticides and pesticides. And toxic chemicals are used to preserve fruits and vegetables during transportation and storage till they reach the consumers. More:
The Himalayan - Nepal

13/07/2014 -

Birds are providing some insight into contamination in the Great Lakes. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey are observing the nesting patterns of tree swallows along the banks of the lakes and are collecting blood from their babies to monitor levels of some toxins. More:
The Columbus Dispatch - USA


Scientists use birds to track pollution

Birds are providing some insight into contamination in the Great Lakes. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey are observing the nesting patterns of tree swallows along the banks of the lakes and are collecting blood from their babies to monitor levels of some toxins. More:
The Columbus Dispatch - USA

10/07/2014 -

On June 13, 2014, the World Bank approved a US$ 8.10 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF)* for Egypt’s “Sustainable Persistent Organic Pollutants Management Project (POPs)” More:
The World Bank


Egypt Takes Steps to Protect the Environment and Public Health

On June 13, 2014, the World Bank approved a US$ 8.10 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF)* for Egypt’s “Sustainable Persistent Organic Pollutants Management Project (POPs)” More:
The World Bank

25/06/2014 -

When Penelope Jagessar Chaffer became pregnant, her obstetrician warned her to avoid alcohol, cigarettes and mercury-laden tuna. Dangers posed to her unborn child by industrial chemicals such as flame retardants, pesticides and plastics, however, never came up. Chaffer's prenatal care experience is more or less the norm, according to a national survey that gauged obstetricians' stances on counseling pregnant patients about environmental health hazards.More:
www.huffingtonpost.com


Doctors Fail To Counsel Pregnant Women On Toxic Chemical Risks

When Penelope Jagessar Chaffer became pregnant, her obstetrician warned her to avoid alcohol, cigarettes and mercury-laden tuna. Dangers posed to her unborn child by industrial chemicals such as flame retardants, pesticides and plastics, however, never came up. Chaffer's prenatal care experience is more or less the norm, according to a national survey that gauged obstetricians' stances on counseling pregnant patients about environmental health hazards.More:
www.huffingtonpost.com

25/06/2014 -

Tests on 125 consumer and children’s products show some manufacturers have replaced flame retardants banned in many products sold in Washington, with unregulated - but also potentially toxic - chemicals. A report containing test results is available. More:
Bonney Lake Courier-Hearld - USA


Some manufacturers replacing PBDEs with unregulated chemicals

Tests on 125 consumer and children’s products show some manufacturers have replaced flame retardants banned in many products sold in Washington, with unregulated - but also potentially toxic - chemicals. A report containing test results is available. More:
Bonney Lake Courier-Hearld - USA

20/02/2014 -

Throwing on pajamas and curling up with a magazine could mean exposure to chemicals banned several decades ago. New, unpublished research has found that traces of polychlorinated biphenyls – banned in the United States 35 years ago – are leaching out of clothing and printed materials from around the world. More:
Environmental Health News


Yellow pigments in clothing, paper contain long-banned PCB

Throwing on pajamas and curling up with a magazine could mean exposure to chemicals banned several decades ago. New, unpublished research has found that traces of polychlorinated biphenyls – banned in the United States 35 years ago – are leaching out of clothing and printed materials from around the world. More:
Environmental Health 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

 
29/11/2013 -

Past laboratory research has associated perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) with liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancers in rodents.  Now a major epidemiological study published in EHP reports an association between PFOA exposure and kidney and testicular cancers in individuals who lived near and worked at a plant that produced the chemical. More:
Environmental Health Perspectives


PFOA and Cancer in a Highly Exposed Community: New Findings from the C8 Science Panel

Past laboratory research has associated perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) with liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancers in rodents.  Now a major epidemiological study published in EHP reports an association between PFOA exposure and kidney and testicular cancers in individuals who lived near and worked at a plant that produced the chemical. More:
Environmental Health Perspectives

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

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