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31/08/2020 -

As we learn more about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, research is revealing ugly realities about social and environmental effects on health – including how the same chronic illnesses associated with exposure to endocrine-disrupting compounds also increase your risk of developing severe COVID-19. More:


How chemicals like PFAS can increase your risk of severe COVID-19

As we learn more about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, research is revealing ugly realities about social and environmental effects on health – including how the same chronic illnesses associated with exposure to endocrine-disrupting compounds also increase your risk of developing severe COVID-19. More:

27/08/2020 -

Sinking your teeth into a crisp apple or chomping on a stalk of celery is something you should be able to do without thinking. After all, the best nutritional science shows that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables—and plenty of them—is a crucial component of good health. But produce sometimes comes with potentially harmful pesticide levels. More:

Human Health Effects

Stop Eating Pesticides

Sinking your teeth into a crisp apple or chomping on a stalk of celery is something you should be able to do without thinking. After all, the best nutritional science shows that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables—and plenty of them—is a crucial component of good health. But produce sometimes comes with potentially harmful pesticide levels. More:

Human Health Effects
26/08/2020 -

Liza called leading scientists, advocates and physicians who helped compile a list of 10 or so of the best candidates. She then painstakingly whittled the list to three: phthalates; PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances; and flame retardants. All three groups of chemicals appear throughout our homes and can disrupt our hormone, or endocrine, systems. The triple crown of toxicity. More:


The 3 Scariest Chemicals to Watch Out For in Your Home

Liza called leading scientists, advocates and physicians who helped compile a list of 10 or so of the best candidates. She then painstakingly whittled the list to three: phthalates; PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances; and flame retardants. All three groups of chemicals appear throughout our homes and can disrupt our hormone, or endocrine, systems. The triple crown of toxicity. More:

24/08/2020 -

In seabird after seabird, Anna Robuck found something concerning: per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, lurking around vital organs. “Brain, liver, kidney, lung, blood, heart,” Robuck says, rattling off a few hiding spots before pausing to recall the rest. Robuck, a Ph.D. candidate in chemical oceanography, quickly settles on a simpler response: She found the chemicals everywhere she looked. More:

PFAS occurrence in marine water PFAS in coastal and marine wildlife

Are Forever Chemicals Harming Ocean Life?

In seabird after seabird, Anna Robuck found something concerning: per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, lurking around vital organs. “Brain, liver, kidney, lung, blood, heart,” Robuck says, rattling off a few hiding spots before pausing to recall the rest. Robuck, a Ph.D. candidate in chemical oceanography, quickly settles on a simpler response: She found the chemicals everywhere she looked. More:

PFAS occurrence in marine water PFAS in coastal and marine wildlife
07/08/2020 -

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing a voluntary phase-out of certain types of grease-proofing agents on paper and paperboard food packaging. This phase-out comes after an FDA post-market scientific review and analysis from rodent studies found biopersistence of the grease-proofing substances. More:


Voluntary phase-out by industry of certain PFAS used in food packaging

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing a voluntary phase-out of certain types of grease-proofing agents on paper and paperboard food packaging. This phase-out comes after an FDA post-market scientific review and analysis from rodent studies found biopersistence of the grease-proofing substances. More:

03/08/2020 -

The chemical contaminant PFAs is emerging as a big problem in Michigan. Michigan officials were frustrated waiting on the federal government to adopt health-protecting standards for the nonstick, so-called "forever chemicals" that have become a leading emerging contaminant in the state and across the country. So they made their own. More:


Michigan's drinking water standards for PFAS chemicals now among toughest in the U.S.

The chemical contaminant PFAs is emerging as a big problem in Michigan. Michigan officials were frustrated waiting on the federal government to adopt health-protecting standards for the nonstick, so-called "forever chemicals" that have become a leading emerging contaminant in the state and across the country. So they made their own. More:

01/08/2020 -

Treating the thousands of potentially toxic chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a single class could reduce health risks and contamination, and improve clean-up efforts, according to a commentary by an international group of experts. More:


PFAS should be managed as a single class of chemicals, experts say

Treating the thousands of potentially toxic chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a single class could reduce health risks and contamination, and improve clean-up efforts, according to a commentary by an international group of experts. More:

29/07/2020 -

In 2019, FIS announced a ban on fluorinated waxes that is set to go into effect prior to the 2020-21 ski season. In response to the popularity of Ski Racing Media’s podcast surrounding the fluoro-wax controversy, we dug a bit deeper to break down the problem, at its root, to help our readers and those impacted by the ban better understand how all this all started, who is involved, how its affecting wax companies, teams, and athletes, and what ski families in North America need to know. More:


Future without fluoros: a complete guide

In 2019, FIS announced a ban on fluorinated waxes that is set to go into effect prior to the 2020-21 ski season. In response to the popularity of Ski Racing Media’s podcast surrounding the fluoro-wax controversy, we dug a bit deeper to break down the problem, at its root, to help our readers and those impacted by the ban better understand how all this all started, who is involved, how its affecting wax companies, teams, and athletes, and what ski families in North America need to know. More:

29/07/2020 -

PFAS (per and polyfluoroalkyl substances) chemicals are used in a lot of household products. While the effects of PFAS on human health are still being debated, they have been detected in the past in our food and drinking water, as well as many waterways. More:


A New 'Forever Chemical' Has Been Detected in Arctic Seawater For The First Time

PFAS (per and polyfluoroalkyl substances) chemicals are used in a lot of household products. While the effects of PFAS on human health are still being debated, they have been detected in the past in our food and drinking water, as well as many waterways. More:

24/07/2020 -

Scientists are putting together a growing list of synthetic chemicals, known as endocrine disruptors, which have gradually become widespread in our water, air, food and blood, and which have been linked to several troubling health effects. More:

Scientific knowledge on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

Household Chemical Effects on Our Health Appear Increasingly Dire, New Evidence Shows

Scientists are putting together a growing list of synthetic chemicals, known as endocrine disruptors, which have gradually become widespread in our water, air, food and blood, and which have been linked to several troubling health effects. More:

Scientific knowledge on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
22/07/2020 -

Evidence has doubled in the last five years about the negative impact on our health of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in plastics, pesticides, flame retardants and other merchandise, according to a new review of recent literature. More:


Plastics and pesticides: Health impacts of synthetic chemicals in US products doubled in last 5 years, study finds

Evidence has doubled in the last five years about the negative impact on our health of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in plastics, pesticides, flame retardants and other merchandise, according to a new review of recent literature. More:

20/07/2020 -

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine filed suit against Monsanto in May, alleging the company had polluted all 36 waterways in the city with toxic polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. The company knew how harmful the chemicals were for decades, according to the lawsuit, but continued to promote and sell them. More:


Monsanto To Pay D.C. $52 Million Over Chemical Pollution In Rivers

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine filed suit against Monsanto in May, alleging the company had polluted all 36 waterways in the city with toxic polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. The company knew how harmful the chemicals were for decades, according to the lawsuit, but continued to promote and sell them. More:

20/07/2020 -

Michael Richard Clifford, a 66-year-old retired astronaut living in Cary, N.C., learned before his third spaceflight that he had Parkinson’s disease. He was only 44 and in excellent health at the time, and had no family history of this disabling neurological disorder. What he did have was years of exposure to numerous toxic chemicals, several of which have since been shown in animal studies to cause the kind of brain damage and symptoms that afflict people with Parkinson’s. More:


The Link Between Parkinson’s Disease and Toxic Chemicals

Michael Richard Clifford, a 66-year-old retired astronaut living in Cary, N.C., learned before his third spaceflight that he had Parkinson’s disease. He was only 44 and in excellent health at the time, and had no family history of this disabling neurological disorder. What he did have was years of exposure to numerous toxic chemicals, several of which have since been shown in animal studies to cause the kind of brain damage and symptoms that afflict people with Parkinson’s. More:

19/07/2020 -

A new study has found that the extensive use of pesticides and several other agrochemicals can expedite the transmission of a crippling disease known as schistosomiasis. According to researchers, ecological balances in aquatic environments, that aid in the prevention of infections, are also upset. More:


Pesticides Can Speed Up The Transmission of Deadly Waterborne Pathogens, Find Scientists

A new study has found that the extensive use of pesticides and several other agrochemicals can expedite the transmission of a crippling disease known as schistosomiasis. According to researchers, ecological balances in aquatic environments, that aid in the prevention of infections, are also upset. More:

19/07/2020 -

A new study published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health has found that the extensive use of pesticides and several other agrochemicals can expedite the transmission of a crippling disease known as schistosomiasis. According to researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, ecological balances in aquatic environments, that aid in the prevention of infections, are also upset. More:


Pesticides Can Speed Up The Transmission of Deadly Waterborne Pathogens, Find Scientists

A new study published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health has found that the extensive use of pesticides and several other agrochemicals can expedite the transmission of a crippling disease known as schistosomiasis. According to researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, ecological balances in aquatic environments, that aid in the prevention of infections, are also upset. More:

17/07/2020 -

‘The kids wore the grass away. It became like a mudbath, the kids were constantly dirty. It just didn’t look very good.’ When her holiday in Dubai was cancelled, she and her husband decided to splash the cash on solving the problem: an artificial lawn. Experts say decline in urban butterflies and urban bees is due to artificial lawns. More:


How green is your fake lawn? Sales have soared during lockdown but critics say they are bad for the environment and wildlife

‘The kids wore the grass away. It became like a mudbath, the kids were constantly dirty. It just didn’t look very good.’ When her holiday in Dubai was cancelled, she and her husband decided to splash the cash on solving the problem: an artificial lawn. Experts say decline in urban butterflies and urban bees is due to artificial lawns. More:

13/07/2020 -

An article in the local newspaper caught Andrea Amico’s eye in May 2014. It reported that one of the three drinking-water wells at a sprawling business and industrial park nearby was shut down because of high levels of chemical contamination. More:


Why limiting PFAS in drinking water is a challenge in the US

An article in the local newspaper caught Andrea Amico’s eye in May 2014. It reported that one of the three drinking-water wells at a sprawling business and industrial park nearby was shut down because of high levels of chemical contamination. More:

08/07/2020 -

In the 1970s, fire regulations began requiring the addition of chemical flame retardants (CFRs) to a variety of consumer products. Now, we find these compounds in products as diverse as cell phones, televisions, computers, clothing, upholstered furniture, and carpets. While CFRs meet certain standards for slowing the ignition and spread of fires, they also leach chemicals into indoor air and dust and have been found in food and water. More:

Human Exposure Regretable replacements

Regrettable Replacements: The Case of Chemical Flame Retardants

In the 1970s, fire regulations began requiring the addition of chemical flame retardants (CFRs) to a variety of consumer products. Now, we find these compounds in products as diverse as cell phones, televisions, computers, clothing, upholstered furniture, and carpets. While CFRs meet certain standards for slowing the ignition and spread of fires, they also leach chemicals into indoor air and dust and have been found in food and water. More:

Human Exposure Regretable replacements
08/07/2020 -

Chemical pollutants mean bad news for the environment, but some types are far more harmful than others. At the extreme end of the spectrum are toxic substances such as PFAS and GenX ,which fall into a class known as “forever chemicals” for their ability to endure in the environment for a very long time. Rice University researchers have happened upon a powerful new tool they say could help neutralize this threat, offering a new catalyst that can destroy them in a matter of hours. More:


Boron nitride catalyst destroys toxic PFAS "forever chemicals"

Chemical pollutants mean bad news for the environment, but some types are far more harmful than others. At the extreme end of the spectrum are toxic substances such as PFAS and GenX ,which fall into a class known as “forever chemicals” for their ability to endure in the environment for a very long time. Rice University researchers have happened upon a powerful new tool they say could help neutralize this threat, offering a new catalyst that can destroy them in a matter of hours. More:

06/07/2020 -

In 2014, my world changed forever when I learned my family was exposed to contaminated drinking water containing high levels of PFAS. Since then, I haven't stopped worrying about my family's health," says Andrea Amico, a New Hampshire resident and PFAS community advocate turned national activist. More:

Human Health Effects PFAS management PFAS-Free products

Op-ed: PFAS chemicals—the other immune system threat

In 2014, my world changed forever when I learned my family was exposed to contaminated drinking water containing high levels of PFAS. Since then, I haven't stopped worrying about my family's health," says Andrea Amico, a New Hampshire resident and PFAS community advocate turned national activist. More:

Human Health Effects PFAS management PFAS-Free products
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