POPs in the news

28/06/2022 -

If the Environmental Protection Agency designates the two best studied “forever chemicals” called PFAS as hazardous substances, manufacturers will not be forced to stop using them. More:

Chemicals regulation The US PFOA Stewardship Program Hazardous Chemicals in Healthcare Settings

Fact versus fiction: ‘Forever chemicals’ hazardous substance designation is not a ban

If the Environmental Protection Agency designates the two best studied “forever chemicals” called PFAS as hazardous substances, manufacturers will not be forced to stop using them. More:

Chemicals regulation The US PFOA Stewardship Program Hazardous Chemicals in Healthcare Settings
28/06/2022 -

With the messaging to reduce our plastic use so loud and clear, it seems odd that so many are choosing to carpet their gardens with the stuff. Artificial grass, faux lawn, plastic grass – whatever you call it, it has never been so widely used. And homeowners, or renters, who choose to install it, often cite low maintenance as their number one reason. More:


6 reasons why artificial grass is NOT low maintenance

With the messaging to reduce our plastic use so loud and clear, it seems odd that so many are choosing to carpet their gardens with the stuff. Artificial grass, faux lawn, plastic grass – whatever you call it, it has never been so widely used. And homeowners, or renters, who choose to install it, often cite low maintenance as their number one reason. More:

28/06/2022 -

A court in Paris found the French government guilty of wrongful negligence involving the former use of a banned pesticide in the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique but denied compensation to those affected More:


Court finds France negligent in Caribbean pesticide case

A court in Paris found the French government guilty of wrongful negligence involving the former use of a banned pesticide in the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique but denied compensation to those affected More:

23/06/2022 -

Cette carte adopte une précision à l’échelle communale de l’utilisation des pesticides, par type de cultures et par type de traitements (herbicides, insecticides, fongicides, traitements de semences). Basée sur le référentiel de l’Indicateur de Fréquence de Traitements phytosanitaires (IFT), elle est disponible gratuitement sur Adonis, la plateforme de Solagro. More:

Surveillance des pesticides Réglementation des pesticides

Pesticides : une carte de France des IFT publiée par Solagro

Cette carte adopte une précision à l’échelle communale de l’utilisation des pesticides, par type de cultures et par type de traitements (herbicides, insecticides, fongicides, traitements de semences). Basée sur le référentiel de l’Indicateur de Fréquence de Traitements phytosanitaires (IFT), elle est disponible gratuitement sur Adonis, la plateforme de Solagro. More:

Surveillance des pesticides Réglementation des pesticides
23/06/2022 -

Air pollution doesn't just impact the health of your lungs and heart. Recent research has found fine particulate matter can also cause damage to the brain, and scientists think they've finally figured out how. More:


Toxic Particles Once Inhaled May Travel Directly to The Brain, Study Suggests

Air pollution doesn't just impact the health of your lungs and heart. Recent research has found fine particulate matter can also cause damage to the brain, and scientists think they've finally figured out how. More:

22/06/2022 -

EU countries and MEPs reached a deal on the proposal that sets limits for harmful chemicals in waste — in a bid to prevent them from being recycled into new materials as part of 'circular economy' efforts. More:

EU Regulation of PFAS POPs Regulation

EU states reject stricter chemical rules in waste, says lead MEP

EU countries and MEPs reached a deal on the proposal that sets limits for harmful chemicals in waste — in a bid to prevent them from being recycled into new materials as part of 'circular economy' efforts. More:

EU Regulation of PFAS POPs Regulation
20/06/2022 -

Gouldstone wasn't satisfied with just telling her customers everything she did was "natural" and "sustainable". Those words seem to be used everywhere – and without evidence to back them up, she felt they could be misused. More:

Chemical persistence in human body Alternative chemicals in cosmetic products

Are 'natural' products better than synthetic ones?

Gouldstone wasn't satisfied with just telling her customers everything she did was "natural" and "sustainable". Those words seem to be used everywhere – and without evidence to back them up, she felt they could be misused. More:

Chemical persistence in human body Alternative chemicals in cosmetic products
17/06/2022 -

At the conclusion of the United Nations Triple Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (BRS COPs), Parties made critical progress by banning a very dangerous “forever chemical” and limiting exports of e-waste, however, they once again failed to take meaningful action to regulate the trade of multiple toxic substances that threaten people and ecosystems and have been on the COP’s agenda for decades. More:


A UN Chemicals Negotiations Dance: one step forward, one step back

At the conclusion of the United Nations Triple Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (BRS COPs), Parties made critical progress by banning a very dangerous “forever chemical” and limiting exports of e-waste, however, they once again failed to take meaningful action to regulate the trade of multiple toxic substances that threaten people and ecosystems and have been on the COP’s agenda for decades. More:

16/06/2022 -

As a part of the European Commission’s Chemical Strategy, it has promised to revise the Cosmetics Regulation. It has been evident for a long time that the current legislation is insufficient as it allows for cosmetic products with harmful substances to the environment and humans, such as PFAS and hormone disruptors. More:


Time to break up with toxic makeup

As a part of the European Commission’s Chemical Strategy, it has promised to revise the Cosmetics Regulation. It has been evident for a long time that the current legislation is insufficient as it allows for cosmetic products with harmful substances to the environment and humans, such as PFAS and hormone disruptors. More:

16/06/2022 -

Environmental scientists, ecologists, and policy experts argue in a letter that the proposed Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework—a new international agreement to protect biodiversity—fails to account for the totality of chemical pollutants that threaten the health of ecosystems worldwide. More:


New global biodiversity framework falls short on inclusion of chemical pollutants, say environmental experts

Environmental scientists, ecologists, and policy experts argue in a letter that the proposed Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework—a new international agreement to protect biodiversity—fails to account for the totality of chemical pollutants that threaten the health of ecosystems worldwide. More:

15/06/2022 -

The Environmental Protection Agency warned that a group of human-made chemicals found in the drinking water, cosmetics and food packaging used by millions of U.S. citizens poses a greater danger to human health than regulators previously thought. More:

PFAS Regulation Soil and Water contamination

EPA warns toxic ‘forever chemicals’ more dangerous than once thought

The Environmental Protection Agency warned that a group of human-made chemicals found in the drinking water, cosmetics and food packaging used by millions of U.S. citizens poses a greater danger to human health than regulators previously thought. More:

PFAS Regulation Soil and Water contamination
13/06/2022 -

Monitoring pollution in rivers involves taking water samples which are then sent to a lab for analysis, only to obtain a spot check of the river's health taken a week ago. Researches have designed a pollution detector that monitors water quality in real time. More:


Pollution detector that does not need a lab

Monitoring pollution in rivers involves taking water samples which are then sent to a lab for analysis, only to obtain a spot check of the river's health taken a week ago. Researches have designed a pollution detector that monitors water quality in real time. More:

10/06/2022 -

Chemicals such as bisphenols and dioxins are thought to interfere with hormones and damage sperm quality, and the study found combinations of these compounds are present at “astonishing” levels, up to 100 times those considered safe. More:

Chemical cocktails and Endocrine disruption

Cocktail of chemical pollutants linked to falling sperm quality in research

Chemicals such as bisphenols and dioxins are thought to interfere with hormones and damage sperm quality, and the study found combinations of these compounds are present at “astonishing” levels, up to 100 times those considered safe. More:

Chemical cocktails and Endocrine disruption
09/06/2022 -

All plastics are made of chemicals, including polymers, additives to make products stronger, softer, colourful or fire resistant, or unintentionally added substances such as solvents, cleaning agents, or impurities from manufacturing or recycling. More:


“Chemicals in Plastics” by UNEP Chemicals and Health Branch

All plastics are made of chemicals, including polymers, additives to make products stronger, softer, colourful or fire resistant, or unintentionally added substances such as solvents, cleaning agents, or impurities from manufacturing or recycling. More:

08/06/2022 -

While there has been widespread outcry about PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in consumer goods — such as stain- and water-resistant clothing, nonstick pots and pans, firefighting foam, carpets and furniture — the oil and gas industry could be a major and under-appreciated source of soil and groundwater contamination. More:

PFAS in fracking fluids PFAS Water contamination and regulation Impact of PFAS contamination on agriculture Human exposure to PFAS

Colorado is the first state to ban PFAS in oil and gas extraction

While there has been widespread outcry about PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in consumer goods — such as stain- and water-resistant clothing, nonstick pots and pans, firefighting foam, carpets and furniture — the oil and gas industry could be a major and under-appreciated source of soil and groundwater contamination. More:

PFAS in fracking fluids PFAS Water contamination and regulation Impact of PFAS contamination on agriculture Human exposure to PFAS
08/06/2022 -

Are you looking for the best peanut butter & other nut butter without toxic PFAS “forever chemicals”? Indications of Per & polyfluoroalkyl substances known as PFAS, a class of man-made chemicals linked to adverse health effects, were found in peanut butter & other nut butters as part of a consumer study. More:

PFAS in food and alternatives PFAS in food containers and alternatives PFAS in kitchen appliances PFAS in domestic furniture and alternatives PFAS in clothing and bedding and alternatives PFAS in hygiene products and alternatives PFAS Exposure and Health effects PFAS Health effects: Endocrine disruption PFAS Health effects: Pregnancy and child development Taking action against PFAS

Nut Butters & Peanut Butter Sans Toxic PFAS "Forever Chemicals" – Purchasing Guide 2022

Are you looking for the best peanut butter & other nut butter without toxic PFAS “forever chemicals”? Indications of Per & polyfluoroalkyl substances known as PFAS, a class of man-made chemicals linked to adverse health effects, were found in peanut butter & other nut butters as part of a consumer study. More:

PFAS in food and alternatives PFAS in food containers and alternatives PFAS in kitchen appliances PFAS in domestic furniture and alternatives PFAS in clothing and bedding and alternatives PFAS in hygiene products and alternatives PFAS Exposure and Health effects PFAS Health effects: Endocrine disruption PFAS Health effects: Pregnancy and child development Taking action against PFAS
06/06/2022 -

Working on the farm is a job that Pluecker juggles with his position as a state lawmaker, and the combination of roles gives Pluecker particular insight into a devastatingly broad environmental contamination problem farmers are facing throughout Maine, and around the United States. More:

PFAS History and Research Sewage sludge's toxicity Contamination caused by sewage sludge fertilization Sewage sludge and Regulation Impact of PFAS contamination on agriculture Impact of PFAS contamination on agriculture in Maine Human Exposure to PFAS and Health Effects PFAS Water Contamination PFAS Regulation

As farmers struggle with PFAS ‘forever chemicals,’ Maine races for solutions

Working on the farm is a job that Pluecker juggles with his position as a state lawmaker, and the combination of roles gives Pluecker particular insight into a devastatingly broad environmental contamination problem farmers are facing throughout Maine, and around the United States. More:

PFAS History and Research Sewage sludge's toxicity Contamination caused by sewage sludge fertilization Sewage sludge and Regulation Impact of PFAS contamination on agriculture Impact of PFAS contamination on agriculture in Maine Human Exposure to PFAS and Health Effects PFAS Water Contamination PFAS Regulation
06/06/2022 -

Over the past decade, pregnant women’s chemical exposure increased considerably, research finds. The study also shows that Hispanic women and other women of color and those of lower socioeconomic status and education had higher concentrations of multiple pesticides and parabens “consistent with prior evidence that chemical exposures are frequently higher among women of color,” says study coauthor John Meeker. More:

Plastics and human exposure to chemicals Exposure to chemicals and health effects

Chemical exposure in pregnancy has gotten worse

Over the past decade, pregnant women’s chemical exposure increased considerably, research finds. The study also shows that Hispanic women and other women of color and those of lower socioeconomic status and education had higher concentrations of multiple pesticides and parabens “consistent with prior evidence that chemical exposures are frequently higher among women of color,” says study coauthor John Meeker. More:

Plastics and human exposure to chemicals Exposure to chemicals and health effects
01/06/2022 -

Hazardous levels of so-called forever chemicals permeate drinking water near U.S. military bases across multiple states, according to new test results, heightening concern among advocates that the contamination crisis has spiraled beyond the Department of Defense’s control.. More:


High levels of ‘forever chemicals’ found near military bases

Hazardous levels of so-called forever chemicals permeate drinking water near U.S. military bases across multiple states, according to new test results, heightening concern among advocates that the contamination crisis has spiraled beyond the Department of Defense’s control.. More:

30/05/2022 -

In 2018, the headquarters began to home beehives on their rooftop, but not for honey. One of the main duties of the police force is to monitor the environment, and now they’re using bees as biodiversity indicators to help with this, according to Lieutenant Col. Giancarlo Papitto, from the Carabinieri’s Forestry and Environment Unit Command. More:

Pesticides' impact on biodiversity Impact of PFAS contamination on agriculture

How Italy is Using Bees to Help Fight Air Pollution

In 2018, the headquarters began to home beehives on their rooftop, but not for honey. One of the main duties of the police force is to monitor the environment, and now they’re using bees as biodiversity indicators to help with this, according to Lieutenant Col. Giancarlo Papitto, from the Carabinieri’s Forestry and Environment Unit Command. More:

Pesticides' impact on biodiversity Impact of PFAS contamination on agriculture
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