POPs in the news

18/08/2022 -

Researchers have developed a way to break down long-lasting chemicals that they say is easier and cheaper than the harsh methods currently used. Their work also hints at how these chemicals, which have been linked to health problems, fall apart — a finding that could help to destroy the persistent pollutants. More:

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How to destroy ‘forever chemicals’: cheap method breaks down PFAS

Researchers have developed a way to break down long-lasting chemicals that they say is easier and cheaper than the harsh methods currently used. Their work also hints at how these chemicals, which have been linked to health problems, fall apart — a finding that could help to destroy the persistent pollutants. More:

PFAS occurrence in the environment PFAS Health effects
17/08/2022 -

Our wastewater systems are very efficient at removing pathogens, but not environmental pollutants. Neither do most of them have the right equipment to destroy many pharmaceuticals that come out of us and flow into the seas. Some of these chemicals are so ubiquitous in the ocean that scientists use them as indicators of how far contamination spreads. More:

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We Only Think We Flush It Away

Our wastewater systems are very efficient at removing pathogens, but not environmental pollutants. Neither do most of them have the right equipment to destroy many pharmaceuticals that come out of us and flow into the seas. Some of these chemicals are so ubiquitous in the ocean that scientists use them as indicators of how far contamination spreads. More:

The PFAS situation Neonicotinoids
17/08/2022 -

Ants can be more effective than pesticides at helping farmers produce food, according to new research. They are better at killing pests, reducing plant damage and increasing crop yields, according to the first systematic review of ants’ contributions to crop production. More:

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Ants can be better than pesticides for growing healthy crops, study finds

Ants can be more effective than pesticides at helping farmers produce food, according to new research. They are better at killing pests, reducing plant damage and increasing crop yields, according to the first systematic review of ants’ contributions to crop production. More:

Effects of ants on pest control Pesticide alternatives
16/08/2022 -

Local officials contend that years of contamination miles upstream sent toxic perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, into Rome’s water supply, rendering it potentially dangerous for the city’s roughly 37,000 residents. A water source switch from the Oostanaula and added treatment have reduced the traces of the chemicals running through residents’ taps, but they have not eliminated PFAS from the community’s water supply. More:

PFAS Water contamination in the USA PFAS Exposure and Health advisories PFAS Health effects PFAS alternatives Lawsuits over PFAS

In Georgia, the EPA Takes Action Against ‘Forever Chemicals’

Local officials contend that years of contamination miles upstream sent toxic perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, into Rome’s water supply, rendering it potentially dangerous for the city’s roughly 37,000 residents. A water source switch from the Oostanaula and added treatment have reduced the traces of the chemicals running through residents’ taps, but they have not eliminated PFAS from the community’s water supply. More:

PFAS Water contamination in the USA PFAS Exposure and Health advisories PFAS Health effects PFAS alternatives Lawsuits over PFAS
13/08/2022 -

"We usually look for plastic bottles, carton boxes, gunny bags, bones and pig food. Yet we do this without protective gloves or gumboots so we sometimes get cuts from glass. We are really suffering," says Mariam Makeba, an informal waste picker. More:


Waste pickers at Kenyan dump face cancer and infertility

"We usually look for plastic bottles, carton boxes, gunny bags, bones and pig food. Yet we do this without protective gloves or gumboots so we sometimes get cuts from glass. We are really suffering," says Mariam Makeba, an informal waste picker. More:

12/08/2022 -

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women worldwide, and endocrine disrupting chemicals are partly to blame. One such chemical is DEHP, a phthalate chemical commonly used in plastic hospital intravenous bags and medical tubing, and studies have shown that it’s interfering with breast cancer treatment and augmenting the odds of relapse. More:

Phthalates and breast cancer Research on phthalates

Medical Plastic Linked to Breast Cancer Relapse

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women worldwide, and endocrine disrupting chemicals are partly to blame. One such chemical is DEHP, a phthalate chemical commonly used in plastic hospital intravenous bags and medical tubing, and studies have shown that it’s interfering with breast cancer treatment and augmenting the odds of relapse. More:

Phthalates and breast cancer Research on phthalates
11/08/2022 -

Travelling by train from central London, it doesn’t take long before the city gives way to a patchwork of mostly agricultural fields. But one of these fields is special. The Broadbalk field – part of the Rothamsted Estate – is the site of some of the oldest agricultural research experiments in the world. More:


Analysis: Pesticides are creating a biodiversity crisis in Europe

Travelling by train from central London, it doesn’t take long before the city gives way to a patchwork of mostly agricultural fields. But one of these fields is special. The Broadbalk field – part of the Rothamsted Estate – is the site of some of the oldest agricultural research experiments in the world. More:

09/08/2022 -

For some 200,000 people living near chemical plants outside the French city of Lyon, potentially toxic levels of the compounds are showing up in vegetable gardens, drinking water, and even the milk of breastfeeding mothers. More:

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Toxic levels of 'forever chemicals' are being found in breast milk. How harmful are they?

For some 200,000 people living near chemical plants outside the French city of Lyon, potentially toxic levels of the compounds are showing up in vegetable gardens, drinking water, and even the milk of breastfeeding mothers. More:

PFAS Regulation
06/08/2022 -

Researchers say global levels of man-made "forever chemicals" have made rainwater unsafe to drink around the world — even in the most remote areas. The study argues that guideline values – amounts considered acceptable – for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, surface water and soil have fallen "dramatically" over the last 20 years "due to new insights into their toxicity." More:

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PFAS levels in rainwater have made it 'unsafe to drink' globally, even in remote areas: study

Researchers say global levels of man-made "forever chemicals" have made rainwater unsafe to drink around the world — even in the most remote areas. The study argues that guideline values – amounts considered acceptable – for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, surface water and soil have fallen "dramatically" over the last 20 years "due to new insights into their toxicity." More:

PFAS Body Burden and Regulation in Canada PFAS Health Advisories in the United States PFAS Stewardship
02/08/2022 -

PFAS “forever chemicals” are per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances used as stain-resistant, water-resistant, & oil-resistant chemicals in commerce. They have been used for decades inside consumer products, manufacturing, and building materials. There are over 12,000 different chemicals in the PFAS chemical class (including PFOA & PTFE), and because there are so many of them, they are incredibly hard to identify and test for. In fact, it’s only really possible to identify about 100 or so in a really good commercial laboratory. More:

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Indications of Toxic PFAS Forever Chemicals Found in Toilet Paper

PFAS “forever chemicals” are per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances used as stain-resistant, water-resistant, & oil-resistant chemicals in commerce. They have been used for decades inside consumer products, manufacturing, and building materials. There are over 12,000 different chemicals in the PFAS chemical class (including PFOA & PTFE), and because there are so many of them, they are incredibly hard to identify and test for. In fact, it’s only really possible to identify about 100 or so in a really good commercial laboratory. More:

Dermal exposure to PFAS PFAS Health Effects PFAS Health Effects: Fertility, Pregnancy and Child development Health Effects of other chemicals Health Effects of other chemicals: Bisphenols Avoiding PFAS PFAS in "Dark Waters"
02/08/2022 -

There are around 4,500 of these fluorine-based compounds and they are found in almost every dwelling on Earth in hundreds of everyday products including food packaging, non-stick cookware, rain gear, adhesives, paper and paints. More:

PFAS in the Environment PFAS at Home

Pollution: 'Forever chemicals' in rainwater exceed safe levels

There are around 4,500 of these fluorine-based compounds and they are found in almost every dwelling on Earth in hundreds of everyday products including food packaging, non-stick cookware, rain gear, adhesives, paper and paints. More:

PFAS in the Environment PFAS at Home
29/07/2022 -

US government health agencies need to move quickly to launch broad testing of people exposed to types of toxic chemicals known as PFAS to help evaluate and treat people who may suffer PFAS-related health problems, according to a report issued today. More:

PFAS Regulation

PFAS testing needed for people with elevated exposures, US science advisors say

US government health agencies need to move quickly to launch broad testing of people exposed to types of toxic chemicals known as PFAS to help evaluate and treat people who may suffer PFAS-related health problems, according to a report issued today. More:

PFAS Regulation
28/07/2022 -

The controversial class of highly fluorinated chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are persistent and potentially toxic, has essentially become a new part of the Earth’s ecosystem. There are estimated to be around 8000 different types of PFAS out there – found in the atmosphere, rain, surface water, groundwater and even people – but technological developments now offer to break this cycle. More:

Overview of the PFAS situation PFAS destruction technologies Biological solutions to detect and destroy PFAS PFAS regulation

How to put an end to ‘forever chemicals’ and annihilate PFAS pollution

The controversial class of highly fluorinated chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are persistent and potentially toxic, has essentially become a new part of the Earth’s ecosystem. There are estimated to be around 8000 different types of PFAS out there – found in the atmosphere, rain, surface water, groundwater and even people – but technological developments now offer to break this cycle. More:

Overview of the PFAS situation PFAS destruction technologies Biological solutions to detect and destroy PFAS PFAS regulation
28/07/2022 -

The United Nations General Assembly declared that everyone on the planet has a right to a healthy environment, a move backers say is an important step in countering the alarming decline of the natural world. More:


In historic move, UN declares healthy environment a human right

The United Nations General Assembly declared that everyone on the planet has a right to a healthy environment, a move backers say is an important step in countering the alarming decline of the natural world. More:

27/07/2022 -

A recent EEB examination of the chemicals control in Europe reveals that at the current pace the EU would need hundreds of years to adequately control all potentially harmful chemicals on its market. The EU needs to listen to experts and speed up chemicals regulatory processes without delay. Andreea Anca reports. More:


EU’s decade-long bureaucratic journey to stop dangerous use of chemicals

A recent EEB examination of the chemicals control in Europe reveals that at the current pace the EU would need hundreds of years to adequately control all potentially harmful chemicals on its market. The EU needs to listen to experts and speed up chemicals regulatory processes without delay. Andreea Anca reports. More:

26/07/2022 -

Daily exposure to a class of chemicals used in the production of many household items may lead to cancer, thyroid disease, and childhood obesity, a new study shows. The resulting economic burden is estimated to cost Americans a minimum of $5.5 billion and as much as $63 billion annually. More:

Human Exposure and Health Effects

Daily Exposure to ‘Forever Chemicals’ Costs United States Billions in Health Costs

Daily exposure to a class of chemicals used in the production of many household items may lead to cancer, thyroid disease, and childhood obesity, a new study shows. The resulting economic burden is estimated to cost Americans a minimum of $5.5 billion and as much as $63 billion annually. More:

Human Exposure and Health Effects
25/07/2022 -

Rice University chemical engineers have improved their design for a light-powered catalyst that rapidly breaks down PFOA, one of the world's most problematic "forever chemical" pollutants. More:


Researchers improve catalyst that destroys 'forever chemicals' with sunlight

Rice University chemical engineers have improved their design for a light-powered catalyst that rapidly breaks down PFOA, one of the world's most problematic "forever chemical" pollutants. More:

25/07/2022 -

The French National Agency for Food, Environment and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) tested best-selling brands of disposable nappies and found 38 “very severe hazard” chemicals in those sold throughout Europe. Most of the chemicals disrupt hormones, the officials say, which means they are not considered safe. More:

Evaluating Health Risks in Children

‘Toxic’ nappies could pose a health risk to 90% of babies - so why isn’t the EU acting?

The French National Agency for Food, Environment and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) tested best-selling brands of disposable nappies and found 38 “very severe hazard” chemicals in those sold throughout Europe. Most of the chemicals disrupt hormones, the officials say, which means they are not considered safe. More:

Evaluating Health Risks in Children
21/07/2022 -

Environmental health is a branch of public health that monitors the relationship between human health and the environment, examining aspects of both our natural and man-made environment and their effect on human wellbeing. More:

Chemicals and their Health Effects

What is environmental health?

Environmental health is a branch of public health that monitors the relationship between human health and the environment, examining aspects of both our natural and man-made environment and their effect on human wellbeing. More:

Chemicals and their Health Effects
19/07/2022 -

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of thousands of chemicals found in everything from floss, to makeup, to frying pans, to clothes — and the list goes on. Numerous studies have been published documenting the harmful health and environmental impacts of these chemicals. Meanwhile, reforms aimed at phasing out certain PFAS from U.S. production processes have resulted in companies substituting lesser-known — and sometimes understudied — chemicals that might be just as dangerous, researchers warn. More:

PFAS Explainer PFAS Toxicity PFAS Health Effects PFAS and Dioxins: Regulation and Health Advisories PFAS: Liability and Lawsuits PFAS: The Public Right to Know

Common questions about PFAS answered

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of thousands of chemicals found in everything from floss, to makeup, to frying pans, to clothes — and the list goes on. Numerous studies have been published documenting the harmful health and environmental impacts of these chemicals. Meanwhile, reforms aimed at phasing out certain PFAS from U.S. production processes have resulted in companies substituting lesser-known — and sometimes understudied — chemicals that might be just as dangerous, researchers warn. More:

PFAS Explainer PFAS Toxicity PFAS Health Effects PFAS and Dioxins: Regulation and Health Advisories PFAS: Liability and Lawsuits PFAS: The Public Right to Know
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