POPs in the news

25/08/2022 -

While the PFAS-contamination crisis threatens U.S. public health and the environment, a North Carolina–based company has begun marketing new uses for its trademarked “forever chemicals,” called hydrofluoroolefins, or HFOs. The HFO chemicals are used as propellants and solvents in consumer products and just a couple dozen cosmetics. More:

PFAS Terminology and Testing PFAS Regulation in the U.S. PFAS Regulation in the U.S.: Consumer products

Honeywell moves to introduce more PFAS into your home

While the PFAS-contamination crisis threatens U.S. public health and the environment, a North Carolina–based company has begun marketing new uses for its trademarked “forever chemicals,” called hydrofluoroolefins, or HFOs. The HFO chemicals are used as propellants and solvents in consumer products and just a couple dozen cosmetics. More:

PFAS Terminology and Testing PFAS Regulation in the U.S. PFAS Regulation in the U.S.: Consumer products
25/08/2022 -

It’s not only the odour of the “world’s smelliest fish” that should make your stomach turn. The Baltic Sea, home of the sour herring, is heavily polluted, making the fatty fish loaded with hazardous chemicals. More:

PFAS in Food

The bitter truth about sour herring

It’s not only the odour of the “world’s smelliest fish” that should make your stomach turn. The Baltic Sea, home of the sour herring, is heavily polluted, making the fatty fish loaded with hazardous chemicals. More:

PFAS in Food
25/08/2022 -

Researchers touted a breakthrough in removing ‘forever chemicals’ from the environment. Not so fast, cautions a pre-eminent green chemist. More:

PFAS: Destruction and decontamination technologies

Terry Collins: PFAS removal discovery not yet a ‘powerful solution’

Researchers touted a breakthrough in removing ‘forever chemicals’ from the environment. Not so fast, cautions a pre-eminent green chemist. More:

PFAS: Destruction and decontamination technologies
25/08/2022 -

A new test study shows that Swedish crayfish are loaded with PFAS, yet another sign that we have exceeded the limit for how much PFAS the planet can take. More:

PFAS food contamination

Hell and gore: High levels of PFAS in crayfish yet another sign of an intoxicated world

A new test study shows that Swedish crayfish are loaded with PFAS, yet another sign that we have exceeded the limit for how much PFAS the planet can take. More:

PFAS food contamination
24/08/2022 -

Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that found more than three quarters of urine samples tested from adults and children in the U.S. contained glyphosate, the herbicide used in Roundup weedkiller. A new FAU and Nova Southeastern University study has gone further and found a link between the weedkiller and convulsions in animals. More:

Neurological impact Human exposure to glyposate

Roundup Weedkiller Linked to Convulsions in Animals

Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that found more than three quarters of urine samples tested from adults and children in the U.S. contained glyphosate, the herbicide used in Roundup weedkiller. A new FAU and Nova Southeastern University study has gone further and found a link between the weedkiller and convulsions in animals. More:

Neurological impact Human exposure to glyposate
23/08/2022 -

While the Covid-19 pandemic brought the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) and its impact on human health and safety to the forefront of the public health conversation, the topic isn’t a new one. Nearly 40 years ago, a report by the World Health Organization suggested that up to 30% of buildings worldwide were the subject of excessive IAQ-related complaints, including cough, dizziness, chest tightness and muscle aches. More:

Health effects of indoor air pollution

Indoor Air Pollution: How Lessons From The Past Can Build A Better Tomorrow

While the Covid-19 pandemic brought the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) and its impact on human health and safety to the forefront of the public health conversation, the topic isn’t a new one. Nearly 40 years ago, a report by the World Health Organization suggested that up to 30% of buildings worldwide were the subject of excessive IAQ-related complaints, including cough, dizziness, chest tightness and muscle aches. More:

Health effects of indoor air pollution
23/08/2022 -

A long list of upcoming trials complicating Bayer’s efforts to escape the costly, ongoing litigation over the health effects of Roundup. More:

Glyphosate Carcinogenicity Evaluation Lawsuits related to glyphosate Monsanto

Popular weedkiller Roundup on trial again as cancer victims demand justice

A long list of upcoming trials complicating Bayer’s efforts to escape the costly, ongoing litigation over the health effects of Roundup. More:

Glyphosate Carcinogenicity Evaluation Lawsuits related to glyphosate Monsanto
22/08/2022 -

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

PFAS in Wildlife and the Environment PFAS Health Effects PFAS Alternatives

Breakthrough over potentially harmful chemicals found in most homes

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

PFAS in Wildlife and the Environment PFAS Health Effects PFAS Alternatives
18/08/2022 -

PFAS chemicals seemed like a good idea at first. As Teflon, they made pots easier to clean starting in the 1940s. They made jackets waterproof and carpets stain-resistant. Food wrappers, firefighting foam, even makeup seemed better with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. More:

The new low-tech technique to destroy PFAS PFAS: Treatment and destruction technologies PFAS: Impact on agriculture PFAS: Human exposure and health effects

How to destroy a ‘forever chemical’ – scientists are discovering ways to eliminate PFAS, but this growing global health problem isn’t going away soon

PFAS chemicals seemed like a good idea at first. As Teflon, they made pots easier to clean starting in the 1940s. They made jackets waterproof and carpets stain-resistant. Food wrappers, firefighting foam, even makeup seemed better with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. More:

The new low-tech technique to destroy PFAS PFAS: Treatment and destruction technologies PFAS: Impact on agriculture PFAS: Human exposure and health effects
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:

PFAS occurrence in the environment PFAS Health effects

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:

The PFAS situation Neonicotinoids

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:

Effects of ants on pest control Pesticide alternatives

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:

PFAS Regulation

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:

PFAS Body Burden and Regulation in Canada PFAS Health Advisories in the United States PFAS Stewardship

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:

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"

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
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