POPs in the news

03/05/2021 -

Weak rules and poor implementation: this is why the EU is failing to curb pollution from the chemical industry, according to a new report by the European Environmental Bureau. More:


Wasted ink on waste water?

Weak rules and poor implementation: this is why the EU is failing to curb pollution from the chemical industry, according to a new report by the European Environmental Bureau. More:

28/04/2021 -

We still don’t know the true impact of these microplastics on human health. But the good news is, having hard floors, using more natural fibres in clothing, furnishings and homewares, along with vacuuming at least weekly can reduce your exposure. More:

Interactions between microplastics and organic pollutants Human Exposure to microplastics Environmental Transport of microplastics (remote and inaccessible locations)

We’re all ingesting microplastics at home, and these might be toxic for our health. Here are some tips to reduce your risk

We still don’t know the true impact of these microplastics on human health. But the good news is, having hard floors, using more natural fibres in clothing, furnishings and homewares, along with vacuuming at least weekly can reduce your exposure. More:

Interactions between microplastics and organic pollutants Human Exposure to microplastics Environmental Transport of microplastics (remote and inaccessible locations)
26/04/2021 -

When the research vessel Sally Ride set sail for Santa Catalina Island to map an underwater graveyard of DDT waste barrels, its crew had high hopes of documenting for the first time just how many corroded containers littered the seafloor off the coast of Los Angeles. But as the scientists on deck began interpreting sonar images gathered by two deep-sea robots, they were quickly overwhelmed. It was like trying to count stars in the Milky Way. More:

DDT Marine Dumping DDT Dumping Impact on Sealife

Stunning DDT dump site off L.A. coast much bigger than scientists expected

When the research vessel Sally Ride set sail for Santa Catalina Island to map an underwater graveyard of DDT waste barrels, its crew had high hopes of documenting for the first time just how many corroded containers littered the seafloor off the coast of Los Angeles. But as the scientists on deck began interpreting sonar images gathered by two deep-sea robots, they were quickly overwhelmed. It was like trying to count stars in the Milky Way. More:

DDT Marine Dumping DDT Dumping Impact on Sealife
24/04/2021 -

Seven years ago, a kindergarten teacher at P.S. 290 in Manhattan was following her students’ curiosity about the origins of food when she led them in a role play on how toxic pesticides harm people, ecosystems and even — to the 5-year-olds’ horror — turtles like their class pet, Soccer Ball. More:


N.Y.C. Bans Pesticides in Parks With Push From Unlikely Force: Children

Seven years ago, a kindergarten teacher at P.S. 290 in Manhattan was following her students’ curiosity about the origins of food when she led them in a role play on how toxic pesticides harm people, ecosystems and even — to the 5-year-olds’ horror — turtles like their class pet, Soccer Ball. More:

20/04/2021 -

As the impact of our species on the natural world intensifies, so does the knowledge of our dependency on it: from crop-pollinating critters and wild fish populations that nourish millions, to ecosystems that inhale carbon emissions and filter air and water. These connections have bolstered a legal argument around the importance of a healthy environment. More:

Environment and Nature's Rights

A healthy environment as a human right

As the impact of our species on the natural world intensifies, so does the knowledge of our dependency on it: from crop-pollinating critters and wild fish populations that nourish millions, to ecosystems that inhale carbon emissions and filter air and water. These connections have bolstered a legal argument around the importance of a healthy environment. More:

Environment and Nature's Rights
19/04/2021 -

The report found that receipts and food packaging used by several leading Canadian grocers and foodservice companies could contain bisphenols, phthalates, PFAS, and other harmful chemicals. More:


Why American food wrappers are less toxic than Canadian

The report found that receipts and food packaging used by several leading Canadian grocers and foodservice companies could contain bisphenols, phthalates, PFAS, and other harmful chemicals. More:

16/04/2021 -

Paper straws broke down in drinks really quickly. But then the biodegradable market—plant- and paper-based straws—expanded, giving people more structurally sound plastic straw replacement options. People could dip them in a drink without having to pull out a soggy clump of paper. Oftentimes, companies will coat permeable products in per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). More:

EU strategies to address PFAS

‘Forever chemicals’ coat the outer layers of biodegradable straws

Paper straws broke down in drinks really quickly. But then the biodegradable market—plant- and paper-based straws—expanded, giving people more structurally sound plastic straw replacement options. People could dip them in a drink without having to pull out a soggy clump of paper. Oftentimes, companies will coat permeable products in per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). More:

EU strategies to address PFAS
14/04/2021 -

Indoor dust contains dangerous, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, according to a study. The study of 46 dust samples from 21 buildings at a U.S. university found that all 46 samples contained hormonally active compounds that can lead to health effects, including infertility, diabetes, obesity, abnormal fetal growth, and cancers. More:

Human exposure and health effects of PFAS Human health effects of organophosphate esters (PBDEs substitute) Restricting use of PFAS and other toxic chemicals in furniture and consumer products

Indoor Dust Contains PFAS and Other Toxic Chemicals

Indoor dust contains dangerous, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, according to a study. The study of 46 dust samples from 21 buildings at a U.S. university found that all 46 samples contained hormonally active compounds that can lead to health effects, including infertility, diabetes, obesity, abnormal fetal growth, and cancers. More:

Human exposure and health effects of PFAS Human health effects of organophosphate esters (PBDEs substitutes) Restricting use of PFAS and other toxic chemicals in furniture and consumer products
06/04/2021 -

Rainwater collected in the Ohio-Indiana region contains both new and phased-out per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), according to research. Rainwater samples also contained high levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which is no longer made in the US. The continued presence of PFOA is likely explained by its ability to persist in the environment over the long term. They also found high levels of PFOA’s replacement, hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acid (HFPO-DA). More:

Air Transport of PFAS pollution

US rainwater contains new and phased out PFAS

Rainwater collected in the Ohio-Indiana region contains both new and phased-out per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), according to research. Rainwater samples also contained high levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which is no longer made in the US. The continued presence of PFOA is likely explained by its ability to persist in the environment over the long term. They also found high levels of PFOA’s replacement, hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acid (HFPO-DA). More:

Air Transport of PFAS pollution
05/04/2021 -

The increased risk of these tumors, estimated as much as twice to 2.5 times higher for some pesticides occurs even if the mother is not a farmworker, or lived as far as 2.5 miles from the field where the pesticides are sprayed. More:


Mom's Exposure to Pesticides During Pregnancy Can Lead to Childhood Tumors, Study Says

The increased risk of these tumors, estimated as much as twice to 2.5 times higher for some pesticides occurs even if the mother is not a farmworker, or lived as far as 2.5 miles from the field where the pesticides are sprayed. More:

02/04/2021 -

Companies that make, use, dispose, and recycle plastics must participate in international efforts to restrict plastic waste and chemicals used to make plastic, because the policies will affect how they do business, industry officials say. More:

Plastic Restrictions Proposals and Initiatives Recycling Initiatives driven by Industries

Industries Urged to Weigh in on Global Plastics Restrictions

Companies that make, use, dispose, and recycle plastics must participate in international efforts to restrict plastic waste and chemicals used to make plastic, because the policies will affect how they do business, industry officials say. More:

Plastic Restrictions Proposals and Initiatives Recycling Initiatives driven by Industries
01/04/2021 -

For decades, Europe has poured millions of tons of its trash into incinerators each year, often under the green-sounding label “waste to energy.” Now, concerns about incineration’s outsized carbon footprint and fears it may undermine recycling are prompting European Union officials to ease their long-standing embrace of a technology that once seemed like an appealing way to make waste disappear. More:

Waste-to-Energy Incineration in European Countries European Union and UK Waste Policy and Regulation Incineration and Environmental Injustice

In Europe, a Backlash Is Growing Over Incinerating Garbage

For decades, Europe has poured millions of tons of its trash into incinerators each year, often under the green-sounding label “waste to energy.” Now, concerns about incineration’s outsized carbon footprint and fears it may undermine recycling are prompting European Union officials to ease their long-standing embrace of a technology that once seemed like an appealing way to make waste disappear. More:

Waste-to-Energy Incineration in European Countries European Union and UK Waste Policy and Regulation Incineration and Environmental Injustice
31/03/2021 -

In Connecticut, a condo had lead in its drinking water at levels more than double what the federal government deems acceptable. At a church in North Carolina, the water was contaminated with extremely high levels of potentially toxic PFAS chemicals. The water flowing into a Texas home had both—and concerning amounts of arsenic, too. All three were among locations that had water tested as part of a nine-month investigation into the country’s drinking water. More:

Water contaminants Exposure Water contaminants Health Effects Water contaminants Regulations

How Safe Is Our Drinking Water?

In Connecticut, a condo had lead in its drinking water at levels more than double what the federal government deems acceptable. At a church in North Carolina, the water was contaminated with extremely high levels of potentially toxic PFAS chemicals. The water flowing into a Texas home had both—and concerning amounts of arsenic, too. All three were among locations that had water tested as part of a nine-month investigation into the country’s drinking water. More:

Water contaminants Exposure Water contaminants Health Effects Water contaminants Regulations
30/03/2021 -

A new study by Simon Fraser University's Faculty of Health Sciences researchers found correlations between increased expressions of autistic-like behaviors in pre-school aged children to gestational exposure to select environmental toxicants, including metals, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), phthalates, and bisphenol-A (BPA). More:


Maternal exposure to chemicals linked to autistic-like behaviours in children

A new study by Simon Fraser University's Faculty of Health Sciences researchers found correlations between increased expressions of autistic-like behaviors in pre-school aged children to gestational exposure to select environmental toxicants, including metals, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), phthalates, and bisphenol-A (BPA). More:

27/03/2021 -

The United States is home to nearly 2,000 active landfills. Each day, these enormous piles of garbage can leach well over 2 million liters of liquid per site into the soil, contaminating local water with potentially toxic substances. More:

Groundwater and landfill contaminants Remediation of Landfill Contaminants

Scientists Ranked The Most Dangerous And Toxic Pollutants in US Landfills

The United States is home to nearly 2,000 active landfills. Each day, these enormous piles of garbage can leach well over 2 million liters of liquid per site into the soil, contaminating local water with potentially toxic substances. More:

Groundwater and landfill contaminants Remediation of Landfill Contaminants
25/03/2021 -

Researchers from Germany, Malaysia, and the United States published the results of a systematic review estimating the number of unintentional pesticide poisonings and fatalities globally. The conclusion was startling: An estimated 44 percent of farmers, farmworkers, and pesticide applicators experience at least one incident of acute pesticide poisoning on the job every year, and 11,000 die annually from accidental pesticide poisoning. More:

Pesticides exposure and impact on humans Pesticides impact on ecosystems

New Study Shows the Growing Risks of Pesticide Poisonings

Researchers from Germany, Malaysia, and the United States published the results of a systematic review estimating the number of unintentional pesticide poisonings and fatalities globally. The conclusion was startling: An estimated 44 percent of farmers, farmworkers, and pesticide applicators experience at least one incident of acute pesticide poisoning on the job every year, and 11,000 die annually from accidental pesticide poisoning. More:

Pesticides exposure and impact on humans Pesticides impact on ecosystems
25/03/2021 -

Researchers used data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxicity Forecaster, or ToxCast, to assess the health hazards of the most common chemicals added to food, as well as the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, which can migrate to food from packaging. More:

Human exposure to PFAS in food Effect of PFAS on Human Health TBHQ Preservative effect on human health

Study: Preservative Used in Pop-Tarts and Hundreds of Popular Foods May Harm the Immune System

Researchers used data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxicity Forecaster, or ToxCast, to assess the health hazards of the most common chemicals added to food, as well as the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, which can migrate to food from packaging. More:

Human exposure to PFAS in food Effect of PFAS on Human Health TBHQ Preservative effect on human health
24/03/2021 -

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued a warning after PFAS chemicals were found in rainbow smelt collected in 2019 from Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands. Adults should not eat more than one 8-ounce serving of Lake Superior smelt per month, and children shouldn’t eat more than one 4-ounce serving per month, the state says. More:


Michigan warns of PFAS levels in Lake Superior rainbow smelt

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued a warning after PFAS chemicals were found in rainbow smelt collected in 2019 from Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands. Adults should not eat more than one 8-ounce serving of Lake Superior smelt per month, and children shouldn’t eat more than one 4-ounce serving per month, the state says. More:

17/03/2021 -

Scientists have detected 109 chemicals in a study of pregnant women, including 55 chemicals never before reported in people and 42 "mystery chemicals," whose sources and uses are unknown. The chemicals most likely come from consumer products or other industrial sources. They were found both in the blood of pregnant women, as well as their newborn children, suggesting they are traveling through the mother's placenta. More:


Study finds evidence of 55 new chemicals in people

Scientists have detected 109 chemicals in a study of pregnant women, including 55 chemicals never before reported in people and 42 "mystery chemicals," whose sources and uses are unknown. The chemicals most likely come from consumer products or other industrial sources. They were found both in the blood of pregnant women, as well as their newborn children, suggesting they are traveling through the mother's placenta. More:

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