POPs in the news

30/08/2018 -

A new study shows that an international treaty has led to a decrease of some pollutants in Arctic wildlife. It also gives scientists a better picture of how many years of data they need to reliably detect trends in these levels. More:


Treaty banning dangerous chemicals helped Arctic wildlife, study shows

A new study shows that an international treaty has led to a decrease of some pollutants in Arctic wildlife. It also gives scientists a better picture of how many years of data they need to reliably detect trends in these levels. More:

16/08/2018 -

The discontinued pesticide DDT is linked to an increased risk of autism, according to a new study out of Columbia University Medical Center. The study, published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry, found that a mother's exposure to DDT increased the risk of her child developing autism spectrum disorder. More:


DDT linked to an increase in autism risk in new study

The discontinued pesticide DDT is linked to an increased risk of autism, according to a new study out of Columbia University Medical Center. The study, published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry, found that a mother's exposure to DDT increased the risk of her child developing autism spectrum disorder. More:

04/08/2018 -

Leading up to and during pregnancy, women are told to avoid alcohol and cigarettes, to make sure they get enough folate and omega-3 fatty acids, and to get adequate sleep and exercise. Most are told little or nothing about reducing their exposure to chemicals despite evidence suggesting that ingredients in plastics, vehicle exhaust and cosmetics additives can have profound impacts on babies’ health. More:


Environmental toxins are seen as posing risks during pregnancy

Leading up to and during pregnancy, women are told to avoid alcohol and cigarettes, to make sure they get enough folate and omega-3 fatty acids, and to get adequate sleep and exercise. Most are told little or nothing about reducing their exposure to chemicals despite evidence suggesting that ingredients in plastics, vehicle exhaust and cosmetics additives can have profound impacts on babies’ health. More:

01/08/2018 -

Synthétisée en 1939 par un universitaire bâlois, la molécule insecticide permettra de neutraliser les épidémies de typhus et de paludisme, sauvant notamment une bonne partie des troupes alliées. Mais la substance se révélera plus dangereuse que prévu. More:


Le DDT, de l’invention providentielle au polluant mortel

Synthétisée en 1939 par un universitaire bâlois, la molécule insecticide permettra de neutraliser les épidémies de typhus et de paludisme, sauvant notamment une bonne partie des troupes alliées. Mais la substance se révélera plus dangereuse que prévu. More:

31/07/2018 -

Farmed fish can contain persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, transferred from the feed they consume, according to a study. Carla Ng, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the university, tracked the presence of a class of synthetic flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), which were once a popular additive to increase fire resistance in consumer products such as electronics, textiles, and plastics. More:


Study: Farmed fish can contain pollutants transferred from feed

Farmed fish can contain persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, transferred from the feed they consume, according to a study. Carla Ng, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the university, tracked the presence of a class of synthetic flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), which were once a popular additive to increase fire resistance in consumer products such as electronics, textiles, and plastics. More:

Hidden studies from decades ago could have curbed PFAS problem: Scientist

31/07/2018 -

Internal studies and other documents show that 3M knew by the 1970s that PFOA and PFOS were toxic and accumulating in people's blood. More:

Toxicological profile

Human exposure

Toxicity

Endocrine disruption

Thyroid disease and high cholesterol


The Teflon Toxin - Part 17: 3M knew about the dangers of PFOA and PFOS decades ago

Internal studies and other documents show that 3M knew by the 1970s that PFOA and PFOS were toxic and accumulating in people's blood. More:

Toxicological profile

Human exposure

Toxicity

Endocrine disruption

Thyroid disease and high cholesterol

23/07/2018 -

A major pediatricians’ group is urging families to limit the use of plastic food containers, cut down on processed meat during pregnancy and consume more whole fruits and vegetables rather than processed food. Such measures would lower children’s exposures to chemicals in food and food packaging that are tied to health problems such as obesity, the group says. More:


Chemicals in Food May Harm Children, Pediatricians’ Group Says

A major pediatricians’ group is urging families to limit the use of plastic food containers, cut down on processed meat during pregnancy and consume more whole fruits and vegetables rather than processed food. Such measures would lower children’s exposures to chemicals in food and food packaging that are tied to health problems such as obesity, the group says. More:

23/07/2018 -

Industrial chemicals dumped long ago still haunt Minden, W.Va., a community beset by cancer and fear. Like her father, physician Ayne Amjad is trying to track the links. More:


A toxic town, a search for answers - PCBs

Industrial chemicals dumped long ago still haunt Minden, W.Va., a community beset by cancer and fear. Like her father, physician Ayne Amjad is trying to track the links. More:

16/07/2018 -

Polar bears following the sea-ice in hunt for seals have 30-35% higher concentration of perfluoroalkyl substances compared to coastal bears and levels are higher further east than the Svalbard area. More:


Polar bears in eastern Barents Sea have most chemical pollutants

Polar bears following the sea-ice in hunt for seals have 30-35% higher concentration of perfluoroalkyl substances compared to coastal bears and levels are higher further east than the Svalbard area. More:

12/07/2018 -

Michigan - Scientists and regulators are trying to define their approaches to highly fluorinated chemicals - collectively known as PFAS - as officials increasingly discover them in water supplies, prompting concerns to escalate. More


How to protect yourself from PFAS contamination

Michigan - Scientists and regulators are trying to define their approaches to highly fluorinated chemicals - collectively known as PFAS - as officials increasingly discover them in water supplies, prompting concerns to escalate. More

12/07/2018 -

New Bedford was a whaling town. But it also has an industrial past, and with the industries came chemicals. The biggest source of PCBs came from a company that made electrical components from the 1940s to 1978. It was located by the Acushnet River, which leads into the harbor. Officials keep dredging up PCBs and posting signs at New Bedford Harbor—but studies suggest anglers are eating too much of their contaminated catch. More:


Fishermen disregard New Bedford Harbor’s lingering toxic past

New Bedford was a whaling town. But it also has an industrial past, and with the industries came chemicals. The biggest source of PCBs came from a company that made electrical components from the 1940s to 1978. It was located by the Acushnet River, which leads into the harbor. Officials keep dredging up PCBs and posting signs at New Bedford Harbor—but studies suggest anglers are eating too much of their contaminated catch. More:

10/07/2018 -

In Bhopal, residents who survived the massive gas leak and those who arrived later continue to deal with the consequences. In old bhopal is the abandoned Union Carbide factory. Here, in one ramshackle building, are hundreds of broken brown bottles crusted with the white residue of unknown chemicals. Below the corroding skeleton of another, drops of mercury glitter in the sun. More:


The World's Worst Industrial Disaster Is Still Unfolding

In Bhopal, residents who survived the massive gas leak and those who arrived later continue to deal with the consequences. In old bhopal is the abandoned Union Carbide factory. Here, in one ramshackle building, are hundreds of broken brown bottles crusted with the white residue of unknown chemicals. Below the corroding skeleton of another, drops of mercury glitter in the sun. More:

07/07/2018 -

Leaded gasoline; cancer-causing dyes; Kevlar, a synthetic fiber found to cause cancer in rats; Freon, a refrigerant that ate a hole in the ozone layer; neoprene, the production of which gives off a carcinogenic gas; refined uranium for atomic weapons; and PFOA, which now pollutes drinking water around the plant — and around the planet — are among the 1,200 chemical products DuPont made and stored at what was its largest manufacturing complex. More:


Dupont's museum of disastrous chemistry

Leaded gasoline; cancer-causing dyes; Kevlar, a synthetic fiber found to cause cancer in rats; Freon, a refrigerant that ate a hole in the ozone layer; neoprene, the production of which gives off a carcinogenic gas; refined uranium for atomic weapons; and PFOA, which now pollutes drinking water around the plant — and around the planet — are among the 1,200 chemical products DuPont made and stored at what was its largest manufacturing complex. More:

04/07/2018 -

Whitney Prieto was diagnosed last September with stage 2B triple negative breast cancer. She was 35, early in her pregnancy with twins and said she had no family history or genetic mutations that could make her especially susceptible to the serious disease. Prieto said that she knew of six or seven classmates from Satellite High School in Satellite Beach, Florida, who were also diagnosed with uncommon cancers when she was diagnosed but that she now knows of about 20 -- all at about the same time. More:


Florida community raises alarm about potential cancer link to water contamination

Whitney Prieto was diagnosed last September with stage 2B triple negative breast cancer. She was 35, early in her pregnancy with twins and said she had no family history or genetic mutations that could make her especially susceptible to the serious disease. Prieto said that she knew of six or seven classmates from Satellite High School in Satellite Beach, Florida, who were also diagnosed with uncommon cancers when she was diagnosed but that she now knows of about 20 -- all at about the same time. More:

28/06/2018 -

After a small group of women increased their house cleaning and hand washing, the levels of harmful common flame retardants in their bodies plummeted, according to a study. More:


Worried about flame retardants? Clean your house (and hands)!

After a small group of women increased their house cleaning and hand washing, the levels of harmful common flame retardants in their bodies plummeted, according to a study. More:

27/06/2018 -

“The day will come, probably in the near future, when prophylactically killing pests and weeds with toxic chemicals and neurotoxins will seem primitive and irresponsible,” Mary-Howell Martens of Lakeview Organic Grain exuberantly predicts. More:


Farming with Intentional Biodiversity

“The day will come, probably in the near future, when prophylactically killing pests and weeds with toxic chemicals and neurotoxins will seem primitive and irresponsible,” Mary-Howell Martens of Lakeview Organic Grain exuberantly predicts. More:

19/06/2018 -

On a busy weeknight, takeout and fast food are easy dinner time solutions. But your family's favorite on-the-go meal may come with a side of toxic fluorinated chemicals. Per- and polyfluoralkyl substances, or PFAS, are a family of greaseproof, waterproof and nonstick industrial compounds. They're used in hundreds of consumer products, including ones that touch your food. More:


These Toxic Chemicals in Food Packaging Are Getting Into Your Meals

On a busy weeknight, takeout and fast food are easy dinner time solutions. But your family's favorite on-the-go meal may come with a side of toxic fluorinated chemicals. Per- and polyfluoralkyl substances, or PFAS, are a family of greaseproof, waterproof and nonstick industrial compounds. They're used in hundreds of consumer products, including ones that touch your food. More:

18/06/2018 -

Soil in urban areas is more likely to be sullied by contaminates like lead and arsenic. A variety of other heavy metals, as well as industrial chemicals like PCBs and PAHs, are occasionally found in urban areas, though not usually in residential areas. Wherever past industrial uses are suspected, however, these substances should be tested for as well. More:


Urban Gardening 101: How to Deal with Contaminated Soil

Soil in urban areas is more likely to be sullied by contaminates like lead and arsenic. A variety of other heavy metals, as well as industrial chemicals like PCBs and PAHs, are occasionally found in urban areas, though not usually in residential areas. Wherever past industrial uses are suspected, however, these substances should be tested for as well. More:

18/06/2018 -

E-waste burning near Hebron, in a region that makes up about 20 percent of the West Bank, is a well-documented problem. It occurs mostly on the outskirts of a string of villages to the southwest of the city, beyond the municipal boundaries of the Palestinian Authority and near the concrete barrier that separates the Palestinian West Bank from Israel. More:


Amid Smoldering E-Waste in the West Bank, Activists Fight for Reform

E-waste burning near Hebron, in a region that makes up about 20 percent of the West Bank, is a well-documented problem. It occurs mostly on the outskirts of a string of villages to the southwest of the city, beyond the municipal boundaries of the Palestinian Authority and near the concrete barrier that separates the Palestinian West Bank from Israel. More:

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