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22/09/2022 -

The lead water crisis facing Chicago and many other US cities today has roots in a nearly century-old campaign to boost the lead industry’s sales. The year was 1933 and, to a group of industrialists gathered in a New York City lunch club, it seemed like the lead industry was doomed. More:


Profiting from poison: how the US lead industry knowingly created a water crisis

The lead water crisis facing Chicago and many other US cities today has roots in a nearly century-old campaign to boost the lead industry’s sales. The year was 1933 and, to a group of industrialists gathered in a New York City lunch club, it seemed like the lead industry was doomed. More:

22/09/2022 -

In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic consumed humanity’s attention, our species ran through 4.5 trillion doses of myriad pharmaceuticals. In India alone, one drug, paracetamol — a pain reliever used to treat some COVID-19 symptoms — saw sales top 3.5 billion pills through 2021. This occurred even as the pandemic pushed big pharma into overdrive, with companies racing to develop and hit the market with successful vaccines, dispensing more than 12.6 billion doses in record time. More:

Exposure and Ecotoxicological Effects of Pharmaceuticals' Pollution Tackling Pharmaceutical Pollution

Humans are dosing Earth’s waterways with medicines. It isn’t healthy.

In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic consumed humanity’s attention, our species ran through 4.5 trillion doses of myriad pharmaceuticals. In India alone, one drug, paracetamol — a pain reliever used to treat some COVID-19 symptoms — saw sales top 3.5 billion pills through 2021. This occurred even as the pandemic pushed big pharma into overdrive, with companies racing to develop and hit the market with successful vaccines, dispensing more than 12.6 billion doses in record time. More:

Exposure and Ecotoxicological Effects of Pharmaceuticals' Pollution Tackling Pharmaceutical Pollution
21/09/2022 -

Since the global pandemic began in 2020, the world has become ever more aware that the health of our species is closely intertwined with other animals. Today, the conversation is mostly focused on birds and mammals, with amphibians rarely considered – but that may be a dangerous oversight. More:


The Frogs Vanished, Then People Got Sick. This Was No Harmless Coincidence

Since the global pandemic began in 2020, the world has become ever more aware that the health of our species is closely intertwined with other animals. Today, the conversation is mostly focused on birds and mammals, with amphibians rarely considered – but that may be a dangerous oversight. More:

21/09/2022 -

A study, published in the Environmental and Science Technology journal, detected PFAS in 65% of school uniforms, rain gear, snowsuits, snowshoes, mittens, bibs, hats and stroller covers tested, and at levels authors characterized as “high”. More:


‘What are they thinking?’: toxic ‘forever chemicals’ found in school uniforms

A study, published in the Environmental and Science Technology journal, detected PFAS in 65% of school uniforms, rain gear, snowsuits, snowshoes, mittens, bibs, hats and stroller covers tested, and at levels authors characterized as “high”. More:

20/09/2022 -

If you follow the science news, you’ll probably see research about PFAS – where they’re found, where they come from, and their impacts on health and the environment – coming out every week. But what actually are these chemicals, and why is there so much interest in them? More:

PFAS Terminology PFAS Exposure PFAS Health effects PFAS Decontamination

Explainer: what are PFAS?

If you follow the science news, you’ll probably see research about PFAS – where they’re found, where they come from, and their impacts on health and the environment – coming out every week. But what actually are these chemicals, and why is there so much interest in them? More:

PFAS Terminology PFAS Exposure PFAS Health effects PFAS Decontamination
19/09/2022 -

States are continuing to allow sewage sludge to be spread on cropland as fertilizer and in some cases increasing the amount spread, even as the PFAS-tainted substance has ruined farmers’ livelihoods, poisoned water supplies, contaminated food and put the public’s health at risk. More:

Sewage sludge: PFAS contamination in farms Sewage sludge: Regulation and banning

Fury over ‘forever chemicals’ as US states spread toxic sewage sludge

States are continuing to allow sewage sludge to be spread on cropland as fertilizer and in some cases increasing the amount spread, even as the PFAS-tainted substance has ruined farmers’ livelihoods, poisoned water supplies, contaminated food and put the public’s health at risk. More:

Sewage sludge: PFAS contamination in farms Sewage sludge: Regulation and banning
02/09/2022 -

A 2021 investigation into a fast fashion firm found elevated levels of lead, phthalates, and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – chemicals linked to health problems – in clothing for children and adults, including pregnant women. More:


The toxic chemicals in our clothes – lead, chromium, PFAS, phthalates – and the harm they do us, our children and the workers who make them

A 2021 investigation into a fast fashion firm found elevated levels of lead, phthalates, and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – chemicals linked to health problems – in clothing for children and adults, including pregnant women. More:

01/09/2022 -

Noyon Lanka, a unit of Sri Lanka’s MAS apparel group has developed a new plant extract-based dye that reduces water and energy use in washing plants and makes the industry more environmentally friendly, officials said. More:


Sri Lanka’s Noyon Lanka develops eco-friendly plant based dye

Noyon Lanka, a unit of Sri Lanka’s MAS apparel group has developed a new plant extract-based dye that reduces water and energy use in washing plants and makes the industry more environmentally friendly, officials said. More:

30/08/2022 -

Are you using the safest non-toxic waffle maker to make your family waffles? This small kitchen appliance category is very confusing for consumers. Most brands are using PFAS “forever chemicals” and nano-titanium ceramic as a non-stick coating. Both are linked to health problems. So which brands and products are the safest?. More:

Toxic chemicals in kitchen appliances and alternatives Toxic chemicals in kitchen ware and alternatives Toxic chemicals in hygiene and beauty products and alternatives PFAS Health Effects PFAS Health Effects: Endocrine disruption and fertility PFAS Health Effects: Child development

Best Non-Toxic Waffle Maker Sans PFAS -Forever Chemicals

Are you using the safest non-toxic waffle maker to make your family waffles? This small kitchen appliance category is very confusing for consumers. Most brands are using PFAS “forever chemicals” and nano-titanium ceramic as a non-stick coating. Both are linked to health problems. So which brands and products are the safest?. More:

Toxic chemicals in kitchen appliances and alternatives Toxic chemicals in kitchen ware and alternatives Toxic chemicals in hygiene and beauty products and alternatives PFAS Health Effects PFAS Health Effects: Endocrine disruption and fertility PFAS Health Effects: Child development

Ubiquitous ‘Forever Chemicals’ Increase Risk of Liver Cancer, Researchers Report

29/08/2022 -

The chocolate you eat, the moisturizer you use, the tea you drink—these everyday products contain ingredients from wild plants. The way those plants—many of them threatened—are harvested may be damaging the environment and exploiting workers, a recent report found. More:


Everyday foods and cosmetics that use wild plants may be harming the environment

The chocolate you eat, the moisturizer you use, the tea you drink—these everyday products contain ingredients from wild plants. The way those plants—many of them threatened—are harvested may be damaging the environment and exploiting workers, a recent report found. More:

26/08/2022 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency to designate two “forever chemicals” used in cookware, carpets and firefighting foams as hazardous substances, a step that would clear the way for quicker cleanup of the toxic compounds, which have been linked to cancer and other health problems. More:

PFAS Human Exposure PFAS Regulation

EPA to designate ‘forever chemicals’ as hazardous substances

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency to designate two “forever chemicals” used in cookware, carpets and firefighting foams as hazardous substances, a step that would clear the way for quicker cleanup of the toxic compounds, which have been linked to cancer and other health problems. More:

PFAS Human Exposure PFAS Regulation
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
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