POPs in the news

24/07/2011 -

Unknown amount of trapped persistent organic pollutants poses threat to marine life and humans as temperatures rise. The warming of the Arctic is releasing a new wave of banned toxic chemicals that had been trapped in the ice and cold water, scientists have discovered
More: The Guardian


Melting Arctic ice releasing banned toxins, warn scientists

Unknown amount of trapped persistent organic pollutants poses threat to marine life and humans as temperatures rise. The warming of the Arctic is releasing a new wave of banned toxic chemicals that had been trapped in the ice and cold water, scientists have discovered.
More: The Guardian

19/07/2011 -

Une étude menée en Chine montre que l'exposition à des polluants organiques comme les PCB augmente le risque de malformation fœtale.
More: www.sciencesetavenir.fr (French)


Exposition aux polluants persistants: des risques pour l'embryon

Une étude menée en Chine montre que l'exposition à des polluants organiques comme les PCB augmente le risque de malformation fœtale.
More: www.sciencesetavenir.fr (French)

18/07/2011 -

Babies who were exposed to certain organic pollutants in the womb are at a highly increased risk of neural tube defects leading to conditions such as spina bifida, according to researchers in China.
More: Nature News


Pollutants' role in birth defects becomes clearer - Levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons linked to neural tube defects

Babies who were exposed to certain organic pollutants in the womb are at a highly increased risk of neural tube defects leading to conditions such as spina bifida, according to researchers in China.
More: Nature News

04/07/2011 -

In a study of 31 Boston offices, polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants now banned internationally by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants were detected in every office tested.
More: Occupational Health and Safety magazine


Dust on Office Surfaces Can Expose People to Hazardous Flame Retardants

In a study of 31 Boston offices, polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants now banned internationally by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants were detected in every office tested.
More: Occupational Health and Safety magazine

30/06/2011 -

(Boston) Researchers studied over two dozen offices in Boston and discovered that dangerous flame retardant chemicals - polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) - banned by an international treaty are contaminating every office.
More: www.toxicfreefiresafety.org


Toxic Contamination in Offices: New Study Reveals Hidden Chemicals in Dust

(Boston) Researchers studied over two dozen offices in Boston and discovered that dangerous flame retardant chemicals - polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) - banned by an international treaty are contaminating every office.
More: www.toxicfreefiresafety.org

18/05/2011 -

Every week, it seems, a new study identifies potentially harmful chemicals in the food we eat, the makeup we wear, the toys and bottles used by our children. Next up: the recycled foam padding installed under wall-to-wall carpeting.
More: The New York Times


Raising Concerns About Chemicals in Recycled Carpet Padding

Every week, it seems, a new study identifies potentially harmful chemicals in the food we eat, the makeup we wear, the toys and bottles used by our children. Next up: the recycled foam padding installed under wall-to-wall carpeting.
More: The New York Times

12/05/2011 -

Bottlenose dolphins and beluga whales, two marine species at or near the top of their respective food webs, accumulate more chemical pollutants in their bodies when they live and feed in waters near urbanized areas.
More: Science Daily


Marine Lab Research Tracks Pollutants in Dolphins and Beluga Whales

Bottlenose dolphins and beluga whales, two marine species at or near the top of their respective food webs, accumulate more chemical pollutants in their bodies when they live and feed in waters near urbanized areas.
More: Science Daily

04/05/2011 -

The decision of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants to include the pesticide endosulfan in the list of chemicals scheduled for elimination at the global level is a positive step.
More: The Hindu


Eliminating endosulfan

The decision of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants to include the pesticide endosulfan in the list of chemicals scheduled for elimination at the global level is a positive step.
More: The Hindu

18/03/2011 -

Documental sobre análisis niveles de dioxinas y furanos en una compra aleatoria de alimentos en un mercado español.  
More: www.rtve.es (Spanish)


Si te dicen qué comí

Documental sobre análisis niveles de dioxinas y furanos en una compra aleatoria de alimentos en un mercado español.  
More: www.rtve.es (Spanish)

27/02/2011 -

Climate change is a major obstacle to a 2004 global treaty aimed at cutting exposure to 21 highly dangerous chemicals, according to a new UN-commissioned report issued last week. The 66-page report says the risks of exposure could increase if more stockpiles and landfills leak due to flooding or other extreme weather linked to rising temperatures.
More: The Jerusalem Post


Extreme weather could heighten risk from toxic chemicals

Climate change is a major obstacle to a 2004 global treaty aimed at cutting exposure to 21 highly dangerous chemicals, according to a new UN-commissioned report issued last week. The 66-page report says the risks of exposure could increase if more stockpiles and landfills leak due to flooding or other extreme weather linked to rising temperatures.
More: The Jerusalem Post

26/02/2011 -

Wal-Mart is banning a controversial flame retardant found in hundreds of consumer goods, from couches to cameras to child car seats, telling its suppliers to come up with safer alternatives.
More: The Washington Post


Wal-Mart bypasses federal regulators to ban controversial flame retardant

Wal-Mart is banning a controversial flame retardant found in hundreds of consumer goods, from couches to cameras to child car seats, telling its suppliers to come up with safer alternatives. More:
The Washington Post

24/02/2011 -

Another type of brominated flame retardant widely used in consumer products has been detected in human breast milk in the United Kingdom, a recent study finds. The authors estimate the nursing infants are exposed to levels four times higher than those estimated for U.K. adults and toddlers.
More: Environmental Health News


Breast milk contains flame retardants with exposure patterns similar to phased-out PBDEs

Another type of brominated flame retardant widely used in consumer products has been detected in human breast milk in the United Kingdom, a recent study finds. The authors estimate the nursing infants are exposed to levels four times higher than those estimated for U.K. adults and toddlers.
More: Environmental Health News

01/02/2011 -

Women's risk of developing autoimmune rheumatic disease increases incrementally according to the frequency and duration of their exposure to insecticides, a large observational study suggested.
More: MedPage Today


Pesticides Linked to RA, Lupus Risk

Women's risk of developing autoimmune rheumatic disease increases incrementally according to the frequency and duration of their exposure to insecticides, a large observational study suggested.
More: MedPage Today

21/01/2011 -

Investigadores de la University of California, de San Francisco, Estados Unidos, aseguran que la mayoría de mujeres embarazadas de ese país están expuestas a productos químicos, incluyendo algunos presentes en muchos productos o utensilios de la vida diaria a otros que están prohibidos desde hace varias décadas.
More: JANO.es (Spanish)


El 99% de las embarazadas en Estados Unidos está expuesta a productos químicos

Investigadores de la University of California, de San Francisco, Estados Unidos, aseguran que la mayoría de mujeres embarazadas de ese país están expuestas a productos químicos, incluyendo algunos presentes en muchos productos o utensilios de la vida diaria a otros que están prohibidos desde hace varias décadas.
More: JANO.es (Spanish)

15/01/2011 -

The manufacture, production and use of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) have all decreased since their adverse health properties and environmental persistence were recognised but they remain an established and unwanted legacy.
More: www.spectroscopynow.com


POP surprise: alpine lake levels on the increase

The manufacture, production and use of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) have all decreased since their adverse health properties and environmental persistence were recognised but they remain an established and unwanted legacy.
More: www.spectroscopynow.com

14/01/2011 -

A new study finds for the first time that the bodies of virtually all U.S. pregnant women – and possibly their unborn children – carry multiple chemicals, including some banned since the 1970s and others used in common products such as processed foods and personal care products.
More: Environmental Health News


Banned, contemporary chemicals widespread in U.S. pregnant women.

A new study finds for the first time that the bodies of virtually all U.S. pregnant women – and possibly their unborn children – carry multiple chemicals, including some banned since the 1970s and others used in common products such as processed foods and personal care products.
More: Environmental Health News

19/12/2010 -

Ski wax can expose users to perfluorochemicals that build up in their bodies and carry potentially serious health risks. Racers, in particular, covet waxes with high amounts of fluorinated compounds because they make skis and snowboards go faster. But that extra speed could come at a cost. Wax technicians working for World Cup ski race teams had median levels of one compound that were up to 45 times higher than the general population’s.
More: Environmental Health News


Ski wax chemicals build up in people's blood, pose risks

Ski wax can expose users to perfluorochemicals that build up in their bodies and carry potentially serious health risks. Racers, in particular, covet waxes with high amounts of fluorinated compounds because they make skis and snowboards go faster. But that extra speed could come at a cost. Wax technicians working for World Cup ski race teams had median levels of one compound that were up to 45 times higher than the general population’s.
More: Environmental Health News

23/07/2010 -

People who live in houses with higher levels of flame retardant chemicals in the dust have themselves higher levels of the chemicals in their blood, a finding that implicates dust as a major exposure source for the compounds. 

More: Environmental Health News


Flame retardants in house dust match residents' blood levels

People who live in houses with higher levels of flame retardant chemicals in the dust have themselves higher levels of the chemicals in their blood, a finding that implicates dust as a major exposure source for the compounds. 

More: Environmental Health News

21/06/2010 -

High levels of brominated flame retardants can alter pregnant women’s thyroid hormones, which are critical to a baby’s growth and brain development, according to a California study. More: Environmental Health News


Flame retardants can alter thyroid hormones in pregnant women, new study shows

High levels of brominated flame retardants can alter pregnant women’s thyroid hormones, which are critical to a baby’s growth and brain development, according to a California study. More: Environmental Health News

10/06/2010 -

Scientists have found evidence suggesting that chemicals designed to prevent fires are getting into your children's blood and rewiring their brains, leading to attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, hearing problems, slow mental development and, possibly, cancer.
More: life.salon.com


The poison crib: When protective chemicals harm

Scientists have found evidence suggesting that chemicals designed to prevent fires are getting into your children's blood and rewiring their brains, leading to attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, hearing problems, slow mental development and, possibly, cancer.
More: life.salon.com

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