POPs in the news

20/12/2011 -

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new report links remnants of a once-common pesticide to lung infections and wheezing in kids exposed to the chemical before birth. Known as DDE, the compound is a broken-down form of the harmful pesticide DDT and is found in many places around the world. It is absorbed into a person's body when they eat contaminated food or breathe contaminated dust.
More: Reuters


Moms' pesticide exposure tied to infection in kids

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new report links remnants of a once-common pesticide to lung infections and wheezing in kids exposed to the chemical before birth. Known as DDE, the compound is a broken-down form of the harmful pesticide DDT and is found in many places around the world. It is absorbed into a person's body when they eat contaminated food or breathe contaminated dust.
More: Reuters

14/12/2011 -

Compounds used in new flame-retardant products are showing up in the environment at increasing concentrations, according to a recent study by researchers at Indiana University Bloomington.
More: Science Daily


Increasing Atmospheric Concentrations of New Flame Retardants Found

Compounds used in new flame-retardant products are showing up in the environment at increasing concentrations, according to a recent study by researchers at Indiana University Bloomington.
More: Science Daily

14/12/2011 -

The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), on Tuesday launched a comprehensive toolkit on Contaminated Sites Managements on Persistent Organic Pollution (POP) to aid developing countries with the detection, cataloging and prioritisation of contaminated sites.
More: VIBE Ghana
See also: Toolkit for investigating and managing POPs-contaminated sites


UNIDO launches contaminated sites management toolkits for Africa in Ghana

The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), on Tuesday launched a comprehensive toolkit on Contaminated Sites Managements on Persistent Organic Pollution (POP) to aid developing countries with the detection, cataloging and prioritisation of contaminated sites.
More: VIBE Ghana
See also: Toolkit for investigating and managing POPs-contaminated sites

12/12/2011 -

Patented as a flame retardant for plastics, and banned in food throughout Europe and Japan, a brominated chemical called BVO has been added to sodas for decades in North America. Now some scientists have a renewed interest in this little-known ingredient, found in 10 percent of sodas in the United States. Research on its toxicity dates back to the 1970s, and some experts now urge a reassessment. More:
Environmental Health News


Brominated battle: Soda chemical has cloudy health history

Patented as a flame retardant for plastics, and banned in food throughout Europe and Japan, a brominated chemical called BVO has been added to sodas for decades in North America. Now some scientists have a renewed interest in this little-known ingredient, found in 10 percent of sodas in the United States. Research on its toxicity dates back to the 1970s, and some experts now urge a reassessment. More:
Environmental Health News

09/12/2011 -

A question nagging researchers is closer to being answered by a large-scale reanalysis of European data. The study finds that exposure during pregnancy to now-banned persistent chemicals may affect fetal growth and reduce birth weight of newborns.
More: Environmental Health News


PCB but not DDE linked to lower birth weight in European studies

A question nagging researchers is closer to being answered by a large-scale reanalysis of European data. The study finds that exposure during pregnancy to now-banned persistent chemicals may affect fetal growth and reduce birth weight of newborns.
More: Environmental Health News

09/12/2011 -

Chiapas, Mexico -Detectaron una sustancia con alto potencial cancerígeno en el 5 por ciento de los más de 90 transformadores de Chiapas, analizados por un grupo de trabajo del Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD).
More: El Heraldo de Chiapas (Spanish)


Confirman presencia de sustancia nociva en los equipos eléctricos

Chiapas, Mexico -Detectaron una sustancia con alto potencial cancerígeno en el 5 por ciento de los más de 90 transformadores de Chiapas, analizados por un grupo de trabajo del Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD).
More: El Heraldo de Chiapas (Spanish)

06/12/2011 -

The concentrations of potentially dangerous chemicals in the blood of east metro residents exposed to 3M Co. pollution have fallen significantly since 2008, state health officials reported Wednesday.
More: Star Tribune, Minneapolis, USA


3M chemicals down sharply in east metro residents

The concentrations of potentially dangerous chemicals in the blood of east metro residents exposed to 3M Co. pollution have fallen significantly since 2008, state health officials reported Wednesday.
More: Star Tribune, Minneapolis, USA

06/12/2011 -

Levels of DDT – a mostly banned pesticide still allowed for malaria control in some tropical regions – increased three-fold in breastfeeding mothers after one indoor spraying, finds a study in Mozambique, Africa.
More: Environmental Health News


Banned pesticide spikes in breast milk after spraying resumes, study finds

Levels of DDT – a mostly banned pesticide still allowed for malaria control in some tropical regions – increased three-fold in breastfeeding mothers after one indoor spraying, finds a study in Mozambique, Africa.
More: Environmental Health News

04/12/2011 -

Nearly 40 years after Dr. Robert Mobbs first voiced his alarm about pesticide pollution, Aberdeen became the site of one of the largest and most expensive Environmental Protection Agency Superfund cleanup efforts in the country.
More: The Pilot


A Blight on Aberdeen's History

Nearly 40 years after Dr. Robert Mobbs first voiced his alarm about pesticide pollution, Aberdeen became the site of one of the largest and most expensive Environmental Protection Agency Superfund cleanup efforts in the country.
More: The Pilot

01/12/2011 -

On a four-month research cruise from the East China Sea northward to the Chukchi Sea in the High Arctic, researchers measured levels in air and water of the pesticides chlorothalonil, chlorpyrifos, dacthal, dicofol, endosulfan, and trifluralin.
More: Chemical & Engineering News


Researchers Follow Pesticides’ Migration To The Arctic

On a four-month research cruise from the East China Sea northward to the Chukchi Sea in the High Arctic, researchers measured levels in air and water of the pesticides chlorothalonil, chlorpyrifos, dacthal, dicofol, endosulfan, and trifluralin.
More: Chemical & Engineering News

01/12/2011 -

Tras realizar mediciones de Contaminantes Orgánicos Persistentes (COP) en 40 hogares, la OCU exige mayor vigilancia en los ambientes domésticos y mayor implicación de la Administración. En domicilios de Madrid, Almería y Valladolid se encontraron altas concentraciones de sustancias peligrosas para nuestra salud.
More: OCU (Spanish)


Contaminantes persistentes: veneno en casa

Tras realizar mediciones de Contaminantes Orgánicos Persistentes (COP) en 40 hogares, la OCU exige mayor vigilancia en los ambientes domésticos y mayor implicación de la Administración. En domicilios de Madrid, Almería y Valladolid se encontraron altas concentraciones de sustancias peligrosas para nuestra salud.
More: OCU (Spanish)

29/11/2011 -

YIXING, Jiangsu - Chinese and foreign scientists on Monday called for more attention to tackle urgent environmental issues other than climate change, as homemade and imported pollutants threaten people's health.
More: China Daily


Scientists highlight pollutant problem

YIXING, Jiangsu - Chinese and foreign scientists on Monday called for more attention to tackle urgent environmental issues other than climate change, as homemade and imported pollutants threaten people's health.
More: China Daily

28/11/2011 -

L'usine responsable a été mise en demeure par l'Etat pour réduire ses seuils d'émissions de PCB. Mais le mal est déjà fait pour les éleveurs : cinq troupeaux contaminés ont dû être abattus dans le sud de la Mayenne.
More: BIOaddict (French)


Pollution aux PCB : les éleveurs de Mayenne en colère !

L'usine responsable a été mise en demeure par l'Etat pour réduire ses seuils d'émissions de PCB. Mais le mal est déjà fait pour les éleveurs : cinq troupeaux contaminés ont dû être abattus dans le sud de la Mayenne.
More: BIOaddict (French)

23/11/2011 -

When exposed to certain levels of PCBs, turtles suffer from stunted growth and weak bones, found a new study. With low bone-density, turtles have a tougher time diving, swimming and chewing their food. And the same is probably true for fish and other wild animals that are exposed to the ubiquitous environmental pollutant.
More: Discovery News


PCBs eating away at turtles

When exposed to certain levels of PCBs, turtles suffer from stunted growth and weak bones, found a new study. With low bone-density, turtles have a tougher time diving, swimming and chewing their food. And the same is probably true for fish and other wild animals that are exposed to the ubiquitous environmental pollutant.
More: Discovery News

14/11/2011 -

Toxic pollution affects the health of more than 100 million people, shortening their productive life spans by an astonishing 12.7 years on average. It is a common misperception that disease is responsible for most illness, when in fact toxins and pollutants in the environment are a major source of illness and reduced life spans globally.
More: Inter Press Service
See also: www.scientificamerican.com


Toxins Rob More Than a Decade of Life from Millions

Toxic pollution affects the health of more than 100 million people, shortening their productive life spans by an astonishing 12.7 years on average. It is a common misperception that disease is responsible for most illness, when in fact toxins and pollutants in the environment are a major source of illness and reduced life spans globally.
More: Inter Press Service
See also: www.scientificamerican.com

14/11/2011 -

There are still relatively few Inuit among the more than nine million Canadians living with diabetes or pre-diabetes. But that situation is changing.
More: Nunatsiaq Online


Nunavut diabetes rate soars

There are still relatively few Inuit among the more than nine million Canadians living with diabetes or pre-diabetes. But that situation is changing.
More: Nunatsiaq Online

14/11/2011 -

L'Autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments (EFSA) vient de publier son nouveau rapport annuel sur la présence de pesticides dans les aliments. Ce rapport confirme que les produits issus de l'agriculture biologique sont nettement moins contaminés que les autres.
More: www.notre-planete.info


Résidus de pesticides dans les aliments : la bio est nettement plus saine

L'Autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments (EFSA) vient de publier son nouveau rapport annuel sur la présence de pesticides dans les aliments. Ce rapport confirme que les produits issus de l'agriculture biologique sont nettement moins contaminés que les autres.
More: www.notre-planete.info

09/11/2011 -

Kailasahar - Rampant use of endosulfan is poisoning rivers in the north east region of India, the world’s largest producer and exporter of the hazardous chemical.
More: Digital Journal


Endosulfan poisons Indian rivers

Kailasahar - Rampant use of endosulfan is poisoning rivers in the north east region of India, the world’s largest producer and exporter of the hazardous chemical.
More: Digital Journal

07/11/2011 -

The cleanup will be required when state officials decide how much of the pollutant - PFOS, or perfluorooctane sulfonate - should be allowed in Pool 2, a section of the Mississippi River between the Ford Dam in St. Paul and Hastings.
More: TwinCities.com


State gets ally in fight over 3M cleanup

The cleanup will be required when state officials decide how much of the pollutant - PFOS, or perfluorooctane sulfonate - should be allowed in Pool 2, a section of the Mississippi River between the Ford Dam in St. Paul and Hastings.
More: TwinCities.com

30/10/2011 -

Monitoring in the Arctic for toxic substances produced in farms and factories located far to the south continues this year, with scientists like Anya Gawor on the look-out for traces of these contaminants in the Arctic air and waters, and even in tiny sea creatures.
More: Nunatsiaq Online


Monitoring shows contaminants still pollute the Arctic

Monitoring in the Arctic for toxic substances produced in farms and factories located far to the south continues this year, with scientists like Anya Gawor on the look-out for traces of these contaminants in the Arctic air and waters, and even in tiny sea creatures.
More: Nunatsiaq Online

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