POPs in the news

18/10/2022 -

“What are F-gases?”, you might ask. Although you may not have heard this term before, you surely know of them. They’ve acted as cooling chemicals in air conditioners and refrigerators since they were first developed in the 1930’s. But the question is to what cost? More:

Ultra-Short-Chain PFASs

What the F-gases!?

“What are F-gases?”, you might ask. Although you may not have heard this term before, you surely know of them. They’ve acted as cooling chemicals in air conditioners and refrigerators since they were first developed in the 1930’s. But the question is to what cost? More:

Ultra-Short-Chain PFASs
18/10/2022 -

Hair-straightening products may significantly increase the risk of developing uterine cancer among those who use them frequently, a large study suggests. More:


Frequent use of hair-straightening products may raise uterine cancer risk, study says

Hair-straightening products may significantly increase the risk of developing uterine cancer among those who use them frequently, a large study suggests. More:

18/10/2022 -

The Waterkeeper Alliance analysis found detectable PFAS levels in 95 out of 114, or 83%, of waterways tested across 34 states and the District of Columbia, and frequently at levels that exceed federal and state limits. More:


More than 80% of US waterways contaminated by ‘forever chemicals’

The Waterkeeper Alliance analysis found detectable PFAS levels in 95 out of 114, or 83%, of waterways tested across 34 states and the District of Columbia, and frequently at levels that exceed federal and state limits. More:

18/10/2022 -

Global pesticide use has soared by 80% since 1990, according to a new Pesticide Atlas. Its use has hit biodiversity, driving falls of around 30% in populations of field birds and grassland butterflies since 1990. Almost one in 10 of Europe’s bees are now threatened with extinction, due in no small part to the use of toxic chemical formulations in herbicides, pesticides and fertilisers. More:


Pesticide use around world almost doubles since 1990, report finds

Global pesticide use has soared by 80% since 1990, according to a new Pesticide Atlas. Its use has hit biodiversity, driving falls of around 30% in populations of field birds and grassland butterflies since 1990. Almost one in 10 of Europe’s bees are now threatened with extinction, due in no small part to the use of toxic chemical formulations in herbicides, pesticides and fertilisers. More:

17/10/2022 -

And with it comes a quieter world, thanks to snow’s ability to absorb noise. This is because the spaces between snow crystals limit sound waves from bouncing around, creating a soundproofing effect. Snow also adsorbs other matters it comes into contact with. In the winter, snow becomes a superabsorbent for a wide range of pollutants including POPs. More:

POPs in the Environment The Stockholm Convention on POPs: A Global Response

Snow can spread and worsen the effects of pollutants in the environment

And with it comes a quieter world, thanks to snow’s ability to absorb noise. This is because the spaces between snow crystals limit sound waves from bouncing around, creating a soundproofing effect. Snow also adsorbs other matters it comes into contact with. In the winter, snow becomes a superabsorbent for a wide range of pollutants including POPs. More:

POPs in the Environment The Stockholm Convention on POPs: A Global Response
14/10/2022 -

Toxic PFAS have likely contaminated roughly 57,412 locations across the U.S., according to a study. Those locations include certain industrial facilities, waste processing facilities, and places where firefighting foam containing PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) have been used, such as airports and military bases. More:


Toxic PFAS pollution is likely at more than 57,000 US locations: Report

Toxic PFAS have likely contaminated roughly 57,412 locations across the U.S., according to a study. Those locations include certain industrial facilities, waste processing facilities, and places where firefighting foam containing PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) have been used, such as airports and military bases. More:

14/10/2022 -

What you wear for your workouts may be exposing you to a harmful chemical, warns a new report from the Center for Environmental Health (CEH). The nonprofit consumer advocacy group found high levels of BPA—a toxic chemical compound that can potentially disrupt metabolism, growth and development, and reproduction—in some of the world’s most popular brands of athletic wear. More:


Report: Some sports bras and athletic wear may contain high levels of a toxic chemical

What you wear for your workouts may be exposing you to a harmful chemical, warns a new report from the Center for Environmental Health (CEH). The nonprofit consumer advocacy group found high levels of BPA—a toxic chemical compound that can potentially disrupt metabolism, growth and development, and reproduction—in some of the world’s most popular brands of athletic wear. More:

10/10/2022 -

This fall marks the 60th anniversary of writer and scientist Rachel Carson’s 1962 book “Silent Spring.” The book was seminal in that it sparked the modern environmental movement, a U.S. ban of DDT, and the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). More:

Pesticides as Endocrine disruptors Pesticides: Risk assessment and Regulation Issues Rachel Carson's Legacy

Jennifer Liss Ohayon: Why is the EPA still exposing women to pesticides linked to breast cancer?

This fall marks the 60th anniversary of writer and scientist Rachel Carson’s 1962 book “Silent Spring.” The book was seminal in that it sparked the modern environmental movement, a U.S. ban of DDT, and the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). More:

Pesticides as Endocrine disruptors Pesticides: Risk assessment and Regulation Issues Rachel Carson's Legacy
06/10/2022 -

The explosion of intensive agriculture over recent decades has entrenched and universalised the use of pesticides. Often seen as allies in ensuring predictable, consistent and high-yield harvests, is our trust in these chemicals proving to be misplaced?. More:

Pesticides: Impact on humans and wildlife Pesticides: Mitigating their impact

Pesticides: On borrowed time?

The explosion of intensive agriculture over recent decades has entrenched and universalised the use of pesticides. Often seen as allies in ensuring predictable, consistent and high-yield harvests, is our trust in these chemicals proving to be misplaced?. More:

Pesticides: Impact on humans and wildlife Pesticides: Mitigating their impact
05/10/2022 -

PFAS – per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances – are known to disrupt hormones and fetal development, and future “reproductive capacity” is largely defined as testicles develop in utero during the first trimester of a pregnancy, said study co-author Sandra Søgaard Tøttenborg of the Copenhagen University hospital. More:


Study links in utero ‘forever chemical’ exposure to low sperm count and mobility

PFAS – per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances – are known to disrupt hormones and fetal development, and future “reproductive capacity” is largely defined as testicles develop in utero during the first trimester of a pregnancy, said study co-author Sandra Søgaard Tøttenborg of the Copenhagen University hospital. More:

05/10/2022 -

U.S. authorities have detected the high levels of PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, in deer in several states, including Michigan and Maine, where legions of hunters seek to bag a buck every fall. Sometimes called “forever chemicals” for their persistence in the environment, PFAS are industrial compounds used in numerous products, such as nonstick cookware and clothing. More:


‘Forever chemicals’ in deer, fish challenge hunters, tourism

U.S. authorities have detected the high levels of PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, in deer in several states, including Michigan and Maine, where legions of hunters seek to bag a buck every fall. Sometimes called “forever chemicals” for their persistence in the environment, PFAS are industrial compounds used in numerous products, such as nonstick cookware and clothing. More:

03/10/2022 -

Caribbean governments have made headway in reducing the presence of cancer-causing chemicals that have long been plaguing their environments. With the conclusion of a seven-year, $9 million program, eight participating countries have ramped up their abilities to sample and inventory “persistent organic pollutants” (POPs) — long-lasting, accumulative chemicals that contaminate the Caribbean, UNIDO reported. More:


Caribbean nations taking steps to clean up cancer-causing chemicals: UN

Caribbean governments have made headway in reducing the presence of cancer-causing chemicals that have long been plaguing their environments. With the conclusion of a seven-year, $9 million program, eight participating countries have ramped up their abilities to sample and inventory “persistent organic pollutants” (POPs) — long-lasting, accumulative chemicals that contaminate the Caribbean, UNIDO reported. More:

03/10/2022 -

PFAS are everywhere. These man-made industrial chemicals have been seeping into our environment for over 70 years and are today found all over the globe. The persistent and bioaccumulative nature of these chemicals not only means that they do not break down in nature, it also means that they accumulate and travel up the food chain. More:


We tested our blood for PFAS and this is what we found out

PFAS are everywhere. These man-made industrial chemicals have been seeping into our environment for over 70 years and are today found all over the globe. The persistent and bioaccumulative nature of these chemicals not only means that they do not break down in nature, it also means that they accumulate and travel up the food chain. More:

01/10/2022 -

When Kelvin McNickle discovered in his 30s he had non-Hodgkin lymphoma, he wondered whether it could be due to the Roundup he had used for more than a decade while clearing vegetation for councils. Now living in Queensland, he has become the lead plaintiff in a major class action against a chemical giant. More:

Human exposure Impact on wildlife Regulation and lawsuit

Gardeners beware: household chemicals banned overseas are still used in Australia

When Kelvin McNickle discovered in his 30s he had non-Hodgkin lymphoma, he wondered whether it could be due to the Roundup he had used for more than a decade while clearing vegetation for councils. Now living in Queensland, he has become the lead plaintiff in a major class action against a chemical giant. More:

Human exposure Impact on wildlife Regulation and lawsuit
30/09/2022 -

Boston’s mayor, Michelle Wu, has ordered no new artificial turf to be installed in city parks, making Boston the largest municipality in a small but growing number around the nation to limit use of the product because it contains dangerous chemicals. More:

PFAS in artificial turf Opposition to artificial turf Artificial turf banning

Boston bans artificial turf in parks due to toxic ‘forever chemicals’

Boston’s mayor, Michelle Wu, has ordered no new artificial turf to be installed in city parks, making Boston the largest municipality in a small but growing number around the nation to limit use of the product because it contains dangerous chemicals. More:

PFAS in artificial turf Opposition to artificial turf Artificial turf banning
30/09/2022 -

A non-profit research group has found the oil and gas industry in Ohio has used PFAS, known as “forever” chemicals, in at least 101 oil and gas wells since 2013. Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) released a report and said that the state’s disclosure rules prevent the public from knowing how widely PFAS have been used. More:

PFAS in the oil and gas industry PFAS Environmental Risks PFAS Regulation

Group finds PFAS 'forever' chemicals used in Ohio oil and gas wells

A non-profit research group has found the oil and gas industry in Ohio has used PFAS, known as “forever” chemicals, in at least 101 oil and gas wells since 2013. Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) released a report and said that the state’s disclosure rules prevent the public from knowing how widely PFAS have been used. More:

PFAS in the oil and gas industry PFAS Environmental Risks PFAS Regulation
30/09/2022 -

For almost four decades, the U.S. has recognized October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month to spotlight the disease and funding for research on breast cancer diagnoses, treatments and prevention. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in eight women in the U.S. will get breast cancer in her lifetime. More:

Endocrine disruption and breast cancer Endocrine disruptors Harmful chemicals in personal care and cleaning products Safer alternatives Safer alternatives: Personal care and cleaning products

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, reduce your exposure to endocrine disruptors

For almost four decades, the U.S. has recognized October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month to spotlight the disease and funding for research on breast cancer diagnoses, treatments and prevention. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in eight women in the U.S. will get breast cancer in her lifetime. More:

Endocrine disruption and breast cancer Endocrine disruptors Harmful chemicals in personal care and cleaning products Safer alternatives Safer alternatives: Personal care and cleaning products
29/09/2022 -

When it comes to the United States phasing out PFAS, the “forever chemicals” are true to their nickname in more ways than one. It’s not going to be straightforward or swift to eliminate these substances from countless industries, even though they have been potentially linked to myriad health issues. More:

PFAS Pollution PFAS: Articles and Products PFAS: Firefighting Foam and Protective Gear PFAS Health Effects PFAS Regulation and Monitoring PFAS Alternatives Other Hazardous Chemicals and their Regulation

Why getting PFAS out of our products is so hard — and why it matters

When it comes to the United States phasing out PFAS, the “forever chemicals” are true to their nickname in more ways than one. It’s not going to be straightforward or swift to eliminate these substances from countless industries, even though they have been potentially linked to myriad health issues. More:

PFAS Pollution PFAS: Articles and Products PFAS: Firefighting Foam and Protective Gear PFAS Health Effects PFAS Regulation and Monitoring PFAS Alternatives Other Hazardous Chemicals and their Regulation
28/09/2022 -

Some 400,000 specimens from German citizens, collected over four decades and stored in an old military bunker, trace the rise—and sometimes the fall—of chemical pollutants in an industrial country. More:

Findings from the German Environmental Specimen Bank Chemical regulation in the EU

A German bunker full of blood and urine has the best record of how chemicals contaminate us

27/09/2022 -

The Mediterranean ecosystem is fragile and human-induced pressures are felt intensely in the region. Around 70% of the population in the Mediterranean lives mostly in coastal cities and it is a popular tourist destination worldwide. However, the Mediterranean has recently been the victim of various kinds of pollution. More:


More coordination needed to protect Mediterranean from pollution

The Mediterranean ecosystem is fragile and human-induced pressures are felt intensely in the region. Around 70% of the population in the Mediterranean lives mostly in coastal cities and it is a popular tourist destination worldwide. However, the Mediterranean has recently been the victim of various kinds of pollution. More:

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