POPs in the news

16/08/2021 -

High levels of PFAS chemicals have contaminated a plastics recycling company in Henderson, Kentucky, spreading through the air and water and likely contaminating a creek that flows into the Ohio River, state officials say. More:


‘Concerning’ Levels Of Forever Chemicals Polluting Henderson

High levels of PFAS chemicals have contaminated a plastics recycling company in Henderson, Kentucky, spreading through the air and water and likely contaminating a creek that flows into the Ohio River, state officials say. More:

13/08/2021 -

Two American manufacturers unveiled a new recipe for PFAS and plastics-free packaging for everything from burgers to salads, in a bid to make takeout food more sustainable and safer for consumers. More:

PFAS in Food-Packaging PFAS in Food-Packaging Regulation PFAS Health Effects

Manufacturers make PFAS-free food packaging recipe available to all

Two American manufacturers unveiled a new recipe for PFAS and plastics-free packaging for everything from burgers to salads, in a bid to make takeout food more sustainable and safer for consumers. More:

PFAS in Food-Packaging PFAS in Food-Packaging Regulation PFAS Health Effects
11/08/2021 -

Researchers recently found that waterproof, sweatproof and long-wearing cosmetics — so popular at this time of year — contain higher levels of a potentially toxic class of thousands of chemicals called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances or (PFAS). More:

PFAS Health Effects PFAS Legislation

Is your long-lasting makeup toxic? Study raises concerns about PFAS in cosmetics

Researchers recently found that waterproof, sweatproof and long-wearing cosmetics — so popular at this time of year — contain higher levels of a potentially toxic class of thousands of chemicals called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances or (PFAS). More:

PFAS Health Effects PFAS Legislation
10/08/2021 -

A family of colorless and tasteless man-made chemicals has become a growing concern for drinking water safety in thousands of American communities, as scientists increasingly see links to liver damage, high cholesterol, weakened immune systems and cancer. More:

PFAS in drinking water: Policy in the US

'Ticking time bomb': PFAS chemicals in drinking water alarm scientists over health risks

A family of colorless and tasteless man-made chemicals has become a growing concern for drinking water safety in thousands of American communities, as scientists increasingly see links to liver damage, high cholesterol, weakened immune systems and cancer. More:

PFAS in drinking water: Policy in the US
07/08/2021 -

Standing ankle-deep in a shallow, fast-moving section of the Tay River, Raegan Mallinson is using a kicknet — essentially a large net attached to a broomstick — and when the timer starts, she enthusiastically begins what she dubs, jokingly, a “river dance.” Mallinson is a trainer with Living Lakes Canada, a group that brings together nonprofits, academics, watershed councils, Indigenous groups and community members to combat the prevalence of what are known as “data-deficient rivers". More:

Water Biomonitoring

Teaching citizen scientists to hunt for ‘canary in the coal mine’ in Alberta’s rivers

Standing ankle-deep in a shallow, fast-moving section of the Tay River, Raegan Mallinson is using a kicknet — essentially a large net attached to a broomstick — and when the timer starts, she enthusiastically begins what she dubs, jokingly, a “river dance.” Mallinson is a trainer with Living Lakes Canada, a group that brings together nonprofits, academics, watershed councils, Indigenous groups and community members to combat the prevalence of what are known as “data-deficient rivers". More:

Water Biomonitoring
06/08/2021 -

At issue are fluorinated containers made of high-density polyethylene, a material widely used in food packaging because it can easily seal out moisture and other temperature changes. The packaging is generally used during the manufacturing process to hold large quantities of ingredients like oils or flavorings. More:


FDA raises alarm over PFAS-tainted food containers

At issue are fluorinated containers made of high-density polyethylene, a material widely used in food packaging because it can easily seal out moisture and other temperature changes. The packaging is generally used during the manufacturing process to hold large quantities of ingredients like oils or flavorings. More:

05/08/2021 -

Agricultural pesticides sold to farmers ready-mixed into "cocktails" can kill twice as many bees, according to an analysis of 90 studies. "Exposure to multiple pesticides is the norm, not the exception," Dr Harry Siviter, from the University of Texas at Austin, who led the study, told the BBC Radio 4's Inside Science programme. More:


Farm pesticides killing more bees - study

Agricultural pesticides sold to farmers ready-mixed into "cocktails" can kill twice as many bees, according to an analysis of 90 studies. "Exposure to multiple pesticides is the norm, not the exception," Dr Harry Siviter, from the University of Texas at Austin, who led the study, told the BBC Radio 4's Inside Science programme. More:

01/08/2021 -

Removing this pollutant has proved especially challenging, partly because unexploded ordnance peppers many of the country's massive firing ranges. Bacteria that break down RDX exist in soil but do not consume the toxin fast enough to keep it from seeping into aquifers. More:


Plant Absorbs Toxic RDX Contamination

Removing this pollutant has proved especially challenging, partly because unexploded ordnance peppers many of the country's massive firing ranges. Bacteria that break down RDX exist in soil but do not consume the toxin fast enough to keep it from seeping into aquifers. More:

What Are Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)? Definition, Examples, and Environmental Concerns

27/07/2021 -

The Defense Department responded too slowly to the threats posed to military service members by the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS and is failing to track the health risks facing military firefighters, according to DOD’s inspector general. More:


Defense Department delayed PFAS cleanup, ignored health risks, Inspector General says

The Defense Department responded too slowly to the threats posed to military service members by the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS and is failing to track the health risks facing military firefighters, according to DOD’s inspector general. More:

19/07/2021 -

Producimos una media de 7,3 kilos de residuos de aparatos como viejos ordenadores o teléfonos por individuo al año. La OMS alerta de los enormes peligros para la salud, especialmente para la de los menores de edad y embarazadas, de los vertederos donde se acumulan. More:

Transporte y destino final de la basura electrónica Exposición a residuos electrónicos y salud infantil

18 millones de niños viven, juegan y trabajan entre basura electrónica

Producimos una media de 7,3 kilos de residuos de aparatos como viejos ordenadores o teléfonos por individuo al año. La OMS alerta de los enormes peligros para la salud, especialmente para la de los menores de edad y embarazadas, de los vertederos donde se acumulan. More:

Transporte y destino final de la basura electrónica Exposición a residuos electrónicos y salud infantil
18/07/2021 -

Tailandia es un país que se caracteriza mundialmente por contar con grandes extensiones de arrozales, los cuales son la base de la economía de miles de familias de toda la región. Evidentemente, mantener a salvo todas las cosechas es fundamental para los tailandeses, ya que suelen sufrir de plagas. More:


En Tailandia 10.000 patos se encargan de limpiar los arrozales de plagas y así evitar pesticidas

Tailandia es un país que se caracteriza mundialmente por contar con grandes extensiones de arrozales, los cuales son la base de la economía de miles de familias de toda la región. Evidentemente, mantener a salvo todas las cosechas es fundamental para los tailandeses, ya que suelen sufrir de plagas. More:

14/07/2021 -

The Environmental Working Group released new analysis that dramatically increases an earlier estimate of the number of manufacturers and users of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS that may be releasing PFAS into the environment, including drinking water sources. More:

Legislation on the release of PFAS by companies

Twelvefold increase in suspected industrial dischargers of ‘forever chemicals’

The Environmental Working Group released new analysis that dramatically increases an earlier estimate of the number of manufacturers and users of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS that may be releasing PFAS into the environment, including drinking water sources. More:

Legislation on the release of PFAS by companies
12/07/2021 -

Soil invertebrates are responsible for many critical ecological functions, such as maintaining soil structure and controlling pests, which are necessary for a healthy soil ecosystem. Those ecosystems in turn support food production and, ultimately, human health, through the nutritional support they provide. More:

Soil and Human Health Neonicotinoid Insecticides Ecosystems in Organic Farms

Study: Pesticides harm soil invertebrates but EPA fails to recognize impact

Soil invertebrates are responsible for many critical ecological functions, such as maintaining soil structure and controlling pests, which are necessary for a healthy soil ecosystem. Those ecosystems in turn support food production and, ultimately, human health, through the nutritional support they provide. More:

Soil and Human Health Neonicotinoid Insecticides Ecosystems in Organic Farms
10/07/2021 -

If you applied sunscreen this morning, the chances are you are now wearing billions of microplastics. Just one bottle can contain up to 100tn intentionally added plastic particles—used to bind ingredients together, form a thin coating on the skin and make it waterproof—according to the Plastic Soup Foundation. Should you be lucky enough to be on a beach holiday right now, that may be an unavoidable fate.

Microplastics in cosmetic and hygiene products Microbeads policy and regulation

Are there trillions of microplastics in your sunscreen right now?

If you applied sunscreen this morning, the chances are you are now wearing billions of microplastics. Just one bottle can contain up to 100tn intentionally added plastic particles—used to bind ingredients together, form a thin coating on the skin and make it waterproof—according to the Plastic Soup Foundation. Should you be lucky enough to be on a beach holiday right now, that may be an unavoidable fate.

Microplastics in cosmetic and hygiene products Microbeads policy and regulation
08/07/2021 -

Progress is slowly being made, but environmental activists have long understood the direction we were heading in. Over the last few years, we’ve covered this topic extensively in hopes of raising awareness on plastic pollution and inspiring people to make more conscious choices. Here are 10 of our top articles on the topic to help you understand everything you need to know about plastic pollution. More:

Chemicals and Plastic Pollution Plastic Pollution impacts on Humans, Animals and the Environment Ways of reducing plastic

From Marine Animal Extinction to Ocean Pollutants: Everything You Need to Know About Plastic Pollution

Progress is slowly being made, but environmental activists have long understood the direction we were heading in. Over the last few years, we’ve covered this topic extensively in hopes of raising awareness on plastic pollution and inspiring people to make more conscious choices. Here are 10 of our top articles on the topic to help you understand everything you need to know about plastic pollution. More:

Chemicals and Plastic Pollution Plastic Pollution impacts on Humans, Animals and the Environment Ways of reducing plastic
07/07/2021 -

Since EPA released its investigation, we have learned the disturbing fact that the fluorination of plastic is commonly used to treat hundreds of millions of polyethylene and polypropylene containers each year ranging from packaged food and consumer products that individuals buy to larger containers used by retailers such as restaurants to even larger drums used by manufacturers to store and transport fluids. More:

PFAS generation through Polyethylene Fluorination PFAS contamination from fluorinated containers Alternatives to Polyethylene Fluorination

Beyond paper: PFAS linked to common plastic packaging used for food, cosmetics, and much more

Since EPA released its investigation, we have learned the disturbing fact that the fluorination of plastic is commonly used to treat hundreds of millions of polyethylene and polypropylene containers each year ranging from packaged food and consumer products that individuals buy to larger containers used by retailers such as restaurants to even larger drums used by manufacturers to store and transport fluids. More:

PFAS generation through Polyethylene Fluorination PFAS contamination from fluorinated containers Alternatives to Polyethylene Fluorination
04/07/2021 -

Human exposure to electronic waste is on the increase in Nigeria. This is because of the indiscriminate disposal and crude informal recycling methods in the country. This exposes children and women to the toxic constituents of electronic wastes. These are constantly set ablaze, releasing toxic fumes into the atmosphere and contaminating underground drinking water. More:

E-waste Impact on Human Health E-waste Management in Nigeria

Nigeria’s electronic waste is a public health problem and needs urgent attention

Human exposure to electronic waste is on the increase in Nigeria. This is because of the indiscriminate disposal and crude informal recycling methods in the country. This exposes children and women to the toxic constituents of electronic wastes. These are constantly set ablaze, releasing toxic fumes into the atmosphere and contaminating underground drinking water. More:

E-waste Impact on Human Health E-waste Management in Nigeria
01/07/2021 -

There’s more to microplastics in your sunscreens, and it’s called UV-328, also known as 2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4,6-di-tert-pentylphenol. It is a chemical compound widely used as a UV filter in cosmetics and various other plastic products such as rubber & paint. It is a chemical that is very persistent and toxic and could have long-lasting harmful effects on aquatic life. More:

The chemical UV-328

Microplastics in your sunscreen can be more dangerous than you think

There’s more to microplastics in your sunscreens, and it’s called UV-328, also known as 2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4,6-di-tert-pentylphenol. It is a chemical compound widely used as a UV filter in cosmetics and various other plastic products such as rubber & paint. It is a chemical that is very persistent and toxic and could have long-lasting harmful effects on aquatic life. More:

The chemical UV-328
01/07/2021 -

After any disaster, whether it’s a fire, flooding or chemical spillage, what happens to the large volumes of waste materials left behind? Can any of the materials be salvaged, restored or upcycled? More:


Disaster recovery: Can the loop be closed on calamity?

After any disaster, whether it’s a fire, flooding or chemical spillage, what happens to the large volumes of waste materials left behind? Can any of the materials be salvaged, restored or upcycled? More:

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