POPs in the news

14/11/2012 -

Couples with high levels of PCBs and similar environmental pollutants take longer to achieve pregnancy in comparison to other couples with lower levels of the pollutants, according to a preliminary study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. More:
NIH News - USA


PCBs, other pollutants may play role in pregnancy delay

Couples with high levels of PCBs and similar environmental pollutants take longer to achieve pregnancy in comparison to other couples with lower levels of the pollutants, according to a preliminary study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. More:
NIH News - USA

13/11/2012 -

In a sobering study published in the journal Environmental Health, researchers at UC Davis and UCLA measured food-borne toxin exposure in children and adults by pinpointing foods with high levels of toxic compounds and determining how much of these foods were consumed. The researchers found that family members in the study, and preschool children in particular, are at high risk for exposure to arsenic, dieldrin, DDE (a DDT metabolite), dioxins and acrylamide. More:
UCDavis Health System - California, USA


Study finds high exposure to food-borne toxins - Preschool children are particularly vulnerable to compounds linked to cancer and other conditions

In a sobering study published in the journal Environmental Health, researchers at UC Davis and UCLA measured food-borne toxin exposure in children and adults by pinpointing foods with high levels of toxic compounds and determining how much of these foods were consumed. The researchers found that family members in the study, and preschool children in particular, are at high risk for exposure to arsenic, dieldrin, DDE (a DDT metabolite), dioxins and acrylamide. More:
UCDavis Health System - California, USA

08/11/2012 -

Legacy contaminants are decreasing more quickly than previously reported in three of the Great Lakes, but have stayed virtually the same in two other lakes, according to new research. “These are very positive results. The lakes are improving and slowly cleaning themselves up,” said Thomas Holsen, co-director of Clarkson University’s Center for the Environment. In all of the lakes, the older contaminants are being replaced by newer ones, mostly flame retardants, that are building up in fish and wildlife. More: 
Environmental Health News


The Great Lakes legacy: Old contaminants declining; newer ones on the rise

Legacy contaminants are decreasing more quickly than previously reported in three of the Great Lakes, but have stayed virtually the same in two other lakes, according to new research. “These are very positive results. The lakes are improving and slowly cleaning themselves up,” said Thomas Holsen, co-director of Clarkson University’s Center for the Environment. In all of the lakes, the older contaminants are being replaced by newer ones, mostly flame retardants, that are building up in fish and wildlife. More: 
Environmental Health News

07/11/2012 -

A pregnant woman's exposure to chemicals that make consumer products stain and water resistant may affect the growth and weight of her daughter at birth and later in life as a toddler. A British study has found that newborns whose mothers had higher levels of the polyfluoroalkyl compounds PFOS, PFOA and PFHxS during pregnancy weighed between 3 and 5 ounces less than girls born to mothers with lower levels. At 20 months, the girls born to mothers with higher exposures to PFOS were heavier when compared to those with lower exposures. Prior animal and human studies show similar trends. More: 
Environmental Health News


Higher PFCs when pregnant linked to smaller daughters at birth

A pregnant woman's exposure to chemicals that make consumer products stain and water resistant may affect the growth and weight of her daughter at birth and later in life as a toddler. A British study has found that newborns whose mothers had higher levels of the polyfluoroalkyl compounds PFOS, PFOA and PFHxS during pregnancy weighed between 3 and 5 ounces less than girls born to mothers with lower levels. At 20 months, the girls born to mothers with higher exposures to PFOS were heavier when compared to those with lower exposures. Prior animal and human studies show similar trends. More: 
Environmental Health News

02/11/2012 -

The long running saga of DuPont and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), often called simply C8, has passed an important milestone with the delivery of the final report from an independent panel of experts tasked with determining its health effects. More: 
Chemistry World


Panel delivers final PFOA report

The long running saga of DuPont and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), often called simply C8, has passed an important milestone with the delivery of the final report from an independent panel of experts tasked with determining its health effects. More: 
Chemistry World

24/10/2012 -

C’est par la ville de Buea que le centre de Recherche et d’Education Pour le Développement (CREPD) a lancé, lundi dernier, la vaste campagne régionale contre les Polluants Organiques Persistants (POP), produits chimiques dangereux et toxiques pour l’homme et l’environnement, selon les experts. More: 
La Nouvelle Expression - Cameroun Actu (French)


Cameroun Sud-Ouest: Croisade contre les polluants organiques persistants

C’est par la ville de Buea que le centre de Recherche et d’Education Pour le Développement (CREPD) a lancé, lundi dernier, la vaste campagne régionale contre les Polluants Organiques Persistants (POP), produits chimiques dangereux et toxiques pour l’homme et l’environnement, selon les experts. More: 
La Nouvelle Expression - Cameroun Actu (French)

23/10/2012 -

Interview with Jim Willis, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions - As the Global Chemical Outlook points out, the 20th century led to the invention and worldwide use of thousands of synthetic chemicals whose global footprint has accumulated in almost every living thing, including human being. More:
Geneva International Cooperation


Geneva is the global centre of international chemicals and waste management work

Interview with Jim Willis, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions - As the Global Chemical Outlook points out, the 20th century led to the invention and worldwide use of thousands of synthetic chemicals whose global footprint has accumulated in almost every living thing, including human being. More:
Geneva International Cooperation

22/10/2012 -

Geneva - Scientific experts meeting under the aegis of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) concluded a five-day meeting in Geneva Oct. 19 with an agreement to advance proposals that would lead to eventual restrictions on the production and sale of four chemicals. More:
Bloomberg BNA 


POPs Review Panel Agrees to Propose Limits On Chemicals Under Stockholm Treaty

Geneva - Scientific experts meeting under the aegis of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) concluded a five-day meeting in Geneva Oct. 19 with an agreement to advance proposals that would lead to eventual restrictions on the production and sale of four chemicals. More:
Bloomberg BNA 

11/10/2012 -

New Bedford, USA — A long-departed manufacturing company will pay $366 million to clean the PCB-laden harbor here, the largest cash settlement for a single site in the history of the federal Superfund program, government officials announced Wednesday. More:
The Boston Globe


$366m accord reached to clean up New Bedford Harbor

New Bedford, USA — A long-departed manufacturing company will pay $366 million to clean the PCB-laden harbor here, the largest cash settlement for a single site in the history of the federal Superfund program, government officials announced Wednesday. More:
The Boston Globe

09/10/2012 -

Pesticides pervade the environment, from the air we breathe to the food we eat, and they are making children sicker than they were a generation ago, a new report warns. The authors' conclusions were based on dozens of recent scientific studies that have tied chemicals to children's health, and their report sought to bring collective meaning to those findings. More: San Francisco Chronicle
See also: A Generation in Jeopardy: How pesticides are undermining our children’s health & intelligence.


Pesticides blamed by report for illnesses

Pesticides pervade the environment, from the air we breathe to the food we eat, and they are making children sicker than they were a generation ago, a new report warns. The authors' conclusions were based on dozens of recent scientific studies that have tied chemicals to children's health, and their report sought to bring collective meaning to those findings. More: San Francisco Chronicle
See also: A Generation in Jeopardy: How pesticides are undermining our children’s health & intelligence.

09/10/2012 -

L'Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire (Anses, France) avait été saisie en septembre 2010 par la Direction générale de l'alimentation d'une demande d'avis relatif aux analyses de retardateurs de flamme bromés à mettre en œuvre dans le cadre des prochains plans de surveillance. Le 14 septembre dernier, elle rendait son avis sur cette question. More: 
www.actu-environnement,com (French)


Retardateurs de flamme bromés : une surveillance des denrées animales est nécessaire

L'Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire (Anses, France) avait été saisie en septembre 2010 par la Direction générale de l'alimentation d'une demande d'avis relatif aux analyses de retardateurs de flamme bromés à mettre en œuvre dans le cadre des prochains plans de surveillance. Le 14 septembre dernier, elle rendait son avis sur cette question. More: 
www.actu-environnement,com (French)

05/10/2012 -

Un mobile peut renfermer jusqu'à 40 éléments contenant des métaux lourds et des polluants organiques persistants. Armés de pinces, de ciseaux et de tournevis, les chercheurs de l'Ecology Center ont intégralement démonté les appareils pour soumettre tous leurs composants – processeur, circuits imprimés, écran, boutons, batteries... – à une analyse. More: 
Le Monde (French)
See also: 2012 Mobile Phone Study (English)


Du poison dans mon smartphone

Un mobile peut renfermer jusqu'à 40 éléments contenant des métaux lourds et des polluants organiques persistants. Armés de pinces, de ciseaux et de tournevis, les chercheurs de l'Ecology Center ont intégralement démonté les appareils pour soumettre tous leurs composants – processeur, circuits imprimés, écran, boutons, batteries... – à une analyse. More: 
Le Monde (French)
2012 Mobile Phone Study (English)

26/09/2012 -

Even if all the dioxin were eliminated from the planet, Washington State University researchers say its legacy would live on in the way it turns genes on and off in the descendants of people exposed over the past half century. More:
Science Daily


Dioxin Causes Disease and Reproductive Problems Across Generations

Even if all the dioxin were eliminated from the planet, Washington State University researchers say its legacy would live on in the way it turns genes on and off in the descendants of people exposed over the past half century. More:
Science Daily

23/09/2012 -

It has been four decades since one of the most catastrophic agricultural disasters in U.S. history unfolded in the heart of Michigan, forcing the destruction of tens of thousands of cattle contaminated with polybrominated biphenyl, or PBB, and allowing the chemical to slip onto the dinner plates and into the drinking glasses of nine out of 10 Michiganders. More:
Detroit Free Press - USA


Decades later, PBB contamination suspected in illnesses and deaths

It has been four decades since one of the most catastrophic agricultural disasters in U.S. history unfolded in the heart of Michigan, forcing the destruction of tens of thousands of cattle contaminated with polybrominated biphenyl, or PBB, and allowing the chemical to slip onto the dinner plates and into the drinking glasses of nine out of 10 Michiganders. More:
Detroit Free Press - USA

23/09/2012 -

En Honduras estos químicos tienen varios referentes, entre ellos el DDT, legendario plaguicida utilizado para el combate de la malaria, y los bifenilospoliclorados o PCBs, incorporados dentro de transformadores y aparatos eléctricos. More:
La Tribuna - Honduras (Spanish)


Honduras busca “desintoxicarse” de 214 toneladas de desechos químicos

En Honduras estos químicos tienen varios referentes, entre ellos el DDT, legendario plaguicida utilizado para el combate de la malaria, y los bifenilospoliclorados o PCBs, incorporados dentro de transformadores y aparatos eléctricos. More:
La Tribuna - Honduras (Spanish)

12/09/2012 -

A fifth-grader on Staten Island, New York, was exposed last week to a polychlorinated biphenyl-laced chemical that has been leaking from aging light fixtures in some New York City classrooms, officials said. More:
NBC New York - USA


PCB Ballast Leaks on 5th-Grader in Staten Island Classroom

A fifth-grader on Staten Island, New York, was exposed last week to a polychlorinated biphenyl-laced chemical that has been leaking from aging light fixtures in some New York City classrooms, officials said. More:
NBC New York - USA

08/09/2012 -

Professor Hideshige Takada of the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, which analysed industrial plastic pellets collected from 200 beaches in 40 countries said that samples from Isipingo beach reflected the highest concentration of hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) in the world. HCH compounds cling to the pellets, making them a reliable indicator of levels of toxicity, Takada said. More: 
The Independent on Saturday  - South Africa


Durban toxic water scare

Professor Hideshige Takada of the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, which analysed industrial plastic pellets collected from 200 beaches in 40 countries said that samples from Isipingo beach reflected the highest concentration of hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) in the world. HCH compounds cling to the pellets, making them a reliable indicator of levels of toxicity, Takada said. More: 
The Independent on Saturday - South Africa

05/09/2012 -

Hartwell Lake, 50 years old this year, was the catch basin for about 400,000 pounds of the cancer-causing material that flowed downstream from the Sangamo Electric Co. plant in Pickens during the past six decades. Most of it is now buried under about 72 inches of sediment. More:
IndependentMail.com - USA


PCBs play dominant role in Hartwell's history

Hartwell Lake, 50 years old this year, was the catch basin for about 400,000 pounds of the cancer-causing material that flowed downstream from the Sangamo Electric Co. plant in Pickens during the past six decades. Most of it is now buried under about 72 inches of sediment. More:
IndependentMail.com - USA

05/09/2012 -

A chemical used in the manufacture of common household products -- such as some food packaging, carpets, paint, and nonstick cookware -- may be associated with an increased risk of heart disease, a new study suggests.More:
CNN


Household chemical linked to heart disease

A chemical used in the manufacture of common household products -- such as some food packaging, carpets, paint, and nonstick cookware -- may be associated with an increased risk of heart disease, a new study suggests.More:
CNN

05/09/2012 -

Chemical 'Intensification' of Economies in Developing Countries Means Greater Risk of Exposure to Hazardous Substances. New study shows sound management of chemicals can deliver major economic benefits and support green economy. More:
UNEP News Centre


Urgent Action Needed to Reduce Growing Health and Environmental Hazards from Chemicals: UN Report

Chemical 'Intensification' of Economies in Developing Countries Means Greater Risk of Exposure to Hazardous Substances. New study shows sound management of chemicals can deliver major economic benefits and support green economy. More:
UNEP News Centre

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