POPs in the news

17/06/2022 -

At the conclusion of the United Nations Triple Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (BRS COPs), Parties made critical progress by banning a very dangerous “forever chemical” and limiting exports of e-waste, however, they once again failed to take meaningful action to regulate the trade of multiple toxic substances that threaten people and ecosystems and have been on the COP’s agenda for decades. More:


A UN Chemicals Negotiations Dance: one step forward, one step back

At the conclusion of the United Nations Triple Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (BRS COPs), Parties made critical progress by banning a very dangerous “forever chemical” and limiting exports of e-waste, however, they once again failed to take meaningful action to regulate the trade of multiple toxic substances that threaten people and ecosystems and have been on the COP’s agenda for decades. More:

16/06/2022 -

As a part of the European Commission’s Chemical Strategy, it has promised to revise the Cosmetics Regulation. It has been evident for a long time that the current legislation is insufficient as it allows for cosmetic products with harmful substances to the environment and humans, such as PFAS and hormone disruptors. More:


Time to break up with toxic makeup

As a part of the European Commission’s Chemical Strategy, it has promised to revise the Cosmetics Regulation. It has been evident for a long time that the current legislation is insufficient as it allows for cosmetic products with harmful substances to the environment and humans, such as PFAS and hormone disruptors. More:

16/06/2022 -

Environmental scientists, ecologists, and policy experts argue in a letter that the proposed Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework—a new international agreement to protect biodiversity—fails to account for the totality of chemical pollutants that threaten the health of ecosystems worldwide. More:


New global biodiversity framework falls short on inclusion of chemical pollutants, say environmental experts

Environmental scientists, ecologists, and policy experts argue in a letter that the proposed Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework—a new international agreement to protect biodiversity—fails to account for the totality of chemical pollutants that threaten the health of ecosystems worldwide. More:

15/06/2022 -

The Environmental Protection Agency warned that a group of human-made chemicals found in the drinking water, cosmetics and food packaging used by millions of U.S. citizens poses a greater danger to human health than regulators previously thought. More:

PFAS Regulation Soil and Water contamination

EPA warns toxic ‘forever chemicals’ more dangerous than once thought

The Environmental Protection Agency warned that a group of human-made chemicals found in the drinking water, cosmetics and food packaging used by millions of U.S. citizens poses a greater danger to human health than regulators previously thought. More:

PFAS Regulation Soil and Water contamination
13/06/2022 -

Monitoring pollution in rivers involves taking water samples which are then sent to a lab for analysis, only to obtain a spot check of the river's health taken a week ago. Researches have designed a pollution detector that monitors water quality in real time. More:


Pollution detector that does not need a lab

Monitoring pollution in rivers involves taking water samples which are then sent to a lab for analysis, only to obtain a spot check of the river's health taken a week ago. Researches have designed a pollution detector that monitors water quality in real time. More:

10/06/2022 -

Chemicals such as bisphenols and dioxins are thought to interfere with hormones and damage sperm quality, and the study found combinations of these compounds are present at “astonishing” levels, up to 100 times those considered safe. More:

Chemical cocktails and Endocrine disruption

Cocktail of chemical pollutants linked to falling sperm quality in research

Chemicals such as bisphenols and dioxins are thought to interfere with hormones and damage sperm quality, and the study found combinations of these compounds are present at “astonishing” levels, up to 100 times those considered safe. More:

Chemical cocktails and Endocrine disruption
09/06/2022 -

All plastics are made of chemicals, including polymers, additives to make products stronger, softer, colourful or fire resistant, or unintentionally added substances such as solvents, cleaning agents, or impurities from manufacturing or recycling. More:


“Chemicals in Plastics” by UNEP Chemicals and Health Branch

All plastics are made of chemicals, including polymers, additives to make products stronger, softer, colourful or fire resistant, or unintentionally added substances such as solvents, cleaning agents, or impurities from manufacturing or recycling. More:

08/06/2022 -

While there has been widespread outcry about PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in consumer goods — such as stain- and water-resistant clothing, nonstick pots and pans, firefighting foam, carpets and furniture — the oil and gas industry could be a major and under-appreciated source of soil and groundwater contamination. More:

PFAS in fracking fluids PFAS Water contamination and regulation Impact of PFAS contamination on agriculture Human exposure to PFAS

Colorado is the first state to ban PFAS in oil and gas extraction

While there has been widespread outcry about PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in consumer goods — such as stain- and water-resistant clothing, nonstick pots and pans, firefighting foam, carpets and furniture — the oil and gas industry could be a major and under-appreciated source of soil and groundwater contamination. More:

PFAS in fracking fluids PFAS Water contamination and regulation Impact of PFAS contamination on agriculture Human exposure to PFAS
08/06/2022 -

Are you looking for the best peanut butter & other nut butter without toxic PFAS “forever chemicals”? Indications of Per & polyfluoroalkyl substances known as PFAS, a class of man-made chemicals linked to adverse health effects, were found in peanut butter & other nut butters as part of a consumer study. More:

PFAS in food and alternatives PFAS in food containers and alternatives PFAS in kitchen appliances PFAS in domestic furniture and alternatives PFAS in clothing and bedding and alternatives PFAS in hygiene products and alternatives PFAS Exposure and Health effects PFAS Health effects: Endocrine disruption PFAS Health effects: Pregnancy and child development Taking action against PFAS

Nut Butters & Peanut Butter Sans Toxic PFAS "Forever Chemicals" – Purchasing Guide 2022

Are you looking for the best peanut butter & other nut butter without toxic PFAS “forever chemicals”? Indications of Per & polyfluoroalkyl substances known as PFAS, a class of man-made chemicals linked to adverse health effects, were found in peanut butter & other nut butters as part of a consumer study. More:

PFAS in food and alternatives PFAS in food containers and alternatives PFAS in kitchen appliances PFAS in domestic furniture and alternatives PFAS in clothing and bedding and alternatives PFAS in hygiene products and alternatives PFAS Exposure and Health effects PFAS Health effects: Endocrine disruption PFAS Health effects: Pregnancy and child development Taking action against PFAS
06/06/2022 -

Working on the farm is a job that Pluecker juggles with his position as a state lawmaker, and the combination of roles gives Pluecker particular insight into a devastatingly broad environmental contamination problem farmers are facing throughout Maine, and around the United States. More:

PFAS History and Research Sewage sludge's toxicity Contamination caused by sewage sludge fertilization Sewage sludge and Regulation Impact of PFAS contamination on agriculture Impact of PFAS contamination on agriculture in Maine Human Exposure to PFAS and Health Effects PFAS Water Contamination PFAS Regulation

As farmers struggle with PFAS ‘forever chemicals,’ Maine races for solutions

Working on the farm is a job that Pluecker juggles with his position as a state lawmaker, and the combination of roles gives Pluecker particular insight into a devastatingly broad environmental contamination problem farmers are facing throughout Maine, and around the United States. More:

PFAS History and Research Sewage sludge's toxicity Contamination caused by sewage sludge fertilization Sewage sludge and Regulation Impact of PFAS contamination on agriculture Impact of PFAS contamination on agriculture in Maine Human Exposure to PFAS and Health Effects PFAS Water Contamination PFAS Regulation
06/06/2022 -

Over the past decade, pregnant women’s chemical exposure increased considerably, research finds. The study also shows that Hispanic women and other women of color and those of lower socioeconomic status and education had higher concentrations of multiple pesticides and parabens “consistent with prior evidence that chemical exposures are frequently higher among women of color,” says study coauthor John Meeker. More:

Plastics and human exposure to chemicals Exposure to chemicals and health effects

Chemical exposure in pregnancy has gotten worse

Over the past decade, pregnant women’s chemical exposure increased considerably, research finds. The study also shows that Hispanic women and other women of color and those of lower socioeconomic status and education had higher concentrations of multiple pesticides and parabens “consistent with prior evidence that chemical exposures are frequently higher among women of color,” says study coauthor John Meeker. More:

Plastics and human exposure to chemicals Exposure to chemicals and health effects
01/06/2022 -

Hazardous levels of so-called forever chemicals permeate drinking water near U.S. military bases across multiple states, according to new test results, heightening concern among advocates that the contamination crisis has spiraled beyond the Department of Defense’s control.. More:


High levels of ‘forever chemicals’ found near military bases

Hazardous levels of so-called forever chemicals permeate drinking water near U.S. military bases across multiple states, according to new test results, heightening concern among advocates that the contamination crisis has spiraled beyond the Department of Defense’s control.. More:

30/05/2022 -

In 2018, the headquarters began to home beehives on their rooftop, but not for honey. One of the main duties of the police force is to monitor the environment, and now they’re using bees as biodiversity indicators to help with this, according to Lieutenant Col. Giancarlo Papitto, from the Carabinieri’s Forestry and Environment Unit Command. More:

Pesticides' impact on biodiversity Impact of PFAS contamination on agriculture

How Italy is Using Bees to Help Fight Air Pollution

In 2018, the headquarters began to home beehives on their rooftop, but not for honey. One of the main duties of the police force is to monitor the environment, and now they’re using bees as biodiversity indicators to help with this, according to Lieutenant Col. Giancarlo Papitto, from the Carabinieri’s Forestry and Environment Unit Command. More:

Pesticides' impact on biodiversity Impact of PFAS contamination on agriculture
30/05/2022 -

The environmental pollutants we consume are probably the reason why some people develop type 1 diabetes. Even low concentrations of such pollutants can result in cells producing less insulin, reveals a new study from the University of Oslo (UiO). More:


Environmental pollutants play a role in the development of type 1 diabetes

The environmental pollutants we consume are probably the reason why some people develop type 1 diabetes. Even low concentrations of such pollutants can result in cells producing less insulin, reveals a new study from the University of Oslo (UiO). More:

25/05/2022 -

A new study has revealed a rise in toxic pesticides contaminating fruit on the shop shelves of Europe. Analysis carried out by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe found that there had been a 53 per cent rise in contaminated produce in the last nine years. More:


Shocking rise in toxic pesticides on European fruit, says study

A new study has revealed a rise in toxic pesticides contaminating fruit on the shop shelves of Europe. Analysis carried out by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe found that there had been a 53 per cent rise in contaminated produce in the last nine years. More:

23/05/2022 -

Green beauty cosmetics sold in the United States may contain contamination type levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a toxic class of chemicals linked to a number of serious health conditions, according to a recent consumer study. More:

Use of PFAS in cosmetics PFAS contamination of hygiene products PFAS in containers and packaging PFAS Health effects PFAS Health effects: Endocrine disruption, pregnancy and child development Taking action against harmful chemicals in beauty products PFAS Regulation and Certification Consumer products: Limitating human exposure to PFAS

Green Beauty Cosmetics Guide – PFAS Forever Chemicals & Makeup

Green beauty cosmetics sold in the United States may contain contamination type levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a toxic class of chemicals linked to a number of serious health conditions, according to a recent consumer study. More:

Use of PFAS in cosmetics PFAS contamination of hygiene products PFAS in containers and packaging PFAS Health effects PFAS Health effects: Endocrine disruption, pregnancy and child development Taking action against harmful chemicals in beauty products PFAS Regulation and Certification Consumer products: Limitating human exposure to PFAS
18/05/2022 -

The production and consumption of the foods, fuels and materials that dominate daily life are leading to large-scale environmental pollution that can impact the health of people across the globe. More:


'Polluted' babies, millions dead: Scientists sound alarm on global pollution

The production and consumption of the foods, fuels and materials that dominate daily life are leading to large-scale environmental pollution that can impact the health of people across the globe. More:

17/05/2022 -

Do your cooking oils contain indications of PFAS “forever chemicals?” That’s the question we’ve attempted to answer in our latest consumer study. Mamavation sent 67 cooking oils comprising olive oil, canola oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, vegetable oil, & ghee products off to an EPA-certified lab and is now unveiling those laboratory results. More:

PFAS in Food PFAS in Food Packaging PFAS and Kitchen Appliances Possible sources of PFAS contamination PFAS Health Effects PFAS Health Effects: Endocrine Disruption and Fertility PFAS Health Effects: Fetal and Child Development Chemical Risk Assessment

Is PFAS found in Cooking Oils? – Non-Toxic Purchasing Guide 2022

Do your cooking oils contain indications of PFAS “forever chemicals?” That’s the question we’ve attempted to answer in our latest consumer study. Mamavation sent 67 cooking oils comprising olive oil, canola oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, vegetable oil, & ghee products off to an EPA-certified lab and is now unveiling those laboratory results. More:

PFAS in Food PFAS in Food Packaging PFAS and Kitchen Appliances Possible sources of PFAS contamination PFAS Health Effects PFAS Health Effects: Endocrine Disruption and Fertility PFAS Health Effects: Fetal and Child Development Chemical Risk Assessment
17/05/2022 -

Pollution is killing 9 million people a year, a review has found, making it responsible for one in six of all deaths. Toxic air and contaminated water and soil “is an existential threat to human health and planetary health, and jeopardises the sustainability of modern societies”, the review concluded. The death toll from pollution dwarfs that from road traffic deaths, HIV/Aids, malaria and TB combined. More:

Pollution's contribution to the Global Burden of Disease and Death

Pollution responsible for one in six deaths across planet, scientists warn

Pollution is killing 9 million people a year, a review has found, making it responsible for one in six of all deaths. Toxic air and contaminated water and soil “is an existential threat to human health and planetary health, and jeopardises the sustainability of modern societies”, the review concluded. The death toll from pollution dwarfs that from road traffic deaths, HIV/Aids, malaria and TB combined. More:

Pollution's contribution to the Global Burden of Disease and Death
15/05/2022 -

Limited information is available regarding chemical water quality at the tap in Guatemala City, preventing individuals, water utilities, and public health authorities from making data-driven decisions related to water quality. To address this need, 113 participants among households served by a range of water providers across the Guatemala City metropolitan area were recruited as participatory scientists to collect first-draw and flushed tap water samples at their residence. Samples were transported to the U.S. and analyzed for 20 metals and 25 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). More:

PFAS in containers of consumers' products PFAS water contamination PFAS decontamination solutions EU Regulation of PFAS

A Participatory Science Approach to Evaluating Factors Associated with the Occurrence of Metals and PFAS in Guatemala City Tap Water

Limited information is available regarding chemical water quality at the tap in Guatemala City, preventing individuals, water utilities, and public health authorities from making data-driven decisions related to water quality. To address this need, 113 participants among households served by a range of water providers across the Guatemala City metropolitan area were recruited as participatory scientists to collect first-draw and flushed tap water samples at their residence. Samples were transported to the U.S. and analyzed for 20 metals and 25 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). More:

PFAS in containers of consumers' products PFAS water contamination PFAS decontamination solutions EU Regulation of PFAS
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