POPs in the news

10/05/2012 -

The odds seem to be stacked against large-scale reform of U.S. legislation, but that doesn’t mean U.S. companies are off the hook when it comes to toxic chemicals. 
More: www.forbes.com


How International Regulations Are Changing American Supply Chains

The odds seem to be stacked against large-scale reform of U.S. legislation, but that doesn’t mean U.S. companies are off the hook when it comes to toxic chemicals. 
More: www.forbes.com

08/05/2012 -

Europe last year saw its first drop in the number of toxic toys and skin-irritating textiles stacked on its supermarket shelves, more than half of them made in China, the EU said Tuesday.
More: www.france24.com


Fewer toxic toys and textiles in EU stores

Europe last year saw its first drop in the number of toxic toys and skin-irritating textiles stacked on its supermarket shelves, more than half of them made in China, the EU said Tuesday.
More: www.france24.com

06/05/2012 -

When scientists in a government lab touched a small flame to a pair of upholstered chairs — one with a flame retardant in the foam and one without — both were engulfed in flames within four minutes.
More: Chicago Tribune


Testing shows treated foam offers no safety benefit - Fire-resistant barriers may do better job, cut chemical exposure

When scientists in a government lab touched a small flame to a pair of upholstered chairs — one with a flame retardant in the foam and one without — both were engulfed in flames within four minutes.
More: Chicago Tribune

23/04/2012 -

Washington residents eat more fish than the national average – probably no surprise for a state whose borders include the Pacific Ocean and the lower Columbia River. From salmon and steelhead to walleye and lake trout, fish is a staple of many residents’ diets. Yet the state’s water quality standards are based on the assumption that Washington residents eat one 7-ounce serving of fish per month. 
More: The Spokesman-Review


Low standards for water put fish eaters at heightened risk

Washington residents eat more fish than the national average – probably no surprise for a state whose borders include the Pacific Ocean and the lower Columbia River. From salmon and steelhead to walleye and lake trout, fish is a staple of many residents’ diets. Yet the state’s water quality standards are based on the assumption that Washington residents eat one 7-ounce serving of fish per month. 
More: The Spokesman-Review

16/04/2012 -

La investigación hecha por las madres de puerta en puerta vinculando la exposición a agrotóxicos con efectos para la salud pública fue corroborada por un estudio hecho por el Departamento de Medicina de la Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) a pedido del Ministerio de Salud Pública de la Nación.
More: www.proteger.org.ar (Spanish)


Sofía Gatica recibió el "Premio Goldman" por su trabajo sobre el cáncer y las fumigaciones

La investigación hecha por las madres de puerta en puerta vinculando la exposición a agrotóxicos con efectos para la salud pública fue corroborada por un estudio hecho por el Departamento de Medicina de la Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) a pedido del Ministerio de Salud Pública de la Nación.
More: www.proteger.org.ar (Spanish)

14/04/2012 -

Rome - Twelve countries in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia have agreed to start working with the European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to manage their huge stocks of obsolete pesticides in a partnership that was launched at FAO's headquarters in Rome on April 12, 2012.
More: IDN


Eastern Europe: UN to Help Get Rid of Obsolete Pesticides

Rome - Twelve countries in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia have agreed to start working with the European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to manage their huge stocks of obsolete pesticides in a partnership that was launched at FAO's headquarters in Rome on April 12, 2012.
More: IDN

13/04/2012 -

Hundreds of illegal waste dumps in Italy may be causing nearby residents to age faster than they should. An area of Italy's Campania region - between Acerra, Nola and Marigliano - has been dubbed the "triangle of death" for the high number of fatalities from cancer found there. Birth defects are also common.
More: NewScientist


Italy's 'triangle of death' linked to premature ageing

Hundreds of illegal waste dumps in Italy may be causing nearby residents to age faster than they should. An area of Italy's Campania region - between Acerra, Nola and Marigliano - has been dubbed the "triangle of death" for the high number of fatalities from cancer found there. Birth defects are also common.
More: NewScientist

13/04/2012 -

L'exposition à des perturbateurs endocriniens et diverses autres substances chimiques favoriserait l'obésité et le diabète. L'obésité ne serait pas seulement liée à une alimentation trop riche, au manque d'exercice et aux prédispositions génétiques. L'exposition à certaines substances chimiques, notamment des perturbateurs endocriniens, jouerait un rôle important dans le développement de la maladie.
More: Pour la Science (French)


Obésité, diabète et perturbateurs endocriniens

L'exposition à des perturbateurs endocriniens et diverses autres substances chimiques favoriserait l'obésité et le diabète. L'obésité ne serait pas seulement liée à une alimentation trop riche, au manque d'exercice et aux prédispositions génétiques. L'exposition à certaines substances chimiques, notamment des perturbateurs endocriniens, jouerait un rôle important dans le développement de la maladie.
More: Pour la Science (French)

25/03/2012 -

Los productos químicos ocupan un lugar preponderante en el proceso del desarrollo económico de Honduras. El uso de sustancias químicas se ha generalizado en todas las actividades económicas.La denominada agenda química nacional 2011-2015, consiste, entre otras iniciativas previstas, en formalizar la Comisión Nacional para la GAR de productos químicos, aprobar la Política Nacional sobre este tema, insertar metas en la Visión de País y el Plan de Nación, fortalecer el marco regulatorio de productos químicos, educar y sensibilizar a la población en riesgos ante los productos químicos.
More: La Tribuna (Spanish)


Honduras avanza en manejo responsable de productos químicos y reducción de emisiones contaminantes

Los productos químicos ocupan un lugar preponderante en el proceso del desarrollo económico de Honduras. El uso de sustancias químicas se ha generalizado en todas las actividades económicas.La denominada agenda química nacional 2011-2015, consiste, entre otras iniciativas previstas, en formalizar la Comisión Nacional para la GAR de productos químicos, aprobar la Política Nacional sobre este tema, insertar metas en la Visión de País y el Plan de Nación, fortalecer el marco regulatorio de productos químicos, educar y sensibilizar a la población en riesgos ante los productos químicos.
More: La Tribuna (Spanish)

21/03/2012 -

Chemicals used for more than 60 years in paper, carpet, furniture, clothing, cardboard and Teflon are showing up in the eggs of Great Lakes birds, according to a recent study. The 20 year study, published in November by Canadian Great Lakes researchers, is the first ever of the presence of poly- and perfluorinated compounds in Great Lakes wildlife.
More: Great Lakes Echo


Chemicals on their way out of U.S. consumer products are increasingly present in Great Lakes birds

Chemicals used for more than 60 years in paper, carpet, furniture, clothing, cardboard and Teflon are showing up in the eggs of Great Lakes birds, according to a recent study. The 20 year study, published in November by Canadian Great Lakes researchers, is the first ever of the presence of poly- and perfluorinated compounds in Great Lakes wildlife.
More: Great Lakes Echo

19/03/2012 -

The research, based on a review of 800 scientific studies, concludes that it is “remarkably common” for very small amounts of hormone-disrupting chemicals to have profound, adverse effects on human health.
More: Yale Environment 360


Scientists Warn of Low-Dose Risks of Chemical Exposure

The research, based on a review of 800 scientific studies, concludes that it is “remarkably common” for very small amounts of hormone-disrupting chemicals to have profound, adverse effects on human health.
More: Yale Environment 360

16/03/2012 -

Recyclers continue to struggle with contaminants in electronic waste and in consumer plastics. A study shows that recycling companies across Europe continue to collect plastics that contain flame retardants and other worrisome substances, sometimes at concentrations above the limits of the European directive, known as the Restriction of Hazardous Substances.
More: Environmental Science and Technology


Plastic’s Polluted Burden

Recyclers continue to struggle with contaminants in electronic waste and in consumer plastics. A study shows that recycling companies across Europe continue to collect plastics that contain flame retardants and other worrisome substances, sometimes at concentrations above the limits of the European directive, known as the Restriction of Hazardous Substances.
More: Environmental Science and Technology

15/03/2012 -

In 2009, University of Michigan researchers tested the amniotic fluid of 15 pregnant women in southeast Michigan for polybrominated diphenyl ether, or PBDEs. The chemicals were in every sample, according to the study published in Science of the Total Environment journal.
More: Great Lakes Echo


Protecting, nourishing fluid can also expose fetuses to chemicals

In 2009, University of Michigan researchers tested the amniotic fluid of 15 pregnant women in southeast Michigan for polybrominated diphenyl ether, or PBDEs. The chemicals were in every sample, according to the study published in Science of the Total Environment journal.
More: Great Lakes Echo

15/03/2012 -

CSIRO scientists say invisible toxic pollutants are fouling the atmosphere, even in the world's cleanest air at a monitoring station in far north-west Tasmania.
More: ABC News


Invisible pollutants foul world's cleanest air

CSIRO scientists say invisible toxic pollutants are fouling the atmosphere, even in the world's cleanest air at a monitoring station in far north-west Tasmania.
More: ABC News

14/03/2012 -

A study lead by the IMIM (Hospital del Mar Research Institute) and the Barcelona Public Health Agency (ASPB) has shown that the level of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in blood has dropped significantly in the inhabitants of Barcelona between the years 2002 and 2006.
More: IMIM Hospital del Mar - Press release


Concentration of Persistent Organic Pollutants drops between 34% and 56% in the inhabitants of Barcelona

A study lead by the IMIM (Hospital del Mar Research Institute) and the Barcelona Public Health Agency (ASPB) has shown that the level of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in blood has dropped significantly in the inhabitants of Barcelona between the years 2002 and 2006.
More: IMIM Hospital del Mar - Press release

13/03/2012 -

Los niveles sanguíneos de compuestos tóxicos persistentes (CTP) descendieron de forma significativa en los habitantes de Barcelona entre 2002 y 2006.
More: El Pais


Baja la 'contaminación interior'

Los niveles sanguíneos de compuestos tóxicos persistentes (CTP) descendieron de forma significativa en los habitantes de Barcelona entre 2002 y 2006.
More: El Pais

05/03/2012 -

Research suggests that PCBs, which were first linked to learning problems in children more than two decades ago, may play a role in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, too. Boys who were exposed to higher levels of PCBs in the womb scored lower on focus and concentration tests, according to a newly published study.
More: Environmental Health News


Industrial chemicals linked to attention problems in Massachusetts children

Research suggests that PCBs, which were first linked to learning problems in children more than two decades ago, may play a role in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, too. Boys who were exposed to higher levels of PCBs in the womb scored lower on focus and concentration tests, according to a newly published study.
More: Environmental Health News

02/03/2012 -

A Washington State University researcher has demonstrated that a variety of environmental toxicants can have negative effects on not just an exposed animal but the next three generations of its offspring. The study was funded by the U.S. Army to study pollutants that troops might be exposed to.
More: Science Daily


Effects of Environmental Toxicants Reach Down Through Generations

A Washington State University researcher has demonstrated that a variety of environmental toxicants can have negative effects on not just an exposed animal but the next three generations of its offspring. The study was funded by the U.S. Army to study pollutants that troops might be exposed to.
More: Science Daily

28/02/2012 -

Research shows for the first time that increased levels of organochlorine chemicals PCBs and a DDT breakdown product in men are associated with an extra sex chromosome in sperm that can contribute to reproductive problems. Long-banned chemicals that still persist in people and the environment are linked to an excessive number of sex chromosomes in sperm, according to a study of men from Massachusetts.
More: Environmental Health News


High levels of PCBs tied to defective sperm in infertile men

Research shows for the first time that increased levels of organochlorine chemicals PCBs and a DDT breakdown product in men are associated with an extra sex chromosome in sperm that can contribute to reproductive problems. Long-banned chemicals that still persist in people and the environment are linked to an excessive number of sex chromosomes in sperm, according to a study of men from Massachusetts.
More: Environmental Health News

24/02/2012 -

A West Virginia judge approved a settlement Friday in a class-action lawsuit filed by residents who say that chemical manufacturer Monsanto Co. burned dioxin wastes left over from the production of Agent Orange.
More: www.usnews.com


W.Va. judge OKs settlements in Agent Orange suit

A West Virginia judge approved a settlement Friday in a class-action lawsuit filed by residents who say that chemical manufacturer Monsanto Co. burned dioxin wastes left over from the production of Agent Orange.
More: www.usnews.com

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