POPs in the news

05/04/2021 -

The increased risk of these tumors, estimated as much as twice to 2.5 times higher for some pesticides occurs even if the mother is not a farmworker, or lived as far as 2.5 miles from the field where the pesticides are sprayed. More:


Mom's Exposure to Pesticides During Pregnancy Can Lead to Childhood Tumors, Study Says

The increased risk of these tumors, estimated as much as twice to 2.5 times higher for some pesticides occurs even if the mother is not a farmworker, or lived as far as 2.5 miles from the field where the pesticides are sprayed. More:

02/04/2021 -

Companies that make, use, dispose, and recycle plastics must participate in international efforts to restrict plastic waste and chemicals used to make plastic, because the policies will affect how they do business, industry officials say. More:

Plastic Restrictions Proposals and Initiatives Recycling Initiatives driven by Industries

Industries Urged to Weigh in on Global Plastics Restrictions

Companies that make, use, dispose, and recycle plastics must participate in international efforts to restrict plastic waste and chemicals used to make plastic, because the policies will affect how they do business, industry officials say. More:

Plastic Restrictions Proposals and Initiatives Recycling Initiatives driven by Industries
01/04/2021 -

For decades, Europe has poured millions of tons of its trash into incinerators each year, often under the green-sounding label “waste to energy.” Now, concerns about incineration’s outsized carbon footprint and fears it may undermine recycling are prompting European Union officials to ease their long-standing embrace of a technology that once seemed like an appealing way to make waste disappear. More:

Waste-to-Energy Incineration in European Countries European Union and UK Waste Policy and Regulation Incineration and Environmental Injustice

In Europe, a Backlash Is Growing Over Incinerating Garbage

For decades, Europe has poured millions of tons of its trash into incinerators each year, often under the green-sounding label “waste to energy.” Now, concerns about incineration’s outsized carbon footprint and fears it may undermine recycling are prompting European Union officials to ease their long-standing embrace of a technology that once seemed like an appealing way to make waste disappear. More:

Waste-to-Energy Incineration in European Countries European Union and UK Waste Policy and Regulation Incineration and Environmental Injustice
31/03/2021 -

In Connecticut, a condo had lead in its drinking water at levels more than double what the federal government deems acceptable. At a church in North Carolina, the water was contaminated with extremely high levels of potentially toxic PFAS chemicals. The water flowing into a Texas home had both—and concerning amounts of arsenic, too. All three were among locations that had water tested as part of a nine-month investigation into the country’s drinking water. More:

Water contaminants Exposure Water contaminants Health Effects Water contaminants Regulations

How Safe Is Our Drinking Water?

In Connecticut, a condo had lead in its drinking water at levels more than double what the federal government deems acceptable. At a church in North Carolina, the water was contaminated with extremely high levels of potentially toxic PFAS chemicals. The water flowing into a Texas home had both—and concerning amounts of arsenic, too. All three were among locations that had water tested as part of a nine-month investigation into the country’s drinking water. More:

Water contaminants Exposure Water contaminants Health Effects Water contaminants Regulations
30/03/2021 -

A new study by Simon Fraser University's Faculty of Health Sciences researchers found correlations between increased expressions of autistic-like behaviors in pre-school aged children to gestational exposure to select environmental toxicants, including metals, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), phthalates, and bisphenol-A (BPA). More:


Maternal exposure to chemicals linked to autistic-like behaviours in children

A new study by Simon Fraser University's Faculty of Health Sciences researchers found correlations between increased expressions of autistic-like behaviors in pre-school aged children to gestational exposure to select environmental toxicants, including metals, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), phthalates, and bisphenol-A (BPA). More:

27/03/2021 -

The United States is home to nearly 2,000 active landfills. Each day, these enormous piles of garbage can leach well over 2 million liters of liquid per site into the soil, contaminating local water with potentially toxic substances. More:

Groundwater and landfill contaminants Remediation of Landfill Contaminants

Scientists Ranked The Most Dangerous And Toxic Pollutants in US Landfills

The United States is home to nearly 2,000 active landfills. Each day, these enormous piles of garbage can leach well over 2 million liters of liquid per site into the soil, contaminating local water with potentially toxic substances. More:

Groundwater and landfill contaminants Remediation of Landfill Contaminants
25/03/2021 -

Researchers from Germany, Malaysia, and the United States published the results of a systematic review estimating the number of unintentional pesticide poisonings and fatalities globally. The conclusion was startling: An estimated 44 percent of farmers, farmworkers, and pesticide applicators experience at least one incident of acute pesticide poisoning on the job every year, and 11,000 die annually from accidental pesticide poisoning. More:

Pesticides exposure and impact on humans Pesticides impact on ecosystems

New Study Shows the Growing Risks of Pesticide Poisonings

Researchers from Germany, Malaysia, and the United States published the results of a systematic review estimating the number of unintentional pesticide poisonings and fatalities globally. The conclusion was startling: An estimated 44 percent of farmers, farmworkers, and pesticide applicators experience at least one incident of acute pesticide poisoning on the job every year, and 11,000 die annually from accidental pesticide poisoning. More:

Pesticides exposure and impact on humans Pesticides impact on ecosystems
25/03/2021 -

Researchers used data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxicity Forecaster, or ToxCast, to assess the health hazards of the most common chemicals added to food, as well as the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, which can migrate to food from packaging. More:

Human exposure to PFAS in food Effect of PFAS on Human Health TBHQ Preservative effect on human health

Study: Preservative Used in Pop-Tarts and Hundreds of Popular Foods May Harm the Immune System

Researchers used data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxicity Forecaster, or ToxCast, to assess the health hazards of the most common chemicals added to food, as well as the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, which can migrate to food from packaging. More:

Human exposure to PFAS in food Effect of PFAS on Human Health TBHQ Preservative effect on human health
24/03/2021 -

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued a warning after PFAS chemicals were found in rainbow smelt collected in 2019 from Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands. Adults should not eat more than one 8-ounce serving of Lake Superior smelt per month, and children shouldn’t eat more than one 4-ounce serving per month, the state says. More:


Michigan warns of PFAS levels in Lake Superior rainbow smelt

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued a warning after PFAS chemicals were found in rainbow smelt collected in 2019 from Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands. Adults should not eat more than one 8-ounce serving of Lake Superior smelt per month, and children shouldn’t eat more than one 4-ounce serving per month, the state says. More:

17/03/2021 -

Scientists have detected 109 chemicals in a study of pregnant women, including 55 chemicals never before reported in people and 42 "mystery chemicals," whose sources and uses are unknown. The chemicals most likely come from consumer products or other industrial sources. They were found both in the blood of pregnant women, as well as their newborn children, suggesting they are traveling through the mother's placenta. More:


Study finds evidence of 55 new chemicals in people

Scientists have detected 109 chemicals in a study of pregnant women, including 55 chemicals never before reported in people and 42 "mystery chemicals," whose sources and uses are unknown. The chemicals most likely come from consumer products or other industrial sources. They were found both in the blood of pregnant women, as well as their newborn children, suggesting they are traveling through the mother's placenta. More:

16/03/2021 -

It was a blazing-hot morning in October 2019 on the old Ho Chi Minh Trail, an intricate web of truck roads and secret paths that wove its way across the densely forested and mountainous border between Vietnam and Laos. Susan Hammond, Jacquelyn Chagnon and Niphaphone Sengthong forded a rocky stream along the trail and came to a village of about 400 people called Labeng-Khok, once the site of a logistics base inside Laos used by the North Vietnamese Army to infiltrate troops into the South. In one of the bamboo-and-thatch stilt houses, the ladder to the living quarters was made from metal tubes that formerly held American cluster bombs. More:


The Victims of Agent Orange the U.S. Has Never Acknowledged

It was a blazing-hot morning in October 2019 on the old Ho Chi Minh Trail, an intricate web of truck roads and secret paths that wove its way across the densely forested and mountainous border between Vietnam and Laos. Susan Hammond, Jacquelyn Chagnon and Niphaphone Sengthong forded a rocky stream along the trail and came to a village of about 400 people called Labeng-Khok, once the site of a logistics base inside Laos used by the North Vietnamese Army to infiltrate troops into the South. In one of the bamboo-and-thatch stilt houses, the ladder to the living quarters was made from metal tubes that formerly held American cluster bombs. More:

16/03/2021 -

A new study has made a significant advance in the field by identifying how environmental information is transmitted by non-DNA molecules in the sperm. It is a discovery that advances scientific understanding of the heredity of paternal life experiences and potentially opens new avenues for studying disease transmission and prevention. More:


Discovery identifies non-DNA mechanism involved in transmitting paternal experience to offspring

A new study has made a significant advance in the field by identifying how environmental information is transmitted by non-DNA molecules in the sperm. It is a discovery that advances scientific understanding of the heredity of paternal life experiences and potentially opens new avenues for studying disease transmission and prevention. More:

16/03/2021 -

The whole spectrum of reproductive problems in males are increasing by about 1 percent per year in Western countries. This “1 percent effect” includes the rates of declining sperm counts, decreasing testosterone levels and increasing rates of testicular cancer, as well as a rise in the prevalence of erectile dysfunction. On the female side of the equation, miscarriage rates are also increasing by about 1 percent per year in the U.S. More:

Humans reproductive health issues Endocrine-disrupting chemicals effect on human reproductive health Endocrine-disrupting chemicals and metabolic disorder

Reproductive Problems in Both Men and Women Are Rising at an Alarming Rate

The whole spectrum of reproductive problems in males are increasing by about 1 percent per year in Western countries. This “1 percent effect” includes the rates of declining sperm counts, decreasing testosterone levels and increasing rates of testicular cancer, as well as a rise in the prevalence of erectile dysfunction. On the female side of the equation, miscarriage rates are also increasing by about 1 percent per year in the U.S. More:

Humans reproductive health issues Endocrine-disrupting chemicals effect on human reproductive health Endocrine-disrupting chemicals and metabolic disorder
10/03/2021 -

There’s a looming solution to all of humanity’s problems — by 2045 most men may no longer be able to reproduce because of the impact of hormone-altering chemicals. That's according to Shanna Swan, a leading scholar of reproductive health. Four years ago, she calculated that the sperm count of the average man in Western countries had fallen by 59 percent from 1973 to 2011— making international headlines of a looming “spermageddon.” More:

Human health impact of chemicals

No more babies? The hormone-altering chemicals threatening human procreation

There’s a looming solution to all of humanity’s problems — by 2045 most men may no longer be able to reproduce because of the impact of hormone-altering chemicals. That's according to Shanna Swan, a leading scholar of reproductive health. Four years ago, she calculated that the sperm count of the average man in Western countries had fallen by 59 percent from 1973 to 2011— making international headlines of a looming “spermageddon.” More:

Human health impact of chemicals
10/03/2021 -

When Californians learned that the waters off Santa Catalina Island once served as a dumping ground for thousands of barrels of DDT waste, the ocean science community jumped into action. A crew was swiftly assembled, shipping lanes cleared, the gears set in motion for a deep-sea expedition aboard the Sally Ride, one of the most technologically advanced research vessels in the country. More:

Effects of DDT-contaminated marine water in sealife

Deep-sea ‘Roombas’ will comb ocean floor for DDT waste barrels near Catalina

When Californians learned that the waters off Santa Catalina Island once served as a dumping ground for thousands of barrels of DDT waste, the ocean science community jumped into action. A crew was swiftly assembled, shipping lanes cleared, the gears set in motion for a deep-sea expedition aboard the Sally Ride, one of the most technologically advanced research vessels in the country. More:

Effects of DDT-contaminated marine water in sealife
09/03/2021 -

The US Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to ban all uses of the wood preservative pentachlorophenol. The decision comes after the sole producer of the chemical in North America announced that it was shutting down its pentachlorophenol business by the end of this year. More:

Regulation of pentachlorophenol

The end of pentachlorophenol is near

The US Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to ban all uses of the wood preservative pentachlorophenol. The decision comes after the sole producer of the chemical in North America announced that it was shutting down its pentachlorophenol business by the end of this year. More:

Regulation of pentachlorophenol
05/03/2021 -

The testing done by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) found per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — a class of chemicals tied to a wide range of health concerns, including cancer — in a handful of publicly available herbicides and insecticides. More:


PFAS in pesticides: 'A problem of epic proportions'

The testing done by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) found per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — a class of chemicals tied to a wide range of health concerns, including cancer — in a handful of publicly available herbicides and insecticides. More:

05/03/2021 -

“Count Down,” which Shanna Swan wrote with the health and science journalist Stacey Colino, chronicles rising human infertility and warns of dire consequences for our species if this trend doesn’t slow. The reason, Swan explains, may be growing exposure to “endocrine disrupting chemicals” that are found in everything from plastics, flame retardants, electronics, food packaging and pesticides to personal care products and cosmetics. More:


The Everyday Chemicals That Might Be Leading Us to Our Extinction

“Count Down,” which Shanna Swan wrote with the health and science journalist Stacey Colino, chronicles rising human infertility and warns of dire consequences for our species if this trend doesn’t slow. The reason, Swan explains, may be growing exposure to “endocrine disrupting chemicals” that are found in everything from plastics, flame retardants, electronics, food packaging and pesticides to personal care products and cosmetics. More:

01/03/2021 -

In an international study, researchers assessed the chemical compositions of toys and estimated levels of human exposure to the substances, ultimately finding over 100 "Chemicals of Concern" in plastic toy materials that could pose a non-negligible health risk to children. More:


Huge, Global Study of Plastic Toys Finds Over 100 Substances That May Harm Children

In an international study, researchers assessed the chemical compositions of toys and estimated levels of human exposure to the substances, ultimately finding over 100 "Chemicals of Concern" in plastic toy materials that could pose a non-negligible health risk to children. More:

26/02/2021 -

Since it was signed 20 years ago, the Stockholm Convention has helped countries throughout the world to carefully manage the use, storage, distribution, and disposal of a particularly dangerous group of hazardous chemicals, the persistent organic pollutants or POPs. More:


Managing chemicals for a cleaner, healthier planet

Since it was signed 20 years ago, the Stockholm Convention has helped countries throughout the world to carefully manage the use, storage, distribution, and disposal of a particularly dangerous group of hazardous chemicals, the persistent organic pollutants or POPs. More:

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