POPs in the news

28/07/2022 -

The United Nations General Assembly declared that everyone on the planet has a right to a healthy environment, a move backers say is an important step in countering the alarming decline of the natural world. More:


In historic move, UN declares healthy environment a human right

The United Nations General Assembly declared that everyone on the planet has a right to a healthy environment, a move backers say is an important step in countering the alarming decline of the natural world. More:

27/07/2022 -

A recent EEB examination of the chemicals control in Europe reveals that at the current pace the EU would need hundreds of years to adequately control all potentially harmful chemicals on its market. The EU needs to listen to experts and speed up chemicals regulatory processes without delay. Andreea Anca reports. More:


EU’s decade-long bureaucratic journey to stop dangerous use of chemicals

A recent EEB examination of the chemicals control in Europe reveals that at the current pace the EU would need hundreds of years to adequately control all potentially harmful chemicals on its market. The EU needs to listen to experts and speed up chemicals regulatory processes without delay. Andreea Anca reports. More:

26/07/2022 -

Daily exposure to a class of chemicals used in the production of many household items may lead to cancer, thyroid disease, and childhood obesity, a new study shows. The resulting economic burden is estimated to cost Americans a minimum of $5.5 billion and as much as $63 billion annually. More:

Human Exposure and Health Effects

Daily Exposure to ‘Forever Chemicals’ Costs United States Billions in Health Costs

Daily exposure to a class of chemicals used in the production of many household items may lead to cancer, thyroid disease, and childhood obesity, a new study shows. The resulting economic burden is estimated to cost Americans a minimum of $5.5 billion and as much as $63 billion annually. More:

Human Exposure and Health Effects
25/07/2022 -

Rice University chemical engineers have improved their design for a light-powered catalyst that rapidly breaks down PFOA, one of the world's most problematic "forever chemical" pollutants. More:


Researchers improve catalyst that destroys 'forever chemicals' with sunlight

Rice University chemical engineers have improved their design for a light-powered catalyst that rapidly breaks down PFOA, one of the world's most problematic "forever chemical" pollutants. More:

25/07/2022 -

The French National Agency for Food, Environment and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) tested best-selling brands of disposable nappies and found 38 “very severe hazard” chemicals in those sold throughout Europe. Most of the chemicals disrupt hormones, the officials say, which means they are not considered safe. More:

Evaluating Health Risks in Children

‘Toxic’ nappies could pose a health risk to 90% of babies - so why isn’t the EU acting?

The French National Agency for Food, Environment and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) tested best-selling brands of disposable nappies and found 38 “very severe hazard” chemicals in those sold throughout Europe. Most of the chemicals disrupt hormones, the officials say, which means they are not considered safe. More:

Evaluating Health Risks in Children
21/07/2022 -

Environmental health is a branch of public health that monitors the relationship between human health and the environment, examining aspects of both our natural and man-made environment and their effect on human wellbeing. More:

Chemicals and their Health Effects

What is environmental health?

Environmental health is a branch of public health that monitors the relationship between human health and the environment, examining aspects of both our natural and man-made environment and their effect on human wellbeing. More:

Chemicals and their Health Effects
19/07/2022 -

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of thousands of chemicals found in everything from floss, to makeup, to frying pans, to clothes — and the list goes on. Numerous studies have been published documenting the harmful health and environmental impacts of these chemicals. Meanwhile, reforms aimed at phasing out certain PFAS from U.S. production processes have resulted in companies substituting lesser-known — and sometimes understudied — chemicals that might be just as dangerous, researchers warn. More:

PFAS Explainer PFAS Toxicity PFAS Health Effects PFAS and Dioxins: Regulation and Health Advisories PFAS: Liability and Lawsuits PFAS: The Public Right to Know

Common questions about PFAS answered

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of thousands of chemicals found in everything from floss, to makeup, to frying pans, to clothes — and the list goes on. Numerous studies have been published documenting the harmful health and environmental impacts of these chemicals. Meanwhile, reforms aimed at phasing out certain PFAS from U.S. production processes have resulted in companies substituting lesser-known — and sometimes understudied — chemicals that might be just as dangerous, researchers warn. More:

PFAS Explainer PFAS Toxicity PFAS Health Effects PFAS and Dioxins: Regulation and Health Advisories PFAS: Liability and Lawsuits PFAS: The Public Right to Know
14/07/2022 -

When Dr. Rob Sargis sees a patient struggling with obesity, his recommendations go beyond diet and exercise. He may advise them to stop heating things in plastics, or to avoid congested roads during rush hour. More:

Human Exposure to PFAS and other chemicals Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Environmental health Chemicals Safety Thresholds

Doctors advocate for treating obesity as an environmental problem

When Dr. Rob Sargis sees a patient struggling with obesity, his recommendations go beyond diet and exercise. He may advise them to stop heating things in plastics, or to avoid congested roads during rush hour. More:

Human Exposure to PFAS and other chemicals Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Environmental health Chemicals Safety Thresholds
07/07/2022 -

Analytical chemists Gabriela Castro Varela and Alexandros Asimakopoulos are hunting for toxic and unregulated chemical substances in the sewage sludge that is a by-product from the water treatment plants of Trondheim municipality. Their goal is to be able to reuse the sludge in a safe and sustainable way. More:


Hunting down toxic substances in sludge

Analytical chemists Gabriela Castro Varela and Alexandros Asimakopoulos are hunting for toxic and unregulated chemical substances in the sewage sludge that is a by-product from the water treatment plants of Trondheim municipality. Their goal is to be able to reuse the sludge in a safe and sustainable way. More:

07/07/2022 -

EHN.org, in partnership with the website Mamavation.com, spent the bulk of 2022 finding PFAS in scores of everyday products. The findings suggest these troublesome chemicals are on our shelves, in our bodies, and almost impossible to avoid. More:

PFAS in products Lawsuits over PFAS in cosmetics PFAS Regulation PFAS legislative proposals in USA

PFAS: Hard to escape in food, clothes, and makeup

EHN.org, in partnership with the website Mamavation.com, spent the bulk of 2022 finding PFAS in scores of everyday products. The findings suggest these troublesome chemicals are on our shelves, in our bodies, and almost impossible to avoid. More:

PFAS in products Lawsuits over PFAS in cosmetics PFAS Regulation PFAS legislative proposals in USA
06/07/2022 -

Some say the world is your oyster, but the world—especially human impacts on the environment—can actually be found inside an oyster, according to a new study. More:


Florida oysters found to have toxic 'forever chemicals'

Some say the world is your oyster, but the world—especially human impacts on the environment—can actually be found inside an oyster, according to a new study. More:

06/07/2022 -

For months, Flanders has battled with the fallout of the historic chemical pollution scandal around a Belgian site of American multinational 3M. Now, the region's environment minister Zuhal Demir announced that a clean-up agreement has been reached. More:

Polluter Pays Principle

Flanders reaches agreement with 3M over pollution clean-up

For months, Flanders has battled with the fallout of the historic chemical pollution scandal around a Belgian site of American multinational 3M. Now, the region's environment minister Zuhal Demir announced that a clean-up agreement has been reached. More:

Polluter Pays Principle
06/07/2022 -

An analysis of water samples from around the United States shows that the type of water testing relied on by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is so limited in scope that it is probably missing significant levels of PFAS pollutants. More:


Revealed: US water likely contains more ‘forever chemicals’ than EPA tests show

An analysis of water samples from around the United States shows that the type of water testing relied on by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is so limited in scope that it is probably missing significant levels of PFAS pollutants. More:

06/07/2022 -

Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival, with several benefits for both the infants and their mothers. However, breast milk can contain environmental pollutants with endocrine disruption capacity, neurotoxicity and/or potential to alter microbiota. More:


A Spanish study found traces of environmental pollution in breast milk

Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival, with several benefits for both the infants and their mothers. However, breast milk can contain environmental pollutants with endocrine disruption capacity, neurotoxicity and/or potential to alter microbiota. More:

05/07/2022 -

Soil pollution is defined as contamination of soil at higher than normal concentrations by waste materials of human origin that have adverse effects on human and ecosystem health. Pesticides and heavy metals in soil may have detrimental effects on the cardiovascular system, according to a study. More:


Link between soil pollution and heart disease identified in new study

Soil pollution is defined as contamination of soil at higher than normal concentrations by waste materials of human origin that have adverse effects on human and ecosystem health. Pesticides and heavy metals in soil may have detrimental effects on the cardiovascular system, according to a study. More:

05/07/2022 -

Soils are impacted globally by several anthropogenic factors, including chemical pollutants. Among those, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are of concern due to their high environmental persistence. More:


Examining the effects of PFAS 'forever chemicals' on soil structure and function

Soils are impacted globally by several anthropogenic factors, including chemical pollutants. Among those, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are of concern due to their high environmental persistence. More:

30/06/2022 -

Alberta researchers look for information about how insecticides may be affecting bats by poking into what remains from their diets. The Alberta Community Bat Program is looking for bat homes near crops to test the bat poop for insects and lingering pesticide found in the guano. More:


Bat poop research gets to the bottom of pesticide residue

Alberta researchers look for information about how insecticides may be affecting bats by poking into what remains from their diets. The Alberta Community Bat Program is looking for bat homes near crops to test the bat poop for insects and lingering pesticide found in the guano. More:

30/06/2022 -

Teenagers in Europe have high levels of PFAS in their blood, especially Swedish, French and Norwegian ones, an EU human biomonitoring study shows. The reason for these high levels? A large intake of egg, fish, animal intestines – and locally produced food. More:

PFAS: Background information and policy brief PFAS Regulation

European teenagers are high – on PFAS

Teenagers in Europe have high levels of PFAS in their blood, especially Swedish, French and Norwegian ones, an EU human biomonitoring study shows. The reason for these high levels? A large intake of egg, fish, animal intestines – and locally produced food. More:

PFAS: Background information and policy brief PFAS Regulation
29/06/2022 -

Some brands of period underwear may contain the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. These compounds can be used to create a water- and stain-resistant lining in the underwear, though not all brands contain PFAS, and the chemicals are not necessarily added intentionally. More:

PFAS and its effects on human health PFAS in textiles PFAS in menstrual underwear Chemicals in personal and intimate care products How are intimate care products regulated

Tampon shortage: Beware ‘forever chemicals’ in backup options

Some brands of period underwear may contain the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. These compounds can be used to create a water- and stain-resistant lining in the underwear, though not all brands contain PFAS, and the chemicals are not necessarily added intentionally. More:

PFAS and its effects on human health PFAS in textiles PFAS in menstrual underwear Chemicals in personal and intimate care products How are intimate care products regulated
28/06/2022 -

If the Environmental Protection Agency designates the two best studied “forever chemicals” called PFAS as hazardous substances, manufacturers will not be forced to stop using them. More:

Chemicals regulation The US PFOA Stewardship Program Hazardous Chemicals in Healthcare Settings

Fact versus fiction: ‘Forever chemicals’ hazardous substance designation is not a ban

If the Environmental Protection Agency designates the two best studied “forever chemicals” called PFAS as hazardous substances, manufacturers will not be forced to stop using them. More:

Chemicals regulation The US PFOA Stewardship Program Hazardous Chemicals in Healthcare Settings
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