POPs in the news

12/01/2021 -

Toxicologists are expressing concern that exposure to per- or poly-fluorinated substances (PFASs) can increase a person’s likelihood of developing severe Covid-19. There are also warning that PFASs could also diminish the effectiveness of a vaccine against the novel coronavirus. More:


PFAS exposure found to increase risk of severe Covid-19

Toxicologists are expressing concern that exposure to per- or poly-fluorinated substances (PFASs) can increase a person’s likelihood of developing severe Covid-19. There are also warning that PFASs could also diminish the effectiveness of a vaccine against the novel coronavirus. More:

05/01/2021 -

The chemicals in our environments, while sometimes useful, can also hurt us. Materials like asbestos fibers can move through the air and into the lungs in the form of tiny particles, causing long-term damage to human tissues. But free-floating, harmful chemicals are also emitted from the furniture, wallpaper, flooring, and household items around us. And these chemicals are entering our bodies, damaging them in many different ways. More:

Semivolatile Organic Compounds (SVOCs) in indoor air SVOCs - Exposure and Health Effects The Gut Microbiome and Health

Chemicals called SVOCs, emitted from household objects, are altering children’s microbiomes

The chemicals in our environments, while sometimes useful, can also hurt us. Materials like asbestos fibers can move through the air and into the lungs in the form of tiny particles, causing long-term damage to human tissues. But free-floating, harmful chemicals are also emitted from the furniture, wallpaper, flooring, and household items around us. And these chemicals are entering our bodies, damaging them in many different ways. More:

Semivolatile Organic Compounds (SVOCs) in indoor air SVOCs - Exposure and Health Effects The Gut Microbiome and Health
28/12/2020 -

A Michigan-based environmental group has found many nonstick pans are coated with a chemical from the PFAS family. The group tested 14 cooking pans and 10 baking pans from different retailers in different price ranges. It found 77% of the cooking pans were coated with PTFE, polytetrafluoroethylene. 20% of the baking pans had PTFE. More:


Nonstick pans often don't note they use PFAS

A Michigan-based environmental group has found many nonstick pans are coated with a chemical from the PFAS family. The group tested 14 cooking pans and 10 baking pans from different retailers in different price ranges. It found 77% of the cooking pans were coated with PTFE, polytetrafluoroethylene. 20% of the baking pans had PTFE. More:

23/12/2020 -

A group of manmade substances that can cause serious health problems in humans and animals is increasingly threatening U.S. drinking water systems, experts say. Scientists are working hard to better understand per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances — or PFAS — and develop technologies to minimize harm from these extraordinarily durable pollutants. More:

PFAS Remediation Technologies PFAS Remediation Investment

PFAS chemicals are turning up in tap water across the country. How do we get them out

A group of manmade substances that can cause serious health problems in humans and animals is increasingly threatening U.S. drinking water systems, experts say. Scientists are working hard to better understand per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances — or PFAS — and develop technologies to minimize harm from these extraordinarily durable pollutants. More:

PFAS Remediation Technologies PFAS Remediation Investment
18/12/2020 -

"Forever chemicals" used in water-repellant outdoor gear have been found in snow from the top of Mount Everest. These human-made per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)—which have been linked to birth defects, high cholesterol and increased risk of kidney and testicular cancer—could eventually pose a risk for trekkers, climbers and residents who drink the water. More:


Miner finds outdoor gear 'forever chemicals' in snow near Everest summit

"Forever chemicals" used in water-repellant outdoor gear have been found in snow from the top of Mount Everest. These human-made per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)—which have been linked to birth defects, high cholesterol and increased risk of kidney and testicular cancer—could eventually pose a risk for trekkers, climbers and residents who drink the water. More:

17/12/2020 -

Chemicals called PFAS – known as forever chemicals – are in the blood of virtually every person on the planet. And they will only accumulate. Studies are now raising concerns that some of these forever chemicals may negatively impact our immune system – and possibly even the efficacy of vaccines. More:


The poison found in everyone, even unborn babies – and who is responsible for it

Chemicals called PFAS – known as forever chemicals – are in the blood of virtually every person on the planet. And they will only accumulate. Studies are now raising concerns that some of these forever chemicals may negatively impact our immune system – and possibly even the efficacy of vaccines. More:

16/12/2020 -

The troubles tainting his tap: per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a broad category of chemicals invented in the mid-1900s to add desirable properties such as stain-proofing and anti-sticking to shoes, cookware and other everyday objects. Manufacturers in Fayetteville, North Carolina had been discharging them into the Cape Fear River — a regional drinking water source — for decades. More:

Human Health Effects Regulations

From Alaska to Florida, harmful PFAS compounds pollute water at multiple sites in every state

The troubles tainting his tap: per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a broad category of chemicals invented in the mid-1900s to add desirable properties such as stain-proofing and anti-sticking to shoes, cookware and other everyday objects. Manufacturers in Fayetteville, North Carolina had been discharging them into the Cape Fear River — a regional drinking water source — for decades. More:

Human Health Effects Regulations
10/12/2020 -

Cotton accounts for only around 2.3% of the world’s arable land, but it uses over 16% of global insecticides. Between pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, the global cotton crop uses 8.2 million metric tons of chemicals. Those inputs impoverish the soil, pollute waterways, decimate biodiversity and often poison people, too. More:

Alternatives Textile Industry's Environmental Impact

Changing the Fabric of Our Clothes to Cut Climate Emissions

Cotton accounts for only around 2.3% of the world’s arable land, but it uses over 16% of global insecticides. Between pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, the global cotton crop uses 8.2 million metric tons of chemicals. Those inputs impoverish the soil, pollute waterways, decimate biodiversity and often poison people, too. More:

Alternatives Textile Industry's Environmental Impact
07/12/2020 -

Elevated levels of a PFAS compound were associated with more severe forms of Covid-19, according to a Danish study. The research, which involved 323 patients infected with the coronavirus, found that those who had elevated levels of a chemical called PFBA were more than twice as likely to have a severe form of the disease. More:


PFAS Chemical Associated With Severe Covid-19

Elevated levels of a PFAS compound were associated with more severe forms of Covid-19, according to a Danish study. The research, which involved 323 patients infected with the coronavirus, found that those who had elevated levels of a chemical called PFBA were more than twice as likely to have a severe form of the disease. More:

04/12/2020 -

In the weeks before the coronavirus began tearing through California, the city of Commerce made an expensive decision: It shut down part of its water supply. More:

Human Exposure

Human Health Effects PFAS Levels and Regulation PFAS Water Treatment

Well water throughout California contaminated with ‘forever chemicals’

In the weeks before the coronavirus began tearing through California, the city of Commerce made an expensive decision: It shut down part of its water supply. More:

Human Exposure

Human Health Effects PFAS Levels and Regulation PFAS Water Treatment
02/12/2020 -

Scientists have detailed more than 200 uses of PFAS chemicals in 64 industrial areas, including mining, book conservation, plastics production, photography, printing, watchmaking, car manufacturing, air conditioning, fingerprinting, and particle physics. Many of the uses, which are laid out in the research article below, were previously unknown. More:

The Public Right to Know Human Exposure

Toxic PFAS Chemicals Discovered in Hundreds of Products

Scientists have detailed more than 200 uses of PFAS chemicals in 64 industrial areas, including mining, book conservation, plastics production, photography, printing, watchmaking, car manufacturing, air conditioning, fingerprinting, and particle physics. Many of the uses, which are laid out in the research article below, were previously unknown. More:

The Public Right to Know Human Exposure
02/12/2020 -

A single PFAS chemical featured in the movie “Dark Waters” last year about contamination from a Teflon plant in Parkersburg, W.Va. resulted in a $670 million court settlement. A community study showed the chemical was linked to six diseases: kidney cancer, increased cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, preeclampsia and testicular cancer. More:

PFAS in Food Packaging PFAS Environmental Contamination

PFAS chemicals are ubiquitous. A Pitt scientist is working to protect you from thousands of types at once

A single PFAS chemical featured in the movie “Dark Waters” last year about contamination from a Teflon plant in Parkersburg, W.Va. resulted in a $670 million court settlement. A community study showed the chemical was linked to six diseases: kidney cancer, increased cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, preeclampsia and testicular cancer. More:

PFAS in Food Packaging PFAS Environmental Contamination
01/12/2020 -

Now, after years of criticism from environmental advocates who have long raised health concerns about the treatment, the pesticide has been found to also contain an array of toxic compounds known as PFAS. The so-called “forever chemicals,” which are found in a range of commercial products and never fully degrade, have been linked to cancer, low infant birth weights, and a range of diseases. More:


Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ found in pesticide used on millions of Mass. acres when spraying for mosquitoes

Now, after years of criticism from environmental advocates who have long raised health concerns about the treatment, the pesticide has been found to also contain an array of toxic compounds known as PFAS. The so-called “forever chemicals,” which are found in a range of commercial products and never fully degrade, have been linked to cancer, low infant birth weights, and a range of diseases. More:

01/12/2020 -

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are of concern because of their high persistence (or that of their degradation products) and their impacts on human and environmental health that are known or can be deduced from some well-studied PFAS. Currently, many different PFAS (on the order of several thousands) are used in a wide range of applications, and there is no comprehensive source of information on the many individual substances and their functions in different applications. More:


An overview of the uses of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are of concern because of their high persistence (or that of their degradation products) and their impacts on human and environmental health that are known or can be deduced from some well-studied PFAS. Currently, many different PFAS (on the order of several thousands) are used in a wide range of applications, and there is no comprehensive source of information on the many individual substances and their functions in different applications. More:

01/12/2020 -

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of synthetic organic substances with diverse structures, properties, uses, bioaccumulation potentials and toxicities. Despite this high diversity, all PFAS are alike in that they contain perfluoroalkyl moieties that are extremely resistant to environmental and metabolic degradation. More:


The high persistence of PFAS is sufficient for their management as a chemical class

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of synthetic organic substances with diverse structures, properties, uses, bioaccumulation potentials and toxicities. Despite this high diversity, all PFAS are alike in that they contain perfluoroalkyl moieties that are extremely resistant to environmental and metabolic degradation. More:

25/11/2020 -

PFAS compounds released in New Jersey are toxic to lab animals and people, stay in the human body for years, and were found in the blood of workers at two of Solvay’s plants. More:


Contaminants in New Jersey Soil and Water Are Toxic, Documents Reveal

PFAS compounds released in New Jersey are toxic to lab animals and people, stay in the human body for years, and were found in the blood of workers at two of Solvay’s plants. More:

17/11/2020 -

New Jersey has sued Solvay Specialty Polymers over its refusal to release secret studies of its PFAS chemicals. The company has forbidden the state agency from sharing the details of the chemicals’ effects on health and the environment on the grounds that they are confidential business information.. More:


Solvay Withholds Data About PFAS Pollution in New Jersey

New Jersey has sued Solvay Specialty Polymers over its refusal to release secret studies of its PFAS chemicals. The company has forbidden the state agency from sharing the details of the chemicals’ effects on health and the environment on the grounds that they are confidential business information. More:

17/11/2020 -

Research found that children exposed to PFAS had significantly reduced antibody concentrations after given tetanus and diphtheria vaccinations. A follow-up study of adult healthcare workers found similar results. Now researchers worry PFAS, will reduce the immunization’s effectiveness. More:


Covid: chemicals found in everyday products could hinder vaccine

Research found that children exposed to PFAS had significantly reduced antibody concentrations after given tetanus and diphtheria vaccinations. A follow-up study of adult healthcare workers found similar results. Now researchers worry PFAS, will reduce the immunization’s effectiveness. More:

12/11/2020 -

Studies suggest a connection between PFAS exposure and suppressed immune function, lower vaccine effectiveness, hypersensitivity and greater risk of autoimmune diseases. A recent review of human epidemiological studies by Rappazzo et al. shows that PFAS may influence antibody response to vaccination and other health issues, such as asthma. More:

Human Health Effects

PFAS Chemicals Harm the Immune System, Decrease Response to Vaccines, New EWG Review Finds

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