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11/06/2016 -

The ASEAN-Japan Chemical Safety Database (AJCSD) contains regulatory information on chemical substances which is directly provided by the governments of Japan and ASEAN member countries. Users are able to access the current status of certain regulated chemicals in the countries and lists of the regulated chemicals under the laws of such countries. The database also stores GHS classification results and sample safety data sheets as reference. More:


ASEAN-Japan Chemical Safety Database Officially Launched

The ASEAN-Japan Chemical Safety Database (AJCSD) contains regulatory information on chemical substances which is directly provided by the governments of Japan and ASEAN member countries. Users are able to access the current status of certain regulated chemicals in the countries and lists of the regulated chemicals under the laws of such countries. The database also stores GHS classification results and sample safety data sheets as reference. More:

10/06/2016 -

During tosca’s 40-year run only a little over 200 chemicals have been assessed out of roughly 85,000 chemical substances in its inventory. Currently, a new chemical has to be shown to pose an ‘unreasonable risk’ before more information can be requested. Making a call on the risk a chemical poses is difficult to do without more information, however. More: 


Explainer: Toxic Substances Control Act (US TSCA)

During tosca’s 40-year run only a little over 200 chemicals have been assessed out of roughly 85,000 chemical substances in its inventory. Currently, a new chemical has to be shown to pose an ‘unreasonable risk’ before more information can be requested. Making a call on the risk a chemical poses is difficult to do without more information, however. More: 

08/06/2016 -

These substances identified, which are in the Great Lakes because of human activities, are: hexabromocyclododecane, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, perfluorooctanoic acid, perfluorooctane sulfonate, long-chain perfluorinated carboxylic acids, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls and short-chain chlorinated paraffins. More:


Priority pollutants identified in the Great Lakes

These substances identified, which are in the Great Lakes because of human activities, are: hexabromocyclododecane, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, perfluorooctanoic acid, perfluorooctane sulfonate, long-chain perfluorinated carboxylic acids, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls and short-chain chlorinated paraffins. More:

03/06/2016 -

Agent Orange – named after the orange stripes on the barrels used to transport it – was used extensively by the US military to remove forest cover and destroy militia crops from 1962 to 1971 during the war. The mixture used was contaminated with a highly toxic dioxin called 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzodioxin (TCDD), formed as an unintended by-product during the 2,4,5-T manufacturing process when temperatures were too high. More:
Chemistry World


Toxic legacy of Agent Orange lives on in Vietnam

Agent Orange – named after the orange stripes on the barrels used to transport it – was used extensively by the US military to remove forest cover and destroy militia crops from 1962 to 1971 during the war. The mixture used was contaminated with a highly toxic dioxin called 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzodioxin (TCDD), formed as an unintended by-product during the 2,4,5-T manufacturing process when temperatures were too high. More:
Chemistry World

01/06/2016 -

There is some evidence that early-life exposures to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other persistent environmental chemicals can alter the developing immune system and may be associated with diminished effectiveness for certain vaccines. More: 


Impeded Immunity? Reduced Tuberculosis Vaccine Response with Exposure to Environmental Chemicals

There is some evidence that early-life exposures to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other persistent environmental chemicals can alter the developing immune system and may be associated with diminished effectiveness for certain vaccines. More: 

01/06/2016 -

A month rarely passes by without something being declared unhealthy or carcinogenic. Often, the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is at the centre of such pronouncements and is duly rounded on to explain the consequences. More:


When is a carcinogen not a carcinogen?

A month rarely passes by without something being declared unhealthy or carcinogenic. Often, the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is at the centre of such pronouncements and is duly rounded on to explain the consequences. More:

24/05/2016 -

PBDEs are among the most widely used flame retardants that are known to migrate out of products. They have been found in household dust, food, in animals and nearly everywhere else scientists have looked. Studies have shown PBDEs to interfere with endocrine hormones, including thyroid hormones. More:


Flame Retardant Exposure Poses A Significant Health Risk to Women

PBDEs are among the most widely used flame retardants that are known to migrate out of products. They have been found in household dust, food, in animals and nearly everywhere else scientists have looked. Studies have shown PBDEs to interfere with endocrine hormones, including thyroid hormones. More:

20/05/2016 -

Based on the latest science on two chemical contaminants called PFOA and PFOS, EPA released drinking water health advisories to provide the most up-to-date information on the health risks of these chemicals. More:


Science Guides Public Health Protection for Drinking Water

Based on the latest science on two chemical contaminants called PFOA and PFOS, EPA released drinking water health advisories to provide the most up-to-date information on the health risks of these chemicals. More:

20/05/2016 -

Apparent 'victories' in the fight against toxic chemicals are illusory, writes Jonathan Latham. The real problem is not one of specific 'bad actors', but the entire system that allows new, likely to be toxic compounds to pollute the environment in near-total ignorance of their impacts. More:
Ecologist


The problem is not glyphosate, or DDT, or BPA - we must challenge the entire system

Apparent 'victories' in the fight against toxic chemicals are illusory, writes Jonathan Latham. The real problem is not one of specific 'bad actors', but the entire system that allows new, likely to be toxic compounds to pollute the environment in near-total ignorance of their impacts. More:
Ecologist

10/05/2016 -

ORLANDO (Ivanhoe Newswire/WTVM) -- Firefighters face many risks during their jobs, but, ironically, the most dangerous part of running into a burning building isn’t the flames, it’s the smoke. It billows off furniture, appliances and carpets in toxic waves of cancer-causing fumes. More:
WTVM.com


Firefighters and the cancer connection

ORLANDO (Ivanhoe Newswire/WTVM) -- Firefighters face many risks during their jobs, but, ironically, the most dangerous part of running into a burning building isn’t the flames, it’s the smoke. It billows off furniture, appliances and carpets in toxic waves of cancer-causing fumes. More:
WTVM.com

09/05/2016 -

People with Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS, are more likely to have been exposed to toxic pesticides or to have served in the military than similar people without the condition, according to a new study. ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a degenerative disease in which nerve cells break down over time. More:


Pesticides, military service may be tied to myotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) risk

People with Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS, are more likely to have been exposed to toxic pesticides or to have served in the military than similar people without the condition, according to a new study. ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a degenerative disease in which nerve cells break down over time. More:

07/05/2016 -

In April 2015, Department of Defence officials arranged blood tests for 75 civilians in the Queensland town of Oakey, Australia. Defence wanted to determine their exposure to toxic perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) that leached onto their properties from the nearby Army Aviation Centre. More:
The Sydney Morning Herald


Williamtown: blood runs high over failure to test for contaminants

In April 2015, Department of Defence officials arranged blood tests for 75 civilians in the Queensland town of Oakey, Australia. Defence wanted to determine their exposure to toxic perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) that leached onto their properties from the nearby Army Aviation Centre. More:
The Sydney Morning Herald

03/05/2016 -

The usefulness of chlorinated paraffins (CPs) as an extreme pressure additive in metalworking and in a vast number of other applications for over 80 years is undisputed. But why is there renewed interest in CPs worldwide? It is easier to understand why, when several simple questions are answered. More:
Fuels and Lubes International


The truth about chlorinated paraffins

The usefulness of chlorinated paraffins (CPs) as an extreme pressure additive in metalworking and in a vast number of other applications for over 80 years is undisputed. But why is there renewed interest in CPs worldwide? It is easier to understand why, when several simple questions are answered. More:
Fuels and Lubes International

25/04/2016 -

In a new study, environmental pollutants found in fish were shown to obstruct the human body’s natural defense system to expel harmful toxins. A protein found in cells of nearly all plants and animals, called P-gp, acts as the cell’s bouncer by binding to the foreign chemical and expelling it from the body. More:


Research Highlight: Pollutants in Fish Inhibit Humans' Natural Defense System

In a new study, environmental pollutants found in fish were shown to obstruct the human body’s natural defense system to expel harmful toxins. A protein found in cells of nearly all plants and animals, called P-gp, acts as the cell’s bouncer by binding to the foreign chemical and expelling it from the body. More:

20/04/2016 -

Skin samples taken from 15 great whites near Dyer Island, off Gansbaai in Western Cape, contained high levels of DDT. More:
www.timeslive.co.za


DDT found in great whites

Skin samples taken from 15 great whites near Dyer Island, off Gansbaai in Western Cape, contained high levels of DDT. More:
www.timeslive.co.za

19/04/2016 -

Also known as C8, because of its eight-carbon molecule, PFOA has been found in drinking water in many places across the United States. Although the chemical was developed and long manufactured in the United States, it’s not just an American problem. PFOA has spread throughout the world. More:
The Intercept


Teflon toxin contamination has spread throughout the world

Also known as C8, because of its eight-carbon molecule, PFOA has been found in drinking water in many places across the United States. Although the chemical was developed and long manufactured in the United States, it’s not just an American problem. PFOA has spread throughout the world. More:
The Intercept

15/04/2016 -

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were found at elevated levels in children that lived in houses and studied in schools built during this period, before PCBs were more thoroughly regulated in the construction industry. Although food is generally a more concentrated source of these toxins, exposure through these environments should be minimised wherever possible. More: 


Building materials used between 1950 and 1980 in Europe may contribute to PCB air pollution

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were found at elevated levels in children that lived in houses and studied in schools built during this period, before PCBs were more thoroughly regulated in the construction industry. Although food is generally a more concentrated source of these toxins, exposure through these environments should be minimised wherever possible. More: 

11/04/2016 -

Industrial pollution in people happens long before they take their first sip of water. Most of us encounter chemicals that can cause brain damage, cancer and other serious health problems in a place critical to human development - the mother's womb. More:


3 Toxins Found in the Cord Blood of Every One of the 10 Newborns Tested

Industrial pollution in people happens long before they take their first sip of water. Most of us encounter chemicals that can cause brain damage, cancer and other serious health problems in a place critical to human development - the mother's womb. More:

11/04/2016 -

Hundreds of residents in the Dutch city of Dordrecht have signaled an interest in getting their blood tested for a chemical used at a former DuPont Co. factory, harking back to a similar survey in the U.S. a decade ago that established a probable link to cancer. More: Bloomberg


Dutch Blood Testing Takes DuPont Teflon Safety Scare to Europe

Hundreds of residents in the Dutch city of Dordrecht have signaled an interest in getting their blood tested for a chemical used at a former DuPont Co. factory, harking back to a similar survey in the U.S. a decade ago that established a probable link to cancer. More: Bloomberg

11/04/2016 -

More and more women are finding it difficult to get pregnant, with mounting evidence suggesting chemicals used in plasticisers and pesticides are responsible. The consequences are estimated to cost the EU €1.4 billion per year. More:


Endocrine disruptors’ link to infertility confirmed

More and more women are finding it difficult to get pregnant, with mounting evidence suggesting chemicals used in plasticisers and pesticides are responsible. The consequences are estimated to cost the EU €1.4 billion per year. More:

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