POPs in the news

03/05/2015 -

If you closely examine your living room couch, your favorite easy chair or your child’s car seat, the odds are strong that you will find upholstery that is filled with polyurethane foam treated with a chemical flame retardant. More:
The New York Times


A Flame Retardant That Came With Its Own Threat to Health

If you closely examine your living room couch, your favorite easy chair or your child’s car seat, the odds are strong that you will find upholstery that is filled with polyurethane foam treated with a chemical flame retardant. More:
The New York Times

01/05/2015 -

Scientists and other professionals from a variety of disciplines express their concern about the production and release into the environment of an increasing number of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). More:
Environmental Health Perspectives 
See also: Fluorotechnology is critical to modern life: the FluoroCouncil counterpoint to the Madrid statement
                  Alternatives to PFASs: Perspectives on the Science


The Madrid Statement on Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs)

Scientists and other professionals from a variety of disciplines express their concern about the production and release into the environment of an increasing number of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). More:
Environmental Health Perspectives 
See also: Fluorotechnology is critical to modern life: the FluoroCouncil counterpoint to the Madrid statement
                  Alternatives to PFASs: Perspectives on the Science

01/05/2015 -

Chemicals used to make products waterproof and stain resistant are persistent, pervasive, potentially harmful to humans, and should be regulated and largely replaced, according a statement signed by more than 200 scientists. More:
Environmental Health News


Scientists call for limits on stain- and water-proofing chemicals

Chemicals used to make products waterproof and stain resistant are persistent, pervasive, potentially harmful to humans, and should be regulated and largely replaced, according a statement signed by more than 200 scientists. More:
Environmental Health News

27/04/2015 -

A Cooper's hawk discovered near a waste transfer station in greater Vancouver, Canada, is believed to be the most polluted wild bird ever discovered. In fact, it was so contaminated with flame retardant chemicals that it was "flameproof", according to a McGill University news release. Publishing in the journal Science of the Total Environment, the researchers compared levels of PBDEs in the liver fat of 13 birds of prey across Vancouver. More:
www.sciencealert.com


The world’s most polluted bird was so toxic it was “flameproof”

A Cooper's hawk discovered near a waste transfer station in greater Vancouver, Canada, is believed to be the most polluted wild bird ever discovered. In fact, it was so contaminated with flame retardant chemicals that it was "flameproof", according to a McGill University news release. Publishing in the journal Science of the Total Environment, the researchers compared levels of PBDEs in the liver fat of 13 birds of prey across Vancouver. More:
www.sciencealert.com

24/04/2015 -

GENEVA - The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes, Baskut Tuncak, urged the global community to do more to protect workers from exposure to hazardous substances and chemicals. More:
United Nations Human Rights - News


“Every minute, a person dies from exposure to toxic substances” - UN rights expert calls for urgent action

GENEVA - The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes, Baskut Tuncak, urged the global community to do more to protect workers from exposure to hazardous substances and chemicals. More:
United Nations Human Rights - News

17/04/2015 -

Greenland’s polar bears have a thyroid problem. Their endocrine systems, too, are being disrupted. Kristin Møller Gabrielsen of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and colleagues report in the journal Environmental Research that they examined the liver, muscle and kidney tissues taken from seven polar bears. They also analysed the effect of more than 50 contaminants in plasma samples from Ursus maritimus. More:
RTCC.org


Polar bears hit by twin threats of pollution and climate change

Greenland’s polar bears have a thyroid problem. Their endocrine systems, too, are being disrupted. Kristin Møller Gabrielsen of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and colleagues report in the journal Environmental Research that they examined the liver, muscle and kidney tissues taken from seven polar bears. They also analysed the effect of more than 50 contaminants in plasma samples from Ursus maritimus. More:
RTCC.org

16/04/2015 -

Toxins are now a major contributor to, and in some cases the cause of, virtually all chronic diseases. That's what Joseph E. Pizzorno, former advisor to President Clinton on complementary and alternative medicines, says. "I have become convinced that the toxic load in modern civilisation is now probably even more important than nutritional deficiencies in terms of causing diseases in our patients," says Pizzorno. More:
The Sidney Morning Herald


Health food expert Joseph E. Pizzorno on toxins and modern diet

Toxins are now a major contributor to, and in some cases the cause of, virtually all chronic diseases. That's what Joseph E. Pizzorno, former advisor to President Clinton on complementary and alternative medicines, says. "I have become convinced that the toxic load in modern civilisation is now probably even more important than nutritional deficiencies in terms of causing diseases in our patients," says Pizzorno. More:
The Sidney Morning Herald

13/04/2015 -

Pesticides bring major benefits to modern agriculture, keeping dangerous bugs and fungi and pathogens at bay. But what about risks? Like any chemicals pesticides can be bad for human health and ecosystems. It’s often tough, however, to get a clear picture of the full array of problems a pesticide may cause. A new “meta-analysis” — a review of existing scientific studies — provides some answers, but raises even more questions in the process. More:
The Washington Post


Pesticides are polluting our waters — and we often don’t know it

Pesticides bring major benefits to modern agriculture, keeping dangerous bugs and fungi and pathogens at bay. But what about risks? Like any chemicals pesticides can be bad for human health and ecosystems. It’s often tough, however, to get a clear picture of the full array of problems a pesticide may cause. A new “meta-analysis” — a review of existing scientific studies — provides some answers, but raises even more questions in the process. More:
The Washington Post

09/04/2015 -

United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes, Baskut Tuncak, yesterday called on the Government of Kazakhstan to step up efforts in protecting those who live in environmentally high-risk areas. More:
The Times of Central Asia


UN calls to protect people living in toxic environments in Kazakhstan

United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes, Baskut Tuncak, yesterday called on the Government of Kazakhstan to step up efforts in protecting those who live in environmentally high-risk areas. More:
The Times of Central Asia

31/03/2015 -

Thousands of chemicals are used in everyday products – in our water, our food and in the air we breathe. It’s the chemical soup of modern life and it’s virtually impossible to escape them. In this special edition of Catalyst, Dr Maryanne Demasi investigates the safety of these chemicals. More:
www.abc.net.au


Our chemical lives

Thousands of chemicals are used in everyday products – in our water, our food and in the air we breathe. It’s the chemical soup of modern life and it’s virtually impossible to escape them. In this special edition of Catalyst, Dr Maryanne Demasi investigates the safety of these chemicals. More:
www.abc.net.au

31/03/2015 -

The petition calls on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban these products if they contain organohalogens flame-retardants, a class of chemicals that have been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive, developmental and immune system problems, according to the petitioners. More:
Environmental Health News


Groups petition federal agency to ban products containing certain flame-retardants

The petition calls on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban these products if they contain organohalogens flame-retardants, a class of chemicals that have been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive, developmental and immune system problems, according to the petitioners. More:
Environmental Health News

13/03/2015 -

Civil and environmental engineering professors published a study that looked at the plant switchgrass (panicum virgatum) coupled with a proteobacteria known as burkholderia xenovorans LB400. The researchers concluded that the combination was effective at removing toxic PCBs — or polychlorinated biphenyls — from contaminated soils. More:
Iowa City Press-Citizen


UI researchers using switchgrass to remove PCBs from soil

Civil and environmental engineering professors published a study that looked at the plant switchgrass (panicum virgatum) coupled with a proteobacteria known as burkholderia xenovorans LB400. The researchers concluded that the combination was effective at removing toxic PCBs — or polychlorinated biphenyls — from contaminated soils. More:
Iowa City Press-Citizen

12/03/2015 -

Au moins une vingtaine de perturbateurs endocriniens (PE) – avérés ou suspectés – seraient présents dans les cheveux des femmes urbaines en âge de procréer. Sur les 64 molécules recherchées, 7 ont été retrouvées dans la totalité des échantillons : un résidu d’insecticides pyréthrinoïdes, deux d’insecticides organophosphorés et quatre de pesticides interdits depuis plusieurs années. More:
Le Monde (French)
See also: www.lequotidiendumedecin.fr (French)


Une vingtaine de perturbateurs endocriniens dans les cheveux des Parisiennes

Au moins une vingtaine de perturbateurs endocriniens (PE) – avérés ou suspectés – seraient présents dans les cheveux des femmes urbaines en âge de procréer. Sur les 64 molécules recherchées, 7 ont été retrouvées dans la totalité des échantillons : un résidu d’insecticides pyréthrinoïdes, deux d’insecticides organophosphorés et quatre de pesticides interdits depuis plusieurs années. More:
Le Monde (French)
See also: www.lequotidiendumedecin.fr (French)

12/03/2015 -

More than 97% of food samples evaluated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) contain pesticide residue levels that fall within legal limits, with just under 55% of samples free of detectable traces of these chemicals. The findings are part of EFSA’s 2013 annual report on pesticide residues in food, which includes the results for almost 81,000 food samples from 27 EU Member States, Iceland and Norway. More:
EFSA


Over 97% of foods in EU contain pesticide residues within legal limits

More than 97% of food samples evaluated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) contain pesticide residue levels that fall within legal limits, with just under 55% of samples free of detectable traces of these chemicals. The findings are part of EFSA’s 2013 annual report on pesticide residues in food, which includes the results for almost 81,000 food samples from 27 EU Member States, Iceland and Norway. More:
EFSA

12/03/2015 -

Whale meat imported into Japan from Norway has been dumped after tests found it contained up to twice the permitted level of harmful pesticide. An official at the health ministry in Tokyo said whale meat was subject to extensive routine tests before and after import. Tests on the whale meat imported in April showed 0.2 parts per million of aldrin and dieldrin combined, in addition to 0.07 ppm of chlordane. More:
The Japan Times


Norway whale meat dumped in Japan after pesticide finding

Whale meat imported into Japan from Norway has been dumped after tests found it contained up to twice the permitted level of harmful pesticide. An official at the health ministry in Tokyo said whale meat was subject to extensive routine tests before and after import. Tests on the whale meat imported in April showed 0.2 parts per million of aldrin and dieldrin combined, in addition to 0.07 ppm of chlordane. More:
The Japan Times

08/03/2015 -

Una serie de estudios científicos, que acaban de ser presentados simultáneamente en Bruselas y San Diego (California) coincidiendo con la "cumbre" mundial anual de los endocrinólogos, han revelado un dato asombroso: la exposición humana a las sustancias disruptoras endocrinas en la UE puede costar entre 157.000 y 270.000 millones de euros anuales. Casi nada. En cabeza estarían los costes derivados de los efectos de algunos pesticidas organofosforados sobre el cerebro infantil. More:
Estrella Digital (Spanish)


¡Más de 150.000 millones de euros anuales! Las sustancias contaminantes hormonales pueden dañar no solo la salud sino la economía en Europa

Una serie de estudios científicos, que acaban de ser presentados simultáneamente en Bruselas y San Diego (California) coincidiendo con la "cumbre" mundial anual de los endocrinólogos, han revelado un dato asombroso: la exposición humana a las sustancias disruptoras endocrinas en la UE puede costar entre 157.000 y 270.000 millones de euros anuales. Casi nada. En cabeza estarían los costes derivados de los efectos de algunos pesticidas organofosforados sobre el cerebro infantil. More:
Estrella Digital (Spanish)

05/03/2015 -

Exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals is likely leading to an increased risk of serious health problems costing at least $175 billion (U.S.) per year in Europe alone, according to a study published Thursday. Chemicals that can mimic or block estrogen or other hormones are commonly found in thousands of products around the world, including plastics, pesticides, furniture, and cosmetics. More:
National Geographic


Chemical Exposure Linked to Billions in Health Care Costs

Exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals is likely leading to an increased risk of serious health problems costing at least $175 billion (U.S.) per year in Europe alone, according to a study published Thursday. Chemicals that can mimic or block estrogen or other hormones are commonly found in thousands of products around the world, including plastics, pesticides, furniture, and cosmetics. More:
National Geographic

05/03/2015 -

A growing body of work suggests that exposure to certain chemicals—found in nature as well as industry—may play an essential role by driving the body to produce and store surplus fat in its tissues. More:
Scientific American


How Lab Rats Are Changing Our View of Obesity

A growing body of work suggests that exposure to certain chemicals—found in nature as well as industry—may play an essential role by driving the body to produce and store surplus fat in its tissues. More:
Scientific American

05/03/2015 -

Obésité, diabète, troubles de la fertilité et neuro-comportementaux : la part de ces maladies et troubles chroniques attribuable aux perturbateurs endocriniens (PE) coûtent chaque année à l’Union européenne plus de 157 milliards d’euros, soit environ 1,23 % du produit intérieur brut (PIB) de l’Union. More:
Le Monde (French)


Les perturbateurs endocriniens coûtent plus de 150 milliards d'euros par an à l'Europe

Obésité, diabète, troubles de la fertilité et neuro-comportementaux : la part de ces maladies et troubles chroniques attribuable aux perturbateurs endocriniens (PE) coûtent chaque année à l’Union européenne plus de 157 milliards d’euros, soit environ 1,23 % du produit intérieur brut (PIB) de l’Union. More:
Le Monde (French)

04/03/2015 -

The Federal Executive Council in Nigeria approved a national policy framework on ‘Nigeria Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) Management Project’ to monitor, manage and control the persistent organic pollutants and protect human health and the environment. It is in line with efforts to reduce and eventually eliminate the use and sources of PCBs contamination from the environment. More:
Channels Television - Nigeria


Federal Executive Council in Nigeria Approves Policy To Control Organic Pollution

The Federal Executive Council in Nigeria approved a national policy framework on ‘Nigeria Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) Management Project’ to monitor, manage and control the persistent organic pollutants and protect human health and the environment. It is in line with efforts to reduce and eventually eliminate the use and sources of PCBs contamination from the environment. More:
Channels Television - Nigeria

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