POPs in the news

12/09/2023 -

Fluorinated gases (F-gases) account for over 70% of the refrigerants market in the world. In Europe, they represent the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as the entire EU aviation sector. More:


Why you should care about the battle over F-gases

Fluorinated gases (F-gases) account for over 70% of the refrigerants market in the world. In Europe, they represent the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as the entire EU aviation sector. More:

12/09/2023 -

About a year ago, a team of scientists from the University of Antwerp in Belgium, went shopping for drinking straws. They bought a heap of paper and plastic ones. They bought a few made from bamboo. And they also purchased some crafted from glass and stainless steel. In all they collected 39 different brands of straws. More:

Toxic Chemicals in Plastics

Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS)

Should You Ditch Your Eco-Friendly Drinking Straw?

About a year ago, a team of scientists from the University of Antwerp in Belgium, went shopping for drinking straws. They bought a heap of paper and plastic ones. They bought a few made from bamboo. And they also purchased some crafted from glass and stainless steel. In all they collected 39 different brands of straws. More:

Toxic Chemicals in Plastics

Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS)
12/09/2023 -

Does the food packaging from your favorite fast food or fast casual restaurant contain toxic PFAS “forever chemicals?” These chemicals can make your meal more toxic and may take decades to break down in your body. More:

PFAS in Food Packaging

Fast Food & Fast Casual Restaurant Packaging & PFAS “Forever Chemicals” –Report 2023

Does the food packaging from your favorite fast food or fast casual restaurant contain toxic PFAS “forever chemicals?” These chemicals can make your meal more toxic and may take decades to break down in your body. More:

PFAS in Food Packaging
09/09/2023 -

The allure of evergreen sporting fields has also seen synthetic turf become an increasingly popular surface, driven by constraints on open space while population density increases. But concerns about microplastics, urban heat and the chemical compounds in synthetic grass have become points of contention for environment and community groups, who are calling for the surface to be banned. More:


Turf war: fake grass is growing in popularity in Australia, despite concerns about its impact

The allure of evergreen sporting fields has also seen synthetic turf become an increasingly popular surface, driven by constraints on open space while population density increases. But concerns about microplastics, urban heat and the chemical compounds in synthetic grass have become points of contention for environment and community groups, who are calling for the surface to be banned. More:

06/09/2023 -

To Dye For is an account of the toxic evolution of fast fashion — from its mauvine- and arsenic-tinted beginnings to the takeover of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). It is essential reading for those who have ever experienced skin sensitivity, a rash or worse due to clothing laden with harmful chemicals. And for anyone interested in the true cost of the modern fast fashion that is polluting the world with toxins and discarded bargain clothing. More:

Natural Dyeing

‘To Dye For’: The Toxic Evolution of Fast Fashion by Alden Wicker

To Dye For is an account of the toxic evolution of fast fashion — from its mauvine- and arsenic-tinted beginnings to the takeover of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). It is essential reading for those who have ever experienced skin sensitivity, a rash or worse due to clothing laden with harmful chemicals. And for anyone interested in the true cost of the modern fast fashion that is polluting the world with toxins and discarded bargain clothing. More:

Natural Dyeing
06/09/2023 -

Frozen dinners can be helpful when you don’t have the time or energy to prepare a fresh meal – quick and easy, especially given their long freezer life. But some brands include toxic chemicals you don’t want to see on your dinner plate. More:

Endocrine Disruptors Food Additive - Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) Food Additive - Tert-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ)

Freezer finds: Toxic chemicals in frozen meals may cause health harms

Frozen dinners can be helpful when you don’t have the time or energy to prepare a fresh meal – quick and easy, especially given their long freezer life. But some brands include toxic chemicals you don’t want to see on your dinner plate. More:

Endocrine Disruptors Food Additive - Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) Food Additive - Tert-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ)
05/09/2023 -

Understanding the hazards, designing safe facilities, proper handling and storage, employee training are all critical aspects of ensuring safety in chemical manufacturing. More:


Safety first: A comprehensive guide to responsible chemical manufacturing

Understanding the hazards, designing safe facilities, proper handling and storage, employee training are all critical aspects of ensuring safety in chemical manufacturing. More:

05/09/2023 -

Chemical giant demands private files of neurology expert over journal article about link between paraquat and Parkinson's disease. More:

The Paraquat Papers

The Public's Right to Know

Syngenta v. scientist

Chemical giant demands private files of neurology expert over journal article about link between paraquat and Parkinson's disease. More:

The Paraquat Papers

The Public's Right to Know
04/09/2023 -

A U.S. military firefighter for 32 years, Kurt Rhodes trained and performed his duties with aqueous film forming foam, or AFFF — a highly effective fire suppressant that he never knew contained PFAS chemicals, now known to be harmful to human health. More:

Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFOS)

Human Health Impact: Firefighters and the Military PFAS Biomonitoring Decontamination Technologies

‘Like a Russian roulette’: US military firefighters grapple with unknowns of PFAS exposure

A U.S. military firefighter for 32 years, Kurt Rhodes trained and performed his duties with aqueous film forming foam, or AFFF — a highly effective fire suppressant that he never knew contained PFAS chemicals, now known to be harmful to human health. More:

Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFOS)

Human Health Impact: Firefighters and the Military PFAS Biomonitoring Decontamination Technologies
31/08/2023 -

A human bio-monitoring study by the Federal Office of Public Health has revealed undesirable chemical residues are present in the bodies of Swiss men and women. Among them was perfluorooctane sulphonic acid, or PFOS, a substance banned in Switzerland since 2010. More:

PFAS Contamination in Europe Soil Contamination in Switzerland PFAS Toxicity

Undesirable chemicals found in bodies of Swiss residents

A human bio-monitoring study by the Federal Office of Public Health has revealed undesirable chemical residues are present in the bodies of Swiss men and women. Among them was perfluorooctane sulphonic acid, or PFOS, a substance banned in Switzerland since 2010. More:

PFAS Contamination in Europe Soil Contamination in Switzerland PFAS Toxicity
30/08/2023 -

Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed new rules for limiting PFAS in drinking water, saying these compounds pose health risks. It’s estimated that nearly half the drinking water in our country has PFAS. More:


What lessons could Va. residents learn from Gen X contamination in North Carolina?

Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed new rules for limiting PFAS in drinking water, saying these compounds pose health risks. It’s estimated that nearly half the drinking water in our country has PFAS. More:

28/08/2023 -

It’s hard to avoid phthalates, a group of chemicals that make plastic soft and flexible, in our daily lives. Phthalates are in so many things we use: food containers; shampoo and beauty and skin care products; building and gardening materials; faux leather fashion and furniture upholstery; medical devices; toys; backpacks and purses; and home accessories like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) shower curtains. The list goes on and on. More:

Phthalates

In utero exposure to plastic chemicals tied to developmental problems in toddlers

It’s hard to avoid phthalates, a group of chemicals that make plastic soft and flexible, in our daily lives. Phthalates are in so many things we use: food containers; shampoo and beauty and skin care products; building and gardening materials; faux leather fashion and furniture upholstery; medical devices; toys; backpacks and purses; and home accessories like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) shower curtains. The list goes on and on. More:

Phthalates
26/08/2023 -

The researchers started in an alligator pond and ended up at a fertility clinic. They were looking at bodily fluids — first in large reptiles, then humans — searching for a group of environmental contaminants that even the U.S. government didn’t have a handle on, clueless still about their ubiquity and potential harm. More:

PFAS Exposure and Health Impact The Right to Know Liability and Lawsuits

They couldn’t get pregnant. No one told them their ovaries held ‘forever chemicals.’

The researchers started in an alligator pond and ended up at a fertility clinic. They were looking at bodily fluids — first in large reptiles, then humans — searching for a group of environmental contaminants that even the U.S. government didn’t have a handle on, clueless still about their ubiquity and potential harm. More:

PFAS Exposure and Health Impact The Right to Know Liability and Lawsuits
24/08/2023 -

The compounds, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), were gradually phased out after a link was found with certain health risks. It sounds like a public health success story, but new research suggests it may not be quite that simple. More:

Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) PBDEs: Human Exposure

New flame retardants found in breast milk years after similar chemicals were banned

The compounds, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), were gradually phased out after a link was found with certain health risks. It sounds like a public health success story, but new research suggests it may not be quite that simple. More:

Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) PBDEs: Human Exposure

How bees can monitor pollution for us – everything from toxic metals to antimicrobial resistance

23/08/2023 -

When interior designers spec materials for a project, they have many considerations to make, from the pretty—color, pattern, texture—to more practical considerations like durability and sustainability. But there’s another more niche factor to take into account: the presence of PFAS (the acronym for “per- and polyfluorinated substances”), commonly called “forever chemicals.” More:

Human Exposure PFAS in Carpeting

10 low-stress ways to avoid forever chemicals in your next project

When interior designers spec materials for a project, they have many considerations to make, from the pretty—color, pattern, texture—to more practical considerations like durability and sustainability. But there’s another more niche factor to take into account: the presence of PFAS (the acronym for “per- and polyfluorinated substances”), commonly called “forever chemicals.” More:

Human Exposure PFAS in Carpeting
23/08/2023 -

To reduce the use of agrochemicals in the food value chain, scientists at the National Agriculture Research Laboratories (NARL) in Kawanda have developed biological control measures. These are expected to help farmers get rid of weeds on land and in water. More:


Scientists find solution to chemicals in food chain

To reduce the use of agrochemicals in the food value chain, scientists at the National Agriculture Research Laboratories (NARL) in Kawanda have developed biological control measures. These are expected to help farmers get rid of weeds on land and in water. More:

22/08/2023 -

The first impacts one thinks of when it comes to lax chemicals regulation are the negative effects on human health and the environment. This is by no means wrong, but there’s another impact that many times will go unnoticed — the eroding of trust in authorities. More:


How lax chemicals regulation leads to serious political costs

The first impacts one thinks of when it comes to lax chemicals regulation are the negative effects on human health and the environment. This is by no means wrong, but there’s another impact that many times will go unnoticed — the eroding of trust in authorities. More:

22/08/2023 -

Pollution at Australia’s largest Antarctic research station, Casey, has exceeded international guidelines for close to 20 years. Analyzing marine sediment levels around Casey station between 1997 and 2015, Australian and Canadian scientists found that levels of multiple contaminants exceeded international quality guidelines. More:


Australia’s largest Antarctic research station has a pollution problem

Pollution at Australia’s largest Antarctic research station, Casey, has exceeded international guidelines for close to 20 years. Analyzing marine sediment levels around Casey station between 1997 and 2015, Australian and Canadian scientists found that levels of multiple contaminants exceeded international quality guidelines. More:

22/08/2023 -

Testimony is underway in a key federal court hearing aimed at examining scientific evidence about allegations that a widely used weedkiller called paraquat causes Parkinson’s disease. The outcome of the hearing, which runs in East St. Louis, Illinois, is critical for thousands of people with Parkinson’s who are suing paraquat maker Syngenta AG and former paraquat distributor Chevron. More:

Paraquat Paraquat Papers Paraquat Lawsuit

Science takes center stage in court hearing over paraquat and Parkinson’s disease

Testimony is underway in a key federal court hearing aimed at examining scientific evidence about allegations that a widely used weedkiller called paraquat causes Parkinson’s disease. The outcome of the hearing, which runs in East St. Louis, Illinois, is critical for thousands of people with Parkinson’s who are suing paraquat maker Syngenta AG and former paraquat distributor Chevron. More:

Paraquat Paraquat Papers Paraquat Lawsuit
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