POPs in the news

22/08/2023 -

Just one week of an organic diet effectively reduces levels of the herbicide glyphosate in pregnant women’s urine, according to a study published in July in Environmental Health Perspectives. More:

Human Exposure Human Health Effects

Organic diets reduce glyphosate exposure for pregnant people: Study

21/08/2023 -

A new study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has shed light on the potential consequences of prenatal exposure to phthalates on the emotional and behavioral development of children. More:


Exposure to these chemicals during pregnancy can impact your baby - study

A new study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has shed light on the potential consequences of prenatal exposure to phthalates on the emotional and behavioral development of children. More:

18/08/2023 -

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) office responsible for protecting the public from toxic substances has changed how it defines PFAS for a second time since 2021, a move critics say they fear will exclude thousands of “forever chemicals” from regulation and largely benefit industry. More:


EPA’s new definition of PFAS could omit thousands of ‘forever chemicals’

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) office responsible for protecting the public from toxic substances has changed how it defines PFAS for a second time since 2021, a move critics say they fear will exclude thousands of “forever chemicals” from regulation and largely benefit industry. More:

17/08/2023 -

Water of about 26 million is contaminated as new data offers the most robust look into exactly which communities are polluted. More:

PFAS: Drinking Water Contamination in the U.S

Drinking water of millions of Americans contaminated with ‘forever chemicals’

Water of about 26 million is contaminated as new data offers the most robust look into exactly which communities are polluted. More:

PFAS: Drinking Water Contamination in the U.S
16/08/2023 -

Two environmental hazards are emerging in tandem with the promise of disruptions to municipal financial markets. One, global warming, has received widespread attention; the other, toxic waste, less so. More:


Opinion: How toxic fertilizers create toxic municipal bonds

Two environmental hazards are emerging in tandem with the promise of disruptions to municipal financial markets. One, global warming, has received widespread attention; the other, toxic waste, less so. More:

15/08/2023 -

Birth defects related to chromosomal abnormalities often stem from exposure to chemicals early in the mother's life. But determining which chemicals are at fault poses a serious challenge—akin to solving a hit-and-run case, decades after the fact. Two researchers in the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences are developing a method that could identify harmful chemicals far more quickly. More:


Using glowing fish to detect harmful pesticides

Birth defects related to chromosomal abnormalities often stem from exposure to chemicals early in the mother's life. But determining which chemicals are at fault poses a serious challenge—akin to solving a hit-and-run case, decades after the fact. Two researchers in the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences are developing a method that could identify harmful chemicals far more quickly. More:

15/08/2023 -

Birth defects related to chromosomal abnormalities often stem from exposure to chemicals early in the mother's life. But determining which chemicals are at fault poses a serious challenge—akin to solving a hit-and-run case, decades after the fact. Two researchers in the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences are developing a method that could identify harmful chemicals far more quickly, with the help of red- and green-glowing zebrafish. More:


Using glowing fish to detect harmful pesticides

Birth defects related to chromosomal abnormalities often stem from exposure to chemicals early in the mother's life. But determining which chemicals are at fault poses a serious challenge—akin to solving a hit-and-run case, decades after the fact. Two researchers in the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences are developing a method that could identify harmful chemicals far more quickly, with the help of red- and green-glowing zebrafish. More:

14/08/2023 -

Laurie Harper, director of education for the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School, a K-12 tribal school on the Leech Lake Band Indian Reservation in northcentral Minnesota, never thought that a class of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, would be an issue for her community. That’s partly because, up until a few months ago, she didn’t even know what PFAS were. More:

PFAS in Drinking Water PFAS Regulation, Lawsuits and Settlements

What one school’s fight to eliminate PFAS says about Indian Country’s ‘forever chemical’ problem

Laurie Harper, director of education for the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School, a K-12 tribal school on the Leech Lake Band Indian Reservation in northcentral Minnesota, never thought that a class of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, would be an issue for her community. That’s partly because, up until a few months ago, she didn’t even know what PFAS were. More:

PFAS in Drinking Water PFAS Regulation, Lawsuits and Settlements
10/08/2023 -

A new study investigating Antarctic pollution near Australia’s Casey Station has found that some sediment contaminant levels exceed international guidelines. More:


Antarctic pollution puts marine environment at risk

A new study investigating Antarctic pollution near Australia’s Casey Station has found that some sediment contaminant levels exceed international guidelines. More:

09/08/2023 -

Gary Flook served in the Air Force for 37 years, as a firefighter at the now-closed Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois and the former Grissom Air Force Base in Indiana, where he regularly trained with aqueous film forming foam, or AFFF — a frothy white fire retardant that is highly effective but now known to be toxic. More:

PFAS Exposure PFAS and Cancer Among Military Personnel and Firefighters PFAS Lawsuit Settlement

Pioneering Study Links Testicular Cancer Among Military Personnel to ‘Forever Chemicals’

Gary Flook served in the Air Force for 37 years, as a firefighter at the now-closed Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois and the former Grissom Air Force Base in Indiana, where he regularly trained with aqueous film forming foam, or AFFF — a frothy white fire retardant that is highly effective but now known to be toxic. More:

PFAS Exposure PFAS and Cancer Among Military Personnel and Firefighters PFAS Lawsuit Settlement
08/08/2023 -

Are kids’ backpacks treated with PFAS “forever chemicals” like other water-resistant fabrics such as raincoats? Several Mamavation community members reached out to us asking about what brands of backpacks were the safest for their young children. More:

PFAS Health Effects PFAS Health Effects: Endocrine System, Metabolism and Fertility PFAS Health Effects: Pregnancy and Children PFAS in Personal Care Products PFAS in Underwear and Related Products PFAS in Cookware and Alternatives PFAS in Kitchen Appliances and Alternatives

Kid's Backpacks & Avoiding PFAS "Forever Chemicals"— Buying Guide

Are kids’ backpacks treated with PFAS “forever chemicals” like other water-resistant fabrics such as raincoats? Several Mamavation community members reached out to us asking about what brands of backpacks were the safest for their young children. More:

PFAS Health Effects PFAS Health Effects: Endocrine System, Metabolism and Fertility PFAS Health Effects: Pregnancy and Children PFAS in Personal Care Products PFAS in Underwear and Related Products PFAS in Cookware and Alternatives PFAS in Kitchen Appliances and Alternatives
08/08/2023 -

Concentrations of some potentially harmful chemical compounds in dust collected from air filtration systems on the International Space Station (ISS) exceed those found in floor dust from many American homes, a new study reveals. More:


Chemical contamination on International Space Station is out of this world

Concentrations of some potentially harmful chemical compounds in dust collected from air filtration systems on the International Space Station (ISS) exceed those found in floor dust from many American homes, a new study reveals. More:

04/08/2023 -

Most people have heard of BPA — but researchers say its chemical cousin, BADGE, is leaving scores of workers, artisans and individuals at risk. More:

Bisphenol A Diglycidyl Ether (BADGE) BADGE: Occupational Exposure and Risks

BPA's evil cousin

Most people have heard of BPA — but researchers say its chemical cousin, BADGE, is leaving scores of workers, artisans and individuals at risk. More:

Bisphenol A Diglycidyl Ether (BADGE) BADGE: Occupational Exposure and Risks
27/07/2023 -

Mercury poisoning among members of the Grassy Narrows First Nation in Ontario, Canada, is contributing to high rates of attempted suicide among Indigenous youth. That’s according to a new study out of the University of Quebec in Montreal published this month in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. More:

The Mercury Problem Exposure and Human Health Impact Socioeconomic Impacts

Mercury pollution is worsening a mental health crisis in this Indigenous community

Mercury poisoning among members of the Grassy Narrows First Nation in Ontario, Canada, is contributing to high rates of attempted suicide among Indigenous youth. That’s according to a new study out of the University of Quebec in Montreal published this month in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. More:

The Mercury Problem Exposure and Human Health Impact Socioeconomic Impacts
26/07/2023 -

The endocrine system is made up of glands throughout the body, along with the hormones that these glands produce and receptors that respond to the hormones. Endocrine glands include the pituitary, thymus, pancreas and adrenals. Hormones act like messengers, traveling through the body to deliver instructions that control biological processes ranging from growth and development to sleep, digestion and childbirth. More:

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) EDCs Human Health Effects EDCs added to Plastics EDCs: Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) EDCs: Pesticides EDCs: DDT, Dioxins and PCBs

What are endocrine-disrupting chemicals?

The endocrine system is made up of glands throughout the body, along with the hormones that these glands produce and receptors that respond to the hormones. Endocrine glands include the pituitary, thymus, pancreas and adrenals. Hormones act like messengers, traveling through the body to deliver instructions that control biological processes ranging from growth and development to sleep, digestion and childbirth. More:

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) EDCs Human Health Effects EDCs added to Plastics EDCs: Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) EDCs: Pesticides EDCs: DDT, Dioxins and PCBs
20/07/2023 -

Researchers have documented the insects making their homes in higher places that are typically too cool for them, from the tropical highlands of South America to the mountainous but populous regions of eastern Africa. A recent Georgetown University study found them moving upward in sub-Saharan Africa at the rate of 21 feet per year. More:

Malaria Environmental Change and Malaria Migration of Vectors and Malaria DDT Alternatives - Vaccination

Mosquitos are moving to higher elevations — and so is malaria

Researchers have documented the insects making their homes in higher places that are typically too cool for them, from the tropical highlands of South America to the mountainous but populous regions of eastern Africa. A recent Georgetown University study found them moving upward in sub-Saharan Africa at the rate of 21 feet per year. More:

Malaria Environmental Change and Malaria Migration of Vectors and Malaria DDT Alternatives - Vaccination
20/07/2023 -

The answer to cleaning up contaminated industrial sites in Europe could lie in the microbes that are already there. More:

Management of Contaminated Sites Contaminated Soil Bioremediation

In battle against soil pollution, new ally emerges

19/07/2023 -

The pesticide companies Bayer and Syngenta have been excoriated in a European parliament hearing after failing to disclose studies on the brain toxicity of their products. More:


‘Outrageous’: MEPs condemn pesticide companies for withholding toxicity data

The pesticide companies Bayer and Syngenta have been excoriated in a European parliament hearing after failing to disclose studies on the brain toxicity of their products. More:

19/07/2023 -

California researchers have found new evidence that several chemicals used in plastic production and a wide array of other industrial applications are commonly present in the blood of pregnant women, creating increased health risks for mothers and their babies. More:

Exposure and Environmental Risks Water Pollution and Settlements PFOS Phase Out

Researchers find evidence of ‘forever chemicals’ in blood of pregnant women

California researchers have found new evidence that several chemicals used in plastic production and a wide array of other industrial applications are commonly present in the blood of pregnant women, creating increased health risks for mothers and their babies. More:

Exposure and Environmental Risks Water Pollution and Settlements PFOS Phase Out
17/07/2023 -

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill requiring manufacturers to report their use of a class of toxic chemicals and phase them out by 2030 is now the law in Maine. The law that took effect Thursday was one of several legislative proposals to address contamination by so-called PFAS, short for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which have long been used in a variety of consumer products. More:


Maine requires so-called PFAS to be phased out by 2030

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill requiring manufacturers to report their use of a class of toxic chemicals and phase them out by 2030 is now the law in Maine. The law that took effect Thursday was one of several legislative proposals to address contamination by so-called PFAS, short for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which have long been used in a variety of consumer products. More:

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