POPs in the news

29/09/2020 -

There’s one store where the fields are literally right next to the parking lot. Nineteen year old Maritza Flores and her mom shop at one there all the time. And a lot of the time, when she’s there, she notices this smell. And instantly she knows, someone has just sprayed pesticides. She’s used to it. Maritza Flores has been part of a study her entire life that measures early life exposures to pesticides. More:


Pregnancy And Pesticides: A Study As Old As Its Subjects Reveals Health Concerns

There’s one store where the fields are literally right next to the parking lot. Nineteen year old Maritza Flores and her mom shop at one there all the time. And a lot of the time, when she’s there, she notices this smell. And instantly she knows, someone has just sprayed pesticides. She’s used to it. Maritza Flores has been part of a study her entire life that measures early life exposures to pesticides. More:

28/09/2020 -

Paul Hessburg is a former wildland firefighter who also spent 36 years as a U.S. Forest Service scientist researching the behavior of wildfires. Once able to easily hike 20 miles in a day, he found his capacity diminished after a particularly smoky summer working in Idaho three years ago. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that from 2000 to 2019, 400 wildland firefighters died on the job, but this may hide slower, quieter illnesses and death. More:


Overstretched Wildland Firefighters Risk Lung, Heart Maladies

Paul Hessburg is a former wildland firefighter who also spent 36 years as a U.S. Forest Service scientist researching the behavior of wildfires. Once able to easily hike 20 miles in a day, he found his capacity diminished after a particularly smoky summer working in Idaho three years ago. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that from 2000 to 2019, 400 wildland firefighters died on the job, but this may hide slower, quieter illnesses and death. More:

24/09/2020 -

But there is a catch: No matter how careful you may be, the food you eat and the beverages you drink likely contain one or more of some 10,000 chemicals allowed to be added to foods -- some of which are known endocrine (hormone) disruptors linked to developmental, cognitive and other health problems in babies and adults. More:


FDA must do more to regulate thousands of chemicals added to your food, petitioners say

But there is a catch: No matter how careful you may be, the food you eat and the beverages you drink likely contain one or more of some 10,000 chemicals allowed to be added to foods -- some of which are known endocrine (hormone) disruptors linked to developmental, cognitive and other health problems in babies and adults. More:

24/09/2020 -

A new study found that some carbonated water brands have measurable amounts of so-called PFAS chemicals, which are linked to adverse health effects. Researchers examined more than 40 brands of bottled water and found that sparkling water was more likely to include higher levels of the chemicals than still water. More:


Some sparkling water brands have PFAS chemicals, study finds

A new study found that some carbonated water brands have measurable amounts of so-called PFAS chemicals, which are linked to adverse health effects. Researchers examined more than 40 brands of bottled water and found that sparkling water was more likely to include higher levels of the chemicals than still water. More:

23/09/2020 -

PFAS, industrial chemicals used to waterproof jackets and grease-proof fast-food containers, may disrupt pregnancy with lasting effects. Scientists think that PFAS can alter levels of both mothers’ and babies’ thyroid hormones, which oversee brain development, growth and metabolism, and also play a role in immunity. More:

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These Everyday Toxins May Be Hurting Pregnant Women and Their Babies

PFAS, industrial chemicals used to waterproof jackets and grease-proof fast-food containers, may disrupt pregnancy with lasting effects. Scientists think that PFAS can alter levels of both mothers’ and babies’ thyroid hormones, which oversee brain development, growth and metabolism, and also play a role in immunity. More:

Human exposure to PFAS PFAS accumulation in human tissues and health effects
22/09/2020 -

While several bans and policies have offered some protection, the same chemicals threatening these birds 60 years ago continue to accumulate in their bodies—and new chemical threats are adding to their toxic burdens, according to two new studies. In the first study, researchers examined how legacy pollutants around Lake Erie such as PCBs, PBDEs and DDT continue to bioaccumulate in common terns. More:


Long-banned toxics are still accumulating in Great Lakes birds—as new chemical threats emerge

While several bans and policies have offered some protection, the same chemicals threatening these birds 60 years ago continue to accumulate in their bodies—and new chemical threats are adding to their toxic burdens, according to two new studies. In the first study, researchers examined how legacy pollutants around Lake Erie such as PCBs, PBDEs and DDT continue to bioaccumulate in common terns. More:

17/09/2020 -

Food regulators in the European Union have updated their guidelines for protecting consumers from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food. The latest recommendations from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), released Sept. 17, set a limit for combined exposure to 4 PFAS—perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS)—in food. EFSA previously recommended individual limits for PFOA and PFOS. More:


EU agency sets limit on PFAS in food

Food regulators in the European Union have updated their guidelines for protecting consumers from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food. The latest recommendations from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), released Sept. 17, set a limit for combined exposure to 4 PFAS—perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS)—in food. EFSA previously recommended individual limits for PFOA and PFOS. More:

17/09/2020 -

But for the courageous work of attorney Rob Bilott, the world may have never known about the dangers of the fluorinated “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. Bilott’s book "EXPOSURE: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle Against DuPont" was recently issued in paperback. More:

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The PFAS and the Furious

But for the courageous work of attorney Rob Bilott, the world may have never known about the dangers of the fluorinated “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. Bilott’s book "EXPOSURE: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle Against DuPont" was recently issued in paperback. More:

PFAS Human Health Effects PFAS Human Exposure Environmental occurrence of PFAS PFAS in wildlife PFAS waste
11/09/2020 -

Oakdale residents who drank water polluted with toxic "forever chemicals" experienced elevated rates of infertility, premature births and low birthweight babies due to the contaminants, according to a multiyear review of health records. More:


PFAS-laced water caused infertility, premature births and low birthweight, study says

Oakdale residents who drank water polluted with toxic "forever chemicals" experienced elevated rates of infertility, premature births and low birthweight babies due to the contaminants, according to a multiyear review of health records. More:

09/09/2020 -

Baboons in the U.S., howler monkeys in Costa Rica, and baboons, chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, and red colobus in Uganda are all getting exposed to dangerous pesticides and flame-retardant chemicals, according to new research. More:


Toxic pesticides and flame-retardants found in monkey, baboon, and chimpanzee poop

Baboons in the U.S., howler monkeys in Costa Rica, and baboons, chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, and red colobus in Uganda are all getting exposed to dangerous pesticides and flame-retardant chemicals, according to new research. More:

31/08/2020 -

As we learn more about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, research is revealing ugly realities about social and environmental effects on health – including how the same chronic illnesses associated with exposure to endocrine-disrupting compounds also increase your risk of developing severe COVID-19. More:


How chemicals like PFAS can increase your risk of severe COVID-19

As we learn more about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, research is revealing ugly realities about social and environmental effects on health – including how the same chronic illnesses associated with exposure to endocrine-disrupting compounds also increase your risk of developing severe COVID-19. More:

27/08/2020 -

Sinking your teeth into a crisp apple or chomping on a stalk of celery is something you should be able to do without thinking. After all, the best nutritional science shows that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables—and plenty of them—is a crucial component of good health. But produce sometimes comes with potentially harmful pesticide levels. More:

Human Health Effects

Stop Eating Pesticides

Sinking your teeth into a crisp apple or chomping on a stalk of celery is something you should be able to do without thinking. After all, the best nutritional science shows that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables—and plenty of them—is a crucial component of good health. But produce sometimes comes with potentially harmful pesticide levels. More:

Human Health Effects
26/08/2020 -

Liza called leading scientists, advocates and physicians who helped compile a list of 10 or so of the best candidates. She then painstakingly whittled the list to three: phthalates; PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances; and flame retardants. All three groups of chemicals appear throughout our homes and can disrupt our hormone, or endocrine, systems. The triple crown of toxicity. More:


The 3 Scariest Chemicals to Watch Out For in Your Home

Liza called leading scientists, advocates and physicians who helped compile a list of 10 or so of the best candidates. She then painstakingly whittled the list to three: phthalates; PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances; and flame retardants. All three groups of chemicals appear throughout our homes and can disrupt our hormone, or endocrine, systems. The triple crown of toxicity. More:

24/08/2020 -

In seabird after seabird, Anna Robuck found something concerning: per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, lurking around vital organs. “Brain, liver, kidney, lung, blood, heart,” Robuck says, rattling off a few hiding spots before pausing to recall the rest. Robuck, a Ph.D. candidate in chemical oceanography, quickly settles on a simpler response: She found the chemicals everywhere she looked. More:

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Are Forever Chemicals Harming Ocean Life?

In seabird after seabird, Anna Robuck found something concerning: per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, lurking around vital organs. “Brain, liver, kidney, lung, blood, heart,” Robuck says, rattling off a few hiding spots before pausing to recall the rest. Robuck, a Ph.D. candidate in chemical oceanography, quickly settles on a simpler response: She found the chemicals everywhere she looked. More:

PFAS occurrence in marine water PFAS in coastal and marine wildlife
07/08/2020 -

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing a voluntary phase-out of certain types of grease-proofing agents on paper and paperboard food packaging. This phase-out comes after an FDA post-market scientific review and analysis from rodent studies found biopersistence of the grease-proofing substances. More:


Voluntary phase-out by industry of certain PFAS used in food packaging

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing a voluntary phase-out of certain types of grease-proofing agents on paper and paperboard food packaging. This phase-out comes after an FDA post-market scientific review and analysis from rodent studies found biopersistence of the grease-proofing substances. More:

03/08/2020 -

The chemical contaminant PFAs is emerging as a big problem in Michigan. Michigan officials were frustrated waiting on the federal government to adopt health-protecting standards for the nonstick, so-called "forever chemicals" that have become a leading emerging contaminant in the state and across the country. So they made their own. More:


Michigan's drinking water standards for PFAS chemicals now among toughest in the U.S.

The chemical contaminant PFAs is emerging as a big problem in Michigan. Michigan officials were frustrated waiting on the federal government to adopt health-protecting standards for the nonstick, so-called "forever chemicals" that have become a leading emerging contaminant in the state and across the country. So they made their own. More:

01/08/2020 -

Treating the thousands of potentially toxic chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a single class could reduce health risks and contamination, and improve clean-up efforts, according to a commentary by an international group of experts. More:


PFAS should be managed as a single class of chemicals, experts say

Treating the thousands of potentially toxic chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a single class could reduce health risks and contamination, and improve clean-up efforts, according to a commentary by an international group of experts. More:

29/07/2020 -

In 2019, FIS announced a ban on fluorinated waxes that is set to go into effect prior to the 2020-21 ski season. In response to the popularity of Ski Racing Media’s podcast surrounding the fluoro-wax controversy, we dug a bit deeper to break down the problem, at its root, to help our readers and those impacted by the ban better understand how all this all started, who is involved, how its affecting wax companies, teams, and athletes, and what ski families in North America need to know. More:


Future without fluoros: a complete guide

In 2019, FIS announced a ban on fluorinated waxes that is set to go into effect prior to the 2020-21 ski season. In response to the popularity of Ski Racing Media’s podcast surrounding the fluoro-wax controversy, we dug a bit deeper to break down the problem, at its root, to help our readers and those impacted by the ban better understand how all this all started, who is involved, how its affecting wax companies, teams, and athletes, and what ski families in North America need to know. More:

29/07/2020 -

PFAS (per and polyfluoroalkyl substances) chemicals are used in a lot of household products. While the effects of PFAS on human health are still being debated, they have been detected in the past in our food and drinking water, as well as many waterways. More:


A New 'Forever Chemical' Has Been Detected in Arctic Seawater For The First Time

PFAS (per and polyfluoroalkyl substances) chemicals are used in a lot of household products. While the effects of PFAS on human health are still being debated, they have been detected in the past in our food and drinking water, as well as many waterways. More:

24/07/2020 -

Scientists are putting together a growing list of synthetic chemicals, known as endocrine disruptors, which have gradually become widespread in our water, air, food and blood, and which have been linked to several troubling health effects. More:

Scientific knowledge on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

Household Chemical Effects on Our Health Appear Increasingly Dire, New Evidence Shows

Scientists are putting together a growing list of synthetic chemicals, known as endocrine disruptors, which have gradually become widespread in our water, air, food and blood, and which have been linked to several troubling health effects. More:

Scientific knowledge on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
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