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Study reveals ecological threat of trace organic pollutants in China's wastewater effluents

24/01/2024 -

It’s not just mothers who transfer toxic chemicals and their negative health impacts to their children. New research now reveals that fathers are also responsible for passing on the effects of past chemical exposure to their offspring. More:

PFAS: Paternal and Maternal Exposure Transfer Exposure Transfer in Pregnancy and Infancy Pesticide-induced Multigeneration Effects on Amphibians

Fathers transfer past chemical exposure to their children

It’s not just mothers who transfer toxic chemicals and their negative health impacts to their children. New research now reveals that fathers are also responsible for passing on the effects of past chemical exposure to their offspring. More:

PFAS: Paternal and Maternal Exposure Transfer Exposure Transfer in Pregnancy and Infancy Pesticide-induced Multigeneration Effects on Amphibians
22/01/2024 -

The EU plans to stop the use of the harmful “forever” chemicals in many industries but not their inclusion in pesticides. But PFAS-based pesticides are widely used in agriculture and this is unacceptable, Harrie Timmer of water company umbrella orginisation Vereniging van Waterbedrijven Nederland (Vewin) told the Financieele Dagblad. More:

PFAS Contamination Human Exposure and Risk The Right to Know

PFAS in pesticides are a threat to drinking water: FD

The EU plans to stop the use of the harmful “forever” chemicals in many industries but not their inclusion in pesticides. But PFAS-based pesticides are widely used in agriculture and this is unacceptable, Harrie Timmer of water company umbrella orginisation Vereniging van Waterbedrijven Nederland (Vewin) told the Financieele Dagblad. More:

PFAS Contamination Human Exposure and Risk The Right to Know
22/01/2024 -

Children's jackets and overalls sold in Europe contain extremely dangerous substances, warns a new study, conducted by a Czech NGO Arnika and the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN). The most prevalent among the toxic "Forever Chemicals” found in children's outdoor clothing is the globally banned, exceptionally persistent perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). More:

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) PFAS Exposure and Health Impact PFAS in Clothing PFAS-free Clothing

Kids' jackets contain dangerous “Forever chemicals” including globally banned PFOA. Experts call for universal ban

Children's jackets and overalls sold in Europe contain extremely dangerous substances, warns a new study, conducted by a Czech NGO Arnika and the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN). The most prevalent among the toxic "Forever Chemicals” found in children's outdoor clothing is the globally banned, exceptionally persistent perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). More:

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) PFAS Exposure and Health Impact PFAS in Clothing PFAS-free Clothing
22/01/2024 -

ProPublica journalist and filmmaker Liz Moughon on making a documentary that captures the impossible choices facing sleep apnea patients who relied on the dangerous Philips DreamStation breathing machines. More:

Respiratory Machines Chemicals of Concern in Respiratory Machines Control and Enforcement

How Patients and Doctors Are Navigating the Fallout of the Massive Recall of Philips Breathing Machines

ProPublica journalist and filmmaker Liz Moughon on making a documentary that captures the impossible choices facing sleep apnea patients who relied on the dangerous Philips DreamStation breathing machines. More:

Respiratory Machines Chemicals of Concern in Respiratory Machines Control and Enforcement
18/01/2024 -

The study, led by the University of Tasmania's School of Natural Sciences, tested for substances known as PFAS in the penguins and their habitat on Tasmanian coastlines — from the Derwent estuary to King Island. More:

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) PFAS in Seabirds PFAS Firefighting Foam Impact

Toxic PFAS chemicals found in little penguin colonies around Tasmania, new study says

The study, led by the University of Tasmania's School of Natural Sciences, tested for substances known as PFAS in the penguins and their habitat on Tasmanian coastlines — from the Derwent estuary to King Island. More:

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) PFAS in Seabirds PFAS Firefighting Foam Impact
17/01/2024 -

For years, researchers studying DEET—the chemical that’s widely used in insect repellants—have noted how in some cases it can harm brain cells, cause seizures and adversely affect the central nervous system. Now a group of scientists at Harvard University have found that the substance may jeopardize reproductive functions, too. More:

DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) DEET Exposure and Impact Climate Change Impact on Vector Transmission

Does the Insect Repellent DEET Affect Reproductive Systems?

For years, researchers studying DEET—the chemical that’s widely used in insect repellants—have noted how in some cases it can harm brain cells, cause seizures and adversely affect the central nervous system. Now a group of scientists at Harvard University have found that the substance may jeopardize reproductive functions, too. More:

DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) DEET Exposure and Impact Climate Change Impact on Vector Transmission
16/01/2024 -

I explored this question in a recently published review in Frontiers in Toxicology and discovered a growing body of evidence connecting increased exposure to chemicals in the environment, such as lead, PFAS and BPA, to increased child mental health symptoms like anxiety and depression. More:

Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals Chemicals Neurotoxicity Developmental Neurotoxicity of PBDEs Pollution and Mental Health Pollution Impact on Children

Op-ed: What we know about toxic chemicals and children’s mental health

I explored this question in a recently published review in Frontiers in Toxicology and discovered a growing body of evidence connecting increased exposure to chemicals in the environment, such as lead, PFAS and BPA, to increased child mental health symptoms like anxiety and depression. More:

Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals Chemicals Neurotoxicity Developmental Neurotoxicity of PBDEs Pollution and Mental Health Pollution Impact on Children
16/01/2024 -

PFAS-contaminated eggs are being found far away from the Dordrecht region where the chemical factory Chemours is based, suggesting pollution with the complex group of harmful chemicals is much more widespread than previously thought, a NOS investigation has found. More:

PFAS in Eggs PFAS in Eggs: Human Exposure

PFAS in eggs from hens kept as a hobby is a problem: NOS

PFAS-contaminated eggs are being found far away from the Dordrecht region where the chemical factory Chemours is based, suggesting pollution with the complex group of harmful chemicals is much more widespread than previously thought, a NOS investigation has found. More:

PFAS in Eggs PFAS in Eggs: Human Exposure
13/01/2024 -

Air pollution was worse inside British homes than it was outside for 11 months of the year in 2022, according to a global study by tech company Dyson. More:

Particulate Matter Indoor Air Pollutants Reducing Indoor Air Pollution

Is your scented candle trying to kill you? Shocking new research finds air pollution is worse inside your home compared with outside due to common household products

Air pollution was worse inside British homes than it was outside for 11 months of the year in 2022, according to a global study by tech company Dyson. More:

Particulate Matter Indoor Air Pollutants Reducing Indoor Air Pollution
11/01/2024 -

By contributing to the development of chronic disease and death, a group of hormone-disruptive plastic chemicals is costing the US health care system billions — over $249 billion in 2018 alone, a new study found. “The real contribution of this work is helping the public understand how much of the human health threat of endocrine-disrupting chemicals is due to plastics,” said lead author Dr. Leonardo Trasande, a professor of pediatrics and population health at NYU Langone Health in New York City. More:

Chemicals in Plastics Bisphenols Bisphenols Impact on Human Fertility Flame Retardants Per‐ and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) Phthalates Phathalates Impact on Children's Health

Plastic chemicals linked to $249 billion in US health care costs in 2018 alone, study finds

By contributing to the development of chronic disease and death, a group of hormone-disruptive plastic chemicals is costing the US health care system billions — over $249 billion in 2018 alone, a new study found. “The real contribution of this work is helping the public understand how much of the human health threat of endocrine-disrupting chemicals is due to plastics,” said lead author Dr. Leonardo Trasande, a professor of pediatrics and population health at NYU Langone Health in New York City. More:

Chemicals in Plastics Bisphenols Bisphenols Impact on Human Fertility Flame Retardants Per‐ and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) Phthalates Phathalates Impact on Children's Health
11/01/2024 -

Human activity, from burning fossil fuels and fireplaces to the contaminated dust produced by mining, alters Earth's atmosphere in countless ways. Records of these impacts over time are preserved in everlasting polar ice that serves as a sort of time capsule, allowing scientists and historians to link Earth's history with that of human societies. In a new study, ice cores from Antarctica show that lead and other toxic heavy metals linked to mining activities polluted the Southern Hemisphere as early as the 13th century. More:


The first assessment of toxic heavy metal pollution in the Southern Hemisphere over the last 2,000 years

Human activity, from burning fossil fuels and fireplaces to the contaminated dust produced by mining, alters Earth's atmosphere in countless ways. Records of these impacts over time are preserved in everlasting polar ice that serves as a sort of time capsule, allowing scientists and historians to link Earth's history with that of human societies. In a new study, ice cores from Antarctica show that lead and other toxic heavy metals linked to mining activities polluted the Southern Hemisphere as early as the 13th century. More:

10/01/2024 -

The study identified 921 chemicals that could potentially increase the risk of breast cancer and found that 90% are ubiquitous in consumer products, food and drinks, pesticides, medications and workplaces. More:

Chemical Carcinogens - Breast Cancer Risk Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics Breast Cancer Risk Prevention

More than 900 common chemicals linked to breast cancer risk: Study

09/01/2024 -

British Columbia doesn’t currently test agricultural soils for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS or forever chemicals, which have been linked to serious health concerns. Teflon, known for its use in non-stick cookware, is a well-known PFAS. More:

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) Biosolids PFAS Contamination in US Farms PFAS Management in Canada PFAS Phytoremediation

Reducing the Forever Chemicals in the Food We Eat

British Columbia doesn’t currently test agricultural soils for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS or forever chemicals, which have been linked to serious health concerns. Teflon, known for its use in non-stick cookware, is a well-known PFAS. More:

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) Biosolids PFAS Contamination in US Farms PFAS Management in Canada PFAS Phytoremediation
09/01/2024 -

Last year, Washington state passed precedent-setting rules prohibiting bisphenols as an entire class of chemicals in several products, including food and drink cans and thermal paper. These chemicals disrupt proper hormone function and are linked to health harms from cancer to diabetes to reproductive problems. More:

Chemicals Classification Bisphenol-A (BPA) and Alternatives Chemicals Regulation

Regulating chemicals by class: A task of surgical precision

Last year, Washington state passed precedent-setting rules prohibiting bisphenols as an entire class of chemicals in several products, including food and drink cans and thermal paper. These chemicals disrupt proper hormone function and are linked to health harms from cancer to diabetes to reproductive problems. More:

Chemicals Classification Bisphenol-A (BPA) and Alternatives Chemicals Regulation
08/01/2024 -

So-called “forever chemicals” linked to disease, infertility and death have been detected in 60% of rivers and lakes tested in Northeast Tennessee, findings that “cast into question the long-term safety of drinking water supplies for the region,” a report released Monday by the Sierra Club said. More:

PFAS Water Pollution PFAS in Firefighting Foam and Impact PFAS Exposure Through Drinking Water PFAS Management in the U.S

Report: ‘Forever chemicals’ in northeast TN pose longterm risk to region’s drinking water

So-called “forever chemicals” linked to disease, infertility and death have been detected in 60% of rivers and lakes tested in Northeast Tennessee, findings that “cast into question the long-term safety of drinking water supplies for the region,” a report released Monday by the Sierra Club said. More:

PFAS Water Pollution PFAS in Firefighting Foam and Impact PFAS Exposure Through Drinking Water PFAS Management in the U.S
08/01/2024 -

Glittery epoxy art kits that you mix at home to create translucent resin art projects are all the rage online and in arts and craft stores. Rarely will the warning labels tell you, however, that they’re loaded with an endocrine-disrupting chemical called bisphenol A diglycidyl ether, known as BADGE. More:

Bisphenols and Alternatives Bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (BADGE) Bisphenols in Consumer Products Bisphenols in Food Bisphenols Policies and Action Plans EU Chemicals Policy

How BPA and its evil cousins dodge meaningful regulation

Glittery epoxy art kits that you mix at home to create translucent resin art projects are all the rage online and in arts and craft stores. Rarely will the warning labels tell you, however, that they’re loaded with an endocrine-disrupting chemical called bisphenol A diglycidyl ether, known as BADGE. More:

Bisphenols and Alternatives Bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (BADGE) Bisphenols in Consumer Products Bisphenols in Food Bisphenols Policies and Action Plans EU Chemicals Policy
04/01/2024 -

In 2024, the chemical and advanced materials industry is expected to continue experiencing the challenges that persisted throughout 2023, such as inconsistent economic growth, climate crises, and geopolitical conflicts. Institutions such as the OECD, IMF, and the World Bank are sending warning signals that the global economy will be even bleaker than last year. More:

EU Chemicals Regulation Chemical Industry Transition in Europe

3 trends that are changing the chemical industry in 2024

In 2024, the chemical and advanced materials industry is expected to continue experiencing the challenges that persisted throughout 2023, such as inconsistent economic growth, climate crises, and geopolitical conflicts. Institutions such as the OECD, IMF, and the World Bank are sending warning signals that the global economy will be even bleaker than last year. More:

EU Chemicals Regulation Chemical Industry Transition in Europe
04/01/2024 -

Like many consumer products, toys are composed of a range of materials, such as plastics, textiles, and metals. While chemicals of concern provide toys with certain functions such as fragrance, color, and plasticity, exposure can result in long-term health effects for children, interfering with the hormone system or cognitive development. More:

Chemicals of Concern in Toys Human Exposure: Children Chemicals in Products and Policy Chemicals Management in the Toy Sector

Wicked Games: How Playing With Toys Can Expose Children to Harmful Chemicals

Like many consumer products, toys are composed of a range of materials, such as plastics, textiles, and metals. While chemicals of concern provide toys with certain functions such as fragrance, color, and plasticity, exposure can result in long-term health effects for children, interfering with the hormone system or cognitive development. More:

Chemicals of Concern in Toys Human Exposure: Children Chemicals in Products and Policy Chemicals Management in the Toy Sector
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