POPs in the news

23/07/2012 -

Tegucigalpa.- El uso indiscriminado de plaguicidas, pesticidas y herbicidas en la producción agrícola nacional poco a poco ha estado envenenando a adultos y niños, a tal punto que la Secretaría de Salud reporta varios muertos y alrededor de dos mil intoxicados en los últimos dos años. More:
La Tribuna (Spanish)


Intoxicaciones masivas por uso de mortíferos agroquímicos

Tegucigalpa.- El uso indiscriminado de plaguicidas, pesticidas y herbicidas en la producción agrícola nacional poco a poco ha estado envenenando a adultos y niños, a tal punto que la Secretaría de Salud reporta varios muertos y alrededor de dos mil intoxicados en los últimos dos años. More:
La Tribuna (Spanish)

20/07/2012 -

L'Efsa a publié le 18 juillet un rapport sur les taux de dioxines et de PCB présents dans les aliments. Verdict : un baisse de l'exposition à ces substances toxiques via l'alimentation tant pour la population générale que chez les enfants. More:
Actu-Environnement (French)


Dioxines et PCB : l'exposition alimentaire en baisse en Europe

L'Efsa a publié le 18 juillet un rapport sur les taux de dioxines et de PCB présents dans les aliments. Verdict : un baisse de l'exposition à ces substances toxiques via l'alimentation tant pour la population générale que chez les enfants. More:
Actu-Environnement (French)

20/07/2012 -

There has been an established increase in reproductive disorders and other hormonal diseases, according to a recent European Environment Agency (EEA) report. The report documents a growing body of research that indicates this increase is influenced by growing levels of chemical pollutants in the environment known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). More:
Science for Environment Policy


More research needed on endocrine disrupters

There has been an established increase in reproductive disorders and other hormonal diseases, according to a recent European Environment Agency (EEA) report. The report documents a growing body of research that indicates this increase is influenced by growing levels of chemical pollutants in the environment known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). More:
Science for Environment Policy

19/07/2012 -

High concentrations of perfluorinated compounds have been found in water and aquatic organisms downstream of Hamilton’s John C. Munro International Airport in the Welland River and Lake Niapenco. More:
Environment Canada


Perfluorinated compounds in water and aquatic organisms downstream from Hamilton airport, Ontario

High concentrations of perfluorinated compounds have been found in water and aquatic organisms downstream of Hamilton’s John C. Munro International Airport in the Welland River and Lake Niapenco. More:
Environment Canada

18/07/2012 -

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a new report on levels of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in food and feed. The report reveals a general decrease in dietary exposure to dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs, comparing the period 2008-2010 with 2002-2004, of at least 16 % and up to 79 % for the general population. More:
European Food Safety Authority


Dioxins and PCBs report shows drop in dietary exposure over last decade

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a new report on levels of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in food and feed. The report reveals a general decrease in dietary exposure to dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs, comparing the period 2008-2010 with 2002-2004, of at least 16 % and up to 79 % for the general population. More:
European Food Safety Authority

12/07/2012 -

According to new research, there was no substantial change from 2000 to 2009 in the global use of the insecticide DDT to control diseases such as malaria. Pyrethroids, another type of insecticide, are also widely used, but there are concerns that insects are developing resistance and insecticidal nets containing pyrethroids are becoming less effective. More:
Science for Environment Policy


No change in global DDT use in recent years

According to new research, there was no substantial change from 2000 to 2009 in the global use of the insecticide DDT to control diseases such as malaria. Pyrethroids, another type of insecticide, are also widely used, but there are concerns that insects are developing resistance and insecticidal nets containing pyrethroids are becoming less effective. More:
Science for Environment Policy

10/07/2012 -

In past decades, scientific knowledge and feasible technologies were unavailable, but now there is enough expertise to pursue discontinuation of hazardous and toxic reagents. More:
Chemistry International


Chlorine-Free Synthesis for Green Chemistry

In past decades, scientific knowledge and feasible technologies were unavailable, but now there is enough expertise to pursue discontinuation of hazardous and toxic reagents. More:
Chemistry International

02/07/2012 -

As the postmarket research continues, one wonders: Who, exactly, decides on the replacements for toxic chemicals, and on the basis of what criteria? And why does finding truly safer alternatives seem so difficult? More:
Environmental Health Perspectives


Why is it So Difficult to Choose Safer Alternatives for Hazardous Chemicals?

As the postmarket research continues, one wonders: Who, exactly, decides on the replacements for toxic chemicals, and on the basis of what criteria? And why does finding truly safer alternatives seem so difficult? More:
Environmental Health Perspectives

29/06/2012 -

There are differences in the assessment and restriction of chemicals exempt from the EU’s regulatory instrument REACH. A new study has analysed the differences between several regulatory frameworks that govern these chemicals and recommended greater harmonisation in assessment criteria and regulatory follow-up. More:
Science for Environment Policy


Regulatory frameworks for chemicals need more harmonising

There are differences in the assessment and restriction of chemicals exempt from the EU’s regulatory instrument REACH. A new study has analysed the differences between several regulatory frameworks that govern these chemicals and recommended greater harmonisation in assessment criteria and regulatory follow-up. More:
Science for Environment Policy

22/06/2012 -

Rattled in Europe by the REACH regulation and carbon dioxide emission curbs, international chemical companies are at the Rio Earth Summit determined to push for a global approach to environmental policy – but with a light regulatory touch. Speaking ahead of the Rio summit, international chemical firms were keen to convey the message that environmental standards are better if they are implemented globally. More:
EurActiv.com


Chemical giants push for global green 'standards' at Rio

Rattled in Europe by the REACH regulation and carbon dioxide emission curbs, international chemical companies are at the Rio Earth Summit determined to push for a global approach to environmental policy – but with a light regulatory touch. Speaking ahead of the Rio summit, international chemical firms were keen to convey the message that environmental standards are better if they are implemented globally. More:
EurActiv.com

21/06/2012 -

Over the past several decades, U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth, using broad expanses of the nation's geology as an invisible dumping ground. Federal rules divide wells into six classes based on the material they hold and the industry that produced it. More:
ProPublica


Injection Wells-The Hidden Risks of Pumping Waste Underground: The Poison Beneath Us

Over the past several decades, U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth, using broad expanses of the nation's geology as an invisible dumping ground. Federal rules divide wells into six classes based on the material they hold and the industry that produced it. More:
ProPublica

20/06/2012 -

In the fall of 1982, Warren County, one of the poorest counties in North Carolina, drew national attention when civil rights figures, religious leaders and others joined local residents trying to stop construction of a toxic waste landfill. Although the effort ultimately failed, and more than 6,000 truckloads of soil laden with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were deposited there, the protest marked the birth of America’s environmental justice movement. More:
Environmental Health News


Birth of the movement: A Q&A with two environmental justice pioneers

In the fall of 1982, Warren County, North Carolina, drew national attention when civil rights figures, religious leaders and others joined local residents trying to stop construction of a toxic waste landfill. Although the effort ultimately failed, and more than 6,000 truckloads of soil laden with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were deposited there, the protest marked the birth of America’s environmental justice movement. More:
Environmental Health News

18/06/2012 -

SACRAMENTO, Calif./California Newswire - In an effort to protect public safety by reducing the use of toxic flame retardants, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has directed state agencies to revise flammability standards for upholstered furniture sold in the state. More:
Fire Engineering


Calif. Governor Brown Directs State Agencies to Revise Flammability Standards

SACRAMENTO, Calif./California Newswire - In an effort to protect public safety by reducing the use of toxic flame retardants, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has directed state agencies to revise flammability standards for upholstered furniture sold in the state. More:
Fire Engineering

16/06/2012 -

To detoxify the stock of endosulfan kept in corroded barrels at three godowns of the Plantation Corporation of Kerala (PCK), the deadly pesticide will be transferred to fresh barrels from Sunday. More:
The Hindu
See also: Endosulfan gets a ‘makeover’ at PCK estate - The Hindu


Endosulfan detoxification process in Kerala

To detoxify the stock of endosulfan kept in corroded barrels at three godowns of the Plantation Corporation of Kerala (PCK), the deadly pesticide will be transferred to fresh barrels from Sunday. More:
The Hindu
See also: Endosulfan gets a ‘makeover’ at PCK estate - The Hindu

14/06/2012 -

High exposures to a well known stain repellent chemical have been linked to increased risk of thyroid disease in highly exposed children. The chemical is known as PFOA. Two related chemicals – PFOS and PFNA – were also linked to higher levels of a thyroid hormone called total T4 in these kids. More:
Environmental Health News


Higher PFOA exposure increases risk of thyroid disease in children

High exposures to a well known stain repellent chemical have been linked to increased risk of thyroid disease in highly exposed children. The chemical is known as PFOA. Two related chemicals – PFOS and PFNA – were also linked to higher levels of a thyroid hormone called total T4 in these kids. More:
Environmental Health News

07/06/2012 -

Medical students in Israel, the United States and Europe are not receiving adequate environmental health education, a study sponsored by the Haifa-based Public Health Coalition has reported. More:
The Jerusalem Post


Lack of training in environmental health - Doctors uninformed about diseases caused by pollutants

Medical students in Israel, the United States and Europe are not receiving adequate environmental health education, a study sponsored by the Haifa-based Public Health Coalition has reported. More:
The Jerusalem Post

04/06/2012 -

Le sandwich au beurre de cacahouète est aux Américains ce que le jambon-beurre est au consommateur gaulois : incontournable ! Mais nos amis yankees pourraient se passer du cocktail toxique qui l’accompagne. More:
Terra eco (French)


Du retardateur de flamme dans le beurre de cacahouète

Le sandwich au beurre de cacahouète est aux Américains ce que le jambon-beurre est au consommateur gaulois : incontournable ! Mais nos amis yankees pourraient se passer du cocktail toxique qui l’accompagne. More:
Terra eco (French)

31/05/2012 -

A common flame retardant showed up in a variety of store-bought foods including meat, peanut butter and fish. The discovery of the chemical HBCD adds to growing evidence that our food supply is full of unwanted chemicals, including flame retardants. More:
Discovery News


Flame retardants: Do we need to worry? Harmful chemicals are showing up in food

A common flame retardant showed up in a variety of store-bought foods including meat, peanut butter and fish. The discovery of the chemical HBCD adds to growing evidence that our food supply is full of unwanted chemicals, including flame retardants. More:
Discovery News

28/05/2012 -

Un estudio demuestra por primera vez con datos de campo cómo afecta el ciclo biogeoquímico de los contaminantes a su distribución global y concluye que el océano "controla" el transporte atmosférico de contaminantes orgánicos hacia el Ártico. More:
Europapress.es (Spanish)


Los océanos "dirigen" los contaminantes orgánicos hacia el Ártico

Un estudio demuestra por primera vez con datos de campo cómo afecta el ciclo biogeoquímico de los contaminantes a su distribución global y concluye que el océano "controla" el transporte atmosférico de contaminantes orgánicos hacia el Ártico. More:
Europapress.es (Spanish)

23/05/2012 -

A study of 83 North Carolina toddlers, recently published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, suggests that exposure to potentially toxic flame-retardant chemicals may be higher in nonwhite toddlers than in white toddlers. More:
Science Daily


Socioeconomics May Affect Toddlers' Exposure to Flame Retardants: Hand Wipes Indicate PBDE Levels

A study of 83 North Carolina toddlers, recently published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, suggests that exposure to potentially toxic flame-retardant chemicals may be higher in nonwhite toddlers than in white toddlers. More:
Science Daily

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