POPs in the news

30/09/2023 -

The Global Framework on Chemicals sets out a roadmap for reducing environmental risks from chemicals and waste. "Everyone on this planet should be able to live and work without fear of falling sick or dying from chemical exposure," said Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). More:

Pesticides

UN adopts new global rules to reduce chemicals harm

The Global Framework on Chemicals sets out a roadmap for reducing environmental risks from chemicals and waste. "Everyone on this planet should be able to live and work without fear of falling sick or dying from chemical exposure," said Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). More:

Pesticides
30/09/2023 -

Twenty-five is young for a cancer diagnosis, but stories like hers are increasingly common — cancer is on the rise among millennials and young people. Since health officials began collecting data in the 1970s, charts tracking cancer in children and young adults are distressingly uniform, with diagonal lines steadily climbing upward. More:

Chemical Pollution Risks Toxic Chemicals in Food and Cosmetics Toxic Chemicals Impact on Children Reducing the Use of Cancer Causing Chemicals

We’re missing a critical opportunity to prevent childhood cancer

Twenty-five is young for a cancer diagnosis, but stories like hers are increasingly common — cancer is on the rise among millennials and young people. Since health officials began collecting data in the 1970s, charts tracking cancer in children and young adults are distressingly uniform, with diagonal lines steadily climbing upward. More:

Chemical Pollution Risks Toxic Chemicals in Food and Cosmetics Toxic Chemicals Impact on Children Reducing the Use of Cancer Causing Chemicals
28/09/2023 -

The Hockomock Swamp is home to an uncommon species of mosquito that carries a rare but highly lethal brain-swelling virus called eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE. To curb its spread, state officials have long used a pesticide named Anvil 10+10, spraying it from airplanes overhead. More:

Dark Waters, the Film

Fluorinated Plastics Carry the Risk of ‘Forever Chemicals’

The Hockomock Swamp is home to an uncommon species of mosquito that carries a rare but highly lethal brain-swelling virus called eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE. To curb its spread, state officials have long used a pesticide named Anvil 10+10, spraying it from airplanes overhead. More:

Dark Waters, the Film
28/09/2023 -

Two highly toxic chemicals polluting a former Nasa research site are also probably contaminating the Los Angeles River and aquifer from which the region’s agricultural growers draw their water, watchdog groups and a whistleblower charge. More:


Forever chemicals at former Nasa lab are leaking into LA River, say watchdogs

Two highly toxic chemicals polluting a former Nasa research site are also probably contaminating the Los Angeles River and aquifer from which the region’s agricultural growers draw their water, watchdog groups and a whistleblower charge. More:

27/09/2023 -

Belgian authorities are investigating after learning last week "3M was still emitting relevant amounts of PFAS into the ambient air," according to a government website translated from Dutch. "The PFAS emissions end up in the environment and cause additional pollution, in this case mainly in the groundwater." More:


3M again halts PFAS production in Belgium amid pollution problems

Belgian authorities are investigating after learning last week "3M was still emitting relevant amounts of PFAS into the ambient air," according to a government website translated from Dutch. "The PFAS emissions end up in the environment and cause additional pollution, in this case mainly in the groundwater." More:

26/09/2023 -

Treatment plants do not remove all of the persistent chemical pollutants in wastewater from industry, so they often end up in rivers, streams and irrigation systems. This harms the biodiversity of these ecosystems and pollutes our food and water, but many of the current options for water filtering are expensive, carbon-costly and can be polluting themselves. More:


Scientists use water fleas to filter pollutants out of wastewater

Treatment plants do not remove all of the persistent chemical pollutants in wastewater from industry, so they often end up in rivers, streams and irrigation systems. This harms the biodiversity of these ecosystems and pollutes our food and water, but many of the current options for water filtering are expensive, carbon-costly and can be polluting themselves. More:

26/09/2023 -

In Hawaii and elsewhere in the North Pacific, few hatchlings are emerging from the nests of endangered hawksbill and green sea turtles. In Wisconsin, some tree swallows have failed to produce offspring. In California, infectious diseases are now more common in southern sea otters. In Michigan, bluegills are swimming slower. In the Arctic, some hooded seals and their pups have thyroid problems. And in North Carolina’s Cape Fear River, American alligators have been found with lesions and unhealed, infected wounds. More:

Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) PFAS Toxicity Human Sentinels PFAS Wildlife Exposure PFAS Impact on Wildlife PFAS History: The Right to Know PFAS Regulation

PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ harming wildlife the world over: Study

In Hawaii and elsewhere in the North Pacific, few hatchlings are emerging from the nests of endangered hawksbill and green sea turtles. In Wisconsin, some tree swallows have failed to produce offspring. In California, infectious diseases are now more common in southern sea otters. In Michigan, bluegills are swimming slower. In the Arctic, some hooded seals and their pups have thyroid problems. And in North Carolina’s Cape Fear River, American alligators have been found with lesions and unhealed, infected wounds. More:

Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) PFAS Toxicity Human Sentinels PFAS Wildlife Exposure PFAS Impact on Wildlife PFAS History: The Right to Know PFAS Regulation
25/09/2023 -

In 1988, turmeric producers in Bangladesh had a problem. That year, their rivers reached their peaks within a matter of days, creating a deluge that submerged three quarters of the country. When the floods subsided, farmers found black and soggy turmeric roots — unappealing to buyers, even if the raw spice remained intact. Turmeric polishers found a solution: a quick polish to smooth the exterior then a dusting of a yellow pigment powder to enhance the natural color. They didn’t know the powder was poison. More:

Sources of Lead Exposure Biomonitoring Lead Tackling Lead Poisoning

Tracking down a poison: Getting the lead out of spices in Bangladesh and Georgia

In 1988, turmeric producers in Bangladesh had a problem. That year, their rivers reached their peaks within a matter of days, creating a deluge that submerged three quarters of the country. When the floods subsided, farmers found black and soggy turmeric roots — unappealing to buyers, even if the raw spice remained intact. Turmeric polishers found a solution: a quick polish to smooth the exterior then a dusting of a yellow pigment powder to enhance the natural color. They didn’t know the powder was poison. More:

Sources of Lead Exposure Biomonitoring Lead Tackling Lead Poisoning
21/09/2023 -

While it is generally not known what exactly causes cancer, past studies show a woman’s risk for cancer depends on a variety of factors. These could include genetics, smoking, obesity, hormones, and environmental risk factors like exposure to certain chemicals called “forever chemicals.” More:

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) PFAS in the Environment PFAS in Consumer Products PFAS in Food Packaging and Cookware PFAS Human Exposure PFAS Health Effects: Asthma, Inflammation, Immunosuppression PFAS Human Health Effects: Cancer PFAS Human Health Effects: Cardiovascular Disease and High Serum Cholesterol PFAS Human Health Effects: Endocrine disruption, Fertility, Thyroid function Water Decontamination PFAS Alternatives for Consumer Products

Higher levels of 'forever chemicals' found in women with breast, skin, and ovarian cancers

While it is generally not known what exactly causes cancer, past studies show a woman’s risk for cancer depends on a variety of factors. These could include genetics, smoking, obesity, hormones, and environmental risk factors like exposure to certain chemicals called “forever chemicals.” More:

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) PFAS in the Environment PFAS in Consumer Products PFAS in Food Packaging and Cookware PFAS Human Exposure PFAS Health Effects: Asthma, Inflammation, Immunosuppression PFAS Human Health Effects: Cancer PFAS Human Health Effects: Cardiovascular Disease and High Serum Cholesterol PFAS Human Health Effects: Endocrine disruption, Fertility, Thyroid function Water Decontamination PFAS Alternatives for Consumer Products
19/09/2023 -

Surnommés "polluants éternels", les PFAS s’accumulent dans la nature sans jamais être éliminés et pénètrent dans la chaîne alimentaire. La RTS a fait analyser des poissons pêchés dans différentes régions du pays. Résultat: des PFAS détectés dans tous les échantillons. Selon les normes européennes, certains sont même impropres à la consommation. More:

PFAS: Bio-surveillance humaine

Des poissons suisses trop pollués pour être mangés

Surnommés "polluants éternels", les PFAS s’accumulent dans la nature sans jamais être éliminés et pénètrent dans la chaîne alimentaire. La RTS a fait analyser des poissons pêchés dans différentes régions du pays. Résultat: des PFAS détectés dans tous les échantillons. Selon les normes européennes, certains sont même impropres à la consommation. More:

PFAS: Bio-surveillance humaine
18/09/2023 -

One million animal and plant species are under threat of extinction worldwide. One of the main causes of the loss of biodiversity is the pollution of nature by nutrients and chemical pesticides. Agricultural economist Niklas Möhring: “The member states of the United Nations have set global targets to halt the loss of biodiversity. To reduce pollution and protect biodiversity, researchers and policy makers need adequate indicators with which to measure progress. In our report, we highlight some of them.” More:


Successful protection of biodiversity requires adequate pesticide and nutrient pollution indicators

One million animal and plant species are under threat of extinction worldwide. One of the main causes of the loss of biodiversity is the pollution of nature by nutrients and chemical pesticides. Agricultural economist Niklas Möhring: “The member states of the United Nations have set global targets to halt the loss of biodiversity. To reduce pollution and protect biodiversity, researchers and policy makers need adequate indicators with which to measure progress. In our report, we highlight some of them.” More:

18/09/2023 -

Although they may not be the intended target, snails undoubtedly still suffer from the widespread spraying of insecticides on crops. But seeing as snails can also cause major damage to plants, farmers probably aren’t too upset if they get caught in the crossfire. This all makes it rather fitting that a team of Tunisian scientists has found a way for snails to help monitor insecticide pollution – by donating their shells. More:


Snails take stand against pollution

Although they may not be the intended target, snails undoubtedly still suffer from the widespread spraying of insecticides on crops. But seeing as snails can also cause major damage to plants, farmers probably aren’t too upset if they get caught in the crossfire. This all makes it rather fitting that a team of Tunisian scientists has found a way for snails to help monitor insecticide pollution – by donating their shells. More:

18/09/2023 -

Using data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a team of academic researchers found evidence that women diagnosed with some “hormonally-driven” cancers had exposures to certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are used in thousands of household and industrial products, including in stain- and heat-resistant items. More:

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Human Exposure and Health Effects

Certain common chemicals associated with higher odds of cancer in women

Using data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a team of academic researchers found evidence that women diagnosed with some “hormonally-driven” cancers had exposures to certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are used in thousands of household and industrial products, including in stain- and heat-resistant items. More:

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Human Exposure and Health Effects
18/09/2023 -

A full-scale furor is erupting in Europe, pitting industry against government. The European Commission (EC) is proposing that all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) be banned because it says they are persistent, can be toxic, and can bioaccumulate in organisms—including people. The ban would include all fluoropolymers, a major subset of PFAS. More:

The Industry Position on PFAS

The battle over PFAS in Europe

A full-scale furor is erupting in Europe, pitting industry against government. The European Commission (EC) is proposing that all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) be banned because it says they are persistent, can be toxic, and can bioaccumulate in organisms—including people. The ban would include all fluoropolymers, a major subset of PFAS. More:

The Industry Position on PFAS
14/09/2023 -

Deanna Denham Hughes still remembers the jingle that ruined her life. “Just for meeeee,” she sings, drawing out the last syllable before she breaks into a self-conscious laugh. “It’s like this little hip-hop beat.” In the ad, for Just for Me hair relaxer, Black girls wearing big earrings rap about “body and shine” and flip their silky hair in slow motion. Denham Hughes wanted to be just like them when she was a ’90s kid, and that meant she had to tame her thick, immovable Afro. More:

Human Health Effects Hair Straighteners and Cancer Toxic Fragrance Chemicals Lawsuit on Hair Straighteners Socio-cultural Aspects

The Cost of Straight Hair

Deanna Denham Hughes still remembers the jingle that ruined her life. “Just for meeeee,” she sings, drawing out the last syllable before she breaks into a self-conscious laugh. “It’s like this little hip-hop beat.” In the ad, for Just for Me hair relaxer, Black girls wearing big earrings rap about “body and shine” and flip their silky hair in slow motion. Denham Hughes wanted to be just like them when she was a ’90s kid, and that meant she had to tame her thick, immovable Afro. More:

Human Health Effects Human Health Effects: Hair Straighteners and Cancer Toxic Fragrance Chemicals Lawsuit about Hair Straighteners Socio-cultural Aspects
14/09/2023 -

Don’t get us wrong, PFAS remediation in general is a very good thing. There are so many PFAS-polluted sites out there that urgently need to be cleaned up to limit the pollution. And due to all the years of toxic release, this is something we will need for a long time. More:

PFAS Remediation Technologies PFAS Remediation Technologies: Soil Remediation

Sorry, folks. PFAS clean-ups won’t solve the problem

Don’t get us wrong, PFAS remediation in general is a very good thing. There are so many PFAS-polluted sites out there that urgently need to be cleaned up to limit the pollution. And due to all the years of toxic release, this is something we will need for a long time. More:

PFAS Remediation Technologies PFAS Remediation Technologies: Soil Remediation
14/09/2023 -

Exposure to the synthetic chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) exceeds acceptable health safety levels, a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing said. More:


Europeans exposed to chemical BPA at higher than acceptable health safety levels, EU report says

Exposure to the synthetic chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) exceeds acceptable health safety levels, a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing said. More:

13/09/2023 -

Gains made against malaria in Kenya and the East African region are under threat following the rapid spread of a new deadly mosquito species, according to scientists. The species was recently detected in parts of northern Kenya, raising alarms about its spread and risk of the vector-borne disease. More:

Malaria Malaria Prevalence 03-Malaria and Climate Change DDT Alternatives

Fight against Malaria in Kenya, Horn of Africa threatened by Asian vector

Gains made against malaria in Kenya and the East African region are under threat following the rapid spread of a new deadly mosquito species, according to scientists. The species was recently detected in parts of northern Kenya, raising alarms about its spread and risk of the vector-borne disease. More:

Malaria Malaria Prevalence 03-Malaria and Climate Change DDT Alternatives
13/09/2023 -

For decades, it was the secret behind the magic show of homemaking across the US. Applied to a pan, it could keep a fried egg from sticking to the surface. Soaked into a carpet, it could shrug off spills of red wine. Sprayed onto shoes and coats, it could keep the kids dry on a rainy day. More:

Human Exposure Human Health Effects Regulation

In our blood: how the US allowed toxic chemicals to seep into our lives

For decades, it was the secret behind the magic show of homemaking across the US. Applied to a pan, it could keep a fried egg from sticking to the surface. Soaked into a carpet, it could shrug off spills of red wine. Sprayed onto shoes and coats, it could keep the kids dry on a rainy day. More:

Human Exposure Human Health Effects Regulation
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