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February 20, 2017 | The Guardian
How air pollution harms your health - and how to avoid it.
It can cause eye irritation, breathing difficulties and heart disease. Here are ways to limit the damage.
February 17, 2017 | Miami WLRN, Florida
Experts alert about risk of lead exposure in Florida.
A new report by the advocacy group Environment Florida argues that water in Florida’s schools and day cares may contain dangerous levels of lead, but that there is no way of knowing how widespread the problem is.
February 16, 2017 | Lagos Guardian, Nigeria
Scientists develop technology to beat metal contamination of food products.
Nigerian scientists have designed stainless steel pepper grinding machine to address the rise in heavy metal contamination of food products.
February 16, 2017 | With colon cancer, smokers may be less likely to survive.
Reuters Health
Current smokers diagnosed with colorectal cancer are more likely to die from it than former smokers or people who never tried cigarettes, a recent study suggests.
February 16, 2017 | Lahore Daily Times, Pakistan
Pollution deaths
The government needs to realize that it has to incrementally cut its dependence on fossil fuels and utilize new green technology to mitigate the bad effects of using coal for producing energy.
February 15, 2017 | The Guardian
From sea to plate: How plastic got into our fish.
Eight million tonnes of waste plastic ends up in the sea each year. Fish eat it - and then we do. How bad is it for us?
February 14, 2017 | Consumer Reports
Flame retardant chemicals found in more people.
It's hard to avoid these toxics, but there are ways to limit your exposure.
February 14, 2017 | New York Times
India's air pollution rivals China's as world's deadliest.
About 1.1 million people die prematurely each year in India and the number is rising, while China’s rate has stabilized at the same number.
February 14, 2017 | CBC Canada
Potential carcinogen found in water used on Canadian Coast Guard ships.
Federal documents reveal concerns about ‘high risk’ to Coast Guard crews from BPA, xylene and ethyl-benzene leaching from epoxy linings of water containers on their ships. The contamination levels exceed federal drinking water norms.
February 14, 2017 | VietNam Net
Underground water pollution reaches alarming levels.
The underground water in most of the large urban areas in Vietnam, especially in Hanoi and HCMC, is polluted due to rapid urbanization, according to the General Directorate of Environment.
February 10, 2017 | Chemical Watch
Latest draft of EDC criteria raises new concerns.
The European Commission’s latest revision to its proposal for criteria to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) has been met with further criticism from NGOs and industry.
February 10, 2017 | Los Angeles KPCC Radio, California
Air pollution tied to increased diabetes risk, study says.
A new study of overweight Latino children in Los Angeles finds exposure to air pollution may increase their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
February 8, 2017 | Daily Mail, United Kingdom.
Pregnant women drinking from plastic water bottles could be driving up their risk of having obese babies.
Many plastic bottles contain BPA - a hormone-disrupting chemical that suppresses sensitivity to a hormone that controls appetite. London
February 8, 2017 | Chemical & Engineering News
Tracing the chemistry of household dust.
Researchers are finding an ever-growing list of chemicals in dust and are trying to understand what the compounds mean for our health.
February 8, 2017 | The Independent, United Kingdom
Common method of cooking rice can leave traces of arsenic in food, scientists warn.
Experiments suggest normal method for cooking rice can expose consumers to range of health problems including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
February 3, 2017 | Northern Scotland Press and Journal, United Kingdom
Study finds presence of microplastics in River Spey fish.
A study to examine fish in the River Spey has found that more than one in six of them could be contaminated with microplastics.
February 2, 2017 | Los Angeles KPCC Radio, California
Air pollution increases likelihood of dementia in older women.
Breathing polluted air nearly doubles the risk of dementia in older women, according to a new study published in Translational Psychiatry.
February 2, 2017 | Reuters
Toxic chemicals in one-third of fast food packaging.
Fast food isn’t exactly known for its health benefits, but a new U.S. study suggests even the packaging may be harmful.
January 24, 2017 | The Guardian
London on pollution 'high alert' due to cold air, traffic, and wood burning.
London has been put on “very high” alert as cold and still weather, traffic, and a peak in the use of wood-burning stoves combined to send air pollution soaring in the capital and across swaths of the UK.
January 23, 2017 | BBC
Browned toast and potatoes are 'potential cancer risk', say food scientists.
Bread, chips and potatoes should be cooked to a golden yellow colour, rather than brown, to reduce our intake of a chemical which could cause cancer, government food scientists are warning.
January 23, 2017 | Dhaka Daily Star, Bangladesh
Overuse of pesticides by farmers.
The overuse of pesticides by farmers to prevent attacks on their crops may perhaps help them make a quick buck in the short run, but in the long run, poses many dangers to human health and the environment in general.
January 20, 2017 | New Delhi Hindustan Times, India
In Mumbai 35.3% premature deaths were results of stroke because of air pollution.
Most premature deaths in Mumbai and Delhi over two decades were caused by stroke (a medical condition that occurs when blood supply to the brain is cut off), due to inhalation of ultrafine suspended particles, revealed a new study.
January 20, 2017 | Reuters
US cities move to curb lead poisoning following Reuters report.
Public officials are advancing measures, such as more blood-lead screening and property inspections, to protect children from the toxic threat.
January 20, 2017 | Adirondack North Country Public Radio, New York
FDA issues new seafood advice for moms-to-be. not everyone is thrilled.
Concerns about mercury contamination have led many pregnant women to under-consume seafood. So the FDA issued a new chart explaining what to eat and what to avoid. But critics say it muddles matters.
January 16, 2017 | Agence France-Presse
Levels of e-waste soar in Asia as gadgets become affordable, UN says.
Levels of electronic waste are rising sharply across Asia, as higher incomes mean hundreds of millions of people can afford smartphones and other gadgets, according to a UN study.
January 11, 2017 | Central News Agency, Taiwan
Research finds pesticide impairs echolocation ability in bats.
In the wake of ongoing debate by experts, neonicotinoid pesticide, imidacloprid, has been proven a threat to the survival of bats in Taiwan after last year being confirmed as harmful to bees by the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States.
January 10, 2017 | Latinos Health
Neonicotinoid pesticide could affect foraging and social behaviour in bumblebees.
The study was conducted to check the reason for reduced social activity and care for the younger generation in bumblebees.
January 8, 2017 | BBC
Beijing pollution: Police force to combat toxic smog.
A new team of environmental police will try to reduce hazardous levels of toxic smog engulfing Beijing, the city's acting mayor has said.
January 6, 2017 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Exploring chemical transport through food: A proposal for a comprehensive approach to predict exposures.
A new study explores a possible mechanism for anticipating and assessing chemical transport through food.
January 5, 2017 | The Guardian
Living near heavy traffic increases risk of dementia, say scientists
Study tracking 6.6 million people estimates one in 10 cases of Alzheimer’s among those living by busy roads could be linked to air and noise pollution.
January 5, 2017 | Environmental Health News
US workers making BPA have enormous loads of it in them.
Some workers who make the endocrine-disrupting plastic additive have levels 1,000 times higher than the general public, according to a new study.
January 4, 2017 | St. Louis KMOX, Missouri
Bisphenol-A linked to endocrine disorders in pets, humans.
A widely used industrial chemical found in many household items, including canned foods, reveal potential negative health consequences for humans and pets.
December 29, 2016 | Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin
22m pounds of plastic pollute the Great Lakes each year.
Nearly 10,000 metric tons, or 22 million pounds, of plastic pollution enter the Great Lakes every year, according to researchers at New York’s Rochester Institute of Technology.
December 23, 2016 | NBC News
Limit lead levels in lipstick, other cosmetics, FDA says.
The Food and Drug Administration issued gentle guidance this week recommending that cosmetics makers keep lead contamination to no more than 10 parts per million.
December 21, 2016 | Bloomberg BNA
EPA bans 72 chemicals from pesticides, unlikely to affect industry.
The Environmental Protection Agency has removed dozens of “inert” ingredients from a list of approved chemicals for pesticides, a move to appease environmental groups who say the ingredients may be hazardous.
December 21, 2016 | New York Times
This pesticide is prohibited in Britain. Why is it still being exported?
Paraquat, one of many pesticides that can’t be used in Europe but is sold in the United States and elsewhere, has been linked to Parkinson’s disease in a growing body of research.
December 21, 2016 | IowaWatch, Iowa
Arsenic in drinking water tied to diseases.
Ingested arsenic is associated with increased risks of certain types of cancer and with diabetes and cardiovascular and neurological issues.
December 20, 2016 | Time Magazine
The dangers in your dog’s canned food.
When dogs were fed canned food, their BPA levels nearly tripled.
December 19, 2016 | Globe and Mail, Ontario
Asbestos: Canada finally bans a deadly substance.
At last, the use of this fire-retardant and insulation material will be quenched in Canada, though hardly soon enough.
December 16, 2016 | Washington Post
Anesthesia may harm the brains of children under 3, FDA warns
The Food and Drug Administration directed manufacturers of anesthetics and sedation drugs to add warnings to their labels about the potential negative effects.
December 15, 2016 | CBC Canada
Full asbestos ban, changed federal building codes, regulations, coming today.
Four federal cabinet ministers will make a historic announcement today to change Canada's rules and regulations on a deadly material that contaminates tens of thousands of homes and buildings across the country and kills thousands every year.
December 15, 2016 | Chemical & Engineering News
EPA issues final national formaldehyde standard.
The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday published final standards limiting emissions of formaldehyde from products containing composite wood, such as hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard.
December 13, 2016 | The Guardian
Pesticides stop bees buzzing and releasing pollen, says study.
Researchers find neonicotinoid insecticides harm ability of bees to vibrate flowers and shake out pollen to fertilise crops.
December 9, 2016 | Science News
Epigenetic marks may help assess toxic exposure risk — someday.
Nearly everything people do, eat or come into contact with can change them in little ways — sometimes with big consequences.
December 8, 2016 | Inter Press Service
Europe to decide on use of mercury in dentistry
Europe will soon decide the future of a common but controversial dental practice: mercury in tooth fillings.
December 8, 2016 | Chemical & Engineering News
EPA moves to ban uses of trichloroethylene
Trichloroethylene (TCE) would no longer be permitted in aerosol degreasers and stain removers, which are used by dry-cleaning facilities, under a regulation proposed Dec. 7 by EPA.
December 4, 2016 | MD
Household chemicals and diabetes: a surprising link
A new analysis indicates that a 25% reduction in exposure to certain household chemicals would reduce diabetes cases by approximately 13%- enough to save billions of dollars in annual health costs.
December 2, 2016 | Environmental Health News
Endocrine disruptors: The manufacture of a lie
The European Commission has developed its own evidence to avoid an overly stringent regulation of these hazardous substances. Part 1 of 3.
December 2, 2016 | The Guardian
Trees may increase air pollution on city streets
City trees, popularly thought to remove pollutants and improve urban life, may also increase the amount of foul air that people breathe, says the UK body which gives independent health guidance to national and local government.
December 2, 2016 | Windsor Star, Ontario
Political leaders request study of air pollution impact on health
As they go about their daily lives, surrounded by industrial smoke stacks and convoys of transport trucks heading for the border, residents of Windsor and Detroit deserve to know what they’re breathing, elected officials from Michigan say.
December 1, 2016 | Miami Herald, Florida
High levels of mercury detected in South Florida dolphins.
Bottlenose dolphins swimming off the Florida Everglades have the highest levels of mercury ever documented in the mammals, researchers have found.
December 1, 2016 | Vermont Public Radio, Vermont
EPA to study health risks of chemical found in Hanover, N.H., drinking water.
Under new federal legislation, the EPA will work to deepen its understanding of 10 chemicals in commercial use. Topping that list is 1,4-dioxane, which has also been found in drinking water in a Hanover, New Hampshire, neighborhood.
November 30, 2016 | The Hill, District of Columbia
EPA to consider banning asbestos, other chemicals
The Environmental Protection Agency has prioritized 10 chemicals, including asbestos, that could be banned under a new chemical safety law.
November 28, 2016 | Deccan Herald, India
Extreme air pollution delays the arrival of India migratory birds.
Extreme air pollution and continuing warm days have delayed the arrival of winter migratory birds in Delhi this year.
November 28, 2016 | Chemical & Engineering News
Cancer-causing asbestos may trigger autoimmune diseases too.
Some of the diseases that researchers are beginning to link to asbestos exposure might be surprising.
November 23, 2016 | Deutsche Welle, Germany
Air pollution is 'top health hazard in Europe.'
The EU's environment watchdog has said air pollution is "the single largest environmental health hazard in Europe."
November 21, 2016 | Asian Scientist Magazine, International
China’s bad air estimated to have caused 1.37 million premature deaths.
84 percent of China’s population lives in areas with unacceptably high air pollution, study reports.
November 18, 2016 | Australian Associated Press
Asbestos mulch fears in Perth suburb.
Residents of a Perth suburb fear for their health after being told asbestos-contaminated mulch was spread around as part of a train station project, but the transport minister says there was never any risk to the community.
November 10, 2016 | The Guardian
Seabirds eat floating plastic debris because it smells like food, study finds.
Seabirds are enticed into eating plastic debris because it smells like their food, according to scientists. The study found that drifting plastic waste accumulates algae and gives off a smell very similar to the krill that many marine birds feed on.
November 8, 2016 | Los Angeles Times
California air regulators find a cancer-causing metal at 350 times normal levels in Paramount.
Air quality regulators are investigating metal-processing facilities in the city of Paramount after detecting the carcinogen hexavalent chromium at 350 times normal levels.
November 8, 2016 | CBC Canada
Pollution near equator has biggest impact on global ozone levels, study finds.
When it comes to air pollution, a new study has found countries close to the equator do more damage than their northern neighbours, even when those in the tropics produce fewer emissions.
November 7, 2016 | Bloomberg News
Toxic smog in world's most polluted city may soon hit economy.
The toxic smog that has enveloped New Delhi, turning it into the most polluted city on the planet, may soon take its toll on the Indian capital’s economy.
November 7, 2016 | Huffington Post
Scientists defend glyphosate cancer link; surprised by industry assault.
Don't mess with Monsanto Co. That is the message being delivered right now by the agrichemical industry as it makes a full-fledged assault on the World Health Organization's IARC, the agency that concluded glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen.
November 7, 2016 | CNN
Too much heat in the kitchen increases risk of heart disease.
If you're a fan of a well-seared steak or a crisp fried samosa, you may need to pace yourself, as a new study has found that you could be increasing your risk of heart disease. Like the crunch of something double-fried? That's even worse.
November 7, 2016 | Reuters
Delhi imposes 'emergency' measures to combat hazardous smog.
The Delhi government on Sunday put all construction projects on hold, shut down schools and advised residents of the Indian capital to stay indoors as part of an "emergency" plan to deal with dangerous levels of air pollution.
November 4, 2016 | Science News
Cancer mutation patterns differ in smokers, nonsmokers.
DNA damage signatures offer clues to origin of malignancies in various tissues.
November 3, 2016 | South China Morning Post, China
Call for tougher dioxin limits after carcinogen found in hairy crabs exported to Hong Kong.
An independent food safety researcher has called on authorities in the Chinese mainland to impose tough limits on dioxin contamination of water and soil, following the detection of the carcinogen in Jiangsu hairy crabs sold in Hong Kong.
November 3, 2016 | Johannesburg Times, South Africa
DDT spray for malaria 'may affect fertility.'
South Africa has almost eliminated malaria thanks in part to the controversial chemical indoor spraying using DDT.
November 3, 2016 | Chemical & Engineering News
EPA greenlights 2,4-D and glyphosate mixture
EPA has cleared the way for the herbicide Enlist Duo—a combination of 2,4-D and glyphosate—to be used on genetically engineered corn and soybeans in more than a dozen U.S. states.
November 2, 2016 | Inter Press Service
Toxic air – the ‘invisible killer’ that stifles 300 million children.
About 300 million children in the world are living in areas with outdoor air so toxic – six or more times higher than international pollution guidelines – that it can cause serious health damage, including harming their brain development.
November 1, 2016 | Reuters Health
Clean indoor air as important as meds in controlling kids’ asthma.
To avoid asthma attacks, children with the respiratory disease shouldn’t breathe indoor air that’s contaminated by pollutants and allergens known to aggravate their symptoms, U.S. doctors advise.
November 1, 2016 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Institutes in the lead: Identifying environmental factors in breast cancer.
In a way, it all started in Long Island, New York. An apparent cluster of breast cancer cases had been discovered in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and some residents worried that pesticide applications on former farmland could be to blame.
October 31, 2016 | Associated Press
2 billion children breathe toxic air worldwide: UNICEF.
A new report from UNICEF says about a third of the 2 billion children in the world who are breathing toxic air live in northern India and neighboring countries, risking serious health effects including damage to their lungs, brains and other organs.
October 27, 2016 | Time Magazine
These common chemicals are linked to type-2 diabetes: Study.
Common household chemicals found in a wide range of products from carpets to cleaning products can alter hormones and contribute to type-2 diabetes—likely costing Europeans billions of dollars annually, according to new research.
October 27, 2016 | Chemical Watch
No risk from phthalate substitutes in toys, says French agency.
An expert opinion from the French agency for food, environmental and occupational health and safety (Anses) has found no health risk to children from mouthing plastic toys, containing four phthalate plasticiser substitutes.
October 26, 2016 | The Independent, United Kingdom
Air pollution damages arteries of even healthy young adults, new study shows.
Tiny particles of air pollution can damage the inner lining of veins and arteries in young and healthy people, putting them at greater risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure, according to new research.
October 26, 2016 | VietNam Net
Scientists warn about Vietnamese habit of reusing plastic bottles.
The reuse of plastic bottles in Vietnam may bring serious health consequences, according to scientists.
October 26, 2016 | Reuters
China vows better environmental monitoring to improve health.
China aims to create a comprehensive environmental monitoring system by 2030 in its efforts to boost citizens' health and raise life expectancy, the government has said.
October 25, 2016 | Reuters Health
Burden of cancer deaths from smoking heaviest in US south.
Of all cancer deaths in the U.S., the share that’s related to smoking varies considerably by region, with southern states bearing the heaviest burden, according to a new study.
October 25, 2016 | Agence France-Presse
Air pollution can affect blood pressure, says study.
Long-term exposure to urban air pollution incrementally increases the risk of high blood pressure, according to a study released Tuesday of more than 41,000 European city-dwellers.
October 24, 2016 | TED Radio Hour
VIDEO: How do toxics from plastics find their way into our food?
Ocean advocate Emily Penn has seen first hand how much plastic ends up in the oceans. She explains how the toxics from plastic makes their way into our food chain and how we might be able to stop it.
October 20, 2016 | Chemical Watch
Companies replace triclosan with 'unproven chemicals.
Substitutions used to replace banned substances triclosan and triclocarban, in consumer wash products, are not proven to be “safe and effective”, an NGO has claimed.
October 20, 2016 | Nairobi Daily Nation, Kenya
Pollution killing more than AIDS and TB, report says.
More than 14,000 annual deaths in Kenya can be averted if the country embraces clean environment and inclusive green growth, a conference has been told.
October 19, 2016 | London Daily Mail, United Kingdom
The plastic plague.
Plastic bottles contain hormone-disrupting chemicals that can cause cancer, diabetes, ADHD and autism, scientists confirmed in a report on Tuesday.
October 14, 2016 | CBC Canada
New chemicals may be less toxic, safer for Arctic wildlife: Researcher.
An academic at Carleton University says his preliminary research in the Arctic shows new chemicals used in many every-day items like pesticides and clothing may be better for the environment and safer for wildlife.
October 14, 2016 | CNBC
Food waste could be used to pull lead, mercury from water.
A group of researchers has designed a foam made from coffee grounds and silicone that can remove lead and mercury from water.
October 14, 2016 | Glens Falls Post Star, New York
Residents express PFOA concerns during forum in Cambridge.
Residents in southern Washington County who are affected by PFOA contamination had many questions, ranging from where it came from to how to get their wells treated, at a forum about the issue Wednesday.
October 12, 2016 | Morning Consult
EPA announces 5 fast-tracked chemicals under new TSCA law.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday it has selected five chemicals to regulate on an expedited basis under the update passed in June to the Toxic Substances Control Act.
October 12, 2016 | Connexion, France
Pesticide found in breakfast cereal as tests show chemicals in non-organic muesli.
Pesticides have been found in all non-organic mueslis tested, with a study finding traces of chemicals including endocrine disruptors.
October 4, 2016 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Fine particulate matter exposure and intrauterine inflammation: A possible mechanism for preterm and underweight birth.
A new study offers evidence that intrauterine inflammation is associated with exposure to fine particulate matter.
October 3, 2016 | Washington Post
China pollution caused by graphite mining for smartphone battery.
Virtually all lithium batteries use graphite, and its cheap production in China, often under lax environmental controls, produces old-fashioned industrial pollution.
October 3, 2016 | Times of India, India
Banned? Plastic waste chokes shrine area.
The district administration of Kolhapur imposed a complete ban on plastic bags in the Mahalaxmi temple and its premises, but the vendors, flower sellers, and devotees have ignored the decision.
September 30, 2016 | Huffington Post
FDA tests confirm oatmeal, baby foods contain residues of Monsanto weed killer.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which is quietly starting to test certain foods for residues of a weed killing chemical linked to cancer, has found the residues in a variety of oat products, including plain and flavored oat cereals for babies.
September 30, 2016 | Kyodo News, Japan
Toxic chemicals found exceeding standards at new Tokyo fish market site.
Two toxic chemicals were detected at levels slightly above the government-set environmental standards in groundwater samples from Tokyo’s Toyosu area where the famous Tsukiji fish market is planned to be relocated.
September 29, 2016 | Korea Herald, South Korea
Microbeads to be banned in cosmetics products.
Microbeads will be banned from use in cosmetic products as concerns rise over them polluting the environment and damaging the marine ecosystem, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said Thursday.
September 27, 2016 | The Independent, United Kingdom
Health of more than 90 percent of world's population affected by air pollution 'emergency', WHO says.
More than nine out of every 10 people on the planet live in areas where air pollution breaches official safety limits – and millions of people are dying as a result.
September 27, 2016 | TakePart
Coffee grounds could clean up lead-contaminated water.
Researchers find that a sponge-like material made of recycled espresso could make drinking water safer.
September 22, 2016 | Science News for Students
Nicotine from smoke enters body through the skin.
Breathing isn’t the only way that chemicals in cigarette smoke can enter the body. A new study shows that nicotine, a toxic chemical, can pass through skin and into the blood from the air or from smoky clothes.
September 17, 2016 | Reuters
EPA says glyphosate, used in Monsanto herbicide, likely not carcinogenic.
Glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co's Roundup herbicide, is not likely carcinogenic to humans, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday as it outlined its current position on the controversial chemical.
September 16, 2016 | Minnesota Public Radio, Minnesota
Tiny plastic pollution may be more widespread in Great Lakes.
Microscopic pieces of harmful tiny plastic are prevalent not just in the Great Lakes, but in many of the tributaries that feed into them, according to a new study published this week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
September 15, 2016 | Reuters
Possible air pollution link to Alzheimer's.
A possible causal link between air pollution and Alzheimer's disease has been suggested by scientists after they conducted detailed studies of brain tissue, in a joint British-Mexican project.
September 14, 2016 | Scroll.in, India
Heavy metals in river may be causing bent legs and spines in western Uttar Pradesh.
The National Green Tribunal has pulled up the state government for failing to provide safe drinking water to people in six districts.
September 14, 2016 | CBS News
Household dust is laced with harmful chemicals, many from common home products.
Household dust does more than collect in corners and on bookshelves full of novels you haven’t gotten around to reading. A new study shows it can expose people to a wide range of potentially toxic chemicals.
September 14, 2016 | Bloomberg BNA
EPA asbestos review may trigger probe of chlorine industry.
Chlorine manufacturers, which currently are the largest U.S. importers of asbestos, could have their use of the mineral reviewed soon if the EPA selects asbestos as one of the first 10 substances it will analyze under the amended chemicals law.
September 13, 2016 | Winnipeg Sun, Manitoba
Cosmetic pesticide ban still controversial.
Supporters of banning cosmetic pesticides are still scratching their heads over why the new provincial government is reviewing the legislation so quickly.
September 10, 2016 | Pump Handle
Defending their toxics – Industry pushes to protect its preferred chemicals under the new TSCA.
The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century was signed into law with a general sigh of relief that finally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would have the authority needed to evaluate and regulate the tens of thousands of commercial chemicals it oversees in the U.S. But as the EPA begins implementing the new law, the chemical industry is already busy pushing the agency to limit scrutiny of various widely used, highly toxic chemicals.
September 7, 2016 | Chemical Watch
DEHP linked to hydrocele genital anomaly in newborns.
A team of US scientists has shown that exposure to phthalates, in early pregnancy, increases the risk of newborn boys having genital abnormalities.
September 6, 2016 | The Telegraph, United Kingdom.
'Air pollution' particles linked to Alzheimer's found in human brain.
Tiny magnetic particles produced by car engines and brakes can travel into the human brain and may trigger Alzheimer's disease, scientists have warned.
September 2, 2016 | Environmental Health Perspectives
PM 2.5 and kidney function: long-term exposures may lead to modest declines.
A new longitudinal study offers early evidence that PM2.5 exposure is associated with lower kidney function and a higher rate of kidney function decline over time.
September 2, 2016 | NIEHS Environmental Factor
Research needed on low-dose chemical mixtures and cancer.
Research is needed to determine if low doses of noncarcinogenic chemicals in the environment may be able to combine and lead to cancer, according to new recommendations from an NIEHS workshop.
September 2, 2016 | NIEHS Environmental Factor
Research needed on low-dose chemical mixtures and cancer.
Research is needed to determine if low doses of noncarcinogenic chemicals in the environment may be able to combine and lead to cancer, according to new recommendations from an NIEHS workshop.
September 2, 2016 | National Public Radio
FDA bans Triclosan and 18 other chemicals from soaps.
Consumers don't need to use antibacterial soaps, and some of them may even be dangerous, the Food and Drug Administration says.
September 1, 2016 | Bloomberg News
A soybean-killing pesticide spreads across America’s farm belt.
There’s just something about the herbicide dicamba that’s always made it hell on soybean and cotton crops.
August 31, 2016 | London Daily Mail, United Kingdom
Microbead toxics could permeate human tissue say experts.
The revelation strengthens calls for a ban on the beads, which are contained in beauty products, face scrubs, gels and toothpaste. They end up being flushed down plug holes before reaching rivers and the sea, where they are eaten by marine life.
August 31, 2016 | National Geographic News
Industrial chemicals accumulating in America’s alligators and Africa’s crocodiles
American alligators and South African crocodiles populate waterways a third of the globe apart, and yet both have detectable levels of long-lived industrial and household compounds for nonstick coatings in their blood.
August 31, 2016 | Agence France-Presse.
Millions at risk from rising water pollution says UN.
Increasingly polluted rivers in Africa, Asia and Latin America pose a disease risk to more than 300 million people and threaten fisheries and farming in many countries, a UN report warned Tuesday.
August 29, 2016 | Kuala Lumpur New Straits Times, Malaysia
Environment drives childhood obesity.
The increase in the number of fast-food restaurants and food stalls, lack of recreation areas, as well as unsafe environments have led to overweight problems among the younger generation, say nutritionists.
August 26, 2016 | Minnesota Public Radio, Minnesota.
Nicotine-based insecticides inhibit bee reproduction.
Queen bees exposed to nicotine-based insecticides become less active and lay fewer eggs, a University of Minnesota study released Friday shows.
August 26, 2016 | Florida Today, Florida.
Study: Fracking chemicals in water raise fertility risks.
New research released Thursday suggests chemicals used in fracking and other gas and oil operations increase risk of miscarriages, reduced male fertility, prostate cancer, birth defects and preterm birth by disrupting hormones.
August 26, 2016 | The Telegraph, United Kingdom
Biofuels 'worse than petrol' for the environment, new study fin
Biofuels 'worse than petrol' for the environment, new study finds. “Green” biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel are in fact worse for the environment that petrol, a landmark new study has found.
August 25, 2016 | Phys.org
Perfluorinated compounds found in African crocodiles, American alligators.
American alligators and South African crocodiles populate waterways a third of the globe apart, and yet both have detectable levels of long-lived industrial and household compounds for nonstick coatings in their blood, according to two studies.
August 25, 2016 | Epoch Times
Lead poisoning a significant cause of inner-city crime, say researchers.
Researchers found that in six-year-old children, every five micrograms per deciliter of increase in blood lead levels increased the risk of being arrested for a violent crime as a young adult by almost 50 percent.
August 25, 2016 | The Guardian
Air pollution threat hidden as research 'presumes people are at home.'
The true impact of air pollution has been obscured by the failure to consider people’s exposure as they move around during the day, according to a new study.
August 25, 2016 | Bloomberg BNA.
Protect workers from harmful chemicals, advocates urge EPA.
The Environmental Protection Agency should use the new authorities under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act to protect workers and other at-risk groups, advocates say.
August 22, 2016 | Public Radio Internationa
BPA exposure is linked to changes in parenting behavior in male mice as well as females.
A study on mice suggests that the chemical Bisphenol A, or BPA, could have adverse effects on parenting behavior.
August 22, 2016 | Associated Press
Lead pollution forcing 1,000 Indiana residents from homes.
More than 1,000 residents of a northwest Indiana public housing complex have been in a state of panic and uncertainty since authorities informed them last month that their homes must be destroyed because of serious lead contamination.
August 19, 2016 | Reuters
India air pollution death rate to outpace China - researcher.
The increase in people dying in India from air pollution will outpace the rate of such deaths in China, as India drags its heels over environmental rules while opening more coal mines, the head of a U.S. research group said on Thursday.
August 18, 2016 | New York Times
Coal burning causes the most air pollution deaths in China, study finds.
Burning coal caused 366,000 premature deaths in the country in 2013, Chinese and American researchers concluded.
August 16, 2016 | New Scientist
Decline of wild bee species in England linked to pesticide use.
The decline of England’s wild bees has been linked for the first time to the use of controversial neonicotinoid pesticides on oilseed rape farms.
August 15, 2016 | London Evening Standard, United Kingdom
London pollution and toxic air worsened by pollution from fresh food delivery.
Pollution is being made worse by London’s increasing reliance on fresh food bought online and home-delivered by diesel-powered trucks, the boss of a clean tech firm warned today.
August 15, 2016 | South China Morning Post, China
Expert says city may be contaminated by leaked sewage and past industrial pollution.
Contaminated groundwater is an ecological problem for Hong Kong and deserves more research and government monitoring, ­according to a Canadian ­hydrogeologist.
August 12, 2016 | Buffalo News, New York
Tire fires pose hazards to air, land and water.
A tire fire like the one burning at a Lockport tire recycler 24 hours after it was discovered creates substantial environmental hazards to air, land and water.
August 10, 2016 | Charleston Gazette-Mail, West Virginia
Study: At least 6 million at risk from PFOA chemical family.
Drinking water systems serving at least six million Americans have shown levels of C8 and other similar chemicals higher than a health advisory issued earlier this year by the U.S. EPA, according to a new study.
August 10, 2016 | The Telegraph, United Kingdom
Chemicals in food wrappings could harm human and dog fertility.
Chemicals found in plastic wrappings and the environment could be behind the drop in sperm counts, scientists have suggested, after discovering that dogs are also losing their fertility because they live alongside humans.
August 10, 2016 | New York Times
How bad is your air-conditioner for the planet?
Governments recently met to limit a chemical with a powerful heat trapping effect, highlighting air-conditioning’s complicated environmental impact.
August 9, 2016 | Washington Post
Researchers find unsafe levels of industrial chemicals in drinking water of 6 million Americans.
Drinking water supplies serving more than six million Americans contain unsafe levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals linked to potentially serious health problems, according to a new study from Harvard University researchers.
August 9, 2016 | Deccan Herald, India
Detecting atmospheric CO2 with a sensitive sensor.
Take a deep breath. Chances are that air filling your lungs is impure and polluted with deadly gases like carbon dioxide. According to the World Health Organisation, every year around two million people die prematurely due to air pollution.
August 9, 2016 | Reuters
Air pollution tied to shorter survival with lung cancer.
Exposure to air pollution has long been associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, and a new study suggests it might also be tied to a faster death from the disease.
August 8, 2016 | USA Today
It's about to get a lot harder for minors to vape.
New federal regulations for electronic cigarettes go into effect today, requiring greater scrutiny of the products and making it more difficult for minors to vape.
August 6, 2016 | New York Times
The poisoning of children around the world.
Since the disaster in Flint, Mich., it seems each day there is a new report of lead exposure being rediscovered in American cities, towns and schools. Blood lead levels are tripling in some places and children with growing brains are at risk of reduced intelligence and developmental disabilities. These events have put the lead threat back on the front burner of U.S. public health priorities.
August 5, 2016 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri
Suspected illegal herbicide use takes toll on southeast Missouri farmers.
Farmers in southeast Missouri, western Tennessee and northeastern Arkansas are facing widespread crop damage. The likely culprit? An older herbicide that is finding new life as a tool to battle glyphosate-resistant weeds.
August 5, 2016 | Abu Dhabi National, United Arab Emirates
Pesticide which killed 10 in Dubai ‘should never be used in homes.’
A pesticide that has claimed the lives of 10 people is dangerous and should not be used in homes under any circumstances, experts have warned.
August 4, 2016 | Epoch Times
How tiny pieces of plastic in our oceans are ‘terrifying’
Microplastics, sometimes thinner than human hair, are now in 85–90 percent of some fish populations, says Richard Thompson, a marine biology professor at Plymouth University. We humans then eat the fish.
August 3, 2016 | Korea Bizwire, South Korea
More urethane tracks unveiled with high lead contamination.
More urethane running tracks have been discovered with high concentrations of lead, but this time, at public parks and sports facilities.
August 2, 2016 | Australia ABC News, Australia
Toxic levels of mercury found in Antarctic sea ice.
A Melbourne University research team have found methylmercury, a potent neurotoxin, in Antarctic sea ice.
August 1, 2016 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Arsenic and the placental epigenome: Unlocking the secrets of prenatal exposure.
Researchers present an extensive epigenome-wide analysis of placental DNA methylation in relation to fetal arsenic exposure.
August 1, 2016 | The Scientist
Pesticide resistance in a plant organelle drives down whole-genome diversity.
A chloroplast mutation has dramatically affected the genomes of railside populations of Arabidopsis thaliana.
August 1, 2016 | Yakima Herald Republic, Washington
Tackling lead exposure risk requires more testing, information.
In Washington state only a small fraction of young children are tested for blood-lead levels, making it difficult to know the scope of the problem here.
July 31, 2016 | San Francisco KQED Public Radio, California
California adds atrazine to list of toxic chemicals, but no ban.
Atrazine has been a dirty word among environmentalists for decades. Now state and federal agencies are coming down on the weed killer, amid troubling evidence that it disrupts hormones and contributes to birth defects.
July 27, 2016 | The Guardian
Leading insecticide cuts bee sperm by almost 40%, study shows.
The world’s most widely used insecticide is an inadvertent contraceptive for bees, cutting live sperm in males by almost 40%, according to research.
July 27, 2016 | Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
Growing health concerns surrounding pesticides, including two commonly used in Iowa.
Two herbicides commonly used in Iowa — atrazine and glyphosate — have come under scrutiny for potential human health and environmental dangers and are in the midst of a contentious U.S. EPA re-registration process.
July 24, 2016 | Japan Times, Japan
Plastic debris in oceans a growing hazard as toxins climb the food chain.
Plastic is part of the fabric of everyday life, from bags to bottles to synthetic clothing. In 2014, global production amounted to 311 million tons, up from 225 million tons in 2004, according to manufacturers group Plastics Europe.
July 22, 2016 | Albany Times Union, New York
PCBs are down in Hudson.
It will be at least several years before officials seriously consider whether people can safely eat fish from the Hudson River, but there's been progress in reducing the level of PCBs, Environmental Protection Agency scientists said Thursday.
July 21, 2016 | Bloomberg News
Wal-Mart asks suppliers to remove eight chemicals from products.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is asking suppliers to remove formaldehyde, triclosan and six other substances from their products, part of an effort to eliminate controversial chemicals from household goods.
July 21, 2016 | Bloomberg BNA
Chemicals EPA should assess first named by green group.
Asbestos, bisphenol A, phthalates and various flame retardants should be among the first 10 chemicals evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act, an Environmental Working Group report urges.
July 21, 2016 | Bennington Banner, Vermont
Bottled water, well testing for Shaftsbury residents after PFOA found in landfill.
The state will provide bottled water and test private wells after the potentially harmful chemical PFOA was found at the town's old landfill.
July 21, 2016 | Environmental Health Perspectives
India Leads the Way: A Health-Centered Strategy for Air Pollution
The Government of India has recently initiated unprecedented efforts to address the substantial national health burden attributable to ambient and household air pollution. The key first step was the constitution by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MHFW) of an expert committee on air pollution and health.
July 20, 2016 | Northwest. Bloomberg BNA
USGS water well study finds 25 states at risk for lead.
An assessment of more than 20,000 wells nationwide by the U.S. Geological Survey shows 25 states with a high prevalence of corrosivity in untreated groundwater, most of them located in the Northeast, Southeast and Pacific.
July 20, 2016 | Auckland Newstalk ZB, New Zealand
No health impact from nitrate contamination in CHCH water.
There appears to have been no health implications following a nitrate contamination in part of Christchurch's water supply.
July 19, 2016 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pennsylvania
It's known that lead causes cognitive deficits, but how?
Lead causes a multitude of cognitive deficits, from attention problems and learning disorders to disruptive behaviors, impulsivity and increased aggression.
July 19, 2016 | Japan Times, Japan
Plastic debris in oceans a growing hazard as toxics climb the food chain.
Plastic waste now litters the Earth, with much of it ending up in the oceans in the form of tiny fragments, or microplastics.
July 18, 2016 | Toronto Star, Ontario
Mercury levels in Grassy Narrows First Nation enough to impact children’s brain development.
A new report examining impact of mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows First Nation says obvious symptoms are the “tip of the iceberg.”
July 18, 2016 | The Guardian
Over-populated or under-developed? The real story of population growth.
The world population looks set to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, but what’s behind the big numbers? We look at the complex demographic shifts in play.
July 18, 2016 | Owen Sound Sun Times, Ontario
Coastal centre concerned about plastic pollution in Lake Huron.
Everyone has a role to play in turning the tide on the growing problem of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes.
July 18, 2016 | VietNam Net.
Scientists warn about air pollution caused by fine dust.
Fine dust, called the ‘quiet human killer’, can spread thousands of kilometers and cause environmental harm.
July 15, 2016 | The Guardian
Scientists call for better plastics design to protect marine life.
Improved materials would encourage recycling and prevent single-use containers from entering the oceans and breaking into small pieces.
July 14, 2016 | South China Morning Post, China
Hong Kong air pollution still far exceeds WHO levels and worsening, group finds.
Concentrations of nitrogen oxides in the air in Hong Kong have consistently surpassed maximum safe levels set by the World Health Organisation in the last five years.
July 14, 2016 | Surrey Now, British Columbia
City of Surrey herbicide linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Neighbours of Newton’s Hyland Park were shocked this week to find that the City of Surrey is spraying invasive plants with a herbicide that the World Health Organization found in 2015 to be “probably carcinogenic in humans.”
July 14, 2016 | The Australian, Australia
Asbestos traces found in roof panels at Perth Children’s Hospital.
Traces of deadly asbestos have been found in roof panels imported from China at the $1.2 billion Perth Children’s Hospital, potentially exposing scores of construction workers to contamination.
July 14, 2016 | Newark Star-Ledger, New Jersey
Lead contamination could affect up to 34 homes in N.J. neighborhood, EPA says.
A family's recent plumbing project has exposed a potentially dangerous problem in the township's Birchly Court development, where lead-contaminated crushed car batteries have been found.
July 13, 2016 | Chemical & Engineering News
All or nothing is a better strategy for keeping drinking water lead levels low.
Partially replacing lead water service lines with copper increases lead in household drinking water. Getting rid of lead pipes in drinking water systems seems like a logical way to combat concerns over lead in household water. But in some cases doing something may be worse than doing nothing at all.
July 12, 2016 | Washington Post
What toxics have you been exposed to? Your baby teeth may hold the answer.
aby teeth may soon be worth a lot more than the sentimental value they offer nostalgic parents. It turns out that these teeth store a unique type of health record, with the potential to reveal everything that an individual has been exposed to, including environmental toxins such as lead and pesticides, and stress hormones produced by the baby in utero.
July 12, 2016 | Straits Times, Singapore
Handling of chemicals 'dangerously lax.'
The shocking news in April that around 500 teenagers at the Changzhou Foreign Language School had fallen ill due to toxic soil left behind by three chemical plants led to a swift outcry among the public.
July 8, 2016 | Nairobi Daily Nation, Kenya
Scientists warn Nairobi fish have chemicals that could cause cancer.
An investigation by researchers from the University of Nairobi tested 213 fish samples from 60 ponds in Kiambu and Machakos and found them to be contaminated with banned agricultural chemicals.
July 6, 2016 | Environmental Science & Technology
Commentary: Plastic debris is a human health issue.
Plastic debris’ persistent nature and deleterious effects makes this issue one of the world’s foremost environmental concerns.
July 1, 2016 | Bloomberg BNA
EPA issues first-year plan to implement new chemicals law.
The plan describes changes the agency already has made to comply with the Toxic Substances Control Act amendments of 2016, which President Barack Obama signed into law June 22.
July 1, 2016 | New York Times
A call for action on toxic chemicals.
Every day, children and adults are exposed to a variety of chemicals found in common household items. Now a growing body of research suggests that many of these chemicals — which are used to make plastic more flexible, fruits and vegetables more abundant and upholstery less flammable — may also pose a threat to the developing brain.
June 29, 2016 | The Guardian
Millions exposed to dangerous lead levels in US drinking water, report finds.
More than 18 million Americans are served drinking water by providers that have violated federal laws concerning lead in water, with only a tiny proportion of offenses resulting in any penalty, a new report has found.
June 28, 2016 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pennsylvania
Pesticides could be claiming crops along with bee colonies.
As the bee population continues to decline, PennEnvironment says it is taking the checkered tradition of picnicking down with it.
June 27, 2016 | Globe and Mail, Ontario
Asbestos-related cancer costs Canadians billions.
A first-ever estimate of the toll of asbestos-related cancers on society pegs the cost of new cases at $1.7-billion per year in Canada, and notes that is likely an under-estimate.
June 27, 2016 | New York Times
Study links 6.5 million deaths each year to air pollution.
A sobering report released on Monday by the International Energy Agency says air pollution has become a major public health crisis leading to around 6.5 million deaths each year, with “many of its root causes and cures” found in the energy industry.
June 23, 2016 | The Conversation
Can we harness bacteria to help clean up future oil spills?
Genetic analysis shows that marine bacteria broke down much of the oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. These findings could lead to more effective cleanups after future spills.
June 22, 2016 | Associated Press
New York searches statewide for industrial chemical in water.
New York environmental regulators are looking statewide for potential sites of groundwater contamination from a cancer-causing industrial chemical previously used to make Teflon and other non-stick, stain-resistant and water-repellant products.
June 22, 2016 | Reuters
Children in some US cities have dangerously high blood lead levels.
In some U.S. cities, at least one in seven kids have unsafe levels of lead in their blood, indicating exposure to a toxic metal that can lead to lifelong physical, mental and behavioral health problems, a recent study suggests.
June 22, 2016 | Chemical & Engineering News
PCBs and other organic pollutants reach the deep ocean.
Ocean pollution isn’t just a plastic problem. An alphabet soup of persistent organic pollutants—including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) used as flame retardants, and more—are carried by the wind and rivers into the ocean.
June 22, 2016 | BBC
Diesels more polluting below 18C, research suggests.
Testing company Emissions Analytics told the BBC it has measured a significant rise in poisonous gas emissions from a wide range of models as the temperature drops.
June 21, 2016 | NBC News
Lead rules provide only an 'illusion of safety,' pediatricians say.
Lead standards are not protecting children and doctors need to do more to help prevent kids from getting contaminated in the first place, the top pediatricians' group said Monday.
June 21, 2016 | Birmingham News, Alabama
Alabama fish consumption advisories issued for mercury, PCBs, PFOS.
The Alabama Department of Public Health has released its 2016 fish consumption advisories, a list of recommendations on how much of certain species of fish caught in specific locations a person can safely eat without worrying about the presence of toxins like mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls or perfluoralkyl sulfonate.
June 20, 2016 | Mother Jones
10 surprising snacks that may have BPA.
Despite years of attracting national headlines, the chemical’s prevalence in common food items and packaging was largely unknown—until now.
June 20, 2016 | London Daily Mail, United Kingdom
Wood-burning ovens used to cook pizzas are damaging the environment.
The wood burning stoves used to cook pizzas churn out dangerous emissions which may be polluting some built up urban areas where the crusty favourites are particularly popular. It is not just pizzas that could be taking a bite out of attempts to clean up the environment, the study says. Similar wood burners are also used by many steakhouse restaurants too.
June 15, 2016 | Environmental Health News
Hyperactivity in children linked to plastic additive, BPA.
Children in the U.S. with higher levels of BPA in their bodies were more likely to have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to a study.
June 14, 2016 | CBC Canada
Mercury-filled light bulb disposal soon to be federally regulated.
Canadian lawmakers who have encouraged consumers to buy compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) for years, will soon set out rules for how to dispose of them.
June 13, 2016 | The Guardian
Air pollution linked to increased mental illness in children.
A major new study has linked air pollution to increased mental illness in children, even at low levels of pollution.
June 10, 2016 | Chicago Tribune, Illinois
Kids from Chicago school where high lead levels found to be tested further.
Preliminary tests showed elevated levels of lead in the blood of a handful of students who attend a South Side elementary school where high levels of the toxic metal were found in water from four drinking fountains, officials said Thursday.
June 10, 2016 | Press Trust of India, India
Air pollution may cause more premature deaths in India, China.
Air pollution could cause 6-9 million premature deaths by 2060, with India and China facing threat of maximum number of such mortalities, according to an OECD report.
June 8, 2016 | Environmental Health News
Endocrine disruptors: The secret history of a scandal.
Next week, sources say, the European Commission will take up regulations on endocrine-disrupting chemicals. The text driving the decision remains cloaked in covertness worthy of the most sensitive state secrets. Part 1 of 3.
June 8, 2016 | Press Trust of India, India
Air pollution cuts life of Indians by average 3.4 years: Study.
Air pollution has reduced the life expectancy of Indians by an average of 3.4 years with Delhi topping the list at 6.3 years, according to a study.
June 8, 2016 | Environmental Health News
Endocrine disruptors: Brussels’ industry-linked scientists sow doubt.
As European leaders in Brussels debate how to regulate endocrine-disrupting chemicals, industry-backed scientists appear to have more than just a seat at the table. Part 3 of 3.
June 6, 2016 | Weekend Edition, NPR
Lead poisoning: A doctor's lifelong crusade to save children from it.
Thanks to research by Dr. Herbert Needleman, we now know that even in small amounts, lead can cause children long-term learning disabilities and IQ deficits.
June 6, 2016 | Hindu, India
Alarming levels of mercury found in Vembanad sediments.
The sediments on the floor of Vembanad Lake near the industrial belt in Kochi are flush with toxic heavy metals, according to researchers at the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies.
June 5, 2016 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Reduced tuberculosis vaccine response with exposure to environmental chemicals.
There is some evidence that early-life exposures to PCBs and other persistent environmental chemicals can alter the developing immune system and may be associated with diminished effectiveness for vaccines.
June 4, 2016 | Reuters
U.S. EPA draft report calls out atrazine for risk to animals.
One of the most popular herbicides in U.S. agriculture can be dangerous to animals and fish and leaves behind worrisome residue levels, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday in a draft report that sparked outrage among farmers.
June 3, 2016 | Portland KGW, Oregon.
PPS announces tests shows elevated levels of radon at several schools.
Portland Public Schools announced late Wednesday night that tests showed elevated levels of radon in multiple schools in the district. The revelation comes as PPS faces criticism for its response to tests that showed high levels of lead.
June 3, 2016 | Winnipeg Free Press, Manitoba
Tories to review ban of cosmetic pesticides.
The Progressive Conservative government will review a provincial law that bans the use of cosmetic pesticides.
June 3, 2016 | The Guardian
Microplastics killing fish before they reach reproductive age, study finds.
Fish are being killed, and prevented from reaching maturity, by the litter of plastic particles finding their way into the world’s oceans, new research has proved.
June 2, 2016 | The Guardian
Water departments to change lead-testing methods after investigation.
Water departments that use controversial lead-testing practices have told the Guardian they will change their methods after an investigation revealed they were not following environmental guidelines.
June 2, 2016 | The Guardian
Chicago residents take action to be rid of lead pipes as fear of toxic water grows.
Residents who can are paying to have their home’s pipework replaced amid concern over water quality but for most the cost is way beyond their means.
June 2, 2016 | Narrowsburg River Reporter, New York
Pesticides in your toothpaste.
Triclosan has been the subject of a lot of testing, just about all of which shows that humans and the environment would be better off without it.
June 1, 2016 | Washington Post
Scientists just discovered dozens of new sources of air pollution.
Scientists may have significantly underestimated a dangerous source of pollution in the atmosphere, new research suggests.
June 1, 2016 | Reuters
China releases new action plan to tackle soil pollution.
China aims to curb worsening soil pollution by 2020 and stabilize and improve soil quality by 2030, the cabinet said in an action plan published on Tuesday.
May 31, 2016 | Think Progress
A toxic gold rush is poisoning the Peruvian Amazon with mercury.
Some four decades after mining moved into Madre de Dios, rivers are polluted, fish are toxic, people have elevated levels of mercury running through their blood, and deforestation is rampant, according to authorities and studies.
May 31, 2016 | Reuters
Extreme weather increasing level of toxins in food, scientists warn.
As they struggle to deal with more extreme weather, a range of food crops are generating more of chemical compounds that can cause health problems for people and livestock who eat them, scientists have warned.
May 30, 2016 | Korea Times, South Korea
Consumers avoid mackerel for 'causing fine dust.'
A Ministry of Environment report stated that frying mackerel was the worst indoor cause of housing air pollution, generating a harmful level of fine dust particulates when cooked without proper ventilation.
May 27, 2016 | Chemical & Engineering News
US House passes pesticide deregulation bill.
The U.S. House of Representatives last week approved a measure that would reduce Clean Water Act permitting requirements for applying pesticides.
May 26, 2016 | The Telegraph, United Kingdom
Air pollution could increase risk of stillbirth, research suggests.
Exposure to air pollution may increase the risk of stillbirth, new research suggests.
May 25, 2016 | New York Times
Indonesian children face hazards on tobacco farms, report says.
Thousands of children working in Indonesia’s tobacco industry, one of the world’s largest, are being subjected to nicotine poisoning and exposed to pesticides, according to a report released Wednesday.
May 25, 2016 | Chemical & Engineering News
Gauging the health risk of lead in lipstick.
Mouse study suggests that average use of lip products may not pose major health risks from lead exposure, but heavy users could exceed limits.
May 25, 2016 | New Scientist
Treating cows with antibiotics doubles dung methane emissions.
Antibiotic-treated cows are bad news for climate and possibly ecosystems, because the drugs play havoc with microbes living inside dung beetles.
May 25, 2016 | Reuters
Childhood goes up in smoke for Indonesian tobacco farm workers.
Several big companies lack procedures to screen out tobacco that involves the effort of children working in hazardous conditions, the group said in a report on Wednesday.
May 24, 2016 | The Guardian
Biodegradable plastic 'false solution' for ocean waste problem.
Biodegradable plastic water bottles and shopping bags are a false solution to the ubiquitous problem of litter in the oceans, the UN’s top environmental scientist has warned.
May 22, 2016 | Ecologist
The problem is not glyphosate, or DDT, or BPA - we must challenge the entire system!
The real problem is not one of specific 'bad actors', but the entire system that allows new, likely to be toxic compounds to pollute the environment in near-total ignorance of their impacts. It's time to take our campaigning to a whole new level.
May 22, 2016 | Fairfield Citizen, Connecticut
PCB discovery hits Exide pollution cleanup with new delay.
Polychlorinated biphenyls have been found in some samples of sediment dredged from the Mill River as part of the latest cleanup of the former Exide Battery property on the Post Road.
May 20, 2016 | Associated Press
EPA issues tighter limits for industrial chemical in water.
Federal regulators are tightening the limit for human exposure to an industrial chemical used for decades to make such widely used consumer products as non-stick pans, stain-resistant carpets and microwave popcorn bags.
May 17, 2016 | Now Toronto, Ontario
Some plasticizers with those fries?
Study participants who reported eating fast food in the previous 24 hours had significantly higher levels of DEHP and DINP in particular, two hormone-disrupting plastic softeners now restricted from children’s toys in North America because of their potential health risks.
May 14, 2016 | Vice
No one knows exactly how much herbicide is in your breakfast.
Quaker Oats sells oatmeal labeled "100% natural," even though it contains trace amounts of the not-so-natural herbicide glyphosate, also known as Roundup. How freaked out should we be?
May 14, 2016 | Portsmouth Herald, New Hampshire
Study: PFCs reduce ability to breastfeed.
One of the dangerous chemicals found in a city-owned well has been linked to shorter breastfeeding times for mothers who had been exposed to higher levels of perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA.
May 12, 2016 | Reuters
EPA to set first rule to cut methane from oil, gas sector.
The Environmental Protection Agency will unveil on Thursday a rule to target methane emissions from new or modified oil and gas facilities, the first regulations to tackle the greenhouse gas from the sector, two sources briefed on the matter said.
May 12, 2016 | Los Angeles KPCC Radio, California
BPA warning signs go up in California stores. How dangerous is it?
Starting Wednesday, grocery stores across California must post signs in their check-out areas notifying customers that bisphenol A is in some food and drink containers.
May 12, 2016 | Washington Post
WHO: Global air pollution is worsening, and poor countries are being hit the hardest.
Air pollution is growing worse in urban areas across much of the globe, hitting the poorest city dwellers hardest and contributing to a wide range of potentially life-shortening health problems.
May 11, 2016 | Washington Post
A common pesticide may be a menace to pollinators. Know how to protect them.
Many homeowners want to throw a lifeline to beleaguered bees and butterflies by planting pollinator gardens, but the unwitting use of insecticides may lure these beloved insects to their doom.
May 11, 2016 | Phys.org.
Tent camping could lead to flame retardant exposure.
A study appearing in Environmental Science & Technology has found that flame retardants used in the manufacturing of tents are released in the air within this enclosed space, which could lead to campers breathing them in.
May 11, 2016 | Vermont Public Radio, Vermont
PFOA groundwater contamination spurs new toxics legislation.
The discovery of a possible carcinogen in private drinking supplies in North Bennington spurred the passage of new toxics legislation in Montpelier this year.
May 10, 2016 | Columbus WTVM TV, Georgia
Firefighters and the cancer connection.
Firefighters face many risks during their jobs, but, ironically, the most dangerous part of running into a burning building isn’t the flames, it’s the smoke. It billows off furniture, appliances and carpets in toxic waves of cancer-causing fumes.
May 10, 2016 | Reuters
Thailand to shut sole gold mine over environmental concerns.
Thailand has ordered the closure of its only active gold mine by the end of the year, the industry ministry said on Tuesday, in the wake of concerns it was responsible for contamination suffered by villagers.
May 9, 2016 | Korea Herald, South Korea
Air pollutants blamed for rising birth defects in South Korea: Study.
The number of South Korean babies with birth defects has increased significantly since the early 1990s, likely due to traffic-related air pollutants and endocrine disruptors, a study showed Monday.
May 9, 2016 | Times of India, India
Lung diseases rise on toxic air.
Experts attribute the rapid acceleration in the number of respiratory disease patients to increasing air pollution.
May 6, 2016 | Albany Times Union, New York
PCB work to get review.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took its first tentative steps Thursday to study whether the six-year PCB dredging project done by General Electric was effective.
May 5, 2016 | Time Magazine
That plastic container you microwave in could be super-toxic.
"Microwave-safe" doesn't mean what you think. Several chemicals in pliable plastic can leach into your food when you heat it, and even if you’re diligent enough to transfer the food to a bowl or plate labeled “microwave-safe,” you still may not be protected. By and large, that label means they won’t melt or break when heated—but it doesn’t mean they’re safe.
May 5, 2016 | International Business Times
New study says excesses of modern life is cause of cancer; disease is man-made.
A new study review made by researchers at the University of Manchester in UK points to environmental factors such as diet and pollution, or the excesses of modern life as the cause of the ailment.
May 5, 2016 | Reuters Health
Arsenic in New England well water tied to bladder cancer risk.
Low to moderate levels of arsenic in New England well water may be responsible for an increased risk of bladder cancer in that region, suggests a new study.
May 4, 2016 | Reuters Health
Polluted air may up risk of many cancers.
For elderly people in Hong Kong, long term exposure to fine-particle air pollution is tied to an increased risk of dying from many cancers, including breast, liver and pancreatic cancer, in addition to the expected lung cancer risk, according to a new study.
May 2, 2016 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Prenatal air pollution and reduced birth weight: Decline in placental mitochondria as a potential mechanism.
A new study finds evidence that the association between prenatal air pollution exposure and reduced birth weight may be mediated in part by a decline in the mitochondrial content of the placenta.
May 2, 2016 | Hindu, India
Air pollution linked to diabetes.
Air pollution has been linked to an increased prevalence of diabetes, say doctors. Dangerously high levels of pollution can also cause cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses.
April 29, 2016 | Environment Report
Michiganders still have elevated PBB levels in their bodies 40 years after chemical accident.
In 1973, a plant owned by Velsicol Chemical made a mistake and shipped a toxic flame retardant chemical to a livestock feed plant.
April 29, 2016 | Washington Post
Fine-particle pollution linked to wider number of cancers, premature births.
Fine-particle air pollution is linked to higher death rates from several kinds of cancer.
April 29, 2016 | Time Magazine
This toxic pollutant infecting water supplies is raising concerns.
Concern over the toxic chemical commonly known as PFOA has spread to communities across the country where locals worry that water polluted with the chemical may be harming their health.
April 28, 2016 | The Telegraph, United Kingdom
Does canned food cause cancer?
A leading UK cancer charity has written to major food manufacturers asking them to reveal details of their use of the controversial chemical BPA in food cans.
April 27, 2016 | Denver Post, Colorado
Cadmium, lead, copper levels in Animas headwaters exceed Colorado limits.
Animas River headwaters contamination exceeds state standards for cadmium, copper, lead and other toxic acid metals draining from inactive mines, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and Sunnyside Gold Corp. revealed Tuesday.
April 20, 2016 | Johannesburg Times, South Africa
DDT found in great whites.
Great white sharks are being exposed to deadly chemicals as a result of the fight against malaria.
April 20, 2016 | The Intercept
Teflon toxic contamination has spread throughout the world.
Although the chemical was developed and long manufactured in the United States, it's not just an American problem. PFOA has spread throughout the world.
April 19, 2016 | Australia ABC News, Australia
Microbeads, single-use plastic bags to be recommended for ban by Senate pollution inquiry.
A Senate committee will call for an immediate ban on microbeads and for single-use plastic bags to be off-limits nationwide to try and reduce pollution.
April 19, 2016 | Toronto Star, Ontario
Restricting neonic pesticides is good for bees and the environment.
The Ontario government is on the right track with its plan to dramatically reduce the use of ‘neonic’ pesticides.
April 18, 2016 | Reuters Health
China launches pollution probe after hundreds of students fall sick.
Authorities in China have launched an investigation after a report that hundreds of children attending a language school built near a polluted former industrial site developed health problems, including cancer, state news agency Xinhua reported on Monday.
April 16, 2016 | Washington Post
Researchers have found a ‘striking’ new side effect from eating fast food.
Researchers at George Washington University have linked fast food consumption to the presence of potentially harmful chemicals called phthalates, a connection which they argue could have “great public health significance.”
April 15, 2016 | Detroit News, Michigan
Dangerous lead levels detailed at some Detroit Public Schools.
Detroit Public Schools water test results released Thursday show that 15 buildings have tested positive for high lead levels, including one where a drinking fountain recorded 100 times the allowable limit.
April 15, 2016 | Science News
EPA underestimates methane emissions.
Rising amounts of greenhouse gas missed by environmental agency’s methods.
April 14, 2016 | Boston Globe, Massachusetts
New evidence of the dangers of living near highways.
A new study of Boston residents who live or spend time near Interstate 93 and the Massachusetts Turnpike has found that their exposure to microscopic metals and chemicals spewed from vehicles increases their chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
April 11, 2016 | London Evening Standard, United Kingdom
Asthmatic children wear monitors to track levels of pollution on way to school.
Asthmatic children are wearing pollution monitors and GPS trackers to measure how much noxious air they breathe in walking to school for a major study by a team of London scientists.
April 8, 2016 | Hans India
Higher smoking rates will increase asthma risk in India: study
Countries with higher male smoking rates such as India and Bangladesh may develop higher asthma and wheezing rates as a result of more exposure to second-hand smoke, scientists say.
April 6, 2016 | Washington Post
Banned chemical still used in hospital IVs is linked to attention deficit disorder.
A chemical used to make plastic IV tubes and catheters has been linked to attention deficit disorder in children who received treatment for a serious illness, according to a new study.
April 6, 2016 | News-Medical.net
Maternal smoking influences epigenetic programming of unborn child's genetic make-up.
If mothers smoke during pregnancy, they influence the epigenetic programming of their unborn child's genetic make-up in the long term. This may give rise to an increased risk of the development of disease risks later in the child's life.
April 4, 2016 | New York Times
DEET seen as safe for pregnant women despite limited studies.
Research indicates that the insect repellent, if not overapplied, is fine to use to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes that could be carrying Zika.
April 3, 2016 | Indo-Asian News Service
Chemical exposure to foetal mammary gland can up breast cancer risk.
Exposure of common plastic chemical on the developing mammary gland in the womb is likely to spurt the growth of breast cancer in women, reveals a new study.
April 1, 2016 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Phthalates and childhood body fat: Study finds no evidence of obesogenicity.
A study published in this issue of EHP found not only no association between prenatal phthalate exposures and increased body fat in children, but also that high exposure to di phthalate (DEHP) was associated with lower body fat.
March 31, 2016 | MPBN Radio, Maine
BPA found in two-thirds of sampled food cans.
Two-thirds of food cans sampled around the country, including in Maine, contain bisphenol A - or BPA - making canned foods a major source of the hormone-disrupting chemical.
March 29, 2016 | CBS News
Premature births linked to air pollution cost U.S. billions.
A number of studies have found evidence that air pollution may contribute to the problem of preterm births, raising babies' risk of health complications. Now for the first time researchers are putting a price tag on the impact.
March 28, 2016 | Sunday Post, United Kingdom
Fresh fears over plastic pitches causing cancer as lab tests reveal carcinogens.
Cancer-causing chemicals do lurk in artificial football pitches according to lab tests ordered by The Sunday Post.
March 28, 2016 | Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming
OSHA releases new silica guidelines for workplace.
Some 2.3 million people are estimated to be exposed to silica at work, primarily in the construction industry but also in the oilfield, where it is used as a component in fracking.
March 25, 2016 | Associated Press
Chemical warning may scare poor from canned food.
California plans to delay state-required warnings on metal cans lined with the chemical BPA, arguing too-specific warnings could scare stores and shoppers in poor neighborhoods away from some of the only fruits and vegetables available — canned ones, officials said Thursday.
March 25, 2016 | Bloomberg BNA
EPA touts assessing chemical risks, proposing rules.
Refining risk assessments of chemicals in commerce, proposing rules to ban or restrict certain uses of some chemicals, and issuing final rules on nanomaterials and formaldehyde emissions are among the EPA's priorities for 2016, officials said.
March 24, 2016 | New York Times
New rules aim to reduce silica exposure at work sites.
The Labor Department plans to announce on Thursday new rules that sharply reduce workplace exposure to silica, a potentially deadly mineral found in materials commonly used in construction and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
March 24, 2016 | Australia ABC News, Australia
China's cancer rates exploding, more than 4 million people diagnosed in 2015
In some of the industrial provinces, lung cancer rates have increased a staggering four-fold, but authorities seem reluctant to acknowledge—let alone deal with - the epidemic.
March 16, 2016 | CBC Canada
Neonicotinoids affect wildflower pollination, study finds.
The way bumblebees get pollen from wildflowers changes when the insects are exposed to commonly used neonicotinoid pesticides according to new research at the University of Guelph.
March 16, 2016 | Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippines
Women need better protection against toxic chemicals.
In the Philippines, the Department of Health repeatedly warns about cosmetics containing deadly chemicals. The report says women are exposed to a range of hazardous chemicals at home and at work and as consumers of products that contain toxins. While both women and men are exposed to hazardous chemicals every day, it notes that “women are often differently exposed due to their (entrenched) gender roles and because of biological susceptibilities and health impacts.
March 15, 2016 | Nature
High-fat diets raise risk of obesity in offspring.
Study in mice suggests that behaviour of parents influences health of children through 'epigenetic' inheritance. This is the first time that such an effect has been observed with egg cells.
March 15, 2016 | Reuters
Indonesia warns of fire risk in haze-prone regions in March-April.
Indonesia expects dryer than normal weather in several fire and haze-prone regions in western and central Indonesia in March and April, the state weather agency said on Monday, referring to a recent increase in fires and hotspots.
March 14, 2016 | Environmental Health News
Undergoing fertility treatment? Watch your plastics.
As evidence mounts that BPA exposure reduces IVF pregnancies, FDA stays silent and scientists blast the agency’s stance on the chemical’s safety as “absurd”.
March 14, 2016 | Snarled over glyphosate.
Chemical & Engineering News
The 28 countries of the European Union are at odds over whether to extend the approval of the herbicide glyphosate for an additional 15 years.
March 11, 2016 | Press Trust of India, India
Lead exposure in early stage increases obesity risk: Study
For the study, lead was added to the drinking water of female mice prior to breeding through nursing their young.
March 11, 2016 | Bangkok Nation, Thailand
Cases of blood contamination in Thailand.
Nearly half of the people living near a gold mine in Phichit province have been found to have abnormally high levels of manganese in their blood as indicated by a study run by Rangsit University.
March 11, 2016 | Christian Science Monitor
Scientists discover plastic-loving bacteria in recycling plant.
Researchers found a bacterium that will eat one of the most common forms of plastic. Is it the first step toward a solution for plastic pollution?
March 10, 2016 | New York Times
Pollution tied to premature births, especially in women with asthma
A new study suggests that women with asthma exposed to air pollution, even before conception, significantly increase their risk of delivering a premature baby.
March 9, 2016 | News-Medical.net
Low levels of arsenic may influence fetal growth.
The study, which appears in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, is one of the first to report that arsenic exposure during pregnancy at levels common in the United States is related to birth outcomes.
March 7, 2016 | FairWarning
Study links cosmetics use to altered body chemistry.
A new study released today suggests that consumers can quickly reduce the amount of hormone-disrupting chemicals in their bodies by switching personal care products.
March 7, 2016 | Mother Jones
Lead exposure has terrifying effects on grown-ups, too.
While much has been written about the likely long-term consequences for the children, we've heard relatively little about lead's terrifying effects on grown-ups.
March 4, 2016 | Hindu Business Line, India
A toxic ship comes ashore.
Alang in Gujarat may be world famous for its ship-breaking prowess, but vessels built with hazardous material are endangering workers’ lives and the environment.
March 3, 2016 | Science and Development Network
Pollution distorts fish organs in Manila lake.
A new study finds that “elevated amounts” of pollutants in the Philippines' biggest lake are suspected to be the cause of abnormalities in common carp fish, a source of food for many Filipinos.
March 2, 2016 | News-Medical.net
Air pollution increases risk of preterm birth for asthmatic pregnant women.
Pregnant women with asthma may be at greater risk of preterm birth when exposed to high levels of certain traffic-related air pollutants, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions.
March 2, 2016 | Salinas Californian, California
EPA targeting pesticide used on strawberries, lettuce.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced its intent to ban sales in the United States of commercial insecticides made with flubendiamide, used on wine grapes, strawberries and lettuce.
March 2, 2016 | Chemical & Engineering News
EPA proposes new regulations for chemical plants.
Chemical companies and refineries would have to consider inherently safer technologies and, in some cases, undergo third-party, independent safety audits under a new Environmental Protection Agency proposal.
March 2, 2016 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals and oil and natural gas operations.
Herein, we provide a series of recommendations that will allow scientifically defensible, accurate assessments of the potential endocrine-related risks from chemical exposure associated with oil and natural gas operations.
March 2, 2016 | Reuters
US EPA moves to end use of Bayer, Nichino insecticides.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it was moving to halt the sale of insecticides from German chemicals company Bayer and Nichino America containing an active ingredient called flubendiamide found to pose risks to the environment.
March 1, 2016 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Inflammatory bowel disease in Asia: A second chance at uncovering environmental factors.
Thirty years ago, fewer than 1 in 1 million people in Hong Kong had inflammatory bowel disease. Today roughly 3 in 100,000 people in the country are diagnosed with IBD.
February 29, 2016 | Wall Street Journal
Lead’s damaging effects are worse on children.
The bluish-gray metal is among the most damaging substances to the human body, with even minute amounts posing a long-lasting threat to the nervous system, brain and other organs.
February 26, 2016 | Reuters
German beer purity in question after environment group finds weed-killer traces.
A German environmental group said on Thursday it has found traces of the widely used weed-killer ingredient glyphosate in Germany's 14 most popular beers, a potential blow to the country's reputation for "pure" brewing.
February 25, 2016 | Reuters
Evidence on talc cancer risk differs for jurors, researchers.
A U.S. jury verdict linking regular use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder to a woman's death from ovarian cancer has spurred new concern from consumers , but scientists say the evidence of real danger is inconclusive at best.
February 25, 2016 | FairWarning
Dueling labels seek to anoint products free of toxic chemicals.
The competing labels are believed to be the first to specifically focus on a product’s impact to human health, filling a void left by regulatory agencies which have limited authority to police the ingredients used in household goods.
February 24, 2016 | Civil Eats
Pesticide combination impacts often greater than the sum of their parts.
Exposure to multiple fumigants commonly used together in California may increase cancer risk, says new report.
February 23, 2016 | The Nation, Food & Environment Reporting Network.
A new study suggests even the toughest pesticide regulations aren’t nearly tough enough.
As in most states, regulators in California only measure the effect of one pesticide at a time. But farmers often use several pesticides together—and that’s a big, toxic problem.
February 23, 2016 | Hindu, India
India’s pollution levels beat China’s: Study.
The average Indian was exposed to more particulate matter than the average Chinese citizen in 2015 - the first time that has happened in the 21st century.
February 22, 2016 | Science News
FDA to test foods for controversial herbicide
The U.S. government will test various foods for exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in several herbicides. Tests on foods including soybeans, corn, milk and eggs are set to begin this year.
February 19, 2016 | New York Times
Lung cancer deaths soar in China's steel country (Report)
The death rate from lung cancer in the heavily industrialized province surrounding Beijing has more than quadrupled in the last four decades, according to a local cancer hospital and a report published Friday.
February 19, 2016 | Albany WNYT TV, New York
How to reduce your exposure to PFOA.
PFOA: It's a toxic chemical suspected of causing cancer and Dr. David Carpenter says there are trace amounts in many products you probably use every day.
February 17, 2016 | Environmental Health News
Experts call on feds to re-evaluate the world’s most heavily used herbicide.
Health scientists—in a review of the published data on glyphosate—see a “desperate need” for federal regulators around the world to revisit the herbicide's health impact.
February 16, 2016 | USA Today
Scientists debunk theory linking pesticide, not Zika, to birth defects.
Experts debunked a theory this week that linked pesticides to an increase in birth defects thought to be caused by the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Brazil.
February 16, 2016 | Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania
Understanding what the lead levels in Pennsylvania’s kids mean.
The current lead levels are the lowest since measurement began after World War II, but the US needs to more to eliminate lead in our poorest neighborhoods and protect our children.
February 16, 2016 | The Guardian
Mobile phones and brain cancer: ‘no evidence of health risk’ is not the same as 'safe.'
We exist in a sea of radiofrequency radiation never before seen in human history. Are we lab rats in an experiment with no controls?
February 15, 2016 | New Delhi Hindustan Times, India
Pesticides suspected to be carcinogenic escape India ban list.
A clutch of pesticides that could be carcinogenic and banned in many countries will continue their run in India.
February 15, 2016 | New York Times
New study finds persistent peril from urban coal soot in China and indoor smoke in India.
In Chinese cities and India’s rural households, millions remain at risk from power plant pollution and smoky cooking and heating fires.
February 12, 2016 | Science News
Vaping linked to host of new health risks
Many people assume e-cigarettes are a healthier alternative to smoking. But new animal data suggest vaping may pose immune risks — and possibly behavioral and reproductive risks for the children of women who vape during pregnancy.
February 12, 2016 | Mother Jones
How big a problem is lead contamination in your county?
What do we know about lead contamination around the country—and what do we need to find out? The crisis in Flint, Michigan, has shed new light on an old problem: Despite decades of studies showing the irreversible developmental and neurological effects of lead, no federal agency tracks where lead contamination is a problem, and what the source of it may be.
February 11, 2016 | BBC
Toxic chemicals found in beached whales in Fife.
A pod of whales stranded in Fife had high concentrations of toxic chemicals, some of which had reached the mammals' brains, scientists have found.
February 10, 2016 | The Guardian
Air pollution raises risk of death 'for decades after exposure.'
Air pollution raises the risk of death for many decades after exposure, according to the longest-running study to date.
February 10, 2016 | Los Angeles Times
Plastic microbead pollution harms oysters.
Oysters eat by filtering the water around them and digesting anything small enough to trap, whether that’s algae, phytoplankton - or tiny pieces of plastic floating in the ocean.
February 9, 2016 | Chemical Watch
BPA poised for classification as category 1 reprotoxin.
Substances classified as category 1 carcinogens, mutagens or reprotoxicants are banned from use in consumer products in the EU.
February 9, 2016 | Montclair NJ Spotlight, New Jersey
Tests on fish raise new concerns about estrogen levels in drinking water.
The USGS study was the first to look at the issue at national wildlife refuges in the United States, and should form the basis for further investigation, the authors said.
February 9, 2016 | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin
Dark spots on the face may be caused by traffic pollution.
We know traffic-related air pollution harms the environment. Now comes a study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology that says this form of pollution may be responsible for dark spots that appear on the face.
February 4, 2016 | WisconsinWatch
Lead in drinking water poses danger for children, pregnant women.
Ignoring water as a source of lead poisoning in Wisconsin and nationwide ‘is putting generations of kids in harm's way for absolutely no good reason,’ one researcher says.
February 4, 2016 | San Luis Obispo New Times, California
Pesticide used to fight the citrus psyllid could have consequences for bees.
A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency risk assessment of the chemical imidacloprid found that using it on crops could adversely affect pollinators, especially bees.
February 1, 2016 | Environmental Health Perspectives
A review of health risks and pathways for exposure to wastewater use in agriculture
Wastewater is increasingly being used in the agricultural sector to cope with the depletion of freshwater resources as well as water stress linked to changing climate conditions. As wastewater irrigation expands, research focusing on the human health risks is critical because exposure to a range of contaminants must be weighed with the benefits to food security, nutrition and livelihoods.
February 1, 2016 | CNN
BPA-free plastic alternatives may not be safe as you think
"BPA-free" plastic product may be no safer than the product it replaced, says a new UCLA study that analyzed the impact of a common BPA alternative on zebra fish embryos. The study joins a small but growing group of similar research sounding the alarm about so called "BPA-free" alternatives.
February 1, 2016 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Arsenic exposure and the Western diet: A recipe for metabolic disorders?
A new mouse study suggests that prenatal and early-life exposures to low-level arsenic, combined with a Western-style diet, may induce developmental changes that heighten the risk of future metabolic disorders and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
February 1, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent, California
EPA says pesticide threatens honeybees.
A recent study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency names the widely used insecticide imidacloprid a threat to already dwindling honeybee populations.
January 30, 2016 | Washington Post
The staggering economic cost of air pollution.
Air pollution caused by energy production in the U.S. caused at least $131 billion in damages in the year 2011 alone, a new analysis concludes -- but while the number sounds grim, it's also a sign of improvement. In 2002, the damages totaled as high as $175 billion, and the decline in the past decade highlights the success of more stringent emissions regulations on the energy sector while also pointing out the need to continue cracking down.
January 29, 2016 | Mother Jones
There may soon be more plastic in the oceans than fish.
Discarded plastic will outweigh fish in the world's oceans by 2050, according to a report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. That is, unless overfishing moves the date up sooner.
January 26, 2016 | Fairfax Stuff, New Zealand
Plastic-leaching chemicals being researched in New Zealand.
The Ministry of Primary Industries is collecting food samples to test for chemicals that can disrupt hormones in humans.
January 26, 2016 | Canadian Press
Greenpeace study points to hazardous chemicals in waterproof outdoor gear.
The environmental group released a study Monday that found high concentrations of PFCs (per− and poly−fluorinated chemicals) in jackets, tents, backpacks and sleeping bags.
January 25, 2016 | BBC
Toxic paint levels at playgrounds, research suggests.
Paint on playground equipment has been found to contain high amounts of the toxin lead - up to 40 times recommended levels, research suggests.
January 20, 2016 | London Daily Mail, United Kingdom.
Chemical found in plastic food packaging 'interferes with metabolism and makes you fat.
The same plastic chemical found in vinyl flooring, packaging and tablecloths can also be found in your food, scientists revealed. And, that chemical can cause you to pile on the pounds, they warned.
January 20, 2016 | Environment Report
Researchers investigating how lead exposure could affect DNA.
Researchers are looking into the possible ripple effects of lead exposure. After the city of Flint switched to the Flint River for its drinking water, experts found the number of kids with elevated levels of lead in their blood doubled. Even low levels of lead can cause kids to lose IQ points and end up with behavior problems.
January 18, 2016 | The Guardian
Figures to reveal deadly toll of global air pollution.
The World Health Organisation has issued a stark new warning about deadly levels of pollution in many of the world’s biggest cities, claiming poor air quality is killing millions and threatening to overwhelm health services across the globe.
January 18, 2016 | Reuters
Air pollution and traffic fumes tied to infertility risk.
Women who live close to major highways where the air is polluted by traffic exhaust fumes may be slightly more likely to have fertility problems than women who live further away where the air is cleaner, a U.S. study suggests.
January 14, 2016 | Reuters
Global mercury emissions down 30 percent as coal use drops.
Global emissions of mercury from manmade sources fell 30 percent from 1990 to 2010, in part from decreasing use of coal, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on Wednesday.
January 14, 2016 | Duluth News Tribune, Minnesota
Study: Most mercury in Lake Superior comes from atmosphere.
A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey confirms that most of the mercury in Lake Superior is coming from airborne deposition, mercury that floated around in the atmosphere before falling into the lake in rain and snow.
January 13, 2016 | Australia ABC News
Risks of lead exposure in affected communities not communicated properly.
New research has found campaigns to raise awareness of lead contamination in some Australian towns aren't effectively communicating the dangers.
January 13, 2016 | The Guardian
Air pollution at this level for 10 more years will put a generation at risk.
The courts must be involved: the quality of air our children breathe is too important to be decided in secret by ministers and the motor trade.
January 12, 2016 | Times of India, India
10 things you still need to know about air pollution.
The play of conditions and elements that makes the air we breathe dirty and dangerous.
January 11, 2016 | Environmental Health News
New year, old pollutants for popular Great Lakes sport fish.
Toxic, banned chemicals like DDT and PCBs still dominate the chemical load in top predators such as walleye and lake trout, based on a new review.
January 11, 2016 | NL Times, Netherlands
Poisonous pesticide found in tap water of 1.3 million.
Dimethoate, a pesticide used in agriculture and horticulture was discovered in the Maas river, the source of tap water to 1.3 million people in the west of Zuid-Holland, drinking water company Dunea announced on Monday.
January 11, 2016 | Portland Oregonian, Oregon
Study proves link between ADHD and even 'safe' lead levels.
Lead, even in amounts well below levels considered safe for children, is directly associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a new study found.
January 8, 2016 | Huffington Post
Microbeads and microplastics: The ocean-harming exfoliants and toothpastes being phased out from supermarket shelves.
Your favourite exfoliating face wash or toothpaste may be up for a recipe change as Australia's supermarkets make moves to phase out plastic-derived microbeads.
January 8, 2016 | Globe and Mail, Ontario
Asbestos exposure leads rise in deaths of British Columbia construction workers.
Deaths of B.C. construction workers jumped 40 percent last year, an increase fuelled by the number of workers who have died after being exposed to asbestos while on their jobs decades ago.
January 7, 2016 | Civil Eats
The FDA just banned these chemicals (PFCs) in food. Are they the tip of the iceberg?
The US FDA banned three toxic food packaging chemicals and is considering banning seven cancer-causing food flavoring chemicals, but food safety advocates say the process highlights flaws in the system.
January 6, 2016 | Associated Press
EPA says pesticide harms bees in some cases.
A major pesticide harms honeybees when used on cotton and citrus but not on other big crops like corn, berries and tobacco, the Environmental Protection Agency found.
January 6, 2016 | Malaysian National News Agency, Malaysia
Researcher: Long-term exposure to bauxite dust can lead to Alzheimer.
Long-term exposure to bauxite dust can lead to miners and residents living along transport routes developing Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study.
January 4, 2016 | Phoenix New Times, Arizona
Radioactive dust surges near mine close to Grand Canyon.
Multiple tests found that the amount of uranium dust in soil near one of the mines is four times higher than background levels.
December 30, 2015 | Ensia
How can we create a less toxic world?
If we want companies to create products that are safe and healthy for humans and the environment, teaching green chemistry is our best bet.
December 29, 2015 | Edinburgh Evening News, United Kingdom
Glyphosate weedkiller to be ditched over cancer fears.
Edinburgh park managers are set to end the use a controversial weedkiller which has been branded a cancer risk by global health bosses.
December 28, 2015 | Canadian Press
First Nations health advocate dies of asbestos-related cancer.
A Manitoba advocate for people who suffered from illnesses linked to vermiculite insulation has died of a cancer closely associated with asbestos, her daughter says.
December 28, 2015 | NBC News
Mercury in California's coastal fog could disrupt food chain.
When coastal fog rolls into Northern California, a special form of mercury is coming along with it, according to new research.
December 26, 2015 | Scientific American
Scientific American's top 10 science stories of 2015
An historic climate-change agreement, new views of the solar system, cybersecurity shortcomings and the discovery of a new human species—these and other events highlight the year in science and technology as selected by SA's editors.
December 26, 2015 | Portland Press Herald, Maine
Study finds chemicals may be affecting Maine bass.
A federal study is raising concerns about the impacts of hormone-disrupting chemicals on fish at national wildlife refuges across the Northeast, including two Maine refuges where nearly every smallmouth bass showed potential effects of chemical exposure.
December 26, 2015 | St. Charles Herald Guide, Louisiana
Monsanto counters study saying Roundup probably causes cancer.
Nearly a year after a World Health Organization (WHO) study labeled glyphosate, a key ingredient in Roundup weed killer, as a probable cancer-causing agent to humans, Monsanto sponsored a panel that has produced a study countering those results.
December 23, 2015 | Scottish Television, United Kingdom
Study finds high levels of a toxic chemical in rocks from fracking target area.
High levels of selenium have been discovered in rock samples taken from an area of the UK targeted for shale gas extraction.
December 23, 2015 | Irrawaddy, Burma
Toxic levels of lead, arsenic found in drinking water, industrial waste.
Commonly used sources of drinking water around Inle Lake contain dangerous levels of lead and other contaminants, according to test results by a leading local environmental group.
December 23, 2015 | New York Times
Ban on microbeads proves easy to pass through pipeline
Tiny additives common in cosmetics like facial scrubs and toothpaste were making their way into waterways.
December 23, 2015 | Vietnam News, Vietnam
Toxic chemicals from gold mining destroys Vietnam environment.
The deputy director of the provincial department of environment and natural resources, said cyanide and mercury are among the toxic chemicals used by illegal diggers to filter gold, and they discharge it directly into the environment.
December 22, 2015 | Civil Eats
Atrazine: The latest pesticide on trial.
With California working to list atrazine as toxic to the reproductive system, three of the United States' most-widely used pesticides are under fire for adverse health effects.
December 19, 2015 | New York Times
Air pollution widespread in China.
Beijing issued its second-ever red alert for dangerously bad air quality on Friday morning, just a week after its first one. The current alert is for hazardous levels starting on Saturday and end at midnight on Tuesday.
December 18, 2015 | Washington Post
Up to 90 percent of cancers not ‘bad luck,’ but due to lifestyle choices, environment.
The lead author says his research shows "people cannot hide behind bad luck" when it comes to cancer. Scientists have long agreed that a person's risk of getting cancer comes down to a mix of genes, lifestyle, environment thrown in with some measure of chance. But the relative importance of each factor has never been settled.
December 17, 2015 | Nature
Cancer studies clash over mechanisms of malignancy.
Debate surrounds relative importance of environmental and intrinsic factors. Most cases of cancer result from avoidable factors such as toxic chemicals and radiation.
December 17, 2015 | The Intercept
Toxic firefighting foam (PFOA) has contaminated US drinking water. (Special Report)
A foam to fight burning jet fuel made by 3M and the U.S. Navy smothers fires, but massive use has contaminated drinking water around the U.S. Huge amounts of the foam have been found in soil and water.
December 17, 2015 | BBC
Endocrine disruptors: European Commission 'breached law.'
In a case brought by Sweden, the European Court of Justice has ruled that the European Commission has not been quick enough in identifying and banning potentially harmful "endocrine disruptor" chemicals.
December 16, 2015 | Nature
Cancer studies clash over mechanisms of malignancy
Debate surrounds relative importance of environmental and intrinsic factors.
December 16, 2015 | Reuters
Hazardous smog hits Shanghai as China's bad air spreads
Smog in Chinese metropolis Shanghai hit its highest level since January on Tuesday.
December 16, 2015 | Reuters
Lead levels in water prompt state of emergency in Flint, Michigan
The mayor of Flint has declared a state of emergency, acknowledging that switches in the Michigan's city's water sourcing have caused high lead levels in drinking water.
December 15, 2015 | Washington Post
Global cancer hotspots: Burden of disease is shifting to developing world
Once considered a disease of the wealthy, cancer now has a significant impact in every region.
December 15, 2015 | Scientific American
Arsenic: A growing plague in the world's drinking water
Arsenic poisoning from wells is getting worse in India and other parts of Asia, harming millions while scientists scramble to find safer sources.
December 11, 2015 | Cape Town Cape Times, South Africa
Mercury table: How safe is South Africa fish?
Mercury, a potent neurotoxin, accumulates naturally in many fish South Africans love to eat - but no one has yet worked out just how much of this toxin is found in local fish.
December 11, 2015 | West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Childhood lead poisoning rates dropping in West Virginia.
From 1997 to 2013, elevated blood lead levels in children under the age of 6 have dropped from 2.26 percent to .37 percent of the population.
December 10, 2015 | VietNam Net
Plastic waste discharge in ocean at high level in Vietnam
Vietnam is among the top five countries in the world with the most plastic waste discarded into the ocean.
December 10, 2015 | South China Morning Post
Pollution in Hong Kong river: Mainland officials ‘not aware’ of source of chemicals
Mainland officials are“not aware” of any manufacturing activity that may have discharged harmful perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) into the Dongjiang river but may consider monitoring their levels.
December 10, 2015 | Australia ABC News
Heavy metals, pharmaceuticals and endangered species DNA found in traditional Chinese medicines, research finds
A study carried out by Curtin University, Murdoch University and the University of Adelaide has found 90 per cent of 26 widely available medicines tested were not fit for human consumption.
December 10, 2015 | Time Magazine
Drinking milk is linked to Parkinson’s disease
Studies have found a connection between the consumption of dairy products and a higher risk of developing Parkinson disease, the neurodegenerative disorder that affects motor neurons in the brain.
December 9, 2015 | Mother Jones
Flavored e-cigarettes may be worse for you than nicotine
A new Harvard study took a hard look at those tantalizing flavors—and found that a majority, at least of the samples tested, contained chemicals linked to a dangerous lung disease.
December 8, 2015 | Reuters
Scientists assembled for Monsanto say herbicide not carcinogenic, disputing WHO report
A 16-member panel, paid for by Monsanto, is disputing a World Health Organization report published earlier this year that concluded glyphosate, the world's most widely used weed killer, is probably carcinogenic to humans.
December 8, 2015 | New York Times
Pollution and coal mining in India
Within hours of his arrival in Jharia, a remote corner of India’s Jharkhand State, photographer Souvid Datta’s eyes teared up and his lungs burned. Swirling clouds of coal dust and toxic fumes from dozens of fires ablaze in open seams made him dizzy.
December 3, 2015 | Los Angeles Times
Pesticides as bad for kids' lungs as cigarette smoke
Chronic exposure to pesticides can damage children's lung function by about as much as secondhand cigarette smoke does, according to a study of farmworker children in the Salinas Valley.
December 3, 2015 | Reuters
Even low-levels of common metal linked to weaker bones
Low levels of exposure to the metal cadmium may increase the risk of weaker bones and fractures in elderly men, a Swedish study suggests. Cadmium is a naturally occurring metal used in batteries and found in cigarette smoke and exhaust from fossil fuels or waste incineration. As a result of crops grown in contaminated soil, many foods also contain cadmium.
December 1, 2015 | Palm Beach WPTV, Florida
Mercury exposure in dolphins linked to humans
Scientists are raising concerns about the correlation between higher mercury levels in dolphins that live in the Indian River Lagoon, and higher mercury levels in people.
November 25, 2015 | Health24.com, South Africa
Additives in Roundup weedkiller may be genotoxic
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup pesticide, may not cause cancer on its own, but once it's mixed with other constituents it could be genotoxic.
November 25, 2015 | The Guardian
Pesticide may be reason butterfly numbers are falling in UK
Neonicotinoids may be contributing towards the disappearance of butterflies from the countryside, according to the first scientific study to examine the effect of the controversial agricultural pesticides on British butterflies.
November 23, 2015 | Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
US study raises new questions about parabens' link to breast cancer
A recent study found that even at low levels parabens could stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells when they interact with a growth factor that's naturally produced in a woman's body.
November 23, 2015 | Chemistry World
Early lead exposure linked to sleep problems
Lead exposure in early childhood is associated with increased risk for sleep problems and excessive daytime sleepiness in later childhood, according to research from the University of Pennsylvania, US.
November 20, 2015 | 9news.com, Australia
Carcinogenic chemical detected in Adelaide playground sparks health fears
An Adelaide playground has been closed and 11 others are being tested after high levels of benzene were detected in its soil.
November 20, 2015 | Chemical Watch
Scientific consensus on EDCs in sight
Scientific consensus on how to tackle endocrine disrupting chemicals is in sight, some scientists believe.
November 19, 2015 | The Guardian
Pesticides stop bumblebees from pollinating apple trees
The world’s most widely used insecticides harm the ability of bumblebees to pollinate apple trees, scientists have discovered. The finding has important implications for agriculture and the natural world, say the researchers, as many food crops and wildflowers rely on bee pollination to reproduce.
November 19, 2015 | Popular Science
Neonicotinoid pesticides make bees worse pollinators
Scientists report that bees that were exposed to neonicotinoids didn't pollinate as many apple trees, and the apple trees that they did visit produced apples with fewer seeds.
November 19, 2015 | Reuters
Fake pesticide use growing in India, putting food security and human health at risk
Millions of unsuspecting Indian farmers are spraying fake pesticides onto their fields, contaminating soil, cutting crop yields and putting both food security and human health at risk in the country of 1.25 billion people.
November 17, 2015 | Central News Agency, Taiwan
Researchers in Taiwan link plasticizers to male infertility
A research team from National Cheng Kung University's College of Medicine said Monday it has gained insight into how exposure to industrial plasticizers can lead to low testosterone levels and possibly infertility in males.
November 16, 2015 | Haaretz, Israel
Substance released by plastic may play part in extending fertility
A substance released from everyday plastic products has been shown to dramatically delay the aging of fallopian tubes in rats, according to new Israeli research.
November 16, 2015 | Times of India
Smoking dads can pass cancer genes to kids
Here's another reason for you to kick the butt. Research conducted at AIIMS has showed that men who smoke or consume tobacco in other forms are more likely to father children suffering from cancer.
November 11, 2015 | International Business Times
Pregnant women exposed to arsenic more likely to have kids prone to infection
Children born to women who were exposed to higher levels of arsenic during pregnancy have a greater risk of infections and respiratory symptoms within their first year of life, a new research shows.
November 9, 2015 | Baton Rouge Advocate, Louisiana
Regulators revive program to test mercury levels of fish caught in Louisiana waters
State regulators are reviving a once-successful program to test the mercury levels of fish caught in Louisiana waters, providing consumers with updated warnings for the first time since 2008.
November 6, 2015 | UN News Centre
UN Environment Programme Statement on Southeast Asian Fires
UNEP stands ready to assist in the implementation of the ASEAN agreement on transboundary haze pollution and achieving the vision of Haze-free ASEAN by 2020 if not before.
November 5, 2015 | International Business Times
Teenagers at risk of abnormal sperm due to early exposure to pesticides.
Exposure to particular environmental pollutants during adolescence could potentially lead to reproductive problems in men years later, according to a new study cited in a press release from the George Washington University.
November 4, 2015 | Environmental Health News
DDT’s long shadow: Long-banned chemicals linked to abnormal sperm
Men exposed to certain banned but long-lived chemicals at high levels as teenagers are more likely to have defective sperm later in life, according a new study.
November 2, 2015 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Bias in environmental cohort studies: The example of bone lead and mortality
Researchers examine the problem of bias using data on lead exposure and mortality in men and directed acyclic graphs to illustrate causal relationships between variables that could bias results.
November 2, 2015 | The Scientist
Low doses of environmental chemicals can make animals gain weight. Whether they do the same to humans is a thorny issue.
October 29, 2015 | CBS Philadelphia
37 Years Later, Lead Paint Is Still Problem In Philadelphia
It may be hard to believe that 37 years after lead paint was banned, it remains a problem in Philadelphia. But the federal government wants to help and the city received nearly $4 million today to get the lead out of homes.
October 28, 2015 | The Guardian
The 116 things that can give you cancer – the full list
After Monday’s bombshell news from the World Health Organisation that bacon, ham and sausages are carcinogenic, you can be forgiven for wondering just what exactly is safe for you to come into contact with – let alone eat.
October 28, 2015 | The Guardian
Neonicotinoids: new warning on pesticide harm to bees
There is a strong scientific consensus that bees are exposed to neonicotinoid pesticides in fields and suffer harm from the doses received, according to a new analysis of the all the scientific evidence to date.
October 26, 2015 | IARC
IARC Monographs evaluate consumption of red meat and processed meat
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, has evaluated the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat.
October 25, 2015 | The Telegraph
Air pollution stunting children's lungs, study finds
A six-year study finds children living in highly polluted parts of cities have up to 10 per cent less lung capacity than normal, with warnings the damage could be permanent
October 23, 2015 | Chicago Tribune, Illinois
Triphenyl phosphate, found in 'eco-friendly' nail polish, spurs worries.
Chemical tied to disruption of hormones spikes in women after polish applied, study finds.
October 23, 2015 | ABC, Australia
Australians 'at risk' from asbestos in imported building products
Australians are at risk of being exposed to asbestos in imported building products, an industry group has warned. The Asbestos Industry Association said the potentially deadly material was discovered in cement compound board from China two months ago.
October 23, 2015 | The Montreal Gazette.
The Right Chemistry: The research on BPA has been sufficient
“More research is needed.” That’s a common final sentence in scientific papers, especially when it comes to studying the effects of environmental chemicals on health. We may be reaching such a stage with bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that has been the subject of more studies in the toxicological literature than any other.
October 23, 2015 | The Huffington Post
Yes, Chemicals In Nail Polish Can Leach Into Your Body
But new research may chip away at your worry-free tradition of weekly mani-pedis: A study led by Duke University and the public health advocacy organization Environmental Working Group suggests that we absorb at least one potentially hormone-disrupting chemical every time we get a polish. While the impact of this chemical on our health is still unclear, the fact that our body can absorb chemicals through nail polish is cause for concern.
October 22, 2015 | Taipei Times, Taiwan
EPA pollution targets announced
A set of draft regulations covering water pollution control, stipulates that pollution intensive industries must disclose emissions information of 129 toxic chemicals, while proposing to cap emissions of heavy metals to mitigate farmland contamination.
October 21, 2015 | Modesto Bee, California
EPA chief, farmworkers praise new pesticide rules
The chief of the Environmental Protection Agency visited a Stockton-area farm Tuesday to celebrate new federal rules for protecting workers from pesticides. The rules, enacted last month, are similar to what California already required. They include increased training of applicators and other workers and a ban on pesticide handling by any employee under 18.
October 21, 2015 | Environmental Health News
Long-banned chemicals still in paint, contaminating Chicago’s air.
More than 400 pounds of toxic PCBs are emitted to Chicago’s air each year and researchers warn that some of this load comes via a chemical reaction in paint still sold in hardware stores.
October 19, 2015 | ABC News, Australia
Researchers accidently find industrial waste, orange peel material sucks mercury out of water
Researchers at Flinders University have accidentally discovered a way to remove mercury from water using a material made from industrial waste and orange peel.
October 12, 2015 | Newsweek
New, nontoxic flame retardant derived from dopamine in the human brain
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin recently published their discovery of a flame retardant that is nontoxic and won’t accumulate over time in people's bodies.
October 12, 2015 | CNBC
Haze brings bootcamps, dragon boats to standstill in Singapore.
Pollution from the burning of Indonesia's rain forests appears to be claiming another casualty: physical fitness in Singapore.
October 12, 2015 | Oregon Published Broadcasting
Contaminated soil lingers where apples once grew
At homes and day care centers throughout Central Washington, children play in yards contaminated with lead and arsenic. The state’s Department of Ecology knows about this, and has for decades. But many parents and caregivers still do not, despite the risks these chemicals pose specifically to children.
October 7, 2015 | Vancouver Sun, British Columbia
Researchers raise alarms about environmental toxics
Physicians must start becoming louder activists about the deleterious impact of toxic chemicals found in such things as plastics, pesticides and pollutants, a leading reproductive endocrinologist said Tuesday.
October 7, 2015 | International Business Times
Pregnant women’s exposure to lead may have lasting effects, can be passed on to grandkids.
Pregnant women with high levels of lead in their blood not only affect the fetal cells of their unborn children but also their grandchildren, a new study suggests.
October 6, 2015 | Straits Times, Singapore
Haze reaches southern Thailand, rises beyond safety levels.
The haze from forest fires in Indonesia has reached southern Thailand, with smoke from the dust particles rising above safety levels in Songkhla province's Hat Yai district.
October 6, 2015 | Environmental Health News
Scientists play catch up as new chemicals contaminate Great Lakes birds
Experts say new flame retardants and stain repellents in Great Lakes wildlife offer further evidence of a broken regulatory system.
October 1, 2015 | Kampala New Vision, Uganda
Exposure to traffic-related air pollution a high risk for pregnant women in Uganda.
Margret Nuwagaba and serves meals in an auto workshop. As the mechanics repair the cars, Nuwagaba inhales the fumes from the cars’ exhaust pipes with limited regard this has on her health and that of her unborn baby.
October 1, 2015 | Environmental Health Perspectives
POPs and pubertal timing: Evidence of delayed development.
A small but growing body of literature suggests a complicated relationship between contaminants and pubertal development; factors such as stress, diet, and exercise also play an important role, says the lead author of a new study.
October 1, 2015 | Environmental Health News
Vinyl flooring chemical linked to high blood pressure during pregnancy
Chemicals often used in vinyl flooring and PVC may make pregnant women more susceptible to heart diseases, according to a new study. It builds on other studies that concluded that certain phthalates, also found in plastics, cosmetics, fragrances and—by ex
September 30, 2015 | Haaretz, Israel
Pesticide exposure raises Parkinson's rates near Gaza area farms.
An Israeli study has found a high incidence of Parkinson's disease among those living in Jewish agricultural communities near the Gaza border.
September 30, 2015 | Science
Links between health problems and endocrine-disrupting chemicals now stronger, statement argues.
The list of health problems that scientists can confidently link to exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals has grown to include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, a new scientific statement from The Endocrine Society suggests.
September 25, 2015 | Environmental Health News
BPA linked to low birth weights in baby girls
Pregnant women with high levels of BPA in their blood during their first trimester were more likely to have baby girls with low birth weights
September 16, 2015 | The Times of India
15 cases of rare cancer (Mesothelioma) detected, a first in Rajasthan
Mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused only by asbestos and asbestosis exposure has been detected for the first time in Rajasthan. As per mine labour protection campaign (MLPC), 15 such cases have been reported in Ajmer while 62 are suspected.
September 16, 2015 | U.S. News
Pesticide Exposure Tied to Diabetes Risk
Exposure to pesticides may increase your risk of diabetes, a new analysis suggests. After reviewing 21 previous studies, researchers found exposure to any type of pesticide was associated with a 61 percent increased risk for any type of diabetes. The increased risk for type 2 diabetes -- the most common type -- was 64 percent, the investigators found.
September 16, 2015 | The Guardian
More people die from air pollution than Malaria and HIV/Aids, new study shows
More than 3 million people die prematurely each year from outdoor pollution and without action deaths will double by 2050.
September 15, 2015 | CNN
Pesticide exposure linked to childhood cancer and lower IQ
Pesticide use in homes may increase the risk of children developing leukemia or lymphoma, a new report suggests. Researchers combined data from 16 earlier studies that had compared pesticide exposure between children who developed leukemia or lymphoma and those who did not. These studies estimated the level of insecticides and herbicides both inside the home and in the yard and outdoor residential space.
September 15, 2015 | Reuters
Indoor pesticide exposure tied to childhood cancers
A new analysis of existing research finds that kids exposed to pesticides indoors are at higher risk for childhood cancers. The study, based on data mainly from North America, Europe and Australia, suggests that policies should be developed to limit children's exposures at home and school to insect killers, researchers say.
September 14, 2015 | Reuters
Chinese emissions of two key pollutants drop slightly in first half of 2015
China's emissions of two key pollutants (sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide) fell slightly in the first half of 2015, according to the environment ministry, as authorities stepped up punitive measures to combat environmental degradation.
August 29, 2015 | The Financial Express
Children exposed to toxic air likelier to have lower GPAs
University of Texas at El Paso researchers analysed academic performance and socio-demographic data for 1,895 fourth and fifth grade children (published in Journal Population and Environment). They used the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Air Toxics Assessment to estimate children’s exposure to toxic air pollutants, such as diesel exhaust, around the location of their homes. Children who were exposed to high levels of motor vehicle emissions from cars, trucks and buses on roads and highways were found to have significantly lower GPAs.
August 28, 2015 | Environmental Health News
More evidence of Roundup's link to kidney, liver damage
Long-term exposure to tiny amounts of Roundup—thousands of times lower than what is permitted in U.S. drinking water—may lead to serious problems in the liver and kidneys. The study looked at the function of genes in these organs and bolsters a controversial 2012 study that found rats exposed to small amounts of the herbicide Roundup in their drinking water had liver and kidney damage.
August 26, 2015 | The Guardian
Banned pesticides pose a greater risk to bees than thought, EU experts warn
Three pesticides banned in Europe for their potential to damage bee populations could pose an even greater threat than was thought, according to a new assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa). Already proscribed for seed treatments and soil applications, the Efsa analysis says that clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam also pose a ‘high risk’ to bees when sprayed on leaves.
August 20, 2015 | Environmental Health News
Breastfeeding exposes babies to water- and stain-proofing chemicals
Breastfeeding appears to expose infants to a group of industrial chemicals linked to immune system problems. The study is the first to estimate the transfer of water- and stain-proofing chemicals from mother to baby during breastfeeding and suggests that the mother’s milk—which provides healthy antibodies, vitamins and nutrients— is also a major source of these harmful compounds for the developing children.
August 18, 2015 | The Huffington Post
New Asbestos Threats Affect Vets, Workers, Children and Drinking Water
In the last month alone, asbestos contamination has plagued a veterans' medical center in Denver, construction workers rehabbing a school in southern Illinois as well as an elementary school in the state, and potentially, a popular river and drinking water source in Colorado.
August 13, 2015 | New York Times
Study Links Polluted Air in China to 1.6 Million Deaths a Year
BEIJING — Outdoor air pollution contributes to the deaths of an estimated 1.6 million people in China every year, or about 4,400 people a day.
August 4, 2015 | Charleston Post and Courier, South Carolina
Workout, waterproof clothes may release toxic chemicals
Beware! Your favorite antimicrobial workout shirt or water-repellent hiking jacket may contain some surprising and potentially toxic chemicals.
August 4, 2015 | Christian Today
Cellular phone radiation can cause cancer, other health woes, meta-study confirms.
Research published in the journal Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, found that radiation from mobile devices causes a condition called "oxidative stress," in which the human body loses the ability to repair damage to itself.
August 4, 2015 | Environmental Health Perspectives
A closer look at obesogens (tributyltin, TBT)
Obesogenic chemicals promote weight gain in mammals by altering lipid metabolism, which results in increased fat accumulation. However, very little is known about how obesogenic chemicals might affect invertebrate species.
August 4, 2015 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Arsenic and blood pressure: A long-term relationship
Overexposure to naturally occurring arsenic in groundwater and soil can cause a variety of cancers. Now researchers are looking at arsenic and high blood pressure.
August 1, 2015 | Pacific Standard
PCBs were banned three decades ago, but they're still hurting marine mammals
On April 19, 1979, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced a five-year plan to phase out nearly all uses of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. The synthetic chemicals had been used in the manufacture of electronic equipment, motor oil, adhesive tapes, paint, and many other products.
July 30, 2015 | Washington Roll Call, District of Columbia
Flame retardant chemicals found in US Congressional offices
As Congress considers an overhaul of toxic chemical regulations, a new analysis has brought the issue close to home — perhaps a little too close for comfort.
July 29, 2015 | News-Medical.net
Recycling older electronic devices increases exposure to lead, creates health concern
The disposal and recycling of electronic devices has created "an emerging health concern," according to a pediatrician who directs the Environmental Health and Lead Clinic at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
July 15, 2015 | ABC News Australia
Elevated mercury levels in Loddon River fish
Local anglers are advised to limit their intake of fish caught in the region's major waterway, the Loddon River. The Department of Health and Human Services is advising people to limit their consumption of fish caught in the Loddon River between Bridgewater and Laanecoorie, after tests on redfin and carp found elevated levels of mercury.
July 2, 2015 | Chicago WLS TV, Illinois
What chemicals are hiding in your mattress?
You spend one-third of your life on your mattress. But federal law doesn't require manufacturers to list what chemicals may be in it, like boric acid, antimony and polyurethane foam.
July 1, 2015 | Bangor WLBZ, Maine
Asbestos-related deaths above average in Maine.
A new study found that in Maine the number of asbestos-related deaths were higher than the national average.
July 1, 2015 | Environmental Health Perspectives
A systematic review and comparison of the hormonal activity of bisphenol A substitutes.
This review was carried out to evaluate the physiological effects and endocrine activities of the BPA substitutes BPS and BPF. Further, the hormonal potency of BPS and BPF was compared to that of BPA.
July 1, 2015 | Los Angeles Times
Combinations of 'safe' chemicals may increase cancer risk, study suggests
Lots of chemicals are considered safe in low doses. But what happens when you ingest a little bit of a lot of different chemicals over time? In some cases, these combinations may conspire to increase your risk of cancer, according to a new report.
July 1, 2015 | Environmental Health News
Chemicals may alter placenta genes, threaten fetuses
Researchers link endocrine disrupting chemical exposure to altered gene function in pregnant women’s placentas, which could hamper fetal growth
June 30, 2015 | Reuters
South Korea to cut 2030 greenhouse gas emissions by 37 percent from BAU levels.
South Korea has finalised its 2030 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 37 percent from business-as-usual levels, higher than its earlier plan for a 15-30 percent cut.
June 30, 2015 | Capital Press
EPA to propose banning chlorpyrifos insecticide
The EPA says it plans to ban the common insecticide chlorpyrifos but may change its mind based on discussions with manufacturers. The federal government said June 30 that it’s planning to ban chlorpyrifos, a common insecticide, but may change its mind based on consultations with the chemical’s manufacturer.
June 29, 2015 | The Washington Post
Sugary drinks linked to 180,000 deaths a year
Scientists are asking people across the globe to lay off sugary drinks, linking the consumption to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year, including more than 25,000 Americans.
June 27, 2015 | The Economic Times, India
Delhi air has high doses of most toxic pollutant
Delhi's air pollution levels are among the worst in the world but new research is pointing at something even more worrying. A government agency that recently started monitoring the most dangerous class of particulate pollutants — ultrafine particulate matter or PM1 — found its levels to be quite high even in the low-pollution pre-monsoon season in comparatively cleaner locations of the city such as central Delhi's Lodhi Road.
June 26, 2015 | Ensia.com
Vietnam searches for solutions to deal with domestic e-waste
Much of the world’s electronic waste ends up in Vietnam — not only cell phones, computers, printers and TVs, but also items many people may not think of when they consider e-waste, such as washing machines, microwaves and fans. This waste is often burned or dumped in landfills where toxicants such as arsenic, mercury, lead and cadmium are released into the air or leach into the water. Perhaps most concerning, domestic e-waste is growing by about 25 percent each year in Vietnam, with up to 113,000 metric tons (124,500 tons) discarded this year.
June 23, 2015 | IARC
WHO agency says insecticides lindane and DDT linked to cancer
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, has evaluated the carcinogenicity of the insecticides gamma-hexachlorocyclohexane (lindane) and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and the herbicide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D).
June 12, 2015 | Australia ABC News
First five asbestos-contaminated houses to be demolished under buyback scheme named
Five houses contaminated with Mr Fluffy loose-fill asbestos will be demolished over the next five weeks as part of the ACT Government's pilot demolition program.
June 12, 2015 | Mother Jones
The big source of pollution that no one talks about
When most of us think about air pollution, we imagine smog emanating from cars, trucks, and power plants. But oceangoing ships are also a major source of pollution around the world and they're emitting toxic chemicals that can cause major health problems.
June 12, 2015 | New York Times
Soil contamination found near huge mine in western China.
Soil samples collected by Greenpeace East Asia researchers near Asia’s largest zinc and lead mine and smelting plant, in Yunnan Province, show severe heavy metal contamination, the organization says. The findings, it has reported, highlight the environmental and health hazards as industries react to tighter pollution constraints in eastern China by expanding operations in less developed areas in the west.
June 11, 2015 | South China Morning Post, China
China unveils plan for pollution tax
The State Council has issued a draft environment tax law that proposes targeting air, water, noise and solid waste pollution through levies on polluters.
June 10, 2015 | NL Times, Netherlands
Pesticides, BPA cost Dutch society €6 billion in annual health bills
Exposure to hormone disrupting substances, which can be found in everyday products such as pesticides, plastic packaging, BPA or canned goods, annually costs Dutch society 5.8 billion euros.
June 8, 2015 | Times of London, United Kingdom
Pollution could be giving bumblebees Alzheimer’s
A study suggests that bumblebees could be contracting a form of Alzheimer's disease because of exposure to aluminium in the environment.
June 7, 2015 | Chicago Tribune, Illinois
Lead poisoning linked to violent crime
After growing up poor in a predominantly African-American neighborhood of Cincinnati, the young adults had reached their early 20s. One by one, they passed through an MRI machine that displayed their brains in sharp, cross-sectioned images.
June 7, 2015 | BBC News
How 1970s deodorant is still doing harm.
Fluorine is an evil gas. And it is also used to manufacture a string of other artificial gases, some of which nearly left mankind exposed to burning ultraviolet light - and are even now warming the planet.
June 5, 2015 | The Guardian
Coal miner's toxic wastes killing aquatic life in protected Blue Mountains river
The NSW government will impose a pollution reduction program on mine operator Centennial Coal which has breached its licence 65 times since 2000.
June 4, 2015 | Environment Report
Report finds nearly 3/4 of car seats tested still contain toxic flame retardants
The Ecology Center in Ann Arbor has just come out with its 5th report on toxic chemicals in car seats. The nonprofit group analyzes car seats for the presence of heavy metals and flame retardants.
June 3, 2015 | Hindu Business Line, India
76 percent of e-waste workers suffer from respiratory ailments
About 76 percent of electronic-waste workers in India suffer from respiratory ailments like breathing difficulties, irritation, coughing and choking due to improper safeguards at dismantling workshops, an Assocham study has noted.
June 3, 2015 | Duluth News Tribune, Minnesota
More chemicals found in remote Minnesota lakes
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Tuesday released the results of its latest survey of 11 lakes and four rivers tested for 125 different chemicals, many of which are suspected of being harmful to the environment and, possibly, to humans.
June 2, 2015 | Economic Times, India
Air pollution is world’s top environmental health risk, WHO says
Air pollution is the world's biggest environmental health risk, causing at least one in eight deaths around the globe, the World Health Organization has said.
June 2, 2015 | Buffalo Investigative Post, New York
Pollution risks in Niagara Falls
Air pollution from chemical plants in and around Niagara Falls poses potential health risks for nearby residents, an Investigative Post analysis shows.
June 1, 2015 | Anchorage KTVA TV, Alaska
Study finds frog decline could be related to water warming, copper pollution
New evidence supports theories that water pollution from road runoff may increase mortality and abnormalities in frogs.
June 1, 2015 | New York Times
No, you can't blame your belly on traffic
A recent study found an association between traffic noise exposure and an increase in abdominal body fat. But it was only an association.
June 1, 2015 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Examining mixtures of disinfection by-products: Rat study shows no effects on reproduction
Potentially hazardous disinfection by-products (DBPs) can form when water treatment chemicals interact with other compounds in the water.
June 1, 2015 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Exercising in polluted areas: Study suggests benefits outweigh the health risks of NO2 exposure
Investigators report that over the long-term, exposure to air pollution while exercising did not seem to reduce the beneficial health effects of physical activity on mortality risk.
May 27, 2015 | UNEP News Centre
World Health Assembly Passes Landmark Resolution on Air Pollution and Health.
The resolution identifies 13 measures member states should strive to implement, including actions such as: enabling health authorities to raise awareness on the dangers of air pollution, developing guidelines to limit exposure; and working with relevant private and public sector actors on sustainable solutions.
May 27, 2015 | Petaling Jaya Star, Malaysia.
Ban this hazardous herbicide: Glyphosate
Sri Lanka has banned the use of the herbicide glyphosate, and Consumers Association of Penang wants Malaysia to follow suit.
May 26, 2015 | The Wall Street Journal
EU to Revisit Question of Insecticides’ Responsibility for Bee Die-Offs
European authorities have returned to the hotly contested debate over whether the world’s most widely used insecticides are harming bees.
May 26, 2015 | EurActiv.com
Toxic cadmium one step closer to EU-wide ban
The European Parliament voted last week to re-assess the used of cadmium in TV sets sold across Europe, saying safer alternatives to the toxic and carcinogenic substance were now widely available.
May 25, 2015 | Beaver County Times, Pennsylvania
Study finds fine particulate air pollution associated with increased risk of autism.
Exposure to the pollution caused by such things as car exhaust and coal-fired power plants may be associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder, a University of Pittsburgh study has found.
May 21, 2015 | Vancouver Sun, British Columbia
Study explores capture of clean carbon dioxide from landfill gases.
Delta greenhouse already generates heat, electricity from waste. Local greenhouse grower Village Farms is hoping to extract clean carbon dioxide — as well as heat and electricity — from the landfill gases it burns.
May 20, 2015 | Associated Press
Asbestos-contaminated community to weigh in on final cleanup
Residents of a Montana mining community where thousands have been sickened by asbestos exposure will weigh in this week on a proposal to leave the dangerous material behind in many houses and buildings.
May 20, 2015 | European Parliament
Objection to a delegated act: exemption for cadmium in illumination and display lighting applications
European Parliament resolution of 20 May 2015 on the Commission delegated directive of 30 January 2015 amending, for the purposes of adapting to technical progress, Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards an exemption for cadmium in illumination and display lighting applications (C(2015)00383 – 2015/2542(DEA))
May 19, 2015 | The Conversation
Health risks beneath the painted beauty in America's nail salons
Everyone who enters a nail salon can be affected, yet the workers are the ones left entirely unprotected.
May 19, 2015 | Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
Call for child lead exposure levels to be halved amid concerns about behaviour, IQ
Australia's peak health body has halved the blood lead levels that it considers concerning, warning there is no safe level of lead exposure.
May 19, 2015 | The Guardian
Flame retardants may be coming off of furniture, but they're still in your TV sets
Despite cases of flaming laptops and recalls, opponents argue flame-retardant chemicals are being overused in electronics and may put health at risk
May 18, 2015 | Chemical & Engineering News
After more than a decade, FDA still won’t allow new sunscreens
U.S. consumers don’t have access to eight advanced European sun-filtering molecules because the Food & Drug Administration is not convinced they are safe for users.
April 27, 2015 | Scientific American
Does artificial food coloring contribute to ADHD in children?
The FDA maintains dyes are safe, but some studies have linked them to hyperactivity in children.
April 23, 2015 | The Telegraph
Air pollution could increase risk of dementia
New research suggests that living in towns and cities can increase the risk of brain shrinkage and silent strokes, both of which are linked to dementia.
April 22, 2015 | Associated Press
Popular pesticide hurts wild bees in major field study
A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals.
April 21, 2015 | The Guardian
Glyphosate is a 'probably carcinogenic' pesticide. Why do cities still use it?
Cities use glyphosate to control weeds in parks and along verges. Now that the WHO says the pesticide is ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’, is it time to stop?
April 17, 2015 | Bangkok Nation
Thailand continues suffering from drought and smog
Thailand has suffered from the worsening drought crisis with several fruit orchards in the South having been affected by water shortages. In the north meanwhile, heavy smog still caused air pollution in many areas.
April 15, 2015 | Environmental Health News
Scientists warn of hormone impacts from benzene, xylene, other common solvents
Four chemicals (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene) present both inside and outside homes might disrupt our endocrine systems at levels considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
April 14, 2015 | Reuters
China farm pollution worsens, despite moves to curb excessive fertilisers, pesticides
Farm pollution in China is worsening, despite moves to reduce excessive use of fertilisers and pesticides, said the agricultural ministry, urging farmers to switch to organic alternatives to tackle severe soil and water pollution.
April 13, 2015 | Otago Daily Times, New Zealand
Nitrate absorption trialled
Scientists are trialling a filter system which they hope will provide dairy farmers with a simple and cost effective way of removing nitrates and phosphorus before they reach waterways.
April 13, 2015 | Jakarta Post, Indonesia
Fish in Indonesia's Mahakam River delta contaminated by heavy metals
Researchers found unsafe concentrations of heavy metals like lead, cadmium, copper and zinc in fish caught in the Mahakam River delta.
April 13, 2015 | The Washington Post
Pesticides are polluting our waters — and we often don’t know it
Pesticides bring major benefits to modern agriculture, keeping dangerous bugs and fungi and pathogens at bay while boosting yields and making farming more efficient. But what about risks? Like any chemicals — manmade or not — pesticides can be bad for human health and ecosystems if they’re toxic enough and the amount that ends up in the environment is high enough.
April 13, 2015 | Chemical & Engineering News
EPA halts new uses of pesticides linked to bee decline
EPA is drawing fire from all sides after it announced restrictions on any new uses of neonicotinoid pesticides, chemicals linked to a decline in bee populations. Requests from pesticide makers to use any of four neonicotinoids on additional crops or in new products or to apply them in new ways, such as by aerial spraying, are on hold until EPA can evaluate new data.
April 10, 2015 | The Guardian
Air pollution spike across England sparks warning from health charities.
A major spike in air pollution across much of England poses a risk to those suffering from respiratory diseases, older people and children, health charities warned on Friday.
April 8, 2015 | Buffalo News, New York
Toxic chemicals in toys stir call for ban locally
Toys that contain toxic chemicals are for sale on store shelves in Erie County, according to a statewide environmental group that wants county lawmakers to ban the chemicals in products marketed for children.
April 8, 2015 | Straits Times, Singapore
High levels of mercury found in Japanese whale and dolphin meat products
An independent examination of whale and dolphin meat products purchased from Japan's largest online marketplace has revealed mercury levels well above the Japanese government's maximum allowable limits.
April 8, 2015 | New York Times
Pesticides linked to honeybee deaths pose more risks, European group says
An influential European scientific body said on Wednesday that a group of pesticides believed to contribute to mass deaths of honeybees is probably more damaging to ecosystems than previously thought and questioned whether the substances had a place in sustainable agriculture.
April 7, 2015 | The Independent, United Kingdom
Human waste blamed for turning one in 10 of Britain's male clams into females
Almost one in 10 male clams found around the English coast has developed feminine features, a phenomenon blamed on hormone-disrupting pollutants found in pharmaceuticals that enter the sewage system, paper-mill effluent and other waste.
April 6, 2015 | Reuters
Childhood ADHD linked to secondhand smoking
Children exposed to tobacco smoke at home are up to three times more likely to have attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) as unexposed kids, according to a new study from Spain.
April 3, 2015 | Scientific American
Artificial sweeteners may change our gut bacteria in dangerous ways
Substances such as saccharin may alter the type of bacteria inside us, could lead to obesity. The researchers concluded from studies of mice that ingesting artificial sweeteners might lead to—of all things—obesity and related ailments such as diabetes.
April 2, 2015 | The Conversation UK, United Kingdom
Air pollution may be damaging children's brains - before they are even born
Exposure to air pollutants during pregnancy may contribute to childhood abnormalities in the brain, a new study suggests.
April 2, 2015 | Reuters
Air pollution may be related to anxiety levels in women: Study
Women who live in areas with higher air pollution may also have higher anxiety, according to a new analysis.
April 2, 2015 | New York Times
Air pollution takes early toll on children
Researchers studied exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, a form of pollution caused by burning gasoline, diesel fuel, home heating oil and coal. They found that prenatal exposure to these compounds was tied to changes in the structure of offspring’s brains and to intellectual deficits and behavioral problems in childhood.
April 1, 2015 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Air pollution and neonatal blood pressure: Examining earlier exposures
Ambient air pollution has been associated in some studies (but not all) with increased blood pressure in adults and children. A study in this issue of EHP examines even earlier exposures during gestation, an important period of cardiovascular growth and development.
April 1, 2015 | Portland Oregonian, Oregon
Lead paint hazards linger at aging Portland schools
A Portland mother who has been recognized nationally for her activism against lead hazards is petitioning Portland Public Schools and the City of Portland to clean up lead hazards in district schools built before 1978.
April 1, 2015 | The Guardian
Call for action on pollution as emissions linked to respiratory illnesses double
Study shows over the past five years industry doubled its emissions of a type of fine particle called PM10, linked to asthma and bronchitis
March 31, 2015 | WHO-SEARO Media Center
Make food safety a priority: WHO
An estimated 700 000 children die of diarrhoea in WHO’s South-East Asia Region every year. Unsafe food and water cause a range of diseases, deaths and impact the wellbeing of individuals as well as nations. On World Health Day, the World Health Organization calls upon nations, policy makers, farmers, food handlers, families and individuals to make food safety a priority.
March 31, 2015 | Newsweek
Pesticides on vegetables and fruit linked to lower sperm counts
For the first time, scientists have shown that men who eat produce with a lot of chemical residues may be less fertile.
March 24, 2015 | EurActive.com
Traffic-related air pollution linked to type 1 diabetes in children
Several studies have already linked the likelihood of death by respiratory and circulatory illness to the level of fine dust particles in the air. A Munich study now shows that high levels of fine dust pollution could increase the risk of type 1 diabetes among children.
March 23, 2015 | Reuters
Kids exposure to secondhand smoke tied to clogged arteries
The health effects of passive smoking on children are not limited to respiratory or developmental health, but can have a long-term impact on cardiovascular health
March 21, 2015 | Aljazeera America
WHO: Ingredient in Monsanto Roundup 'probably carcinogenic' to humans
The most widely used herbicide in the world, glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto product Roundup, was classified as "probably carcinogenic to humans,” in a report released Friday by cancer researchers affiliated with the World Health Organization.
March 18, 2015 | Environmental Health News
Lawsuit launched over US EPA’s approval of a new insecticide
A group of environmental and food safety organizations will sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its approval of an insecticide that the groups say will harm threatened and endangered wildlife.
March 18, 2015 | BBC News
Mercury pollution threat to Arctic bird
Mercury pollution has risen nearly 50-fold in the feathers of the endangered ivory gull over the past 130 years, say scientists.
March 16, 2015 | Christian Science Monitor
EPA debunks 'chemtrails,' further fueling conspiracy theories
The EPA has weighed in on the 'chemtrails' controversy, saying it is 'not aware of any deliberate actions to release chemical or biological agents into the atmosphere.' Still, the theory persists.
March 12, 2015 | New Delhi Hindustan Times, India
Air pollution: What Delhi can learn from Beijing
Once known as the world’s most polluted city, Beijing shed the dubious tag by showing political resolve and implementing innovate measures to provide its citizens cleaner air to breathe. Delhi — which has now picked up the tag of being most polluted — can learn some lessons from its neighbour in bringing down pollution levels.
March 12, 2015 | News-Medical.net
Rat study reveals role of lead in schizophrenia
A study of the brains of rats exposed to lead has uncovered striking similarities with what is known about the brains of human schizophrenia patients, adding compelling evidence that lead is a factor in the onset of schizophrenia.
March 10, 2015 | Science News
Replacement for toxic chemical in plastics, receipts may be just as toxic
Mounting evidence suggests that bisphenol S, or BPS, may cause the same health hazards as its older relative, bisphenol A, or BPA.
March 9, 2015 | Associated Press
EPA pushing regulations to limit pollution from newly manufactured residential wood heaters
Citing health concerns, the EPA is pressing ahead with regulations to significantly limit the pollution from newly manufactured residential wood heaters.
March 9, 2015 | Columbia State, South Carolina
Nuclear waste, arsenic at South Carolina coal plant raise concern
Documents that have surfaced recently show that an unlined 55-acre waste pond near Lake Robinson has leaked arsenic - and it has the unusual legacy of being a dump site for low-level nuclear waste.
March 9, 2015 | BBC News
Killer dust asbestos still present in schools (Video)
Figures seen by the BBC suggest asbestos is still present in nearly nine out of ten schools in the UK - higher than previous official estimates.
March 7, 2015 | The Guardian
20th century lead pollution in South America was worst in two millennia
Mankind’s increasing potential to damage and then partially remediate the environment has been underlined by a new study of lead pollution found in Bolivian ice cores.
March 6, 2015 | The Washington Post
Phthalates, found in hundreds of household products, may disrupt sex development of male fetus
New research regarding phthalates, a known hormone disruptor found in hundreds of plasticized consumer products, adds to the growing scientific consensus of the public health danger they pose.
March 5, 2015 | New York Times
Children’s lung health improves as air pollution is reduced
The new study, conducted in Southern California, provides evidence that better air quality improved health among children, experts said.
March 5, 2015 | Inter Press Service
In India, an indoor health crisis
For years, Kehmli Devi, a middle-aged woman from the village of Chachadeth in India’s northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, has prepared her family’s meals on a wood-burning stove.
March 4, 2015 | New York Daily News
Breathing polluted New York air can increase risk of stroke
Exposure to fine particle matter could significantly increase risk of developing carotid artery stenosis.
March 4, 2015 | Science
Pollution, human health tracked with sewage microbes
Microbiologists have a new way to tell whose sh-t is dirtying the waters. A survey of sewage across the United States shows that every city has a distinct microbial character that can reveal signs of health, such as how obese its residents tend to be. Dozens of the microbes identified in the survey are common throughout the United States, and could provide better ways to tell whether bacterial pollution comes from humans.
March 4, 2015 | Newsweek
BPA is fine, if you ignore most studies about it
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is either a harmless chemical that’s great for making plastic or one of modern society’s more dangerous problems. Depends whom you ask.
March 4, 2015 | Mail & Guardian Online
Meet the silent but dangerous pollutant on our block: E-waste
As the world continues to grow increasingly dependent on the world of IT and computers, the volume of electronic waste is rising, and with it comes a new threat – risk of ­exposure to lead, cadmium, chromium and other hazardous materials that can be toxic to human health and the environment.
March 3, 2015 | CBC News
Traffic pollution tied to slower cognition in schoolchildren
Children who attend school in heavy traffic areas may show slower cognitive development and lower memory test scores, Spanish researchers have found.
February 25, 2015 | National Geographic News
Chemical in BPA-free products linked to irregular heartbeats
Many consumers avoid products that contain bisphenol-A (BPA) because the estrogen-imitating chemical has been linked to an array of health effects in people and animals. But new research published Thursday suggests that an ingredient that has replaced BPA in many items may have a similar effect on the heart.
February 23, 2015 | Chemical & Engineering News
Boosting safety at chemical facilities.
The chemical industry and a coalition of environmental, labor, and other activist organizations are clashing over whether stricter regulations are needed to enhance safety at the nation’s industrial facilities.
February 17, 2015 | The Washington Times
21 new cancer cases found in study of miners
Minnesota health officials and university researchers said Tuesday they’ve found 21 new cases of a rare form of lung cancer among a group of miners who they’ve been following since the late 1990s.
February 16, 2015 | The Guardian News
Nicaraguans demand action over illness killing thousands of sugar cane workers
At least 20,000 people are estimated to have died of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Central America in the past two decades – most of them sugar cane workers along the Pacific coast.
February 12, 2015 | National Geographic News
Eight million tons of plastic dumped in ocean every year
A plastic bag floats in the sea off the Philippines. Ocean plastic has turned up literally everywhere. It has been found in the deep sea and buried in Arctic ice.
February 11, 2015 | Worthington Daily Globe, Minnesota
Small plastic, big problem
Tiny plastic beads found in soap and other personal care products may be on the way out.
February 11, 2015 | Los Angeles Times
High levels of benzene found in California fracking waste water
Testing results from hundreds of wells showed, on average, benzene levels 700 times higher than federal standards allow, according to a Times analysis of the state data.
February 9, 2015 | Environmental Health News
Michigan’s bald eagles full of flame retardants
Michigan’s bald eagles are among the most contaminated birds on the planet when it comes to phased-out flame retardant chemicals in their livers, according to new research. The study found that the top predators in the Great Lakes are highly exposed to banned flame retardants, still widespread in the environment.
February 9, 2015 | Reuters
Critics of Dow herbicide sue U.S. EPA over approval
A coalition of U.S. farmer and environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to overturn regulatory approval granted last week for an herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences.
February 9, 2015 | Reuters
Bhopal's toxic legacy lives on, 30 years after industrial disaster
Beyond the iron gates of the derelict pesticide plant where one of the world's worst industrial disasters occurred, administrative buildings lie in ruins, vegetation overgrown and warehouses bolted.
February 6, 2015 | The New Yorker
China tries a new tactic to combat pollution: transparency
Is radical disclosure the solution to Beijing’s smog problem? Beijingers who care to know how much poison they’re inhaling are familiar with the Air Quality Index, which measures smog levels at different locations around the city and applies labels like “good,” “unhealthy,” and “hazardous.”
February 6, 2015 | Arctic Journal
Clearing the air
Removing sulfur from shipping fuel could more than counteract the increase in emissions from increased Arctic shipping.
February 4, 2015 | Web MD
Are products labeled 'BPA-free' safer?
Are goods labeled “BPA-free” healthier? Maybe not. Two new studies found that some chemicals replacing BPA in plastics, food packaging, and other products might also disrupt hormones, changing how the brain works and affecting fertility.
February 3, 2015 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Marine plastic pollution and seafood safety.
In recent years plastic pollution in the ocean has become a significant environmental concern for governments, scientists, nongovernmental organizations, and members of the public worldwide. Now scientists are asking whether plastic entering the marine food chain can be a health risk to people.
February 2, 2015 | UNEP News Centre
UN report calls for wastewater focus in post-2015 agenda, as 80% of worlds wastewater discharged untreated
Only 20 per cent of global wastewater is currently being treated, leaving low-income countries hardest hit by contaminated water supplies and disease, according to a UN report which encourages governments to see treated wastewater as a valuable resource, and a priority for the post-2015 development agenda.
February 1, 2015 | Medical Daily
Common household pesticides may double risk of adhd in kids exposed to chemicals during pregnancy, breastfeeding
When it comes to what causes some mental health disorders, like autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), scientists are still in the dark. However, they do know conditions like these are caused in part by genetics, and in other parts, by the environment. A new study shows how the environment can cause ADHD, by finding an association between its development and exposure to a common household pesticide.
January 26, 2015 | Chemical & Engineering News
California limits use of chloropicrin
Farmers in California are facing tough new restrictions on the pesticide chloropicrin, which is a soil fumigant. The new regulations are intended to protect workers and people who live near fields that are treated with this powerful irritant to the eyes and respiratory tract.
January 26, 2015 | Chemical & Engineering News
EPA proposes to revise regulation of oil spill dispersants.
EPA’s proposal would revise its existing regulation on the use of dispersants and other chemical and biological agents on oil spills in U.S. waters. It would require manufacturers to provide detailed toxicity and efficacy data.
January 22, 2015 | Scientific American - Environmental Health News
BPA exposure may change stem cells, lower sperm production
BPA and other estrogenic compounds hamper development of the stem cells responsible for producing sperm in mice, which suggests such exposure could contribute to declining sperm counts in men, according to a new study.
January 21, 2015 | Reuters
BPA plastics chemical poses no health risk, says European watchdog.
The chemical bisphenol A, used to stiffen some plastic food containers, poses no health risk to consumers of any age, including unborn children, at current levels of exposure, Europe's food safety watchdog said.
January 21, 2015 | American Chemistry Council
European Food Safety Authority Scientific Experts strongly support safety of BPA
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) offers the following comments regarding the release of a final report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) titled “Scientific opinion on the risks to public health related to the presence of bisphenol A (BPA) in foodstuffs.” The report was prepared by EFSA’s expert panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids.
January 20, 2015 | Eco-Business.com, Asia.
An opportunity for safer building materials.
Although ubiquitous in homes, offices, and schools, PVC is a toxic material that should be phased out from the building industry.
January 16, 2015 | UNEP News Centre
Montreal Protocol averts threat of large increases in skin cancers
The threat of large increases in skin cancers has been avoided due to the success of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in controlling ozone depletion, according to the newly published "Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion and its Interactions with Climate Change: 2014 Assessment" report, produced by the Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (EEAP) of the Montreal Protocol, following its latest quadrennial assessment.
January 15, 2015 | EPA Newsroom
EPA urges home radon testing/protect your family from lung cancer caused by exposure to radon in your home
In recognizing January as National Radon Action Month, EPA encourages Americans around the country to test their homes for this naturally occurring radioactive gas and make 2015 a healthier, safer new year.
January 15, 2015 | Chemical & Engineering News
Big apple bans foam containers
Regulation: Chemical industry fought for recycling of polystyrene instead. The market for alternatives to expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers got a significant boost last week when New York City finalized its ban on these materials, despite heavy lobbying by the chemical industry.
January 14, 2015 | Science News
More toxic chemicals found in oil and gas wastewater.
Whether trickling from cracked shale deep underground or gushing through an old-school well, wastewater from oil and gas production may carry two additional dangerous chemicals besides those previously known. High levels of ammonium, iodide can harm aquatic life, contaminate tap water.
January 12, 2015 | Los Angeles Times
BPA and 'BPA-free' alternative linked to fetal brain changes
Fetal exposure to Bisphenol A, as well as to the widely marketed alternative Bisphenol S, may cause "real and measurable" changes in the development of a brain region that plays a key role in fear, impulse-control, obesity and early puberty.
January 12, 2015 | Chemical & Engineering News
New York City bans expanded polystyrene food containers, opens market to alternatives
The market for alternatives to expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers got a significant boost last week when New York City finalized its ban on these materials, despite heavy lobbying by the chemical industry.
January 9, 2015 | EPA Pesticide News
New EPA guidance would reduce use of lab animals and increase relevant acute toxicity data on pesticides
In an effort to help expand the acceptance of alternative methods for acute toxicity testing, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs has released a new draft guidance document. The agency is accepting comments on the draft guidance for 60 days, until March 10, 2015. With the rapid advances in science and continual development of new technologies, the EPA recognizes there is an increasing potential for the use of alternative methods in regulatory risk assessments.
January 5, 2015 | Environmental Health News
Feeling old? It might be from heavy metal.
High exposure to the toxic metal cadmium could prematurely age cells, potentially triggering a number of diseases as people age, according to a new study.
January 5, 2015 | Chemical & Engineering News
Climate Change: EPA seeks massive methane reductions from oil and gas sector
The White House unveiled plans last week to reduce emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry by 40–45% through new EPA regulations. Methane emissions from this sector are projected to rise 25% by 2025, constraining White House international climate change policy objectives.
January 5, 2015 | EPA
EPA Revised Chlorpyrifos Assessment Shows Risk to Workers
EPA is releasing an assessment for public comment on the potential for human health risk of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. This assessment shows some risks to workers who mix, load and apply chlorpyrifos pesticide products. When used in large amounts, chlorpyrifos has the potential to pose risks in limited geographic areas when drinking water from small watersheds. There were no additional risks from pesticide exposures in food or exposures to bystanders and workers from airborne chlorpyrifos. The latest USDA pesticide residue data show no concerns for chlorpyrifos in food, with the pesticide detected in less than 1% of samples.
January 5, 2014 | Natural News
Neonicotinoid pesticides not just a threat to bees; humans also at risk
A new report issued by the European Food Safety Commission (EFSA) has found that a class of crop pesticides previously linked to causing mass bee deaths is also inherently harmful to humans. Researchers from the EFSA determined that neonicotinoid pesticides -- acetamiprid and imidacloprid in particular -- obstruct the normal development and function of the human nervous system, as well as damage brain structures and functions associated with learning and memory.

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December 29, 2014 | Lancaster Online
PCB contamination causes fish consumption advisory for catfish caught from Susquehanna River in Lancaster County
The state Department of Environmental Protection has issued a consumption warning for channel catfish longer than 20 inches. Samples of the fish showed unacceptable levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, often called PCBs. DEP recommends no more than one meal per month of channel catfish that are 20 inches or longer.
December 22, 2014 | Science World Report
New Study Links Air Pollution To Congenital Effects
Air pollution is a widely studied problem that many officials have examined. For those living in concentrated urban populations, this issue may affect them more than those who live out in the country side. Now, researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered new evidence linking high exposure of air pollution to an increased risk of congenital malformations.
December 11, 2014 | WHO SEARO Media Centre
WHO targets implementation of new guidelines for indoor air quality
WHO convened a meeting of representatives of Member States to target the implementation of the new Guidelines for indoor air quality: household fuel combustion, at a Regional workshop on air quality and human health in New Delhi today. Over 60% of homes in WHO South-East Asia Region still use solid fuel for cooking. In India, this amounts to some 700 million people.
December 11, 2014 | CNN International
Exposure to common household chemicals may cause IQ drop
A chemical that's in a lot of household products may be hurting children's IQ's. Women who had a high amount of the chemicals called di-n-butyl phthalate and di-isobutyl phthalate in their bodies during pregnancy gave birth to children who had markedly lower IQ scores, according to a new study running in the journal PLOS One.
December 11, 2014 | National Geographic
Why Didn't Toxic Waste Cause a Cancer Epidemic, Like We Expected in the 1970s?
There are hundreds of hazardous waste sites in the U.S.—but only three have been linked to excess cancers. Like so many people who fear their health has been damaged by living near a hazardous waste site, the veterans of Camp Lejeune, a polluted Marine Corps base in Jacksonville, North Carolina, have had a long time to wait and stew.
December 8, 2014 | The New York Times
BPA in Cans and Plastic Bottles Linked to Quick Rise in Blood Pressure
People who regularly drink from cans and plastic bottles may want to reconsider: A new study shows that a common chemical in the containers can seep into beverages and raise blood pressure within a few hours.
December 8, 2014 | UNEP News Centre
Fast-Tracking Elimination of Production of Remaining Ozone-Depleting Substances Could Speed Up Ozone Layer Recovery by 11 Years
The recovery of the ozone layer - the shield that protects life on Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet rays - would come sooner if we were to fast-track the elimination of the production of the ozone-depleting substance (ODS) hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and manage other ODSs that remain in equipment, building walls and chemical stockpiles, according to the full release of a report by nearly 300 scientists from 36 countries.
December 5, 2014 | The Globe and Mail
Asbestos revealed as Canada’s top cause of workplace death
Asbestos exposure is the single largest on-the-job killer in Canada, accounting for more than a third of total workplace death claims approved last year and nearly a third since 1996, new national data obtained by The Globe and Mail show. The 368 death claims last year alone represent a higher number than fatalities from highway accidents, fires and chemical exposures combined.
December 2, 2014 | The Guardian
Toiletry chemicals linked to testicular cancer and male infertility cost EU millions, report says
Nordic Council calls on EU to ban damaging compounds found in household products that cost millions due to their harmful impact on male reproductive health. The hormone-mimicking chemicals used routinely in toiletries, cosmetics, medicines, plastics and pesticides cause hundreds of millions of euros of damage to EU citizens every year, according to the first estimate of their economic impact.
November 30, 2014 | The Bangkok Post
The battle to ban asbestos
Its health risks are well documented, but some Thai industry leaders insist the material can be used safely and are digging in against a push to outlaw it Please credit and share this article with others using this link:http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/special-reports/446179/the-battle-to-ban-asbestos. View our policies at http://goo.gl/9HgTd and http://goo.gl/ou6Ip. © Post Publishing PCL. All rights reserved.