Logo CRI logo WHO logo
 
 
Chem HelpDesk user guide for general public
News
Latest News
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.

Older News
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.