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.
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
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