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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 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 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.
March 24, 2015 | EurActive.com
Traffic-related air pollution linked to type 1 diabetes in children
Several studies have already linked the likelihood of death by respiratory and circulatory illness to the level of fine dust particles in the air. A Munich study now shows that high levels of fine dust pollution could increase the risk of type 1 diabetes among children.
March 23, 2015 | Reuters
Kids exposure to secondhand smoke tied to clogged arteries
The health effects of passive smoking on children are not limited to respiratory or developmental health, but can have a long-term impact on cardiovascular health
March 21, 2015 | Aljazeera America
WHO: Ingredient in Monsanto Roundup 'probably carcinogenic' to humans
The most widely used herbicide in the world, glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto product Roundup, was classified as "probably carcinogenic to humans,” in a report released Friday by cancer researchers affiliated with the World Health Organization.
March 18, 2015 | Environmental Health News
Lawsuit launched over US EPA’s approval of a new insecticide
A group of environmental and food safety organizations will sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its approval of an insecticide that the groups say will harm threatened and endangered wildlife.
March 18, 2015 | BBC News
Mercury pollution threat to Arctic bird
Mercury pollution has risen nearly 50-fold in the feathers of the endangered ivory gull over the past 130 years, say scientists.
March 16, 2015 | Christian Science Monitor
EPA debunks 'chemtrails,' further fueling conspiracy theories
The EPA has weighed in on the 'chemtrails' controversy, saying it is 'not aware of any deliberate actions to release chemical or biological agents into the atmosphere.' Still, the theory persists.
March 12, 2015 | New Delhi Hindustan Times, India
Air pollution: What Delhi can learn from Beijing
Once known as the world’s most polluted city, Beijing shed the dubious tag by showing political resolve and implementing innovate measures to provide its citizens cleaner air to breathe. Delhi — which has now picked up the tag of being most polluted — can learn some lessons from its neighbour in bringing down pollution levels.
March 12, 2015 | News-Medical.net
Rat study reveals role of lead in schizophrenia
A study of the brains of rats exposed to lead has uncovered striking similarities with what is known about the brains of human schizophrenia patients, adding compelling evidence that lead is a factor in the onset of schizophrenia.
March 10, 2015 | Science News
Replacement for toxic chemical in plastics, receipts may be just as toxic
Mounting evidence suggests that bisphenol S, or BPS, may cause the same health hazards as its older relative, bisphenol A, or BPA.
March 9, 2015 | Associated Press
EPA pushing regulations to limit pollution from newly manufactured residential wood heaters
Citing health concerns, the EPA is pressing ahead with regulations to significantly limit the pollution from newly manufactured residential wood heaters.
March 9, 2015 | Columbia State, South Carolina
Nuclear waste, arsenic at South Carolina coal plant raise concern
Documents that have surfaced recently show that an unlined 55-acre waste pond near Lake Robinson has leaked arsenic - and it has the unusual legacy of being a dump site for low-level nuclear waste.
March 9, 2015 | BBC News
Killer dust asbestos still present in schools (Video)
Figures seen by the BBC suggest asbestos is still present in nearly nine out of ten schools in the UK - higher than previous official estimates.
March 7, 2015 | The Guardian
20th century lead pollution in South America was worst in two millennia
Mankind’s increasing potential to damage and then partially remediate the environment has been underlined by a new study of lead pollution found in Bolivian ice cores.
March 6, 2015 | The Washington Post
Phthalates, found in hundreds of household products, may disrupt sex development of male fetus
New research regarding phthalates, a known hormone disruptor found in hundreds of plasticized consumer products, adds to the growing scientific consensus of the public health danger they pose.
March 5, 2015 | New York Times
Children’s lung health improves as air pollution is reduced
The new study, conducted in Southern California, provides evidence that better air quality improved health among children, experts said.
March 5, 2015 | Inter Press Service
In India, an indoor health crisis
For years, Kehmli Devi, a middle-aged woman from the village of Chachadeth in India’s northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, has prepared her family’s meals on a wood-burning stove.
March 4, 2015 | New York Daily News
Breathing polluted New York air can increase risk of stroke
Exposure to fine particle matter could significantly increase risk of developing carotid artery stenosis.
March 4, 2015 | Science
Pollution, human health tracked with sewage microbes
Microbiologists have a new way to tell whose sh-t is dirtying the waters. A survey of sewage across the United States shows that every city has a distinct microbial character that can reveal signs of health, such as how obese its residents tend to be. Dozens of the microbes identified in the survey are common throughout the United States, and could provide better ways to tell whether bacterial pollution comes from humans.
March 4, 2015 | Newsweek
BPA is fine, if you ignore most studies about it
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is either a harmless chemical that’s great for making plastic or one of modern society’s more dangerous problems. Depends whom you ask.
March 4, 2015 | Mail & Guardian Online
Meet the silent but dangerous pollutant on our block: E-waste
As the world continues to grow increasingly dependent on the world of IT and computers, the volume of electronic waste is rising, and with it comes a new threat – risk of ­exposure to lead, cadmium, chromium and other hazardous materials that can be toxic to human health and the environment.
March 3, 2015 | CBC News
Traffic pollution tied to slower cognition in schoolchildren
Children who attend school in heavy traffic areas may show slower cognitive development and lower memory test scores, Spanish researchers have found.
February 25, 2015 | National Geographic News
Chemical in BPA-free products linked to irregular heartbeats
Many consumers avoid products that contain bisphenol-A (BPA) because the estrogen-imitating chemical has been linked to an array of health effects in people and animals. But new research published Thursday suggests that an ingredient that has replaced BPA in many items may have a similar effect on the heart.
February 23, 2015 | Chemical & Engineering News
Boosting safety at chemical facilities.
The chemical industry and a coalition of environmental, labor, and other activist organizations are clashing over whether stricter regulations are needed to enhance safety at the nation’s industrial facilities.
February 17, 2015 | The Washington Times
21 new cancer cases found in study of miners
Minnesota health officials and university researchers said Tuesday they’ve found 21 new cases of a rare form of lung cancer among a group of miners who they’ve been following since the late 1990s.
February 16, 2015 | The Guardian News
Nicaraguans demand action over illness killing thousands of sugar cane workers
At least 20,000 people are estimated to have died of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Central America in the past two decades – most of them sugar cane workers along the Pacific coast.
February 12, 2015 | National Geographic News
Eight million tons of plastic dumped in ocean every year
A plastic bag floats in the sea off the Philippines. Ocean plastic has turned up literally everywhere. It has been found in the deep sea and buried in Arctic ice.
February 11, 2015 | Worthington Daily Globe, Minnesota
Small plastic, big problem
Tiny plastic beads found in soap and other personal care products may be on the way out.
February 11, 2015 | Los Angeles Times
High levels of benzene found in California fracking waste water
Testing results from hundreds of wells showed, on average, benzene levels 700 times higher than federal standards allow, according to a Times analysis of the state data.
February 9, 2015 | Environmental Health News
Michigan’s bald eagles full of flame retardants
Michigan’s bald eagles are among the most contaminated birds on the planet when it comes to phased-out flame retardant chemicals in their livers, according to new research. The study found that the top predators in the Great Lakes are highly exposed to banned flame retardants, still widespread in the environment.
February 9, 2015 | Reuters
Critics of Dow herbicide sue U.S. EPA over approval
A coalition of U.S. farmer and environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to overturn regulatory approval granted last week for an herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences.
February 9, 2015 | Reuters
Bhopal's toxic legacy lives on, 30 years after industrial disaster
Beyond the iron gates of the derelict pesticide plant where one of the world's worst industrial disasters occurred, administrative buildings lie in ruins, vegetation overgrown and warehouses bolted.
February 6, 2015 | The New Yorker
China tries a new tactic to combat pollution: transparency
Is radical disclosure the solution to Beijing’s smog problem? Beijingers who care to know how much poison they’re inhaling are familiar with the Air Quality Index, which measures smog levels at different locations around the city and applies labels like “good,” “unhealthy,” and “hazardous.”
February 6, 2015 | Arctic Journal
Clearing the air
Removing sulfur from shipping fuel could more than counteract the increase in emissions from increased Arctic shipping.
February 4, 2015 | Web MD
Are products labeled 'BPA-free' safer?
Are goods labeled “BPA-free” healthier? Maybe not. Two new studies found that some chemicals replacing BPA in plastics, food packaging, and other products might also disrupt hormones, changing how the brain works and affecting fertility.
February 3, 2015 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Marine plastic pollution and seafood safety.
In recent years plastic pollution in the ocean has become a significant environmental concern for governments, scientists, nongovernmental organizations, and members of the public worldwide. Now scientists are asking whether plastic entering the marine food chain can be a health risk to people.
February 2, 2015 | UNEP News Centre
UN report calls for wastewater focus in post-2015 agenda, as 80% of worlds wastewater discharged untreated
Only 20 per cent of global wastewater is currently being treated, leaving low-income countries hardest hit by contaminated water supplies and disease, according to a UN report which encourages governments to see treated wastewater as a valuable resource, and a priority for the post-2015 development agenda.
February 1, 2015 | Medical Daily
Common household pesticides may double risk of adhd in kids exposed to chemicals during pregnancy, breastfeeding
When it comes to what causes some mental health disorders, like autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), scientists are still in the dark. However, they do know conditions like these are caused in part by genetics, and in other parts, by the environment. A new study shows how the environment can cause ADHD, by finding an association between its development and exposure to a common household pesticide.
January 26, 2015 | Chemical & Engineering News
California limits use of chloropicrin
Farmers in California are facing tough new restrictions on the pesticide chloropicrin, which is a soil fumigant. The new regulations are intended to protect workers and people who live near fields that are treated with this powerful irritant to the eyes and respiratory tract.
January 26, 2015 | Chemical & Engineering News
EPA proposes to revise regulation of oil spill dispersants.
EPA’s proposal would revise its existing regulation on the use of dispersants and other chemical and biological agents on oil spills in U.S. waters. It would require manufacturers to provide detailed toxicity and efficacy data.
January 22, 2015 | Scientific American - Environmental Health News
BPA exposure may change stem cells, lower sperm production
BPA and other estrogenic compounds hamper development of the stem cells responsible for producing sperm in mice, which suggests such exposure could contribute to declining sperm counts in men, according to a new study.
January 21, 2015 | Reuters
BPA plastics chemical poses no health risk, says European watchdog.
The chemical bisphenol A, used to stiffen some plastic food containers, poses no health risk to consumers of any age, including unborn children, at current levels of exposure, Europe's food safety watchdog said.
January 21, 2015 | American Chemistry Council
European Food Safety Authority Scientific Experts strongly support safety of BPA
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) offers the following comments regarding the release of a final report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) titled “Scientific opinion on the risks to public health related to the presence of bisphenol A (BPA) in foodstuffs.” The report was prepared by EFSA’s expert panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids.
January 20, 2015 | Eco-Business.com, Asia.
An opportunity for safer building materials.
Although ubiquitous in homes, offices, and schools, PVC is a toxic material that should be phased out from the building industry.
January 16, 2015 | UNEP News Centre
Montreal Protocol averts threat of large increases in skin cancers
The threat of large increases in skin cancers has been avoided due to the success of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in controlling ozone depletion, according to the newly published "Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion and its Interactions with Climate Change: 2014 Assessment" report, produced by the Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (EEAP) of the Montreal Protocol, following its latest quadrennial assessment.
January 15, 2015 | EPA Newsroom
EPA urges home radon testing/protect your family from lung cancer caused by exposure to radon in your home
In recognizing January as National Radon Action Month, EPA encourages Americans around the country to test their homes for this naturally occurring radioactive gas and make 2015 a healthier, safer new year.
January 15, 2015 | Chemical & Engineering News
Big apple bans foam containers
Regulation: Chemical industry fought for recycling of polystyrene instead. The market for alternatives to expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers got a significant boost last week when New York City finalized its ban on these materials, despite heavy lobbying by the chemical industry.
January 14, 2015 | Science News
More toxic chemicals found in oil and gas wastewater.
Whether trickling from cracked shale deep underground or gushing through an old-school well, wastewater from oil and gas production may carry two additional dangerous chemicals besides those previously known. High levels of ammonium, iodide can harm aquatic life, contaminate tap water.
January 12, 2015 | Los Angeles Times
BPA and 'BPA-free' alternative linked to fetal brain changes
Fetal exposure to Bisphenol A, as well as to the widely marketed alternative Bisphenol S, may cause "real and measurable" changes in the development of a brain region that plays a key role in fear, impulse-control, obesity and early puberty.
January 12, 2015 | Chemical & Engineering News
New York City bans expanded polystyrene food containers, opens market to alternatives
The market for alternatives to expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers got a significant boost last week when New York City finalized its ban on these materials, despite heavy lobbying by the chemical industry.
January 9, 2015 | EPA Pesticide News
New EPA guidance would reduce use of lab animals and increase relevant acute toxicity data on pesticides
In an effort to help expand the acceptance of alternative methods for acute toxicity testing, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs has released a new draft guidance document. The agency is accepting comments on the draft guidance for 60 days, until March 10, 2015. With the rapid advances in science and continual development of new technologies, the EPA recognizes there is an increasing potential for the use of alternative methods in regulatory risk assessments.
January 5, 2015 | Environmental Health News
Feeling old? It might be from heavy metal.
High exposure to the toxic metal cadmium could prematurely age cells, potentially triggering a number of diseases as people age, according to a new study.
January 5, 2015 | Chemical & Engineering News
Climate Change: EPA seeks massive methane reductions from oil and gas sector
The White House unveiled plans last week to reduce emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry by 40–45% through new EPA regulations. Methane emissions from this sector are projected to rise 25% by 2025, constraining White House international climate change policy objectives.
January 5, 2015 | EPA
EPA Revised Chlorpyrifos Assessment Shows Risk to Workers
EPA is releasing an assessment for public comment on the potential for human health risk of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. This assessment shows some risks to workers who mix, load and apply chlorpyrifos pesticide products. When used in large amounts, chlorpyrifos has the potential to pose risks in limited geographic areas when drinking water from small watersheds. There were no additional risks from pesticide exposures in food or exposures to bystanders and workers from airborne chlorpyrifos. The latest USDA pesticide residue data show no concerns for chlorpyrifos in food, with the pesticide detected in less than 1% of samples.
January 5, 2014 | Natural News
Neonicotinoid pesticides not just a threat to bees; humans also at risk
A new report issued by the European Food Safety Commission (EFSA) has found that a class of crop pesticides previously linked to causing mass bee deaths is also inherently harmful to humans. Researchers from the EFSA determined that neonicotinoid pesticides -- acetamiprid and imidacloprid in particular -- obstruct the normal development and function of the human nervous system, as well as damage brain structures and functions associated with learning and memory.

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