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November 1, 2017 | Reuters
Pesticide residue on fruits and veggies tied to infertility
Women who eat more fruits and vegetables with high levels of pesticide residue may be less likely to get pregnant.
October 31, 2017 | Evening Standard
44 UK towns and cities have air 'too dangerous to breathe', report claims
The study was published yesterday and timed to coincide with the release of The Lancet's wide-ranging report on the global impact of climate change on human health.
October 31, 2017 | The Scientist
Pesticide residues linked to unsuccessful IVF
Women who ate more produce known to harbor pesticides were less likely to succeed with fertility treatment than women who ate fewer of these fruits and vegetables.
October 30, 2017 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Residents in East Liverpool concerned about manganese contamination
Study shows high airborne manganese concentrations lower IQ scores along the Pennsylvania-Ohio border in East Liverpool.
October 27, 2017 | SFGate.com
Lead in imported candy tops contaminated food list in state, UCSF study says
A new study has found that the California Department of Public Health has issued more health alerts for lead in candy than for the other top three sources of food contamination - E. coli, Botulism, and Salmonella - combined.
October 26, 2017 | Quatz Media
Triclosan sticks to toothbrushes, exposing users even after they switch toothpaste
Research published Wednesday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology found that triclosan from toothpaste clings to some toothbrush bristles, and to the parts of some toothbrushes designed for tongue-scrubbing.
October 25, 2017 | New York Times
Arsenic reductions in drinking water tied to fewer cancer deaths
Researchers estimate that a new government rule resulted in 200 to 900 fewer lung and bladder cancers and 50 fewer skin cancers annually.
October 25, 2017 | Weather.com
World's most polluted city is no longer in India or China
As pollution continues to threaten human health and the planet, researchers are discovering smaller cities that previously went unnoticed have been discreetly topping the list of the most contaminated areas.
October 25, 2017 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Folic acid and ASDs: A preventive measure against potential effects of pesticide exposures?
A new study joins the two bodies of research, suggesting that folic acid may reduce—but not completely offset—the autism spectrum disorders (ASD) risk associated with prenatal pesticide exposure.
October 25, 2017 | Environmental Health News
Fracking chemicals and kids' brains don’t mix: Study
Multiple pollutants found in the air and water near fracked oil and gas sites are linked to brain problems in children, according to a science review published today.
October 25, 2017 | Times
Weed killer Roundup is increasingly showing up in people
The latest study to look at the long-term effects of Roundup raises new questions. The research, published in JAMA, adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that we should be concerned as glyphosate – the key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup – lingers in our blood, liver, fat cells and urine.
October 24, 2017 | New York Times
Courts reverse Johnson’s Baby Powder judgments for nearly $500 million
The decisions came in two cases against Johnson & Johnson, in which women claimed they developed ovarian cancer after using baby powder for years.
October 24, 2017 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Peas in a pod? The similarities between UFPs and nanoparticles yield research opportunities
"There are lots of data on the effects of air pollution exposure, but these ultrafine particles (UFPs) are not as well characterized."
October 24, 2017 | The Jakarta Post
Power plants around Jakarta could cause premature deaths: Greenpeace
Jakarta will be surrounded by more than 10 coal-fired power plants within a 100-kilometer radius, which could lead to premature deaths, Greenpeace Indonesia has reported.
October 23, 2017 | Scientific Americans
Why does autism impact boys more often than girls?
Exposures to inorganic mercury in the processed food supply might be a reason.
October 23, 2017 | The Economic Times, India
Toxic lead found in raw food items in Kolkata
A study revealed that raw food items such as polished rice and fish, sold in city markets, contain a high concentration of lead, posing serious health risks to consumers.
October 23, 2017 | The Guardian
Gary Fuller: Evidence grows of lifelong harm from polluted air
Historical data from studies on museum bird specimens, combined with current research, gives us a picture of the long-term harm from air pollution.
October 20, 2017 | Consumer Health Day
2 million Americans may have arsenic in their well water
Naturally occurring element can raise risk of cancers, other health problems.
October 20, 2017 | The Guardian
Global pollution kills 9m a year and threatens 'survival of human societies'
Landmark study finds toxic air, water, soils and workplaces kill at least 9m people and cost trillions of dollars every year.
October 19, 2017 | Consumerist
5 potentially harmful chemicals now banned from kids’ products.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted to approve a final rule that prohibits manufacturers from selling items that have more than a minimal level of five of these potentially harmful chemicals.
October 18, 2017 | Reuters
India orders Delhi power plant, generator shutdown as air worsens.
The Indian government ordered diesel generators and a power plant in Delhi to be shut down on Tuesday as air quality in the capital deteriorated ahead of the Hindu festival of lights, when a night of firecrackers sends pollution levels rocketing.
October 13, 2017 | Deutsche Welle, Germany
Air pollution kills half a million people in Europe, EU agency reports.
Dirty air resulted in the premature deaths of more than 500,000 people in the European Union in 2014, the European Environment Agency reports.
October 12, 2017 | Reuters
EU pesticide debate needs more 'independent expertise': Macron.
France and the European Union need independent scientific experts to guide them on divisive environmental issues such as pesticides, French President Emmanuel Macron said, criticizing some research as prone to lobbying pressures.
October 12, 2017 | North Carolina Health News, North Carolina
Getting the lead out of spices, powders, supplements.
Public health experts are joining forces to reduce children’s exposure to lead-tainted spices and other imports.
October 11, 2017 | Mother Jones
Scientists found a gnarly pesticide in 75 percent of global honey samples.
And this pesticide is a known killer of bees.
October 10, 2017 | The Conversation
These chemicals are bad for babies and whales: Why haven't they been banned in Canada?
A federal agency in the United States took action last month to ban an entire class of toxic flame retardants from being added to a wide variety of consumer products. It’s a first for the U.S. — and it could be done in Canada too.
October 9, 2017 | Salisbury Post, North Carolina
We can reduce breast cancer by reducing pollution.
It is time to recognize that prevention is far cheaper than curing—and that if our society regulated pollution more, we would spend less on healthcare.
October 9, 2017 | London Evening Standard, United Kingdom
Britain's toxic air 'could cause dementia and diabetes.'
MPs today warned that Britain’s toxic air could lead to dementia and diabetes.
October 9, 2017 | Reuters
India court bans firecracker sales in Delhi ahead of peak pollution season.
India’s top court on Monday temporarily banned the sale of firecrackers in and around the capital ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, as it looks to prevent a repeat of severe air pollution that forced school closures last year.
October 6, 2017 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Low prenatal exposures to fluoride: Are there neurotoxic risks for children?
A new study in Environmental Health Perspectives examines risks of exposure to prenatal fluoride at concentrations typical of the general population.
October 6, 2017 | MAHB
Public funding and radon poisoning, what’s the link?
It has only been a short while since the news of drastic budget trimming on various EPA projects by President Donald Trump’s government came out; however, it is already obvious that it will have a long-term effect on the environment.
October 5, 2017 | Environmental Health News
Pollution and stress at home combine to spur more hyperactivity.
Breathing dirty air and living in stress combine to increase the likelihood NYC kids will have a behavior disorder.
October 4, 2017 | UNEP Newscentre
Revealed: Every Londoner is exposed to dangerous toxic air particles
Mayor releases new research and map showing every area of London exceeds recommended guidelines for PM2.5 Damning report also reveals 7.9 million Londoners live in areas exceeding World Health Organization air quality guidelines by at least 50 per cent.
October 4, 2017 | Chemical Watch
Denmark to clamp down on phthalates with new initiative.
The Danish Chemical Forum, comprising industry, NGOs and the government, has launched a new set of initiatives to ensure consumers "do not bring home" four phthalates that are being phased out in the EU.
October 4, 2017 | Globe and Mail, Ontario
Workplace carcinogens lead to thousands of cancer cases in Ontario each year: Study.
Workplace exposure to carcinogens such as diesel exhaust, asbestos and silica are together causing thousands of cancer cases in Ontario each year, says a new study that reveals the toll of on-the-job hazardous substances.
October 4, 2017 | Hill Country Observer, New York
Trading old hazards for new?
PFOA has been phased out, but what are industries using in its place?
October 3, 2017 | EurActiv, Belgium
Endocrine disruptors: A guilty definition.
In no case will we resign ourselves to blackmail on health to satisfy private interests against the general interest. There is an urgency to act, we are all concerned.
October 2, 2017 | Chemical & Engineering News
Cyanide glitters for some.
Use of the deadly chemical is on the rise in the gold mining industry.
September 26, 2017 | The Scientist
Toxic time bombs.
Decades of evidence point to the untoward health effects of endocrine disruptor exposures, yet little is being done to regulate the chemicals.
September 26, 2017 | North Carolina Health News, North Carolina
Keeping children safe on the farm.
There are many ways for kids on a farm to get hurt. But there are ways to mitigate the risks to kids in agricultural settings.
September 25, 2017 | Nairobi Standard, Kenya
Study: Female gold diggers at risk of passing mercury to unborn babies.
Women in gold mining sites in Migori County are exposed to high levels of mercury that could harm them and their unborn babies.
September 22, 2017 | Newsweek
Safe air pollution doesn’t exist: Even low levels may cause kidney damage.
Air pollution may be a major contributor to declining kidney health, and even lead to kidney failure.
September 20, 2017 | New York Times
The fatal toll of cheap cigarettes.
A new study suggests that the availability of cheaper, off-brand cigarettes is associated with an increase in infant mortality.
September 20, 2017 | Times of Malta
Toxic air pollution.
Until there is a determined effort to reduce Malta’s dependence on the motor vehicle with a radical shift towards smaller, cleaner, more fuel-efficient transport, the health and environmental effects of poor air quality and pollution will continue.
September 19, 2017 | Bloomberg BNA
China pollution inspections disrupting supply chains.
Factory operations suspended under sweeping environmental inspections are affecting supply chains in China ranging from chemicals to electronics to textiles.
September 19, 2017 | CNN
Fluoride exposure in utero linked to lower IQ in kids, study says.
Increased levels of prenatal fluoride exposure may be associated with lower cognitive function in children, a new study says.
September 14, 2017 | Firstpost, India
Arsenic has been discovered in Pakistan’s groundwater: This will affect India too.
At least half of the people who were so far known to be at risk of arsenic contamination live in the Ganges-Brahmaputra basins of Bangladesh and India.
September 13, 2017 | New Scientist
Air pollution changes what bugs colonize our airways.
Higher levels of pollutants in the air correlate with reduced diversity of bacteria in our nose, hinting at a possible mechanism for why pollution causes disease.
September 12, 2017 | Newsweek
Cleaning products may increase your risk of chronic lung diseases like asthma, study shows.
We know that cleanliness is important, but at what price?
September 12, 2017 | Chemical & Engineering News
US EPA’s chlorpyrifos decision spurs pushback.
Top-selling organophosphate insecticide is at the heart of U.S. political, legal fight.
September 12, 2017 | ABC News Online, Australia
Asbestos spread through their share house, but these women had to fight for months to get compensation.
It's a tenant's worst nightmare and a stark reminder of huge gaps in the law in some states when it comes to protecting tenants from potentially hazardous risks.
September 11, 2017 | Ohio Valley ReSource
Trouble in the air: Herbicide dicamba blamed for crop damage.
Dozens of Ohio Valley farmers say the herbicide dicamba has damaged crops and a quirk of the region's climate may be increasing the risks.
September 6, 2017 | Reuters
EPA eyes limits for agricultural chemical linked to crop damage.
The U.S. environmental agency is considering banning sprayings of the agricultural herbicide dicamba after a set deadline next year, according to state officials advising the agency on its response to crop damage linked to the weed killer.
September 6, 2017 | The Guardian
We are living on a plastic planet. What does it mean for our health?
New studies reveal that tiny plastic fibres are everywhere, not just in our oceans but on land too. Now we urgently need to find out how they enter our food, air and tap water and what the effects are on all of us.
September 6, 2017 | Ensia
Are hazardous vapors seeping into your basement?
The movement of underground contaminants into buildings is attracting increased scrutiny from health experts, advocates and agencies.
September 5, 2017 | Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, Pennsylvania
Children in Pennsylvania need to be tested for lead poisoning.
Lead poisoning might be an old problem but it’s still here, mainly because we’re not doing enough to get rid of it.
September 5, 2017 | Montgomery WSFA TV, Alabama
VIDEO: Health concerns over drinking bottled water left in hot cars addressed.
Does drinking a bottled water left in a car cause health problems?
August 31, 2017 | EurActiv, Belgium.
Air pollution almost as bad for babies as smoking during pregnancy.
Dirty air can lead to women giving birth to smaller babies, according to new research which also warns that exposure to air pollution during pregnancy rivals the damage done by smoking.
August 31, 2017 | Associated Press.
Seoul's top court rules worker's multiple sclerosis due to chemical exposure at Samsung LCD plant.
South Korea’s Supreme Court said a former worker in a Samsung LCD factory who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis should be recognized as having an occupationally caused disease, overturning lower court verdicts that held a lack of evidence against the worker.
August 30, 2017 | The Independent, United Kingdom
Pesticides linked to birth abnormalities in major new study.
High exposure to pesticides as a result of living near farmers’ fields appears to increase the risk of giving birth to a baby with “abnormalities” by about 9 percent, according to new research.
August 28, 2017 | Bangkok Nation, Thailand
Toxic heavy metals in Thailand residents near mine.
A report on the health impacts has confirmed that people living near a gold mine in Phichit province have been exposed to higher than average levels of heavy metals.
August 28, 2017 | Great Neck Record, New York
Should BPA be canned?
Until manufacturers place a higher value on our health than on profits, as consumers we must take steps to reduce our exposure to plastics and toxic chemicals of all kinds.
August 25, 2017 | Chemistry World
Scientists spend a decade perfecting BPA removal method.
Scientists from the US and New Zealand have designed a catalytic system to efficiently remove 99% of the controversial compound bisphenol A (BPA) from wastewater in 30 minutes.
August 25, 2017 | Science
Pesticide-spiked punch lures mosquitoes to their doom.
Scientists have invented an aromatic cocktail derived from plant nectars that strongly attracts the insects to feed on a pesticide-laced potion.
August 24, 2017 | Cosmos Magazine, Australia
Toxic groundwater threatens 60 million in Pakistan.
Dangerously high concentrations of arsenic have been found in groundwater throughout the rich farmlands of the Indus Plain.
August 24, 2017 | Associated Press
Study: Arsenic poisoning a risk for 50M in Pakistan.
Some 50 million people are at risk of arsenic poisoning from contaminated groundwater in Pakistan's Indus Valley — far more than previously thought, according to a new study.
August 22, 2017 | The Conversation
Can low doses of chemicals affect your health? A new report weighs the evidence.
Increasing evidence suggests that even low levels of “endocrine disrupting chemicals” can interfere with hormonal signals in the body in potentially harmful ways.
August 21, 2017 | Ensia
Researchers look to nanomaterials to clean air, water and land.
First explored for applications in microscopy and computing, nanomaterials — materials made up of units that are each thousands of times smaller than the thickness of a human hair — are emerging as useful for tackling threats to our planet’s well-being.
August 21, 2017 | New York Times
Is your sunscreen poisoning the ocean?
Even in minute doses, a common sunscreen ingredient rapidly bleaches coral and slows new growth: A single drop in 4.3 million gallons of water — about six and a half Olympic-size swimming pools — is enough to be deadly.
August 19, 2017 | The Intercept
EPA welcomed industry feedback before reversing pesticide ban, ignoring health concerns.
Before the Environmental Protection Agency issued its March 29 decision to reverse a proposed ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos, the agency considered information from industry groups that wanted to keep it on the market, according to internal agency documents.
August 18, 2017 | New York Daily News, New York
Outdoor light exposure at night boosts breast cancer risk: Study.
Bright lights, big cancer concerns.
August 17, 2017 | NBC News
Blood test finds cancer before symptoms start.
Researchers say they have taken a big step towards developing a test that can tell people if they have cancer long before the first symptoms show up.
August 17, 2017 | London Metro, United Kingdom
Women of colour are being exposed to more toxic chemicals in their beauty products than white women, says new research.
According to a report published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, women of colour are coming into contact with more toxic chemicals than white women.
August 17, 2017 | Chemical & Engineering News
Widespread crop damage from dicamba herbicide fuels controversy.
Plant scientists dispute claims by the herbicide’s manufacturers that new formulations can be used safely.
August 16, 2017 | United Press International
Frogs adapted to pesticides get more parasites.
Resistance to one sort of affliction may make frogs more susceptible to another, new research shows.
August 16, 2017 | The Independent, United Kingdom
Plastic in the sea smells like food to fish, finds new study.
Plastic starts to smell like food to fish after it has been in the sea, according to research that sheds new light on how the artificial, toxic substance is getting into the food chain.
August 15, 2017 | CBC Canada
Queen bees less likely to lay eggs, start colony after insecticide exposure.
Some queen bumblebees exposed to a common insecticide may never lay eggs or start colonies, which would lead to their extinction, researchers say.
August 15, 2017 | US News & World Report
Can endocrine disruptors elevate risk of breast cancer?
Research suggests chemicals in the environment might help breast cancer grow.
August 15, 2017 | Reuters Health
Air pollution ups stress hormones, alters metabolism.
Breathing dirty air causes stress hormones to spike, new research suggests, which could help explain why long-term exposure to pollution is associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a shorter life span.
August 15, 2017 | South China Morning Post, China
A solution for Hong Kong’s plastic waste crisis: Turn it into fuel.
A wide range of plastics cannot be recycled, or cannot be recycled any further, and end up in a landfill. Such plastics are an excellent, high energy feedstock for gasification.
August 11, 2017 | United Press International
To reduce exposure to pollution on your commute, crank the air conditioning.
New research suggests the best way to minimize your pollution exposure on the commute to and from work is to crank the air conditioning in your vehicle.
August 10, 2017 | Endocrine News
Studies shed new light on the EDC potential of BPA & BPS.
While bisphenol A is a known endocrine-disrupting compound (EDC), its substitute bisphenol S has been shown to be worrisome as well. Three new studies add more evidence that exposure to these EDCs early in life will likely lead to serious health issues later in life.
August 9, 2017 | SciencDaily.com
Exposure to antimicrobials during development may cause irreversible outcomes
Exposure to environmental levels of triclocarban (TCC), an antibacterial chemical common in personal care products like soaps and lotions as well as in the medical field, can transfer from mother to offspring and interfere with lipid metabolism, new research shows.
August 8, 2017 | Bloomberg News
Airline workers warn of dangerous fumes onboard.
That rank odor on your plane may not be what you think.
August 7, 2017 | North Carolina Health News, North Carolina
A push for EPA to revise coal ash rules.
Environmentalists seeking aggressive coal ash cleanup in North Carolina are watching requests for rule revisions in Washington, DC.
August 5, 2017 | Marquette Mining Journal, Michigan
Study warns fish lovers of chemicals.
A new study questions whether public health advice on eating Great Lakes fish is restrictive enough.
August 4, 2017 | Deutsche Welle, Germany
Insecticide contamination scare: Aldi pulls all eggs from shelves in Germany.
German supermarket chain Aldi on Friday announced it is pulling all eggs from its stores, taking a step further than its competitors to manage an ever-growing scandal sweeping across Germany.
August 3, 2017 | Environmental Health News
BPA breakthrough: New treatment takes controversial chemical out of water.
Researchers report rapid removal of BPA from water using green chemistry.
August 2, 2017 | SciencDaily.com
Light pollution as a new threat to pollination
Artificial light disrupts nocturnal pollination and leads to a reduced number of fruits produced by the plant. This loss of night time pollination cannot be compensated by diurnal pollinators. The negative impact of artificial light at night on nocturnal pollinators might even propagate further to the diurnal community, as ecologists were able to show.
August 2, 2017 | Wired
Chemists remove 99 per cent of BPA from water in 30 minutes.
Our water is full of BPA, a potentially dangerous chemical, but chemists at Carnegie Mellon University may have a solution.
August 1, 2017 | Chicago WTTW TV, Illinois
Toxic metals study examines kids’ toenails on Chicago’s Southeast Side.
A new study aims to measure the health impact of toxic metals in children on Chicago’s Southeast Side, an area that remains polluted despite the decline of heavy industry.
August 1, 2017 | CBS News
Air pollution deaths expected to rise because of climate change.
New research predicts that air pollution worsened by climate change will cost tens of thousands of lives if changes are not made.
July 28, 2017 | The Independent, United Kingdom
Air pollution exposure in early pregnancy may increase chance of premature birth, finds study.
Exposure to air pollution in the first and second trimesters of pregnancy could increase the risk of premature birth and low birth weight, scientists have warned.
July 27, 2017 | The Independent, United Kingdom
Thirteen Bangladeshi children died from controversial insecticide only recently banned by US.
A case of pesticide poisoning highlights stark differences in safety regulations on either side of the Atlantic as British negotiators seek trade deal with U.S.
July 27, 2017 | Albany Times Union, New York
Mercury polluting Hudson River from scrap metal, electronics recycling yard.
The state is beefing up the water pollution permit for Sims Metal Management after detecting "high levels" of the heavy metal coming out of drain pipe that empties into the river.
July 27, 2017 | Environmental Health News
Science: Are we in a male fertility death spiral?
Male impotency is a growing problem. Here's why you should be worried—and your kids should be terrified.
July 26, 2017 | Mother Jones
Trump’s EPA greenlit this pesticide linked to brain damage. Eight senators are fighting back.
On Tuesday, two senators introduced a bill that would ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide linked to brain damage in kids.
July 26, 2017 | The Guardian
'Children are being poisoned': Fury at scandal of toxic firefighting chemicals.
Medical risks have been known since 2000, but people living near defence bases fear delay and inaction have compromised their health, livelihoods and property values.
July 26, 2017 | Detroit Free Press, Michigan
Millions in Michigan exposed to potentially unsafe chemicals in water.
Nearly 6 million Michigan residents drink, cook with and otherwise use tap water with an unregulated heavy metal, hexavalent chromium, at levels above where scientific study shows a cancer risk exists, a database compiled by an environmental nonprofit organization shows.
July 22, 2017 | The Independent, United Kingdom
Microbeads ban: UK government to outlaw microplastics in cosmetic products.
Any kind of 'rinse-off' personal care and cosmetic products are affected, but not 'leave-on' make-up or sunscreen after industry complaints about the cost.
July 21, 2017 | Reuters
China's air quality deteriorates due to winter pollution: Official.
Air quality in China worsened in the first half of 2017, with 338 cities including the capital Beijing on average reporting fewer clean air days due to winter pollution in January and February, an official at the Ministry of Environmental Protection said.
July 20, 2017 | The Guardian
Plastic pollution risks 'near permanent contamination of natural environment.'
Humans have produced 8.3bn tonnes of plastic since the 1950s with the majority ending up in landfill or polluting the world’s continents and oceans, according to a new report.
July 16, 2017 | Cincinnati Enquirer, Ohio
Chemical found in Tristate residents likely due to industrial discharge.
University of Cincinnati researchers found in a recent study that Tristate residents have a higher level of a chemical in their bodies, likely due to industrial discharge into the Ohio River.
July 14, 2017 | ABC News Online, Australia
Microplastic pollution of seafloor widespread along Australia's south-east coast, study finds.
Marine biologists are shocked at the high levels of microplastic pollution in the ocean sediments of Australia's south-east coast, with Bicheno in Tasmania being the worst.
July 14, 2017 | New York Times
The chemicals in your mac and cheese.
Macaroni and cheese products were especially high in phthalates, chemicals that may pose special risks to pregnant women and young children.
July 13, 2017 | Washington Post
The Arctic is full of mercury, and scientists think they know how it’s getting there.
The remote Arctic tundra may seem like the last place on Earth human pollution should be causing a problem - yet it’s filled with mercury contamination.
July 13, 2017 | Bloomberg Businessweek
Does the world’s top weed killer cause cancer? Trump’s EPA will decide.
Roundup has revolutionized farming. Now, human health and Bayer’s $66 billion deal for Monsanto depend on an honest appraisal of its safety.
July 13, 2017 | Charleston Post and Courier, South Carolina
A cancer cluster caused by pesticides in South Carolina would be hard to prove. Here's why.
Cancer clusters are rare and difficult to prove, and pesticides are unlikely to be the cause of several recent cases of brain tumors in Mount Pleasant, a national water quality expert said.
July 10, 2017 | Canadian Press
Decline in hummingbird population linked to insecticide.
Some species of North American hummingbirds are in severe decline and a British Columbia research scientist says one possible cause might be the same insecticide affecting honey bees.
July 7, 2017 | Kathmandu Nepali Times, Nepal
Taking the lead on lead.
Nepali children are exposed to alarmingly high levels of lead, which is slowing their intellectual development.
July 7, 2017 | Los Angeles Times
California releases plan to clean lead contamination from 2,500 parcels near closed battery recycler Exide.
Lead will be removed from the soil of 2,500 of the worst contaminated residential properties including dozens of child-care centers near a shuttered battery recycling plant.
July 7, 2017 | Boston Globe, Massachusetts
Are fireworks a health hazard?
It’s a question that has no doubt occurred to many as they’ve watched fireworks fill the sky with their magical light: Are there environmental and health effects from having so many rockets bursting in air?
July 7, 2017 | Washington Post
Deaths from cancer higher in rural America, CDC finds.
Despite decreases in cancer death rates nationwide, a new report shows they are higher in rural America than in urban areas of the United States.
July 6, 2017 | New Scientist
Hazardous waste identified and sorted using simple barcodes.
Bleach, paint and other items we throw out are often indiscriminately burned, but a system that reads any barcodes present can help sort them for disposal.
July 5, 2017 | EurActiv, Belgium
EU experts agree on criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals in pesticides.
Experts from the 28 EU member states approved on Tuesday a proposed list of criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in plant protection products.
July 5, 2017 | Environment Report
Why tiny particles of pollution increase the risk of premature death in older Americans.
Long-term exposure to certain kinds of air pollution increases the risk of premature death in Americans over 65 years old. That finding holds true even at levels of air pollution below national standards.
July 3, 2017 | Beijing Global Times, China
Toxic cadmium found in Henan wheat: NGO.
Soil in Henan Province, China's biggest wheat producer, is again at the center of a soil contamination scandal after wheat samples were found to contain up to 18 times the permitted level of cadmium for foodstuffs.
June 30, 2017 | Atlanta Black Star
Lead astray: New evidence links children with higher lead exposure to school suspensions and juvenile detention.
Using relevant data for 120,000 children born 1990-2004 in Rhode Island, the study found strong evidence linking those with higher exposures to lead with a substantially increased probability of school suspensions and juvenile detention.
June 30, 2017 | The Guardian
Invisible plastic: Microfibers are just the beginning of what we don’t see.
The tiny pollutants in our clothes are forcing us to look harder for, and think more carefully about, the ways humans have shaped the environment.
June 30, 2017 | Reuters
Field studies fuel dispute over whether banned pesticides harm bees.
Two major studies into how bees are affected by a group of pesticides banned in Europe gave mixed results on Thursday, fuelling a row over whether the chemicals, called neonicotinoids, are safe.
June 29, 2017 | Time Magazine
Air pollution kills in America despite EPA efforts.
Air pollution continues to drive premature deaths in the United States with no level of exposure leaving humans unaffected, according to new research.
June 27, 2017 | The Independent, United Kingdom
Plastic pollution threat to wildlife and Scotland's most beautiful beaches.
Greenpeace is calling for the Scottish Government to introduce new legislation to require a deposit scheme for plastic bottles.
June 27, 2017 | CBC Canada
Pesticides get most blame for bee deaths, survey suggests.
Canadians are concerned about the health of bees and blame pesticides for the dramatic deaths of bees over the last few years, according to a new poll.
June 27, 2017 | The Telegraph, United Kingdom
Photos: How plastic pollution is damaging some of UK's most treasured wildlife.
A two-month Greenpeace expedition around Scottish coastlines found widespread environmental damage caused by plastic bottles, bags, packaging and fragments.
June 23, 2017 | EurActiv, Belgium
EU recognises bisphenol A as an endocrine disruptor.
The European Chemicals Agency has classified bisphenol A, a chemical found in many common plastic products, as an endocrine disruptor and a 'substance of very high concern.'
June 19, 2017 | Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Kenya
Mercury pollution costs billions in lost earning potential in Kenya.
Mining communities Kenya are losing more than 174 -342 billion shilling in earning potential every year due to mercury contamination, according to a new study published in The Journal of Environmental Management.
June 16, 2017 | Science News for Students
Popular pesticide may harm bee flight.
Honeybees in the lab were sluggish after drinking nectar tainted with neonicotinoids.
June 15, 2017 | NJ Advance Media
A new link between hair dye and breast cancer? Maybe, says Rutgers study.
In the hunt for the causes of breast cancer, Rutgers researchers say they may have found two new possible culprits: Hair dyes and relaxers.
June 15, 2017 | San Francisco KCBS Radio, California
New study shows quantities of BPA found in canned food still high.
It’s convenient and a staple in most kitchens, but a lot of canned food still contains an ingredient linked to birth defects and cancer.
June 14, 2017 | The Guardian
Side street routes to avoid city pollution can cut exposure by half.
Taking a side street route when walking through a city cuts a person’s air pollution exposure by half, according to a new study.
June 13, 2017 | Reuters
Chinese lakes less polluted after sanitation clean-up: Study.
Pollution levels in many Chinese lakes have declined somewhat from high levels in the past decade, helped by billion-dollar investments in urban sewers and waste water treatment, scientists said on Monday.
June 12, 2017 | The Guardian
Air pollution more harmful to children in cars than outside, warns top scientist.
Children are at risk of dangerous levels of air pollution in cars because exposure to toxic air is often far higher inside than outside vehicles, a former government chief scientific adviser has warned.
June 12, 2017 | Miami New Times, Florida
Mosquito pesticide sprayed all over Miami linked to autism in kids.
Peer-reviewed research looked at a small area in New York subjected to regular aerial spraying and found an association between the pesticide use and the development of autism in children who live nearby.
June 10, 2017 | The Independent, United Kingdom
Pesticides can cause brain damage and organic food is the future, EU report says.
Eating food with high levels of pesticides has an adverse effect on the brain, according to a review of existing scientific evidence commissioned by the European Parliament.
June 8, 2017 | Wilmington Star-News, North Carolina
Toxic taints CFPUA drinking water.
A chemical replacement for a key ingredient in Teflon linked to cancer and a host of other ailments has been found in the drinking water system of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, which cannot filter it.
June 8, 2017 | Deutsche Welle, Germany
Is marine plastic pollution a threat to human health?
Would you like a side of plastic with your fish dish? Well, you might get it whether you like it or not. Ocean plastic pollution is pervasive. Scientists are trying to figure out the impact on human health.
June 6, 2017 | Reuters
South Korea to suspend eight older coal-fired power plants to tackle pollution.
South Korea will halt operations at eight of the country's older coal-fired power plants for a month in June as part of measures to tackle air pollution, the energy ministry said on Tuesday.
June 5, 2017 | The Independent, United Kingdom
Chemicals in everyday items linked to cancer in controversial new study.
Chemicals found in fossil fuel-powered vehicle exhausts, cosmetics, electric and traditional cigarettes, glue and building materials may increase the risk of cancer because they can interfere with the body’s natural repair mechanism, according to a new study.
June 2, 2017 | Canadian Press
Air pollution leads to 7,700 deaths in Canada every year: Report.
Air pollution cost Canadian families an estimated $36 billion in 2015 due to premature death and illness, a new research report says.
June 2, 2017 | Reuters
Metals and nutrients in baby teeth tied to autism risk.
Differences in exposure to certain metals and nutrients like lead and zinc in the womb and in early childhood may affect a child’s risk of developing autism spectrum disorder, researchers say.
June 2, 2017 | ABC News Online, Australia
Medications, pesticides, found in blood of sea turtles on Great Barrier Reef.
Heart and gout medications, pesticides, herbicides and other industrial chemicals have all been found in the blood of green sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef, according to researchers.
June 2, 2017 | Greenwire
Toxic air pollution predates Industrial Revolution - study.
Think air pollution is a relatively recent byproduct of the Industrial Revolution? Think again.
June 2, 2017 | The Guardian
Air pollution doesn’t just harm humans - it is destroying nature too.
The poisonous residue from car exhausts is causing a public health crisis - and could be the death of sparrows too.
June 1, 2017 | The Scientist
Plastic pollutants pervade water and land.
Contamination of marine and terrestrial ecosystems by microplastics is putting individual organisms at risk.
May 30, 2017 | Los Angeles Times
Plastic pollution doesn’t just make for an ugly beach day. It’s contaminating our food chain.
There’s a big lie about plastic — that you can throw it away. But that’s not true; there is no “away.”
May 28, 2017 | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Alaska
Air quality action warranted.
We enacted regulations against smoking cigarettes because of how they impact people who do not smoke. The same applies to burning wood.
May 27, 2017 | Lancet
Editorial: Cancer risk paradox. Grand plans fall short?
To eradicate cancer, governments need to both identify and act not only on increased risk susceptibility, but also ensure that people are not exposed to carcinogenic materials through gross environmental mismanagement. Recent moves by the US government undermine meeting these needs.
May 26, 2017 | Ventura County Star, California
In birth defects case, mom tells of boy's pain.
The mother of a boy born with birth defects allegedly caused by pesticide exposure cried on the witness stand Thursday as she described his struggle with a facial deformity.
May 25, 2017 | New Scientist
Newly-evolved microbes may be breaking down ocean plastics.
Plastic. There should be hundreds of thousands of tonnes of the stuff floating around in our oceans. But we are finding less than expected – perhaps because living organisms are evolving the ability to break it down.
May 23, 2017 | Washington Post
Just one alcoholic drink a day increases risk of breast cancer, study says.
New analysis also found strong evidence that vigorous activity reduces risk of the disease.
May 23, 2017 | Montclair NJ Spotlight, New Jersey
Asbestos and lead — two deadly threats that must both be eliminated.
The idea that we can ignore one hazardous chemical because we are focused on eliminating another is dangerously short-sighted.
May 22, 2017 | ABC News Online, Australia
Endocrine disrupting chemicals: Is your home making you sick?
Many suspected EDCs are already in your home — but how much risk do they really pose? At what exposure level do they become unsafe? Unfortunately the answer is not straightforward, with a range of opinions held by scientists, industry and regulators.
May 19, 2017 | Yuma KAWC Public Radio, Arizona
Water contamination could be causing thyroid disease in Southwest AZ.
A human-made chemical used to fire rockets into space, power fireworks, and open airbags in car crashes could also be the cause of numerous cases of thyroid disease in Yuma, Arizona.
May 19, 2017 | Chemical & Engineering News
China agrees to review US biotechnology applications.
National Biosafety Committee will assess eight products made by major U.S. agrochemical companies by the end of May.
May 18, 2017 | Science
Rice plant engineered with a ‘tunable’ immune system could fight multiple diseases at once.
Study is another step toward pesticide-free but high-yield agriculture.
May 18, 2017 | The Guardian
Air pollution kills more people in the UK than in Sweden, US and Mexico.
People in the UK are 64 times as likely to die of air pollution as those in Sweden and twice as likely as those in the US, figures from the World Health Organisation reveal.
May 17, 2017 | Associated Press
Religious beliefs involved in Oregon pesticide dispute.
Religious beliefs involving the use of pesticides are part of a dispute over noxious weeds on a 2,000-acre organic farm in Oregon that has attracted the attention of organic food supporters.
May 17, 2017 | Reuters
Certain lead tests could produce faulty results.
Certain tests used to detect lead exposure could provide inaccurate results for some children and adults in the United States, U.S. regulators warned on Wednesday.
May 16, 2017 | New Scientist
Diesel fumes lead to thousands more deaths than thought.
Diesel driven cars, lorries and buses churn out far more air pollution than standard testing procedures suggest, leading to many thousands of unreported deaths, scientists claim.
May 11, 2017 | Atlanta WSB TV, Georgia
Employee: Home Depot may have exposed thousands to dangerous lead levels.
An investigation has uncovered numerous customer complaints about how Home Depot handles lead-based paint removal projects.
May 11, 2017 | National Public Radio
Lead dust from firearms can pose a silent health risk.
If a gun range isn't ventilated well, lead dust collects on shooters' clothing and hands and lingers in the air, where it can be inhaled. The more people shoot, the greater the risk of being exposed to dangerous amounts of lead.
May 10, 2017 | Environment Report
How much air pollution do we emit on the hottest summer days?
It makes sense that the more we run our air conditioners during the heat of the summer, the more pollution we put into the air. But now scientists have figured out exactly how much more.
May 9, 2017 | Spokane Spokesman-Review, Washington
Fire captain battles industry’s higher cancer risk, alongside his disease.
A firefighter’s smoke-stained gear and burn-marked helmet are almost badges of honor, but they’re examples of subtle dangers contributing to higher rates of cancer among people in the industry.
May 5, 2017 | Economist
Fatal attraction: The link between pollution and heart disease.
An experiment suggests pollutants build up in arterial plaques.
May 4, 2017 | Globe and Mail, Ontario
Study finds link between neonic pesticides and decline of bumblebee queens.
A widely used pesticide harms bumblebee queens’ abilities to feed and reproduce, reducing the survival prospects for the pollinators that play a key role in food production, a new study co-authored by a University of Guelph professor shows.
May 2, 2017 | New York Times
New York plan to dump chlorine into sewers worries environmental advocates.
The city is seeking to solve a chronic problem of raw sewage emptying into city waterways during rainfalls, but some argue the plan relies on an unproven technique.
May 1, 2017 | The Guardian
Children can’t play if they can’t breathe because our air is so polluted.
Ministers hide the truth about levels of atmospheric contamination, so people are taking precautions for themselves And who can blame them?
April 28, 2017 | Ventura County Star, California
Warning of pesticide-related birth defect data was ample, witness says.
An expert witness testified in a trial Thursday that there was ample information linking pesticides with birth defects years before the birth of an Oxnard boy who sued over his condition.
April 27, 2017 | CNN
More children have high lead levels than we know, study says.
In the U.S., pediatric health care providers are not doing enough testing of children's blood lead levels in many states, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Pediatrics.
April 27, 2017 | Reuters
Study finds how polluting nanoparticles get into blood and damage hearts.
Inhaled nanoparticles like those pumped out in vehicle exhausts can work their way through the lungs and into the bloodstream where they can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke, scientists said on Wednesday.
April 27, 2017 | The Telegraph, United Kingdom
Toxic diesel particles penetrate right through to the heart, scientists warn.
Toxic particles from diesel vehicles can work their way through the lungs and into the bloodstream, raising the risk of heart attack and stroke, researchers have proved for the first time.
April 26, 2017 | Canadian Press
Study suggests ancient underground water sources not immune to today's pollution.
New research suggests ancient underground water sources long believed to be shielded from modern-day contaminants may not be as safe as previously thought.
April 25, 2017 | CBC Canada
Air pollution levels in Toronto subways highest among country's 3 major rapid transit systems.
Toronto's subway stations and trains had the highest levels of air pollution of Canada's three major rapid transit systems, a newly released study co-authored by a university engineering professor has found.
April 24, 2017 | Allure
Your sunscreen could be endangering the world's coral reefs.
One of the most common ingredients found in chemical sunscreens could be threatening the health of the world's coral reefs.
April 24, 2017 | Scroll.in, India
Cancer has exploded in Bihar as people drink water poisoned with arsenic.
Arsenic levels in water have been as high as 3,880 parts per billion in parts of the state. Pollution standards cite 50 parts per billion as harmful.
April 21, 2017 | Reuters
Lead poisons children in Los Angeles neighborhoods rich and poor.
Lead poisoning afflicts hundreds of areas across Los Angeles County, from affluent hubs to low income or gentrifying areas, Reuters finds. The results surprised some local leaders, showing how lead hazards persist even in a health-conscious region.
April 20, 2017 | United Press International
Air pollution linked to year-round runny noses.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered a direct biological and molecular association between air pollution and chronic nasal symptoms.
April 20, 2017 | New York Times
Trillions of plastic bits, swept up by current, are littering Arctic waters.
The world’s oceans are littered with trillions of pieces of plastic - bottles, bags, toys, fishing nets and more, mostly in tiny particles - and now this seaborne junk is making its way into the Arctic.
April 18, 2017 | The Guardian
Air pollution as bad for wellbeing as partner's death, say researchers.
The effect on wellbeing of exposure to nitrogen dioxide, a gas mostly produced in diesel fumes, is comparable to the toll from losing a job, ending a relationship or the death of a partner, research suggests.
April 18, 2017 | International Business Times
New technology turns chemical warfare agents like sarin and mustard gas into harmless dirt.
The machine removes toxic chemicals without creating any hazardous by-products and has a 99.99% success rate.
April 14, 2017 | Belfast Telegraph, United Kingdom
Traffic pollution may lower levels of 'good' cholesterol, study says.
Traffic pollution may increase the risk of heart disease by lowering levels of "good" cholesterol, a study suggests.
April 14, 2017 | Ecologist
El Salvador bans metal mining.
Mining was imposed on the Salvadoran people as a dream industry to aid development. But the reality was a nightmare. After a long campaign, El Salvador has just become the first country to ban all metal mining.
April 13, 2017 | Chicago Tribune, Illinois
Chromium spill near Lake Michigan brings new attention to cancer-causing pollutant.
Federal environmental officials scrambled to protect Lake Michigan from a cancer-causing metal spilled into a northwest Indiana tributary.
April 11, 2017 | Environmental Health News
Carbon dioxide may worsen hog farmworkers’ breathing problems.
Hog farm dust already hurts farmworker lungs—new research says elevated CO2 could make it worse.
April 10, 2017 | Times of London, United Kingdom
Toxic sofas linked to surge in thyroid cancer.
Scientists have warned that chemicals used to fireproof millions of British sofas could be linked to a surge in deadly thyroid cancer.
April 8, 2017 | Food Navigator
Glyphosate to join Proposition 65 list.
The herbicide glyphosate is to be added to the list of chemicals known to cause cancer under California's Proposition 65 legislation, which means companies producing products containing residues of the popular herbicide may in future have to feature warning labels.
April 7, 2017 | The Guardian
Farms could slash pesticide use without losses, research reveals.
Virtually all farms could significantly cut their pesticide use while still producing as much food, according to a major new study.
April 6, 2017 | New York Times
Advocacy groups ask for ban on common pesticide.
Groups asked to ban chlorpyrifos from food within 30 days if the Environmental Protection Agency cannot prove it is safe.
April 5, 2017 | Huffington Post
Moms exposed to Monsanto weed killer means bad outcomes for babies.
Concerns about the world’s most widely used herbicide are taking a new twist as researchers unveil data that indicates pervasive use of Monsanto Co.’s weed killer could be linked to pregnancy problems.
April 4, 2017 | Alabama Media Group
Cancer-linked chemicals build up in 'every organ' in mice, UAB researchers find.
Certain man-made chemicals — believed to be in the bloodstream of nearly every person on Earth thanks to heavy use in consumer manufactured products — also build up in the brains, hearts, livers, bones and skin of mice according to a study.
April 3, 2017 | Chemical & Engineering News
New hazardous waste incinerator comes online.
The $120 million incinerator—the first built in the U.S. in two decades—can handle industrial and laboratory chemicals, manufacturing by-products, medical waste, and other solid and liquid materials.

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March 30, 2017 | MLive Detroit, Michigan
Experts agree EPA review of dioxane, other toxic chemicals is needed.
The EPA's decisions in the months and years ahead will influence the levels of toxic chemicals allowed in people's homes, communities and bodies for generations to come, says a former EPA scientist and policy advisor.
March 29, 2017 | Consumer Reports
Protect your kids from the long-lasting effects of childhood lead poisoning.
New research suggests early exposure has an impact on adult IQ.
March 29, 2017 | Radio New Zealand, New Zealand
Lead exposure linked to lower IQ in New Zealand.
High lead levels in New Zealand cities during the 1970s and 1980s appear to have led to a loss of intelligence in adults, researchers say.
March 28, 2017 | Washington Post
Lead exposure alters the trajectory of children’s lives decades later, study finds.
Children with higher blood-lead levels were more likely in midlife to have lower IQs and live lower on the socioeconomic ladder, according to new research that offers one of the clearest looks yet at the potential long-term health impact of the potent neurotoxin.
March 26, 2017 | Bloomberg News
From bad air to birth defects, 5 hidden risks of slashing the EPA.
Fifty former officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are firing back in a lengthy analysis that details, program by program, what amounts to a starvation diet for the EPA.
March 24, 2017 | Forbes
Asbestos-linked cancer remains a killer, just as asbestos remains commonly used.
At least 80% of people diagnosed with mesothelioma have had confirmed exposure to asbestos. Others likely had exposure without realizing it since it can take decades before mesothelioma develops in the thin lining of the lungs, chest, abdomen and heart.
March 22, 2017 | Time Magazine
Do you live near toxic waste? See 1,317 of the most polluted spots in the U.S.
Hazardous waste sites are scattered all across the country, from a Brooklyn canal once surrounded by chemical plants to a shuttered garbage incineration facility in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
March 22, 2017 | Reuters
Lead poisoning afflicts neighborhoods across California.
Dozens of California communities have experienced recent rates of childhood lead poisoning that surpass those of Flint, Michigan, with one Fresno locale showing rates nearly three times higher, blood testing data obtained by Reuters shows.
March 22, 2017 | Australia ABC News, Australia.
E-waste: What happens to discarded televisions, computers and mobile phones?
Each year 40,000 tonnes of computers, tablets, televisions, printers, scanners, photocopiers, keyboards and mice are recycled through the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS).
March 19, 2017 | Reuters
Chinese firms offer pollution solutions with bottled air, hat filters.
Chinese companies are touting innovative - if not odd - products to consumers worried about the quality of the air that they breathe.