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January 19, 2022 | The Washington Post
For the first time in over 30 years, the EPA adds to its list of hazardous air pollutants
The move will allow the Environmental Protection Agency to curb the use of 1-bromopropane, a powerful dry-cleaning solvent linked to cancer
January 17, 2022 | WHTV
ozone crop yields food Ozone harms East Asian crops, costing $63 billion a year, scientists say
Fossil fuel emissions aren’t just driving climate change and worsening air quality, they’re also hurting crop yields enough to cause some $63 billion in annual losses in East Asia, scientists say.
January 13, 2022 | IPS News
The relation between Covid-19 and air pollution
Air pollutants are risk factors for respiratory infections, and COVID-19 is not an exception.
January 13, 2022 | Yale Climate Connection
Household air pollution contributes to almost 4 million premature deaths a year
Many people around the world cook over open fires or simple stoves that produce dangerous indoor pollution, contributing to almost 4 million premature deaths each year.
January 13, 2022 | DW
Green groups target poisonings from rising pesticides sales
More and more pesticides are being sprayed worldwide with deadly consequences for humans and nature, a report finds.
January 13, 2022 | The Guardian
‘Babies here are born sick’: Are Bolivia’s gold mines poisoning its Indigenous people?
The government has been criticized for apparent inaction as evidence mounts that mercury contamination is causing illness in fishing communities
January 10, 2022 | BBC
Delhi's smog problem is rooted in India's water crisis
Every winter, Delhi's toxic air is fuelled by farmers burning crop stubble. But the fires don't stop. Why? The answer lies in water.
January 10, 2022 | BBC
Delhi's smog problem is rooted in India's water crisis
Every winter, Delhi's toxic air is fuelled by farmers burning crop stubble. But the fires don't stop. Why? The answer lies in water.
January 9, 2022 | KCRA
New research helps link extreme air pollution to climate change
New research shows a dramatic increase in the number of days where ozone and particulate matter pollution (wildfire smoke) are combined to create extreme air quality issues.
January 6, 2022 | The Guardian
High levels of toxic ‘forever chemicals’ found in anti-fogging sprays and wipes
A Duke University study nine top rated products contained PFAS, which has been linked to cancer and other health problems
January 6, 2022 | New Scientist
Air pollution: One in 12 child asthma cases linked to nitrogen dioxide exposure
A US and Canadian team have estimated 1.85 million new childhood asthma cases were linked with exposure to nitrogen dioxide in 2019, 8.5 per cent of all new cases that year.
January 6, 2022 | The New York TImes
Health risks of smoke and ozone rise in the West as wildfires worsen
Simultaneous high levels of the two pollutants, which harm human health, are occurring with increasing frequency, researchers say.
January 5, 2022 | Yahoo! News
'Concerning' threat in Aussie homes that's putting kids at risk
Household dust has been tested in 35 countries for toxicity and the results for Australia and New Zealand are concerning.
January 5, 2022 | Popular Science
Here's exactly how wildfires are polluting our air
Wildfires emit a mixture of hazardous compounds that contribute to cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses when people breathe them in.
January 4, 2022 | Jefferson Public Radio
Why air pollution is better, but not for everyone
We've had a Clean Air Act since the end of 1970, and generally cleaner air since that time. But there is still pollution out there, and you are more likely to be exposed to it if your skin is darker.
January 4, 2022 | Mongabay
More trees means healthier bees, new study on air pollution shows
Human-caused air pollution in Brazil’s São Paulo state is taking its toll on native bees, but the presence of plants can help ameliorate those effects, a new study shows.
January 3, 2022 | UPI
Lowering air pollution reduces risk for dementia in older women, study finds
Long-term improvement in air quality lowers the risk for dementia in older women, a study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found.
January 2, 2022 | ABC
Doctors say breathing toxic air in Delhi is like smoking 10 cigarettes a day and urgent solutions are needed
Months after the Delta variant ravaged India's capital, Delhi, the city's residents are taking refuge indoors once more. This time, they're protecting themselves from the city's toxic air.
December 31, 2021 | VOX
Beauty products are full of risky chemicals. I tried to get rid of them.
Eliminating endocrine disruptors is harder than you might think.
December 30, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Five top stories on healthcare sustainability
2021 brought a focus on healthcare: Why should our health systems, which we encounter when we are at our most vulnerable, be a source of environmental pollutants and toxic chemicals?
December 28, 2021 | South China Morning Post
Eating less meat can help reduce 75,000 premature deaths related to air pollution in China, study finds
Reducing the over-consumption of meat could help lower the concentration of a major air pollutant and avoid 75,000 premature deaths in China, a team led by Hong Kong researchers has found.
December 28, 2021 | Lancashire Telegraph
Firefighters are four times more likely to get cancer than any member of public, research suggests
New research has suggested toxic fire contaminants are playing a role in increasing firefighters’ chances of developing cancer and other diseases.
December 23, 2021 | The Business Standard
Bangladesh needs to monitor transboundary air pollution
Bangladesh needs to set up air quality monitoring stations at its borders to determine the source and severity of pollution, a recent study revealed.
December 22, 2021 | Nation.Africa
Sperm counts on the decline due to plastics
Recent studies show that fertility in both male and female has decreased over the past few decades. According to research, this is linked to the effects of toxic chemicals in plastics that have gone unregulated.
December 22, 2021 | Digital Journal
New links between air pollution and reduced health outcomes
Poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to public health in many parts of the world, especially under the conditions of urban or city living.
December 21, 2021 | ENSIA
Radioactive contamination is creeping into drinking water
As mining, fracking and other activities increase the levels of harmful isotopes in water supplies, health advocates call for tighter controls.
December 20, 2021 | The Guardian
How much indoor air pollution do we produce when we take a shower?
Chemicals that evaporate from personal care products are among pollutants that form ozone in summer smogs.
December 19, 2021 | The Guardian
PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ constantly cycle through ground, air and water, study finds
The Stockholm University study highlights the chemicals’ mobility, which has been found in penguin eggs and polar bears
December 16, 2021 | EOS
Wildfires may alter the nitrogen cycle—and air pollution
In 2021, wildfire smoke stretched across the United States, bringing hazardous air quality conditions along with it. But new research suggests that smoke might not be the only way that fires are contributing to air pollution.
December 16, 2021 | The Guardian
Fall in fertility rates may be linked to fossil fuel pollution, finds study
Danish scientists urge more research into impact of exposure to toxic chemical pollutants from fossil fuels. But it's more than "fossil fuel pollutants." It's chemicals made from fossil petroleum, including plastics, that have powerful effects on human health.
December 15, 2021 | EOS
Tracking pollution in the breeze, with trees
New research outlines how pine needles offer a simple, low-cost means of assessing particulate matter pollution.
December 15, 2021 | The Guardian
How much air pollution do you live with? It may depend on your skin color
How much air pollution are you exposed to in your daily life? The answer may depend on the color of your skin, a new study released Wednesday confirms.
December 15, 2021 | Popular Science
Fish can bounce back quickly from mercury pollution
An encouraging new experiment hints that cutting off mercury pollution to bodies of water can quickly translate into lower levels of the toxic substance in seafood.
December 15, 2021 | NDTV
Chemical air pollution creates new toxins over time: Study
Remnants of industrial chemicals in the air can potentially transform into new substances more toxic and persistent than the original pollution, according to a global study published recently.
December 15, 2021 | The Guardian
People of color breathe more of six common types of air pollution, US study finds
Racial disparities exceed differences in income and persist in every state in spite of overall improvements in air quality.
December 14, 2021 | EOS
Midwest livestock operations linked to rise in ammonia pollution
For the first time, scientists have linked high-density animal operations in the U.S. Midwest to rising air pollution from ammonia, suggesting need for increased regulation from the EPA.
December 14, 2021 | Outlook India
How bad air and neglect is slowly killing our children
Oblivious to how pollution was harming them or even what it is, these children continue to live on the roads of Delhi with their faces covered in dirt and eyes blinded with smoke from passing vehicles.
December 14, 2021 | AP News
Banned decades ago, PCBs still posing threat to wildlife
The presence of PCBs on a lake in the shadow of the White Mountains demonstrates how heat-resistant chemicals once used widely in electrical equipment and other industrial applications continue to pose a threat to wildlife more than four decades after being banned in the United States.
December 13, 2021 | Daily Mirror
Sri Lanka takes steps to prevent mass scale marine pollution
The Sri Lankan government has taken steps to prevent mass scale marine pollution similar to the massive environment and marine pollution caused by the inferno aboard the cargo ships Express Pearl and New Diamond in Sri Lanka waters.
December 13, 2021 | Pakistan Today
Lahore is world's most polluted city - again
Air pollution in Lahore and surrounding towns reached the worst levels so far this year on Sunday, with the Punjab capital being declared the world’s most polluted city after its Air Quality Index shot past 360.
December 12, 2021 | NBC Boston
Massachusetts playground closed due to arsenic contamination
The town of Ayer notified the state environmental protection department this week that the Kiddie Junction Playground at Pirone Park is contaminated.
December 8, 2021 | DW
Pakistan: How Lahore′s smog is harming residents
People living in Pakistan's second-largest city are devising novel ways to raise awareness and tackle the annual pollution crisis.
December 7, 2021 | DW
Mercury mining makes a comeback in Kyrgyzstan
Mercury, used in gold mining and electronics, poses serious health risks. Despite international pressure to ban its trade, Kyrgyzstan is ramping up production.
December 6, 2021 | Wisconsin Public Radio
Water summit seeks to find permanent water source for Peshtigo residents struggling with PFAS pollution
After several years of drinking bottled water, people living with PFAS-polluted wells in the northeastern Wisconsin town of Peshtigo might be one step closer to a permanent source of safe drinking water.
December 5, 2021 | Express
Cancer: Lung cause risk increases with air pollution
Cancer is caused by myriad factors, and while smoking has declined, air pollution has begun to play a larger role in the development of lung cancer globally.
December 3, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Green beauty product testing finds more than 60% have PFAS indicators
Green cosmetic makers know their audience. One manufacturer, in addition to the standard lines about how long-lasting and colorful their product is, says that their lip tint is “cruelty-free,” vegan, and made from wholesome ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter.
December 3, 2021 | Investigative Reporting WorkShop
Cancer cases in kids rising
The incidence of childhood cancer is rising. Some experts blame toxic chemicals.
December 3, 2021 | The Guardian
Sex ratio of babies linked to pollution and poverty indicators
A swathe of pollutants and indicators of poverty have been linked to changes in the ratio of baby boys to girls born to millions of parents.
December 2, 2021 | Fast Company
New sensors to monitor deadly pollution levels in London's poorest areas
Over the next three years, the Breathe London network will hand out 60 air quality sensors to communities impacted by pollution.
November 30, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Opinion: Tackling toxics in food must be priority for new FDA commissioner
Troubling news about toxics in our food grows daily, with chemicals and metals of concern contaminating popular products from Skittles to Pop Tarts.
November 29, 2021 | Environmental Health News
How toxic wildfire smoke affects pregnant people
NAPA, Calif.—Sonny, a 10-month old, crawls through the tunnel of a playground surrounded by fresh cedar wood chips as the sun sets in October. His 4-year-old sister, Lenny, climbs the rungs of the jungle gym as their parents, Rebecca and Omar Chowaiki, keep watch.
November 28, 2021 | The Asahi Shimbun
Plastic pollution making its way into bodies of wildlife, humans
Quantifying the dangers of plastic pollution in the seas and nature, a team of researchers in a new study estimates that about half of the world’s seabirds have ingested plastic additives.
November 25, 2021 | Portland Press Herald
Maine issues ‘do not eat’ advisory for deer harvested near PFAS-contaminated fields in Fairfield area
The state says deer taken in the Fairfield area have high levels of PFAS, the 'forever chemicals' that pose potential health risks.
November 24, 2021 | Valley News
Report finds contaminants in loon eggs
A new report indicates that toxic contaminants could be working their way up the food chain in several New Hampshire lakes.
November 24, 2021 | CNN
A silent killer is choking Delhi. For millions, there's no choice but to breathe it in
Some Delhi residents have become so accustomed to bad air that it's a part of daily life -- they barely notice it, they say.Others say it's making them sick.
November 23, 2021 | The Post Gazette
Pa. proposes rules to limit 'forever chemicals' in drinking water
Pennsylvania regulators are moving for the first time to set enforceable limits on toxic “forever chemicals" in drinking water.
November 23, 2021 | Independent
Delhi smog tower debunker: World’s most polluted capital doubles down on investment in unscientific solution
Last-minute emergency measures and unscientific planning will not solve India's annual toxic smog phenomenon.
November 23, 2021 | The Guardian
How the chemicals industry’s pollution slipped under the radar
While the chemistry industry has an important role to play in moving to low-carbon economies it's also hugely carbon intensive and predicted to become more so.
November 23, 2021 | National Geographic
Insecticides can reduce bee fertility, causing lasting harm across generations
Even a single application of a common neonicotinoid pesticide can harm exposed bees and their offspring.
November 22, 2021 | Independent
Delhi extends pollution semi-lockdown as toxic smog continues to choke city
The toxic pollution-induced lockdown in India's national capital will go on for at least another week after authorities extended restrictions till 26 November, as the city of 20 million continued its struggle to breathe clean air.
November 22, 2021 | Yahoo! News
Serious health risk from air pollution lingers
You may not be able to see them but they can take a toll on your health or even kill you. From vehicle pollution, wildfires to fossil fuel burning, the air around us is increasingly becoming more toxic and harmful than ever.
November 19, 2021 | BBC
Delhi pollution: All schools and colleges shut as air turns toxic
Schools and colleges in the Indian capital city have been closed by authorities after worsening levels of air pollution.
November 19, 2021 | The Guardian
Inside Delhi’s air pollution crisis
Delhi is engulfed in its seasonal thick brown smog – air so toxic that schools and offices have closed. But where does all this air pollution come from, and what is India doing about it?
November 19, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Air pollution can alter our brains in ways that increase mental illness risk
This is part 1 of our 5-part series, Pollution's mental toll: How air, water and climate pollution shape our mental health.
November 18, 2021 | The New York Times
India's toxic air pollution prompts Supreme Court to act
Schools and factories close. India’s Supreme Court blasts the government’s do-nothing response. But Delhi residents continue to suffer from the bad air.
November 17, 2021 | Mongabay
Primary-colored poison: Lead paint still a major threat to Indonesian kids
Nearly 70% of commercially available paints in Indonesia contain levels of lead higher than the regulatory safe limit of 600 parts per million (ppm).
November 17, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Phthalates’ regulatory standards may not protect people’s health, new study
"Safe" limits on human exposure to phthalates set by national and international regulatory authorities may not adequately protect public health, according to a new analysis published in the journal Environmental Health on Monday.
November 16, 2021 | The Guardian
Canada: First Nation exposed to high levels of cancer-causing chemicals
A First Nations community in Canada has learned that levels of a cancer-causing chemical in its air are 44 times higher than is considered safe, after years of fighting for the data.
November 16, 2021 | The Washington Post
China is producing more coal than ever before despite COP26 pledges
COP26 was hailed as coal’s “death knell,” but China is massively boosting capacity.
November 13, 2021 | The Independent
Toxic smog sends Delhi’s children back indoors as city enforces air pollution lockdown
Toxic air pollution levels have once again forced millions of people in Delhi indoors as the administration imposed lockdown-like restrictions, with schools set to be closed for a week and many workers told to stay home.
November 12, 2021 | ProPublica
How you can report on the toxic hot spots near you
A journalist’s guide for investigating cancer-causing air pollution from industrial facilities by using ProPublica’s original air toxics map and data.
November 11, 2021 | Consumer Reports
Your herbs and spices might contain arsenic, cadmium & lead
Consumer Reports found that herbs and spices might contain arsenic, cadmium, and lead, based on tests of products from McCormick, Whole Foods, and dozens of other big brands.
November 10, 2021 | First Post
India struggles to breathe as it battles deadly combination of COVID-19 and air pollution
Doctors across India including in cities such as Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, and Indore, have started witnessing a surge in cases of chronic cough attacks, asthma and inflammation of the tissues around airways.
November 9, 2021 | UPI
U.S. heart attack rate dropped as COVID-19 lockdowns cut air pollution from driving, study says
Urban air cleared during COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns as fewer commuters hit the road, and that might have resulted in one unexpected heart health benefit for Americans, a new study suggests -- fewer heart attacks.
November 8, 2021 | Reuters
Why air quality has deteriorated sharply in India's capital
Pollution has been hitting dangerous levels across New Delhi and other parts of northern India this month, in a sharp deterioration from October when people breathed the cleanest air in four years.
November 8, 2021 | Bloomberg
NYC schools show how to cut lead exposure in children
New York City reduced exposure to the dangerous toxin by finding and fixing problem drinking faucets. A new study finds Black students had the most to gain.
November 7, 2021 | Gulf News
Delhi chokes on Diwali: The cost of breathing
Delhi lives through an extreme shroud of smog - the kind that leads to not just the obvious symptoms of itchy eyes, headache and breathlessness but also serious respiratory long-term issues - like clockwork every year.
November 4, 2021 | The Sun-Gazette
California protest pesticides linked to childhood cancers
Tulare County-based advocates present two recent reports linking pesticides used in Tulare and Fresno counties to early childhood cancers.
November 3, 2021 | Coastal Review
Fish study’s findings trigger consumption advisory update
A recent study that showed fish favored by subsistence fishers along the Brunswick and Cape Fear rivers were found to have elevated levels of arsenic, hexavalent chromium and mercury has prompted a state health advisory.
November 2, 2021 | The Washington Post
Top economies responsible for 2 million air pollution deaths worldwide, mostly in developing countries
Fossil fuel burning by the world's richest nations and their citizens' consumption habits cause half the global deaths from fine-particle pollution, according to a new study.
November 2, 2021 | Propublica
The most detailed map of cancer-causing industrial air pollution in the U.S.
Using the EPA’s data, we mapped the spread of cancer-causing industrial air emissions down to the neighborhood level. Look up your home to see if you and your loved ones are living in a hot spot.
November 2, 2021 | DW
Why Pakistan has some of the most polluted cities in the world
Air pollution is a major health challenge affecting millions of people in Pakistan. Experts warn that inadequate action to tackle the problem could prove disastrous for the country.
October 29, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Op-ed: The ghosts in our water 29 October
Last year, the global chemical giant Bayer agreed to pay $650 million to settle the claims of 2,500 cities, counties, and ports for cleanup of contamination from polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, a notorious group of chlorinated chemicals that have long been linked to cancer and reproductive and immune system harms.
October 28, 2021 | UC Davis Health
How much is the dust in your home affecting your child?
When it comes to keeping kids safe, parents may not think about household dust as a potential hazard. But those fine particles all around your home can expose kids to a wide range of chemicals.
October 27, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Fast food burgers, fries, and pizza may leave you full of phthalates
As Americans devour a fast-food burger in the car or gobble up a chicken burrito in front of the TV, some may bite into phthalates, according to a new study in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.
October 27, 2021 | CBC
Why India can't live without coal despite its negative environmental effects
India is not yet ready to leave coal behind, a critical energy source that provides more than 70 percent of the developing country's power as well as 4 million jobs, even as those in coal-rich states struggle with water scarcity and pollution.
October 26, 2021 | The Washington Post
World remains on a dangerous climate trajectory ahead of COP26
The findings raise the stakes for — and threaten to undermine — the success of a United Nations climate summit in Glasgow next week.
October 21, 2021 | Scientific American
How airborne microplastics affect climate change
Microplastics - minuscule bits of bottles, bags, synthetic fibers and other plastic waste that have broken up in the environment—are influencing Earth's climate as they circulate through the atmosphere.
October 19, 2021 | Scientific American
Rivers dump mercury into coastal fisheries
Rivers may carry as much as 1,000 tons of mercury to the world's coastlines every year, researchers report. This would make rivers the main way this potent neurotoxin reaches coastal oceans, where it most threatens public health.
October 19, 2021 | UPI
Scientists identify new chemicals in air pollution that trigger asthma in kids
Dust mites and smoke are known triggers of asthma in children. Now, scientists have identified previously unknown combinations of air pollutants that appear tied to the respiratory disorder.
October 19, 2021 | The New York Times
A move to rein in cancer-causing 'forever chemicals'
Michael Regan, the E.P.A. administrator, wants to limit a class of chemicals that has been linked to cancer and is found in everything from drinking water to furniture.
October 18, 2021 | The Guardian
Australia’s trash tide: what researchers found as they studied 20m pieces of beach rubbish
An analysis of coastal rubbish collected over a decade reveals almost half of it is local litter, but in some areas plastic is washing up from overseas.
October 18, 2021 | The Guardian
Chemicals used in packaging may play role in 100,000 US deaths a year – study
Phthalates, also found in consumer goods, may contribute to loss of life among older Americans costing US $40-47bn a year.
October 15, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Electronic waste from just this year will outweigh the Great Wall of China
This year, each of us will throw out, recycle, or shove into a desk drawer an average of 16.8 pounds of old phones, laptops, toasters, and other electronics and appliances, according to the UN — a whopping total of 63.3 million tons of electronic waste worldwide.
October 14, 2021 | CBC
Irrigation shows early promise for reducing nitrate pollution from farms
Preliminary research on P.E.I. farms shows that irrigating potatoes helps the plants better use nitrogen in fertilizer, so it doesn't end up leaching into the environment.
October 14, 2021 | Environmental Health News
As masses of plaintiffs pursue Roundup cancer compensation, migrant farmworkers are left out
In 2018, a California school groundskeeper took Monsanto Company to court, alleging that Roundup, one of America's most popular weed killers, caused his Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer.
October 13, 2021 | CTV News
Doctors alarmed by loophole allowing sale of used asbestos products
Public health advocates and environmental groups say the federal government needs to close a loophole allowing the sale of second-hand products containing asbestos.
October 13, 2021 | CNN
Phthalates: Synthetic chemical in consumer products linked to early death, study finds
Some synthetic chemicals called phthalates in consumer products may linked to early death, especially from heart disease, a new study has found.
October 12, 2021 | Newsradio 95 WXTK
Chemicals found in popular products contribute to 100,000 early deaths
A newly release study found that a chemical found in popular consumer products may cause the premature deaths of an estimated 91,000 to 107,000 people aged 55-64 each year in the US.
October 12, 2021 | Environmental Science & Technology
Opinion: The need for chemical simplification as a logical consequence of ever-increasing chemical pollution
The sheer number of synthetic chemicals in the environment, including humans, exceeds our capacity to regulate them in a meaningful way. We must find a way to simplify the output of the chemical enterprise.
October 12, 2021 | NECN News
Maine to seek ‘forever chemical’ PFAS contamination at many sites
Environmental regulators in Maine will soon undertake a statewide investigation to find concentrations of long-lasting environmental pollutants.
October 12, 2021 | The New York Times
More than 30 countries join U.S. pledge to slash methane emissions
The Biden administration has announced that 32 countries have joined the United States in a pledge to reduce methane emissions, part of an effort to set new targets to slow global warming ahead of a major United Nations climate summit in Glasgow next month.
October 12, 2021 | The Citizen
Health risks posed by the use of mercury
Artisanal and Small-Gold Miners (ASGM) in Tanzania continue to use mercury without using protective gear, despite the health hazards posed by the toxic substance.
October 12, 2021 | Bangkok Post
Calls to ratify Basel ban on toxic waste to Thailand
Last month, the Pollution Control Department (PCD) held an important public hearing that might end the problem of the import of hazardous waste to Thailand.
October 11, 2021 | Nature Sustainability
Public health impacts of an imminent Red Sea oil spill
The possibility of a huge oil spill off the coast of Yemen, already in crisis, is increasingly likely. This study projects the likely spill extent and impacts to public health, food, water and air.
October 11, 2021 | The Legal Examiner
Paint flakes most abundant microplastic particles after fibers
A new report suggests that paint flakes could be one of the most abundant type of microplastic particles found in the ocean.
October 11, 2021 | The New York Times
Why air quality monitors are the hot new back-to-school accessory
Parents are sneaking carbon dioxide monitors into their children’s schools to determine whether the buildings are safe.
October 11, 2021 | Times of India
Deaths due to coal pollution in Delhi may double in 9 years, says study
The number of premature deaths occurring from coal-related air pollution in Delhi could almost double in the next nine years, with 5,280 premature deaths.
October 8, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Higher estimated pesticide exposures linked to ALS risk
Every year, approximately 5,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease.
October 8, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Op-ed: California needs to quit ignoring the public health and climate cost of pesticides
It's a pesticide called 1,3-Dichloropropene that's commonly sold under the brand name Telone.
October 7, 2021 | Exporess UK
Pollution from busy roads increases risk of heart failure
Living near a busy road can increase the chance of heart failure due to higher air and noise pollution, researchers found.
October 5, 2021 | Everyting Lubbock
FDA says don’t use this hand sanitizer; may contain cancer-causing chemicals
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning people against using certain hand sanitizers after finding high levels of potentially cancer-causing chemicals.
October 3, 2021 | The Baltimore Sun
Maryland to resume use of pesticide after EPA testing doesn’t detect PFAS
Maryland will once again spray pesticide Permanone 30-30 to control mosquito populations, after EPA testing determined it does not contain dangerous PFAS, officials said.
October 1, 2021 | Environmental Health News
LISTEN: Why is it taking so long for Pennsylvania to regulate toxic chemicals in drinking water?
PITTSBURGH—Thousands of Pennsylvanians are being exposed to toxic chemicals in their drinking water. The state has been working to regulate the chemicals since 2017, but officials say those regulations are at least two more years away.
September 30, 2021 | Politico
Congressional panel slams more baby food brands over heavy metals
The subcommittee is urging the FDA to speed up its work to set its first-ever standards for heavy metals across most baby food products over the next three years.
September 29, 2021 | The Guardian
Cocktail of pesticides in almost all oranges and grapes, UK study finds
Almost all grapes and oranges contain a "cocktail of pesticides" according to research, which has singled out the most polluted fruit and vegetables in our shopping trolleys.
September 29, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Air pollution linked to millions of birth complications across the globe
Every year, an estimated seven million people die from air pollution across the globe. Now, new research shows that air pollution is not only a health threat to everyone in the world, but also to those who have not yet arrived.
September 28, 2021 | Vice
Half of young, American kids have lead in their blood, study finds
More than 50% of the 1.1 million kids younger than 6 that were tested had some level of lead in their blood, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics.
September 27, 2021 | Chemical and Engineering News
US FDA questions safety of sunscreens, again
Agency requests safety, efficacy data for a dozen common chemical UV filters.
September 27, 2021 | Boston's Children Hospital
Lead exposure still a problem for some children
Lead poisoning has been with us since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. But it wasn't until the late 1970s that strong laws were passed to reduce lead in the environment.
September 27, 2021 | Springer Nature: Sustainability Community
Opinion: Are endocrine disrupting chemicals driving down birth rates in Asia?
Birth rates in Asia have been falling sharply in recent decades. Fertility rates in Japan, China, Singapore, and South Korea are now at 1.34, 1.3, 1.1 and 0.84, respectively. What's driving the decline?
September 26, 2021 | Ghana Business News
Air pollution is number one public health risk in Ghana, affecting infants and elderly
Air pollution, from both outdoor and indoor activities are dangerous to the environment and human health, but infants and the elderly in Ghana are at greater risk as they make the majority who fall ill from the pollution
September 25, 2021 | Reuters
Farmworkers, enviros sue EPA over paraquat herbicide authorization
Farmworker and environmental groups on Friday sued the Environmental Protection Agency over its July re-approval of the weedkiller paraquat, alleging it puts farmworkers at increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease.
September 25, 2021 | CBC Canada
New research shows glyphosate could be harmful to freshwater ecosystems
Some residents in Colchester County are worried about the effects of the herbicide glyphosate being sprayed on land near waterways, and new research out of McGill University shows they are right to be concerned.
September 24, 2021 | Mongabay
Novel chemical entities: Are we sleepwalking through a planetary boundary?
Our pollution of the planet with heavy metals, plastics, industrial chemicals, pesticides and more is pushing Earth systems to the limit, and us closer to crossing a dangerous planetary boundary we don’t understand.
September 23, 2021 | The Guardian
WHO slashes guideline limits on air pollution from fossil fuels
The World Health Organization has cut its recommended limits for air pollution and urged nations to tackle dirty air and save millions of lives.
September 23, 2021 | Wired
Baby poop is loaded with microplastics
An alarming new study finds that infant feces contain 10 times more polyethylene terephthalate (aka polyester) than an adult’s.
September 21, 2021 | The Washington Post
China is key to saving the planet from climate change. But it can't quit coal
As the world's largest carbon emitter, home to 1.4 billion people and a still-expanding economy, China's strategy for cutting emissions could be the most important factor in whether countries are able to prevent irreversible and catastrophic damage to the Earth.
September 21, 2021 | AP News
Cleanup of abandoned mines could get boost, relieving rivers
Thousands of abandoned coal mines in the U.S. have been polluting rivers and streams for decades, in some cases harming fish and contaminating drinking water. Now efforts to finally clean up the sites could soon get a big boost.
September 21, 2021 | The Guardian
Production of forever chemicals emits potent greenhouse gases, analysis finds
EPA data reveals that one of America's biggest PFAS manufacturing plants is second largest polluter of highly damaging HCFC-22 gas.
September 19, 2021 | VOX
AQI: How to use air pollution and wildfire apps in your zip code
Microscopic particles in the air, whether from wildfire smoke or other sources of air pollution such as industrial and automobile exhaust, are dangerous: Their size allows them to penetrate deep into the body, even entering the lungs and bloodstream.
September 15, 2021 | The Guardian
‘Forever chemicals’: The hidden threat from the toxic PFAS on your shelf
PFAS are used in paints, food packaging and even cosmetics. We know they are in our water, air, soil and bodies – but less about how they will affect us.
September 14, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Pennsylvania vows to regulate PFAS in drinking water—again—but regulations are at least two years away
PITTSBURGH—Thousands of Pennsylvanians have been exposed to dangerous chemicals in their drinking water without knowing it, including people in the Pittsburgh region, but state-level regulations on the toxics remain at least two years away, according to state officials.
September 9, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Global study: Wildfire smoke kills people in cities far from fires
Wildfire smoke causes more than 33,000 deaths a year across 43 countries, according to a new global study.
September 6, 2021 | The Guardian
Science project reveals high lead levels in schools’ water
Pupils at 14 schools taking part in the Great British Water Project have made a startling discovery - their drinking water contains lead that is up to five times higher than the recommended maximum.
September 6, 2021 | BBC
Delhi air pollution: Study links poor air quality with obesity and asthma among children
The study advises urgent action to control air pollution in cities like Delhi.
September 2, 2021 | CNBC
Air pollution impact: 1 in 3 school kids in Delhi are asthmatic, over 50% have allergies, says study
As millions of children returned to school this week, a study has found that one in three kids in Delhi suffers from asthma or airflow obstruction compared to 22.6 percent children in Karnataka's Mysuru and Kerala's Kottayam.
September 2, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Exposure to air pollution below legal limits still linked to premature deaths
Long-term exposure to air pollution is linked to higher levels of illness and mortality even when air pollution levels are well below legal limits, according to a new study.
September 2, 2021 | The Guardian
Air pollution is slashing years off the lives of billions, report finds
Dirty air is a far greater killer than smoking, car crashes or HIV/Aids, with coal burning the leading cause.
September 2, 2021 | Chemical and Engineering News
Satellite data reveal that diesel trucking drives US air pollution inequality
Analysis of data from 52 major cities shows lower diesel traffic reduces NO2 exposure inequality along racial, ethnic, and economic lines,
September 1, 2021 | The Hill
Shocking report says air pollution is cutting years off the lives of billions of people
“Air pollution is the greatest external threat to human health on the planet.”
September 1, 2021 | khabarhub.com
Air pollution may reduce life expectancy of Indians by nine years: Study
According to a recent study, 480 million people in northern India face the "most extreme levels of air pollution in the world" and, over time, these high levels have expanded to cover other regions too.
September 1, 2021 | CNBC
Scientists say plants can show ozone pollution in the air
In addition to all this wildfire smoke, there is also an invisible pollutant called ozone that is making the air quality even worse on the Front Range. You may not be able to see the ozone pollution in the air, but you can see it on plants.
September 1, 2021 | Nursing Times
Air pollution 'major risk' for exacerbation of mental health disorders
Exposure to air pollution has been linked with increased mental health service use among people recently diagnosed with psychotic and mood disorders, according to the findings of a new study.
August 31, 2021 | UPI
Report: Dangerous levels of 'forever chemicals' found at Great Lakes area military sites
Six military bases in the U.S. Great Lakes region have "dangerously" high levels of toxic chemicals called PFAS, a report issued Tuesday by the Environmental Working Group warned.
August 31, 2021 | The Guardian
Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ contaminate indoor air at worrying levels, study finds
Toxic PFAS compounds are contaminating the air inside homes, classrooms and stores at alarming levels, a new study has found.
August 31, 2021 | The Guardian
Leaded petrol era ‘officially over’ as Algeria ends pump sales
The era of leaded petrol is officially over, the UN has announced, eliminating a major threat to human and planetary health.
August 30, 2021 | E & E News
EPA: Bee-killing pesticide harms most endangered species
Most endangered species are likely to be harmed by three pesticides already known to impair bees, the EPA says.
August 26, 2021 | The New York Times
Wildfire smoke is hurting your skin
A first-of-its-kind study links wildfires to skin damage. Here’s what you need to know.
August 25, 2021 | The Conversation
What mining, oil and gas industries can learn from Sudbury, the city that went from major polluter to thriving environment
Sudbury was once known as one of the world’s most polluted cities. But it transformed itself with the help of the mining industry.
August 25, 2021 | AP News
Japan seeks support for Fukushima nuclear water release
Japan's government adopted an interim plan Tuesday that it hopes will win support from fishermen and other concerned groups for a planned release into the sea of treated but still radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant.
August 23, 2021 | The New York Times
How superweeds like Palmer amaranth are changing agriculture
Herbicides are losing the war — and agriculture might never be the same again. If there's a plant perfectly suited to outcompete the farmers, researchers and chemical companies that collectively define industrial American agriculture, it's Palmer amaranth.
August 20, 2021 | The Intercept
Suppressed EPA report: Formaldehyde causes Leukemia
Although the formaldehyde assessment has grave implications for public health, Trump administration officials refused to allow the EPA to release it.
August 18, 2021 | AP News
EPA bans pesticide linked to health problems in children
The Biden administration said Wednesday it was banning use of chlorpyrifos, a widely used pesticide long targeted by environmentalists, on food crops because it poses risks to children and farm workers.
August 18, 2021 | CPR
What an atmospheric scientist wants you to know about that wildfire smoke you’re breathing
For one, it might be more dangerous when you're further away from the fire.
August 17, 2021 | The Media Line
New study reveals how metal pollution ends up in our bones
Whether in the air around us – or in our laptops and mobile devices – the industrial production and use of toxic metals ends up inside our bones, a new study shows.
August 16, 2021 | Environmental Health News
South Korea says solventless coatings probably behind shipbuilding skin disease outbreak
Solventless coatings, paints and varnishes were the probable cause of an outbreak of skin disease among shipyard workers which emerged last year, South Korea's labour ministry has said. The problems began when they substituted BPS for BPA in the coatings.
August 16, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Air pollution from household products is cutting people’s lives short
A specific component of air particle pollution found in some common household products could be responsible for up to 900,000 premature deaths every year—10 times greater than previous estimates, according to new research published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.
August 13, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Manufacturers make PFAS-free food packaging recipe available to all
Two American manufacturers unveiled a new recipe on Thursday for PFAS and plastics-free packaging for everything from burgers to salads, in a bid to make takeout food more sustainable and safer for consumers.
August 12, 2021 | Environmental Health News
How artificial intelligence can help save us from air pollution
As air quality plummets across the U.S. this summer, researchers have a glimmer of good news.
August 12, 2021 | The Independent
Pollution damaging humans’ first line of defence against infections and toxins, review finds
Researchers from the Technical University of Munich say there is a clear link between exposure to airborne or waterborne particles and several health conditions.
August 11, 2021 | The Revealator
What happens to wildlife swimming in a sea of our drug residues?
Wastewater exposes plants and wildlife to hundreds of chemical compounds. Researchers are learning about potential side effects and solutions.
August 11, 2021 | The Washington Post
What are PFAS chemicals, and why are they in makeup?
Researchers recently found that waterproof, sweatproof and long-wearing cosmetics — so popular at this time of year — contain higher levels of a potentially toxic class of thousands of chemicals called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances or (PFAS).
August 11, 2021 | Bloomberg
Scientists urge FDA to pull common sunscreens from sale
Researchers asked U.S. regulators to pull some sunscreens from the market, including brands such as Coppertone, Banana Boat and Neutrogena, saying they've found evidence of a potential carcinogen.
August 10, 2021 | UPI.com
Common air, water pollutants disrupt mucus structure, function
Exposure to common air and water pollutants can disrupt the structure and function of the mucosal system, according to a new study, the body's natural lubricant and first line of defense against infection.
August 10, 2021 | Chemistry World
Europe raises the bar for carcinogens in artificial turf pitches
Permissible limits for certain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to fall 50-fold in 2022.
August 9, 2021 | The Sun
Cancer-causing chemicals spark recall of blood pressure drugs over contamination fears
A common blood pressure drug has been recalled over fears it has been contaminated with a substance that can increase cancer risks.
August 9, 2021 | Recordnet.com
California wildfire smoke poses health risk; how to protect yourself
Wildfire smoke can cause eye irritation and respiratory health effects, and long-term exposure is associated with detrimental lung and heart effects.
August 9, 2021 | E & E News
FDA raises alarm over PFAS-tainted food containers
The same types of plastic containers EPA blamed for pesticides contaminated with PFAS may also be used to store food, raising alarm bells at the Food and Drug Administration.
August 7, 2021 | Chemical & Engineering News
Pesticide paraquat gets green light from US EPA
Agency allows aerial spraying of toxic herbicide linked to Parkinson's disease.
August 6, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Study finds link between glyphosate exposure and pregnancy length
Women exposed to the herbicide glyphosate were more likely to experience shorter pregnancies, according to a study published last week in the journal Environmental Research.
August 5, 2021 | Futurity
Air pollution linked to higher risk of dementia
Researchers have identified a link between air pollution and a greater hazard of all-cause dementia. They found a similar association for Alzheimer's-type dementia.
August 5, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Bayer heads into next U.S. cancer trial, opening statements set for Thursday
Despite Bayer AG's efforts to put an end to costly litigation inherited in its acquisition of Monsanto, opening statements in yet another trial are set for Thursday as a woman suffering from non-Hodgkin lymphoma claims Monsanto's Roundup herbicide caused her cancer.
August 4, 2021 | Inquirer
Chemicals from deodorant, sun block, other fragrant products amount to major air pollution, says NOAA study
Personal care products can generate half or more of the volatile organic compounds -- a primary ingredient in forming ground-level ozone -- in an urban area.
August 3, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Opinion: Get high-risk pesticides out of our bodies
Both in our personal lives and as a society, the consequences of dismissing warnings from science versus heeding them have been driven home by the Covid pandemic.
August 2, 2021 | The Converation
Air pollution exposure is shifting from outdoor to indoor – here's why
Getting vehicles off the road may do wonders for smog, but there's more to air pollution than that.
August 2, 2021 | The Converation
Male fertility is declining – studies show that environmental toxics could be a reason
People are exposed to toxic substances – like pesticides, chemicals in plastics and radiation – every day. A growing body of research shows that this exposure is causing a decline in male fertility.
August 1, 2021 | Times of India
Smoking, climate change may trigger risk of lung cancer: Doctors
Climate change, smoking and long term impact of Covid-19 pandemic could spurt an increase in lung cancer cases, according to experts.
July 30, 2021 | The Converation
Lead exposure during childhood may influence adult personality, and not for the better
Early exposure to lead pollution may lead to less mature personality traits as an adult.
July 29, 2021 | AG Web
Bayer to pull glyphosate from U.S. lawn and garden markets
Bayer officials announced on Thursday the company is removing glyphosate from the U.S. residential lawn and garden marketplace, effective as early as January 2023.
July 29, 2021 | Bloomberg
Monsanto told to pay teachers $185 million over PCB exposure
Bayer AG’s Monsanto unit must pay $185 million to three teachers who blamed their brain injuries on exposure to the company’s PCBs at a school in Washington state.
July 29, 2021 | The Print India
India’s poor face disproportionately higher risk of dying from air pollution than the rich
A new study finds high-income households produce a majority of ambient or outdoor air pollution, but health risks are still shouldered more by lower-income households.
July 29, 2021 | New Scientist
Parents' second-hand marijuana smoke may cause colds in children
Children whose parents smoke or vape cannabis appear to get slightly more respiratory infections, such as colds and flu, than those whose parents just smoke tobacco or don't smoke at al
July 27, 2021 | The Times UK
Everyday chemicals and household products ‘to blame for 450,000 early deaths from pollution a year’
Air pollution created by everyday items including cleaning fluids, grooming products, paints, glues, wood stoves and pesticides causes up to 450,000 premature deaths worldwide in cities including London, a study has found.
July 27, 2021 | The New York Times
Fears of toxic smoke after an industrial explosion in Germany
An explosion and fire at a waste plant in the city of Leverkusen was declared an “extreme threat.” At least one person was confirmed dead, sixteen workers were injured and four more were missing.
July 26, 2021 | NDTV
Pollution turns Argentina lagoon bright pink
A lagoon in Argentina's southern Patagonia region has turned bright pink in a striking, but frightful phenomenon experts and activists blame on pollution by a chemical used to preserve prawns for export.
July 25, 2021 | Lokmat.com
Toxic pollution, climate risks directly harm human health, study confirms
An international team of researchers found a strong and statistically significant relationship between the spatial distribution of global climate risk and toxic pollution.
July 25, 2021 | Chemistry World
Efforts underway in Europe to ban PFAS compounds
Five European nations will formally propose to bar the production, trade and use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances by July 2022.
July 25, 2021 | National Geographic
Wildfire smoke blowing across the U.S. is more toxic than we thought
Wildfires are threatening homes on the West Coast and in Canada, but their smoke is polluting air as far away as New York. Each plume of smoke resulting from a wildfire is a unique mixture, from the types of trees burned to buildings or other objects, including plastics, that may have been incinerated by the blaze.
July 23, 2021 | New Scientist
Why chemical pollution is turning into a third great planetary crisis
Thousands of synthetic substances have leaked into ecosystems everywhere, and we are only just beginning to realise the devastating consequences
July 23, 2021 | The North Carolina Health News
Study finds link between air pollution and Alzheimer’s disease in Charlotte area
Older residents of the Southern Piedmont were 35 percent more likely to die from the disease than residents in other areas of the state with lower particulate pollution levels.
July 23, 2021 | Fast Company
There is no place you can go to escape wildfire smoke
Wildfires are increasing, and even in states where nothing burns, there’s still smoke.
July 22, 2021 | New Medical
EWG study recommends stringent health-based standards for radiation exposure from wireless devices
A peer-reviewed study by the Environmental Working Group recommends stringent health-based exposure standards for both children and adults for radiofrequency radiation emitted from wireless devices. EWG's children's guideline is the first of its kind and fills a gap left by federal regulators.
July 22, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Breast cancer: Hundreds of chemicals identified as potential risk factors
Researchers have identified almost 300 chemicals in everything from hair dye to pesticides that can increase levels of breast cancer-contributing hormones.
July 22, 2021 | E & E News
'Burden falls on exposed people' as EPA weighs PFAS rules
Even though many toxicologists and health experts want EPA to regulate all PFAS together as a class, communities nationwide could be drinking contaminated water for years after EPA finalizes limits on PFOA and PFOS.
July 22, 2021 | The Guardian
David Bond: Are we being kept safe from ‘forever chemicals’ injected into fracking sites?
A bombshell exposé revealed that oil and gas firms are injecting PFAS chemicals into fracking sites, threatening groundwater.
July 21, 2021 | The New York Times
See how wildfire smoke spread across America
Smoke from wildfires in the Western United States and Canada covered skies in a thick haze on Tuesday and triggered air quality alerts from Toronto to Philadelphia.
July 21, 2021 | Inquirer
Haze in Philadelphia might aggravate heart disease, asthma and emphysema. Can masks help?
It depends on how good your mask is, because this smoke contains particles much tinier than those COVID-19 respiratory droplets you've been dodging.
July 20, 2021 | CNN
City children have better mental health and cognition if they live near woodlands
City children who have daily exposure to woodland have better cognitive development and a lower risk of emotional and behavioral problems, according to a new study published in Nature Sustainability.
July 20, 2021 | GIZMONDO Australia
Study finds lung damage in firefighters years after a major wildfire
Recent research from Canada seems to show that wildfires can continue to hurt the lungs of firefighters for years after they've burnt out.
July 19, 2021 | The Guardian
Doctors issue official guidance on effects of air pollution and bushfire smoke on pregnant people
New patient resources warning of the dangers of air pollution and bushfire smoke to pregnant people or those planning to conceive have been issued by the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, in what is thought to be a world-first.
July 19, 2021 | South China Morning Post
NGO reports improve water quality in Chinese province, study finds
Volunteers monitored waterways in Jiangsu over 15 months, sending the results to three levels of government. Researchers say it led to an average 19 per cent reduction in the concentration of pollutants.
July 19, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Endocrine disrupting chemicals are an “under-appreciated” diabetes risk factor
We've long known that aspects of modern life — eating sugary foods or sitting for long stretches in front of the tv or steering wheel, for example — contribute to diabetes.
July 19, 2021 | The Seattle Times
Seattle study of breast milk from 50 women finds chemical used in food wrappers, firefighting foam
A Seattle study of 50 women found a pervasive class of chemicals called PFAS in their breast milk. Despite contaminants, researchers say that benefits of breast feeding still far outweigh risks posed by chemicals.
July 19, 2021 | The New York Times
Wildfires are intensifying. Here's why, and what can be done
The danger from flames and smoke is growing as blazes spread more swiftly and unpredictably as a consequence of climate change. Here are answers to five important questions.
July 18, 2021 | AP News
Maine requires so-called PFAS to be phased out by 2030
A bill requiring manufacturers to report their use of a class of toxic chemicals and phase them out by 2030 is now the law in Maine.
July 17, 2021 | The Guardian
Maine bans toxic ‘forever chemicals’ under groundbreaking new law
State is the first to enact a broad ban of PFAS compounds, which are found in everything from cosmetics to cookware
July 16, 2021 | The Washington Post
Johnson & Johnson recalls Neutrogena, Aveeno sunscreen products containing carcinogen benzene
The recall involves four Neutrogena aerosol sunscreen versions and Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen.
July 15, 2021 | International Business times
Prenatal air pollution exposure linked to poor response inhibition, academic achievement
Researchers of a recent study found yet another adverse effect of air pollution exposure. Children who had elevated prenatal exposure to air pollution were more likely to have poor response inhibition and academic achievement.
July 15, 2021 | Wyoming Publish Media
EPA proposes listing PFAS as drinking water contaminants
The EPA is proposing to include PFAS in its list of water contaminants, and that lays the groundwork for potential regulation down the road.
July 13, 2021 | The Times UK
Childhood obesity may be linked to dirty, noisy roads
Children living in urban areas with high levels of air pollution, noise and traffic may be at higher risk of childhood obesity, a study suggests.
July 13, 2021 | E & E News
Face masks emerge as flashpoint in PFAS debate
Republicans opposing measures aiming to crack down on "forever chemicals" are pointing to the presence of the toxic substances in face masks worn to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to bolster their arguments against broad, bipartisan legislation making its way through the House.
July 13, 2021 | MSN
Dirty air can worsen COVID-19 symptoms, study suggests
A doctor has warned that air pollution can make severe COVID-19 worse, following a small study from one of America's most polluted cities.
July 13, 2021 | The Sacramento Bee
CA wildfire unleashed toxic smoke 150 miles, study says
A study released Monday by the California Air Resources Board said the 2018 Camp Fire subjected area residents to unhealthy levels of particulate matter, zinc, lead and other dangerous chemicals.
July 12, 2021 | The New York Times
EPA approved toxic chemicals for fracking a decade ago, new files show
The compounds can form PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” which have been linked to cancer and birth defects. The E.P.A. approvals came despite the agency’s own concerns about toxicity.
July 10, 2021 | WESM913
The pesticide paraquat and Parkinson's Disease
Lawsuits are now underway against the use of the pesticide paraquat that has been linked to Parkinson's diesease with implications for farmers. Delmarva
July 9, 2021 | CBC
Longer-burning, larger forest fires raise smoke exposure health concerns, new report says
With forest fires burning longer and larger due to climate change, more research is needed to understand the long-term health effects of prolonged exposure to smoke, a new international report concludes.
July 8, 2021 | EFI
Entire French population contaminated with heavy metals, study warns
A study has found that nearly all French people are contaminated with heavy metals such as arsenic and mercury – and that exposure levels are higher than in other European countries.
July 8, 2021 | New Scientist
Fish are becoming addicted to methamphetamines seeping into rivers
Methamphetamines and other drugs can enter freshwater rivers through wastewater, and lab tests show trout can become addicted, changing their behaviour by reducing their activity levels.
July 7, 2021 | Fast Company
Trees inoculated with probiotics could clean America's contaminated land
Trees that are used to clean contaminated soil often die from the toxins. Microbes could keep those trees healthy—offering a low-cost, low-energy way to clean hazardous sites across the U.S.
July 6, 2021 | Michigan Radio
The chemical soup that can get into your drinking water
Some of the industrial byproducts that end up in sewers, the agricultural chemicals that runoff farmland, and pharmaceuticals that pass through our bodies, all can end up in our streams and lakes.
July 5, 2021 | Air Quality News
Air pollution may affect the growth of newborn babies
Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy may affect the development of thyroid hormones which are essential for regulating fetal growth and metabolism, according to researchers at the University of the Basque Country.
July 2, 2021 | Mongabay
Mining exposes Indigenous women in Latin America to high mercury levels
A recent investigation has found dangerously high levels of mercury among women from different Indigenous communities in four Latin American countries.
July 1, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Black and Latinx hairdressers exposed to high levels of phthalates
The clouds of vapor in Katrina Randolph's salon that lingered after she and her stylists worked on customers' hair in tight quarters all day made her uneasy.
June 30, 2021 | Evening Standard
Seabird eggs contaminated with plastic additives – study
Researchers looked for evidence of phthalates – a group of chemicals added to plastics to keep them flexible – in newly laid herring gull eggs.
June 29, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Improved medical screening in PFAS-impacted communities to identify early disease
People highly exposed to PFAS often face significant hurdles in getting screened for potential health effects from the exposure. That needs to change.
June 28, 2021 | Philstar Global
Chemicals in plastic wastes contaminate food chain – study
Burning and improper disposal of plastic wastes lead to contamination of the food chain, especially in developing countries like the Philippines, a global study showed.
June 28, 2021 | The New York TImes
Air pollution's invisible toll on your health
Children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with pre-existing heart or lung disease are the most vulnerable.
June 25, 2021 | Fast Company
Plastic is far more toxic than we thought
You know that phthalates and flame retardants are toxic. But a new study finds that a quarter of all chemicals in plastics could be equally harmful to you.
June 24, 2021 | STAT
Study: Prenatal exposure to ultra-fine particles raises a child's asthma risk
Ultra-fine particles aren’t regulated by the EPA — and their minuscule size amplifies their danger, said the study's lead author.
June 24, 2021 | The Guardian
Water of death: How arsenic is poisoning rural communities in India
'A crisis is brewing', experts warn, with contaminated water exposing villagers to increased risk of cancer and affecting children's brain development.
June 23, 2021 | Sci Tech Daily
Biologists raise alarm: Brain damage caused by even small amounts of bisphenols
Their study shows that even small amounts of the plasticizers bisphenol A and bisphenol S disrupt the transmission of signals between nerve cells in the brains of adult fish. The researchers consider it very likely that similar interference can also occur in the brains of adult humans.
June 22, 2021 | The Guardian
Legacy of toxic leaded petrol lingers in air in London, study finds
Most cities likely to be affected by the pollutant, which is particularly harmful to children's brains.
June 22, 2021 | Indy Star
Toxic cancer-causing TCE contamination in Franklin, Indiana, may have spread, report says
There's a new report about the contamination in Franklin that calls into question if the toxic chemicals h
June 22, 2021 | UPI
Study: About 25% of chemicals in plastics are 'substances of potential concern'
Of the roughly 10,500 chemicals in plastic, nearly 2,500, or 24%, are capable of accumulating in living organisms, including humans and animals, and are potentially toxic or cancer-causing, the data showed.
June 16, 2021 | Scientific American
Consequences of DDT exposure could last generations
Scientists found health effects in grandchildren of women exposed to the pesticide.
June 16, 2021 | CBC
How to make sense of the new findings on 'forever chemicals' in makeup
People who wear cosmetics such as lipstick or mascara may be absorbing or licking up potentially harmful ingredients that last 'forever' in the environment, a new study suggests. Here's what you should know about PFAS.
June 16, 2021 | WHYY
What researchers are learning about air pollution, the pandemic
With the shutdown in spring 2020 came a sharp reduction in traffic and a decrease in nitrogen oxide emissions worldwide — a unique research opportunity.
June 14, 2021 | The Conversation
Toxic, long-lasting contaminants detected in people living in northern Canada
The Arctic and sub-Arctic regions are no longer exempt of industrial contamination. Researchers have found high blood levels of potentially harmful chemicals in people living in the North.
June 13, 2021 | DW
Teflon and ′forever chemicals:′ The hidden toxics in your body
They're everywhere, are harmful to our health and do not biodegrade. Has DW reporter Tim Schauenberg also unknowingly ingested 'forever chemicals'?
June 10, 2021 | Denver Post
Ozone pollution in Colorado is spiking. Here's what you need to know.
Colorado’s Front Range ground-level ozone air pollution broke the federal health limit this week. Here’s what you need to know this summer.
June 8, 2021 | Yorkshire Post
York becomes first city in the UK to introduce technology to help tackle air pollution
Pioneering technology to tackle traffic tailbacks and pollution in one of Yorkshire’s most congested cities has been introduced in the first scheme of its kind in the UK.
June 7, 2021 | Post Gazette
'Forever chemicals' show up in state water survey
Testing done on Pennsylvania's public water systems found contamination by toxic PFAS —one of the so-called "forever chemicals" that pose a growing health threat—in at least a quarter of the water samples from 412 sites.
June 5, 2021 | Scientific American
Pesticides are killing the world's soils
They cause significant harm to earthworms, beetles, ground-nesting bees and thousands of other vital subterranean species
June 4, 2021 | Civil Eats
How pesticides are harming soil ecosystems
At a time when interest in regenerative agriculture is growing, a new study looks at the way pesticides can devastate soil species that foster plant health and sequester carbon.
June 4, 2021 | Foreign Policy
Chemicals are poisoning the world's female workers
Women are disproportionately exposed to deadly substances—and may be getting disproportionately sickened by them.
June 3, 2021 | The Conversation
Toxic chemicals linked to lower egg counts in women
The higher the chemical levels found in a woman's blood, the fewer eggs they had left in their ovaries.

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June 1, 2021 | The Hill
Traffic-related pollution linked to Alzheimer's in mice: Study
An experiment with mice that were housed near a traffic tunnel suggests that exposure to air pollution may accelerate the development of Alzheimer's symptoms.
April 2, 2021 | Mongabay
East Africa deploys huge volumes of ‘highly hazardous’ pesticides against locust plague
More than 95% of pesticides now being used in East Africa to fight locust swarms are scientifically proven to cause harm to humans and other organisms such as birds and fish.
March 30, 2021 | Laprensa Latina Media
Nepal shuts school as smoke from hundreds of wildfires engulfs country
Nepali authorities have closed down all educational institutions due to rising air pollution, caused by hundreds of forest fires that have covered the country in a layer of smoke and led to cities like Kathmandu topping worldwide pollution charts.
March 29, 2021 | Yahoo News
Air pollution: Research links black carbon to increased cancer risk
Long-term exposure to black carbon, a constituent of fine particle air pollution, could increase lung cancer risk by 30%, according to researchers in France.
March 29, 2021 | Reuters
Beijing launches air pollution crackdown after sandstorms engulf city
China's capital Beijing has launched a month-long campaign to stamp out air pollution violations, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Monday, after the city was choked by two sandstorms in as many weeks.
March 28, 2021 | New Scientist
Mysterious death of bald eagles in US explained by bromide poisoning
Since the 1990s, hundreds of bald eagles have died across the south-eastern US – now we know it is because their prey were laced with bromide, but the source of the toxin is unclear
March 28, 2021 | The Nation
Air pollution engulfs lives, environment in Bangladesh
Air pollution has been taking its toll on Bangladesh for successive years, causing lives and economic losses as well as environmental hazards linked to pollution, making experts fearful for the days ahead.
March 25, 2021 | Civil Eats
New study shows the growing risks of pesticide poisonings
For decades, data on pesticide exposure has been vague and non-existent. Anna Lappé talks to the researchers who have put hard numbers to unintentional pesticide poisonings and fatalities globally.
March 25, 2021 | Boston Globe
State officials link drinking water contamination with elevated rates of childhood cancer in Wilmington, MA
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Wednesday released a report that “strongly suggested" a link between elevated rates of childhood cancer in Wilmington in the 1990s and prenatal exposure to contaminated water during that time.
March 24, 2021 | Chemical & Engineering News
Pesticide breakdown products found in hundreds of US streams
Extensive environmental survey of pesticides and their transformation products reveals potential for hidden toxicity.