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June 22, 2022 | Our Midland
Restrictions placed on PFAS-contaminated land next to landfill
New restrictions have been put on county-owned land next to the Huron County Landfill that has been contaminated by PFAS.
June 15, 2022 | Nation.com
Reduction in air pollution can help improve functioning of kidney, study
Improving air quality may not only help your lungs but also your kidneys, a study suggests.
June 6, 2022 | Futurity
Chemical exposure in pregnancy has gotten worse
Over the past 10 years, chemical exposure has increased among pregnant women, particularly women of color.
June 5, 2022 | MSN
As wildfire season approaches, new studies show air pollution linked to severe health outcomes
Experts are warning about the negative health impacts from air pollution as we head into wildfire season — and new research suggests it could exacerbate severe outcomes from COVID-19 and increase the risk of lung disease.
May 30, 2022 | Medical Xpress
Environmental pollutants play a role in the development of type 1 diabetes
The environmental pollutants we consume are probably the reason why some people develop type 1 diabetes. Even low concentrations of such pollutants can result in cells producing less insulin, reveals a new study from the University of Oslo (UiO).
May 30, 2022 | Times Now News
First-of-its-kind study on children shows how air pollution affects children
Air pollution is one of the leading threats to children’s health – accounting for one in ten deaths in those below five years of age. Nearly 21 percent of children below the age of six reported respiratory disorders and infections due to air pollution in Ahmedabad.
May 27, 2022 | The Washington Post
China's coal mining boosts methane levels, also dangerous for climate change
Amid fears of an energy crunch, China is mining more coal than ever and releasing more methane, a greenhouse gas more dangerous than carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere.
May 26, 2022 | The Hill
Air pollution linked to increase risk of death from stroke: Study
Living in areas with higher levels of air pollution is linked to a heightened risk of in-hospital death from stroke, a new study has found.
May 25, 2022 | Hometown Station
Air pollution can cause "deadly fog" in big cities
The "Great Fog of London" which caused the deaths of 4,000 to 12,000 people, could be the fate of other major cities if no action is taken.
May 25, 2022 | Hometown Station
Air pollution can cause "deadly fog" in big cities
The "Great Fog of London" which caused the deaths of 4,000 to 12,000 people, could be the fate of other major cities if no action is taken.
May 25, 2022 | Irish Times
‘Rising tide of chemical exposure’: Pesticide contamination up 8.8% in EU
The contamination of fruits and vegetables produced in the European Union by the most toxic pesticides has substantially increased over the past decade, according to new research.
May 25, 2022 | Canada's national Observer
Canadian study finds link between air pollution and COVID severity
An extensive study of thousands of COVID-19 patients in Ontario hospitals found links between the severity of their infections and the levels of common air pollutants they experience.
May 24, 2022 | The Hill
Greenhouse gas pollution trapping almost 50 percent more heat than 30 years ago
Planet-warming gases are trapping more and more heat in the atmosphere, holding in significantly more heat than they were in previous decades, a new assessment has found.
May 24, 2022 | The Washington Post
The dangers of PFAS, often called ‘forever chemicals’
Even at low levels, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances have been linked to kidney disease, lowered immunity in children and other health concerns.
May 23, 2022 | The Hill
FDA sparks anger with decision on ‘phthalates’ — a chemical in fast-food packaging
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Thursday that it will not impose a total ban on a set of dangerous chemicals commonly found in fast-food packaging, angering scientists and environmental groups who have long pressed for their removal.
May 20, 2022 | The Guardian
More than 3,000 potentially harmful chemicals found in food packaging
International experts who analyzed more than 1,200 scientific studies warn chemicals that migrate into food from food packaging are being consumed with unknown longterm impacts
May 20, 2022 | The Guardian
Environmental toxics are worsening obesity pandemic, say scientists
Exclusive: Pollutants can upset body’s metabolic thermostat with some even causing obesity to be passed on to children
May 19, 2022 | Mining
South Africans’ hair reveals heavy metal exposure from mining at Witwatersrand
Researchers are analyzing individual hair samples from people living and working around the Witwatersrand basin to determine the degree of uranium contamination.
May 18, 2022 | Independent
Pollution killed 2.3 million people in India in 2019, says Lancet study
Air pollution led to more than 2.3 million premature deaths in India in 2019, the greatest toll of any country in the world, according to a new study published by The Lancet.
May 17, 2022 | LA Times
Scientists find new and mysterious DDT chemicals accumulating in California condors
When Christopher Tubbs joined an ambitious multinational effort to save California condors from the brink of extinction, he knew the odds of success were long.
May 16, 2022 | The Washington Post
Cutting air pollution from fossil fuels would save 50,000 lives a year
Eliminating air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels would prevent more than 50,000 premature deaths and provide more than $600 billion in health benefits in the United States every year, according to a new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers.
May 16, 2022 | UPI
Eliminating air pollution would save 50,000 lives annually, study estimates
Completely eliminating air pollution from energy production in the United States could prevent more than 50,000 early deaths each year, a study published Monday estimates.
May 16, 2022 | Environmental Health News
Workers exposed to PFAS in a variety of industries
For the better part of 20 years, Peter Arlein worked as a professional ski technician, waxing skis across Colorado.
May 14, 2022 | The Washington Post
How air pollution can affect COVID-19 risks
More studies conducted during the pandemic have found links between air pollution exposure and the chances of contracting the coronavirus, developing a severe infection or dying.
May 13, 2022 | BBC
The chemicals that linger for decades in your blood
Environmental journalist Anna Turns experienced a wake-up call when she had her blood tested for toxic synthetic chemicals – and discovered that some contaminants persist for decades.
May 13, 2022 | Inside Climate News
Fossil fuels aren’t just harming the planet. They’re making us sick
Researchers found multiple classes of potentially harmful chemicals where they’ve never been measured before: in the bodies of pregnant women.
May 12, 2022 | CNN
Reducing aerosol pollution has led to more hurricanes in the North Atlantic, study shows
As the US and Europe worked for decades to reduce air pollution for the sake of public health and the planet, scientists found an unintended and challenging consequence: an increase in tropical storms in some regions.
May 12, 2022 | Explosion
Which of these are the two major sources of nitrate pollution in rivers?
Nitrate pollution in rivers is one of the most common forms of water pollution. It’s one that people living near agricultural areas are particularly familiar with.
May 12, 2022 | The Guardian
Maine bans use of sewage sludge on farms to reduce risk of PFAS poisoning
Maine last month became the first state to ban the practice of spreading PFAS-contaminated sewage sludge as fertilizer.
May 12, 2022 | NBC News
Lead poisoning tests plunged during the pandemic. Kids still aren’t getting screened
Without testing, more children will be unknowingly exposed to high levels of lead, which can cause permanent damage to the brain, heart and kidneys.
May 11, 2022 | Inside Climate News
New research shows aerosol emissions may have masked global warming’s supercharging of tropical storms
Air pollution cuts in North America and Europe helped to increase tropical Atlantic hurricane activity, and may do the same in the Western Pacific as Asia cuts emissions.
May 4, 2022 | The Hill
Hormone-disrupting ‘forever chemicals,’ phthalates may impair bone health in teen males: study
Exposure to two classes of endocrine-disrupting compounds — “forever chemicals” and phthalates — may be associated with poor bone health in male teens, a new study has found.
May 4, 2022 | Environmental Health News
“Green” children's products not always PFAS-free, warns new study
PFAS are finding their way into “green” and “nontoxic” products, especially waterproof products marketed toward children and adolescents, according to new research.
May 2, 2022 | Mongabay
Tropical mammals under rising chemical pollution pressure, study warns
Primates and other tropical wildlife are increasingly being exposed to pesticides pharmaceuticals, plastics, nanoparticles and other synthetic materials, but adverse impacts on these animals have been little studied.
May 2, 2022 | The De Paulia
Over 137 million in US breathing dangerous air
Over 40 percent of the United States — more than 137 million Americans — live in places where air pollution levels make the air too dangerous to breathe, according to a new study.
May 1, 2022 | The Ferret
Fish farm pesticide ‘risk’ for swimmers, says industry report
Wild swimmers face “a risk” to their health from a toxic pesticide discharged into lochs and the sea from over 220 salmon farms around Scotland, according to an expert report for the fish farming industry.
April 28, 2022 | Consumer Reports
New report links PFAS to liver damage
Consumer Reports shares details of a new report linking PFAs to liver damage. Exposure to these "forever chemicals" may be connected to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
April 28, 2022 | Environmental Health News
Chemicals in everyday products are spurring obesity, warns a new review
Exposure to obesogens, which are “pretty much everywhere,” is in part driving the obesity epidemic, according to scientists.
April 24, 2022 | Times of India
Earth Day: The ‘yuck factor’ with wastewater reuse must be addressed to save freshwater, reduce water pollution
The treatment of reclaimed water (treated wastewater) and its reuse has become a significant area of interest because of its potential to address many pressing urban challenges.
April 24, 2022 | The Denver Post
Colorado air quality: EPA wants neighboring western states to curb missions, pollution
The Environmental Protection Agency for the first time is proposing a measure that would force four Western states to reduce their harmful emissions because of the impact they’re having on air quality in neighboring states — including Colorado.
April 5, 2022 | Environmental Health News
When seeds become toxic waste
Agrichemical companies won’t say how they’re disposing of seeds coated with hazardous pesticides, and the EPA isn’t tracking it.
April 4, 2022 | Financial Times
Almost all the world’s population breathes harmful air, says WHO
Almost every person on the planet is exposed to air pollution that exceeds safe limits, the World Health Organization warned as it launched a new air quality database.
April 3, 2022 | Medical News Today
Microplastics found in blood for the first time: What this may mean
Scientists recently found microplastics circulating in human blood for the first time but the health risks of this revelation remain largely unclear.
April 3, 2022 | The Washington Post
There’s good reason to worry about the health risks of plastics
An emerging domain of research shows that plastic consumption and pollution harms human health — particularly for the world’s lower-income communities.
April 1, 2022 | New York TImes
EPA decides against limiting perchlorate in drinking water
Drinking water for as many as 16 million Americans may be contaminated with perchlorate, a chemical that can harm the development of fetuses and children.
April 1, 2022 | Environmental Health News
Starbucks will eliminate all PFAS in its packaging
Starbucks earlier this month announced its first commitment to eliminate harmful PFAS chemicals in its food packaging in both the U.S. and abroad, joining other large companies in banning the toxics.
March 31, 2022 | The Conversation
Science shows that BPA and other endocrine disruptors are harmful to human health, which should incite tighter regulations
There is abundant evidence of the involvement of endocrine disruptors in reproductive dysfunction in several species, including humans.
March 31, 2022 | Environmental Health News
2021 Annual Report: Environment, health, science & impact
Environmental Health Sciences' 2021 Annual Report, highlighting the many activities we undertook last year that set EHS up for a strong 2022.
March 30, 2022 | Capital and Main
California grapples with regulation of known carcinogen ethylene oxide
Gaps in environmental regulations may leave communities at risk of exposure to the toxic industrial compound.
March 29, 2022 | Telangana Today
Mercury pollution and its harmful effects on environment
Mercury occurs naturally in the earth’s crust, but human activities, such as mining and fossil fuel combustion, have led to widespread global mercury pollution.
March 29, 2022 | MedPage Today
Prenatal disinfectant exposure linked to asthma risk in kids
Mothers who were exposed to disinfectants on the job were more likely to have children with asthma, an analysis of a large birth cohort from Japan suggested. Disinfectant byproducts?
March 29, 2022 | Cosmo Magazine
A new world wide web to track hazardous waste trading
The world produces 300-500 million tonnes of hazardous waste every year – where does it all go, and what are the risks and benefits of this global trade?
March 28, 2022 | Environmental Health News
PFAS in household waste may be going airborne
As states work to limit the use of PFAS, one path for their spread is often overlooked: incineration of consumer waste, such as clothing, textiles, food packaging, paints, and electronics.
March 28, 2022 | Independent
Air pollution levels back up after first ‘zero-emission street’ in UK scrapped
Levels of a harmful air pollutant have shot back up in an area of London that scrapped the “first 24/7 zero-emission street” in the UK, according to new research.
March 18, 2022 | Environmental Health News
PFAS cosmetics studies are “springboard” for litigation
Cosmetics companies could face litigation if their products are found to contain PFAS, warn attorneys, as a rash of recent lawsuits hit companies touting themselves as clean but whose products contain evidence of “forever chemicals.”
March 17, 2022 | Environmental Health News
Ozone linked to depression in adolescents
Ozone, a common air pollutant, could be one of the causes behind depressive symptoms in adolescents, according to a new study.
March 14, 2022 | Environmental Health News
PFAS are leaving a chemical fingerprint in pine needles
Pine trees are tracking airborne chemicals, according to new research.
March 11, 2022 | The Guardian
Pollutionwatch: toxic air shortens lives by 20 months
Indian cities are among the worst affected but even they cannot match the UK’s air pollution of the 1920s
March 8, 2022 | Environmental Health News
Pollution and our mental health
A guide to the emerging science on how air and water pollution impact our brains.
March 7, 2022 | The New York TImes
E.P.A. to Tighten Tailpipe Rules for the Biggest Polluters on the Road
For the first time since 2001, the government is setting more stringent limits on pollution from trucks, vans, and buses that harms human health.
March 2, 2022 | UN News
Nations sign up to end global scourge of plastic pollution
The landmark resolution addresses the full lifecycle of plastic, including its production, design and disposal.
March 1, 2022 | ABC10
Fewer heart attacks linked to reduced air pollution
With fewer cars and factories in operation during some of the earlier pandemic lockdowns, the environment reaped the benefits.
February 28, 2022 | The Guardian
Smoke from Black Summer bushfires depleted ozone layer, study finds
Smoke injected high into the atmosphere by the 2019-2020 Australian bushfires resulted in a depletion of the ozone layer, new research has found.
February 22, 2022 | World Economic Forum
Air pollution can increase the threat posed by COVID-19
Breathing polluted air contributes to 7 million premature deaths each year and can increase the threat posed by COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
February 18, 2022 | Environmental Health News
Prenatal exposure to toxics risks delay of child’s brain development
Everyday levels of a pregnant woman’s exposure to mixtures of endocrine-disrupting chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates, and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), put their child at an increased risk of delayed language development, according to new research.
February 17, 2022 | Environmental Health News
BPA safety: The toxic chemical limbo game
After careful evaluation of the latest science, European officials have proposed lowering the safe daily dose of bisphenol-A, or BPA, by a factor of 100,000.
February 16, 2022 | Environmental Health News
Investigation: PFAS on our shelves and in our bodies
A wide-ranging, ongoing investigation of PFAS in everyday products has uncovered evidence of the toxics in our clothes, food, and makeup—including in many so-called “green” and “organic” brands.
February 15, 2022 | Environmental Health News
What are PFAS?
PFAS are a group of manmade chemicals used in a vast number of consumer and industrial products. They’re often referred to as “forever chemicals,” because most don’t break down. Use this guide to understand PFAS and how to limit your exposure.
February 11, 2022 | New York Times
The types of plastics families should avoid
If it seems like plastic is everywhere, that’s because it is. But there are ways to limit your exposure.
February 10, 2022 | Environmental Health News
Europe’s revolutionary BPA proposal puts more scrutiny on US regulatory inaction
If a scientific opinion recently proposed by European officials is upheld, the recommended daily dose of bisphenol-A, or BPA, in Europe will be more than a million-fold lower than what U.S. regulators say is safe.
February 2, 2022 | Environmental Health News
Evidence of PFAS chemicals in sports bras
Fifteen out of 23 popular sports bras have detectable levels of fluorine, an indicator of toxic PFAS, according to a new report from Mamavation.
February 1, 2022 | Environmental Health News
BPA replacement linked to increased cardiovascular disease
Bisphenol-S (BPS), a replacement chemical for bisphenol-A (BPA), may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. population, according to a new study published earlier this month in Environmental Sciences Europe.
January 26, 2022 | Environmental Health News
PFAS widespread in water- and stain-resistant outdoor clothes, home linens
Looking for a new tablecloth or comforter? You might want to take a closer look if it’s stain-resistant because it likely contains toxic “forever chemicals,” according to a new report.
January 21, 2022 | Environmental Health News
The alarming link between air pollution and mental illness
Environmental Health News reporter Kristina Marusic recently spoke about the links between pollution and mental health during a webinar for the Pittsburgh-based Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP).
January 20, 2022 | Environmental Health News
Investigation finds evidence of PFAS in workout and yoga pants
One in four pairs of popular leggings and yoga pants tested have detectable levels of fluorine, an indicator of toxic PFAS, according to a new report from Mamavation.
January 20, 2022 | New Scientist
Air pollution makes it harder for pollinators to find plants
A field trial found that levels of nitrogen oxides and ozone similar to those near roads led to a 70 per cent drop in the numbers of bees and butterflies on mustard plants
January 19, 2022 | The New Statesman
Chemical pollution threatens life on Earth. What are the solutions?
The amount of chemical pollution in the world is dangerous for human health and nature, said scientists this week. Economics and policies should reflect this reality.
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 18, 2022 | The Guardian
Chemical pollution has passed safe limit for humanity, say scientists
Study calls for cap on production and release as pollution threatens global ecosystems upon which life depends.
January 18, 2022 | WPR
UW-Madison researchers studying more targeted alternative to pesticides
RNA interference could be better for the environment, professor says.
January 17, 2022 | The Guardian
Toxic reaction: How to clear dangerous pollutants out of your home
After tests revealed the levels of harmful chemicals in her blood, the environmental writer vowed to discover the best ways to keep her family safe.
January 17, 2022 | KHN
Long-excluded uterine cancer patients are a step closer to 9/11 benefits
The hormone-related cancer can develop after someone is exposed to the kind of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, including benzene, that were found in the dust that lingered in Lower Manhattan for months after the 9/11 attacks.
January 17, 2022 | The Globe and Mail
Opinion: My cancer diagnosis brought the links between pollution and health close to home
When the effects of pollution start affecting people directly, we become truly concerned and demand action.
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.

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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.