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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.
March 24, 2021 | Independent
Local councils and campaigners urge people to stop burning wood at home
Growing awareness of health risks from breathing in fine-particulate pollution prompts calls for tighter rules and clearer messaging on stoves.
March 24, 2021 | STAT News
Wildfire smoke is particularly harmful to kids’ respiratory health, study finds
Wildfire smoke was associated with a far greater number of pediatric respiratory care visits than other sources of airborne fine particles.
March 23, 2021 | Evening Standrad
How to tackle the hidden dangers of pollution - inside your home
We often think of dirty air in terms of busy roads and exhaust fumes but some of the most immediate dangers are found within our four walls.
March 23, 2021 | News Press
More than half of Florida's manatees exposed to weed killer, study finds
Researchers found the weed-killer glyphosate, the world’s most-used pesticide, in more than half of all Florida manatees the study sampled.
March 23, 2021 | Chemical & Engineering News
Can microbes save us from PFAS?
Researchers are investigating whether microbes can help break down fluorinated contaminants.
March 20, 2021 | Chicago Tribune
Was brain-damaging lead found in tap water in your town? Search our analysis of Illinois EPA data to find out.​
Samples of drinking water collected under federal regulations by the state’s 1,768 water utilities provide snapshots of a widespread threat to public health that for decades has been largely ignored. A Tribune analysis of samples collected between 2015 and 2020 found tap water in dozens of Illinois homes had hundreds and even thousands of parts per billion of lead.
March 19, 2021 | The Conversation
Teeth contain detailed records of lead contamination in humans and other primates
Like rings in tree trunks, the layers of our teeth carry a detailed record of our growth — and reveal lead contamination is common.
March 19, 2021 | National Gegraphic
Debunking 3 myths about air pollution
Air pollution, even in seemingly small amounts, can be harmful to human health and the environment. However, there's still a lot that many people misunderstand about what's really in our air.
March 18, 2021 | The Guardian
Erin Brockovich: Plummeting sperm counts, shrinking penises: toxic chemicals threaten humanity
The chemicals to blame for our reproductive crisis are found everywhere and in everything.
March 18, 2021 | Irish News
Pollution from coal mining and metal works ‘may be linked to cryptorchidism'
Environmental pollution from industries such as coal mining and metal works may play a role in the increasing numbers of boys born with undescended testicles, new research suggests.
March 18, 2021 | The Intercept
Trump EPA invited companies to revise pollution records of carcinogen
After ethylene oxide was shown to be 30 times more carcinogenic than previously thought, polluters began rewriting their toxic history — with the EPA’s help.
March 17, 2021 | ORF Online
Indoor air pollution isn’t getting the attention it deserves
It is estimated that nearly half of deaths caused by poor air quality (3.8 million) are due to indoor air pollution.
March 17, 2021 | UPI
Strawberries, spinach, kale top 2021 'Dirty Dozen' contamination list
Strawberries, spinach and kale topped an annual list released on Wednesday that details products that contain the most pesticide residue on the fruits and vegetables market.
March 17, 2021 | National Gegraphic
An urgent question hangs over catastrophic wildfires: What’s in that toxic smoke?
Scientists are rushing to learn more about those dangerous swirls of gases and particulate matter—and how they threaten our health.
March 17, 2021 | National Gegraphic
Air pollution kills millions every year, like a 'pandemic in slow motion'
Dirty air is a plague on our health, causing 7 million deaths and many more preventable illnesses worldwide each year. But the solutions are clear.
March 16, 2021 | The Federal
Delhi is world’s most polluted capital for third year in a row
IQAir, a Swiss group that measures air quality levels based on the concentration of PM2.5, placed the Indian capital over 106 capitals of the world for the year 2020
March 16, 2021 | Science Focus
Hay fever linked to exposure to pollution before and after birth
Babies are more likely to develop allergic rhinitis, a condition that includes hay fever, if they are exposed to higher levels of fine particulate matter before and after birth.
March 16, 2021 | Science Focus
Hay fever linked to exposure to pollution before and after birth
Babies are more likely to develop allergic rhinitis, a condition that includes hay fever, if they are exposed to higher levels of fine particulate matter before and after birth.
March 16, 2021 | Politico
No more babies? The hormone-altering chemicals threatening human procreation
Sperm counts are set to reach zero in 2045, leading scholar Shanna Swan says.
March 16, 2021 | New York TImes
The worst dust storm in a decade shrouds Beijing and northern China
The Communist Party has made great strides in reducing China’s pollution, but a perfect storm of northern winds and an industrial rebound has created dangerously high levels of pollution countrywide.
March 14, 2021 | E & E News
A 'poster child' for policy failure: Will EPA ban asbestos?
Public health experts have long pointed to the failure to ban asbestos as an indictment of U.S. chemicals policy
March 12, 2021 | Mongabay
Never mind the mercury: Indonesia says coal ash isn’t hazardous
The Indonesian government has declared coal ash is no longer a hazardous waste product, despite containing heavy metals such as mercury, lead and arsenic, in a nod to industry efforts for greater deregulation.
March 10, 2021 | Chemical & Engineering News
The end of pentachlorophenol is near
US EPA proposes to ban all uses of wood preservative citing health risks to workers.
March 9, 2021 | Yorkshire Post
The ‘super plants’ that could help reduce air pollution in your home and garden
There are particular super plants that can go some way to soaking up pollution in traffic hotspots, new research has found.
March 8, 2021 | The Guardian
Polystyrene to be phased out next year under Australia's plastic waste plan
Polystyrene foam commonly used to package consumer goods will be phased out in Australia by mid-2022 as part of a national plan to combat mounting plastic waste.
March 8, 2021 | New York TImes
The everyday chemicals that might be leading us to our extinction
In “Count Down,” Shanna Swan tells a story of declining sperm count, rising infertility and the possible extinction of the human species.
March 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Biden's FDA takes baby steps toward limiting toxic heavy metals in commercial baby foods
A month after the House oversight subcommittee released a report on the prevalence of arsenic and lead in major baby food brands, the FDA takes the first steps to establishing legal limits on toxic heavy metals.
March 8, 2021 | E & E News
PFAS in pesticides: 'A problem of epic proportions'
"Forever chemicals" are present in multiple common pesticides, according to new testing conducted by an environmental watchdog group and released exclusively to E&E News.
March 8, 2021 | The Guardian
Revealed: Why hundreds of thousands of tonnes of recycling are going up in smoke
An investigation into where our rubbish goes, and the role played by energy-from-waste incineration plants, has found that millions of tonnes of our carefully sorted empties are simply being burned after they're collected.
March 7, 2021 | The Guardian
Covid data show sewage monitoring could be vital in infection control
A pilot study's analysis of schools' wastewater shows its potential as an early warning system for public health teams.
March 3, 2021 | Millennium Post
Seasonal average of winter pollution in Delhi-NCR higher this winter; smog episodes shorter: CSE
Seasonal average of winter pollution in Delhi-NCR in 2020-2021 was higher than in the previous year but the severity and duration of smog episodes was lower, a new analysis by environment think tank Centre for Science and Environment says.
March 3, 2021 | Millenium Post
Seasonal average of winter pollution in Delhi-NCR higher this winter; smog episodes shorter: CSE
Seasonal average of winter pollution in Delhi-NCR in 2020-2021 was higher than in the previous year but the severity and duration of smog episodes was lower, a new analysis by environment think tank Centre for Science and Environment says.
March 2, 2021 | Digital Journal
Children subject to air pollution may suffer heart defects
The effects of air pollution on children appear to be more dangerous than realized. A new study shows how pollutants like wildfire smoke and car exhaust can affect heart development in children, posing risks later in life.
March 2, 2021 | National Observer
Lead pollution hung over Trail, B.C., for nearly a century. 30 years later, the city's still cleaning up
For more than 30 years, a small city nestled in the mountains of British Columbia’s West Kootenay region has been working to clean up lead pollution that spewed from the local smelter for almost a century.
March 2, 2021 | Star Tribune
Insecticide known for killing pollinators found in deer across Minnesota
More research is needed to determine threat to deer populations.
March 1, 2021 | Belfast Telgraph
Public vastly underestimating health risks related to home fuels, experts warn
The public are vastly underestimating the impact that home-burning fuels is having on their health, the Irish Heart Foundation has warned.
March 1, 2021 | Science Alert
Huge, global study of plastic toys finds over 100 substances that may harm children
The potential health risks of chemicals used in plastic toys have had scientists concerned for years, but new research reveals just how widespread the risk of harm to children remains.
March 1, 2021 | The Guardian
How harmful is bushfire smoke during pregnancy?
During the black summer bushfires Sonya gave birth six weeks early. Afterwards, when her doctor told her that bushfire smoke may have had something to do with it, she was shocked – she had not been warned that this was possible.
March 1, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Fractured: About our data
Over the course of two years, EHN enlisted the help of scientific advisors to develop a study protocol, obtain approval from an Independent Review Board, ensure that we used proper collection protocol, and analyze and interpret the data for a scientific study on human exposure to chemicals associated with unconventional oil and gas operations in Pennsylvania.
February 27, 2021 | The Guardian
Falling sperm counts 'threaten human survival', expert warns
Epidemiologist Shanna Swan says low counts and changes to sexual development could endanger human species
February 26, 2021 | Press Herald
Portland group key to convincing General Mills to drop chemical from mac-and-cheese processing
Annie's Homegrown will eliminate ortho-phthalates, which make plastics more flexible but may also pose health risks, from its production equipment.
February 25, 2021 | Chemical and Engineering News
Glyphosate weed killer releases a banned pesticide into islands’ waters through soil erosion
Use of the herbicide on banana plantations explains chlordecone pollution off the coasts of Guadeloupe and Martinique
February 25, 2021 | MONGABAY
Will a smog tower help tackle air pollution in one of the world's most polluted cities?
Bihar government is considering introducing a smog tower in Patna to tackle air pollution. Patna is one of the most polluted cities globally.
February 24, 2021 | The Guardian
Tom Perkins tested his tap water, household products and cat for toxic 'forever chemicals'
The extent of PFAS contamination is only now coming into focus. Here's what I learned from investigating my home.
February 24, 2021 | COSMOS
How toxic is foam insulation?
Scientists call for rigorous analysis of under-tested chemicals used to make buildings “green”.
February 23, 2021 | The Standard
London’s air pollution problem: ‘Bringing everyone together is the way to make real change’
Those most affected by the problem of air pollution are the least likely to be involved in the solution. How can we change that?
February 23, 2021 | Environmental Health News
How your environment influences infertility
Fertility issues are on the rise, and new literature points to ways that your environment may be part of the problem. We've rounded up some changes you can make in your life to promote a healthy reproductive system.
February 22, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Lawmakers urge action on safer medical products
Six women in Congress are demanding federal regulators take steps to remove phthalates and other hormone-hijacking chemicals from medical products, especially IV bags and neonatal equipment.
February 22, 2021 | The New York Times
Op-ed: What are sperm telling us?
Scientists are concerned by falling sperm counts and declining egg quality. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be the problem.
February 21, 2021 | Reuters
Texas freeze led to release of tons of air pollutants as refineries shut
The largest U.S. oil refiners released tons of air pollutants into the skies over Texas this week, according to figures provided to the state, as one environmental crisis triggered another.
February 21, 2021 | CNN News
Chemicals in plastics damage babies' brains and must be banned immediately, a group of scientists says
Human-made chemicals in the plastics we use are damaging children's brain development and must be banned immediately, according to a group of scientists dedicated to studying and reducing kids' exposure to neurotoxic chemicals and pollutants.
February 21, 2021 | The New York Times
Annie’s pledges to purge a class of chemicals from its Mac and Cheese
The move comes nearly four years after a study showed that phthalates, chemicals believed to cause health problems in children and reproductive issues in adults, were found in mass-market macaroni and cheese packets.
February 18, 2021 | The Hindu
‘54,000 lives lost in Delhi due to air pollution’
Air pollution claimed approximately 54,000 lives in Delhi in 2020, according to a Greenpeace Southeast Asia analysis of cost to the economy due to air pollution. Six Indian cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Lucknow — feature in the global analysis.
February 18, 2021 | UNDARK
A new strategy to reduce suicide by pesticide poisoning
To address suicide rates in many developing countries, a WHO study urges national bans on hazardous pesticides.
February 17, 2021 | The Guardian
Air pollution significantly raises risk of infertility, study finds
Exclusive: With 30% of infertility unexplained, pollution could be an 'unignorable' risk factor, scientists say.
February 17, 2021 | E & E News
Firefighters' Catch-22: Protective gear full of carcinogens
Firefighters are exposed to cancer-causing chemicals in the very clothing and gear that is meant to protect them, a paradox that stems from standards set under industry influence.
February 17, 2021 | abc 27 News
Wildlife expert warns of dangers of lead poisoning
Concern is growing when it comes to lead poisoning in animals.
February 17, 2021 | Nature
Chemistry can help make plastics sustainable - but it isn’t the whole solution
How to make plastics less harmful is an urgent question in chemistry — and must be for policy, too.
February 11, 2021 | The Washington Post
Carbon dioxide sensors detect poor indoor air quality to fight COVID spread
In a major new pandemic trend, people are turning to carbon dioxide monitoring devices to help assess ventilation quality and coronavirus transmission risk.
February 10, 2021 | Inside Climate News
A new study closes the case on the mysterious rise of a climate super-pollutant
Scientists who detected the return of a long-banned pollutant say emissions resumed their prior decline after China cracked down on production of the chemical.
February 10, 2021 | The Guardian
'People should be alarmed': Air pollution in US subway systems stuns researchers
People traveling on subway systems in major US cities are being exposed to unsafe amounts of air pollution, with commuters in New York and New Jersey subjected to the highest levels of pollution, research has found.
February 10, 2021 | The Guardian
Climate action could save 'millions of lives' through clean air, diet and exercise
Thousands of lives lost to air pollution, inactivity and unhealthy diets could be saved each year if the UK takes the action needed to tackle climate change, researchers have said.
February 10, 2021 | The Guardian
'Invisible killer': Fossil fuels caused 8.7m deaths globally in 2018, research finds
Pollution from power plants, vehicles and other sources accounted for one in five of all deaths that year, more detailed analysis reveals
February 10, 2021 | Desert Sun
Harvard links fossil fuels to millions of 'premature' deaths
New research published Tuesday by researchers at Harvard University and several colleges in the United Kingdom found that pollution from burning fossil fuels could be blamed for 8.7 million premature deaths in 2018 alone, about one-fifth of all deaths that year.
February 9, 2021 | Reuters
EU Parliament seeks binding targets to tackle overconsumption and waste
The European Parliament has called for the EU to introduce binding targets to use recycled content in products and consume fewer raw materials, to curb the pile-up of plastic pollution and stop reusable materials being wasted.
February 8, 2021 | National Geographic
Widely used neonic insecticides may be a threat to mammals, too
Neonicotinoids, used on corn seed and other crops, are already accused of contributing to declines of insect pollinators. Now there's evidence they can also harm rabbits, birds, and deer.
February 8, 2021 | The New York Times
Coal-fired power took a beating during the pandemic, study finds
A broad move away from coal power was an important factor in pushing down global greenhouse gas emissions, researchers said, and could help accelerate a shift toward renewable energy.
February 7, 2021 | Taiwan News
Coal-fired power plants cut output amid poor air quality: Taiwan EPA
Five coal-fired power plants in Taiwan have significantly reduced their output this weekend, due to unhealthy levels of air pollution in large parts of the country, the Environmental Protection Administration says.
February 5, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Op-ed: European food regulators are pushing outdated science
Europe's food safety regulators have an opportunity to bring a cleaner, safer future to the health of 450 million people, but that effort is being thwarted by a too-cozy relationship with the global chemical industry.
February 5, 2021 | The Washington Post
New report finds toxic heavy metals in popular baby foods. FDA failed to warn consumers of risk.
A congressional report found many of the products made by the country's largest commercial baby food manufacturers contain significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, which can endanger infant neurological development.
February 5, 2021 | The New York Times
Some baby food may contain toxic metals, U.S. reports 0
Testing found high levels of arsenic, lead and cadmium in some ingredients, congressional investigators said.
February 4, 2021 | The Herald
Childhood exposure to pollution linked to decline in thinking skills
Exposure to air pollution in childhood is linked to a decline in thinking skills in later life, a study suggests.
February 4, 2021 | The Guardian
Wildfires having devastating effect on air quality in western US, study finds
Increasingly ferocious wildfires in the western US are taking a devastating toll on the region's air quality, with wildfire smoke now accounting for half of all air pollution during the worst wildfire years, according to a new study.
February 3, 2021 | NIEHS Superfund Research
Triclosan and a High-fat Diet Worsen Liver Disease in Mice
A new study funded by the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) shows triclosan exposure, in combination with a high-fat diet, can worsen nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
February 2, 2021 | The Guardian
Mysterious California sea lion deaths linked to toxic synthetic chemicals
Scientists say animals with higher levels of DDT, PCBs and others in their blubber are more prone to cancer triggered by herpes.
February 1, 2021 | Politico
Parents erupt over FDA failure to regulate toxic metals in food
Lead, arsenic and cadmium are commonly found in baby foods, but also in many of the ingredients families use to make their own.
January 26, 2021 | The Hill
New study links small rises in air pollution to vision problems
A U.K. study found that exposure to more air pollution coincided with age-related eyesight problems and blindness.
January 23, 2021 | Scientific American
Forever chemicals are widespread in U.S. drinking water
Experts hope that with the incoming Biden administration, the federal government will finally regulate a class of chemicals known as PFASs
January 21, 2021 | The Conversation
Air pollution: Over three billion people breathe harmful air inside their own homes
Replacing wood stoves is essential but won't solve the indoor air pollution epidemic on its own.
January 21, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Op-ed: Could paint be harming your health?
As the COVID pandemic wears on, we are spending more time than ever working, studying, and playing at home. That is why it's more important than ever to rid our homes of potentially toxic products.
January 21, 2021 | Chemical & Engineering News
Mosquito spray tainted with PFAS from shipping containers
PFAS discovered in an insecticide aerially sprayed in more than half of US states leached into the pesticide from plastic shipping containers, the US Environmental Protection Agency says.
January 20, 2021 | The Guardian
Limiting air pollution 'could prevent 50,000 deaths in Europe'
Limiting air pollution to levels recommended by the World Health Organization could prevent more than 50,000 deaths in Europe annually, according to research.
January 18, 2021 | M Live Michigan
McDonalds pledges to stop using PFAS in food packaging by 2025
"We have to get PFAS out of products to get these harmful pollutants out of our drinking water," say advocates.
January 17, 2021 | HCP Live
Postnatal smoke exposure likely significant risk factor for ADHD in children
A study finds that secondhand smoking may have a greater negative impact on children than prenatal smoke exposure.
January 15, 2021 | Green Biz
How the EU’s new ‘toxic-free’ vision could shape your safer chemicals strategy
Beyond its direct effects on protecting the health of consumers and reducing toxic chemicals in the environment, the chemical strategy is a key component in the EU’s path towards a circular economy.
January 14, 2021 | The Print, India
Air pollution could be linked to higher prevalence of anemia among children in India
Exposure to high levels of air pollutants may be linked to anaemia among children under five years of age in India, according to a new study by researchers from IIT-Delhi and Harvard University.
January 14, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Op-ed: A push for answers about the environmental causes of child cancer
"Prevention is the cure for child/teen cancer." This is the welcoming statement on a website called 'TheReasonsWhy.Us', where families affected by childhood cancers can sign up for a landmark new study into the potential environmental causes.
January 14, 2021 | BBC
Clean air: Coal burning ban and wet wood restrictions planned
A new clean air law could see burning house coal banned in Wales, and stricter rules on using wood fires.
January 14, 2021 | The Print
Air pollution could be linked to higher prevalence of anemia among children in India
Exposure to high levels of air pollutants may be linked to anaemia among children under five years of age in India, according to a new study by researchers from IIT-Delhi and Harvard University.
January 13, 2021 | Reuters
COVID-19 lockdowns had smaller impact on air quality than expected
As millions stayed home, concentrations in the air of nitrogen dioxide - a key pollutant emitted by traffic, linked to respiratory infections and cancer - fell by between 10% and 50%.
January 13, 2021 | Chemistry World
PFAS exposure found to increase risk of severe COVID-19
Warnings that high levels of per- or poly-fluorinated substances might also reduce the effectiveness of a vaccine.
January 12, 2021 | The Weather Channel
Wildfire smoke makes up half of small particle pollution in western U.S., study finds
Smoke from wildfires has made up as much as half of small particle air pollution in the western United States in recent years and as much as a quarter in other parts of the country, according to a new study.
January 12, 2021 | The Guardian
Man saved from deportation after pollution plea in French legal 'first'
A Bangladeshi man with asthma has avoided deportation from France after his lawyer argued that he risked a severe deterioration in his condition, and possibly premature death, due to the dangerous levels of pollution in his homeland.
January 12, 2021 | BBC
Ocean pollutants 'have negative effect on male fertility
Harbour porpoises exposed to PCBs had shrunken testicles, suggesting sperm and fertility effects. The effects are likely to be found in other cetaceans, including killer whales.
January 12, 2021 | CNN Health
Toxics in marijuana smoke may be harmful to health, study finds
Smoking weed may expose you to some of the same toxic chemicals found in tobacco smoke, a new study finds.
January 11, 2021 | Chemical & Engineering News
C&EN’s world chemical outlook 2021
A look ahead at the issues that will affect—and connect—chemists and chemistry across the globe. Expect to see companies and regulators return their focus to environmental issues such as plastics recycling, climate change, persistent pollutants, and clean energy.
January 10, 2021 | The Guardian
Air grievances: Silence swirls around the toll of bushfire smoke during pregnancy
Exposure to fine particle air pollution increases risk of miscarriage and preterm birth. So why was the health advice for pregnant women so hazy during Australia’s Black Summer?
January 8, 2021 | Canada's National Observer
The burning question: How to tackle air pollution and health threats from wood stoves?
Heating with wood stoves is responsible for 27 per cent of the small particle emissions considered dangerous to human health in B.C., and 25 per cent of the air particulates nationally.
January 7, 2021 | Mongabay
‘Great concern’ as study finds microplastics in human placentas
A new study has found microplastics present inside human placentas, which could potentially affect fetal health and development.
January 6, 2021 | City Beat
What the coronavirus pandemic can teach us about ways to reduce air pollution
The COVID-19 pandemic wasn't just a shock to the human immune system. It was also a shock to the Earth system, dramatically changing the air quality in cities around the globe.
January 6, 2021 | Mongabay
Eluru outbreak: Decoding the mystery illness that struck Eluru
Pesticide residues and heavy metal contamination are suspected to be the primary cause of the illness.
January 5, 2021 | CNN
EPA unveils controversial rule that could suppress key research
Some scientific findings about how pollution impacts human health may take a less prominent role when the Environmental Protection Agency develops pollution limits under a new policy.
January 5, 2021 | The Conversation
Air pollution may contribute to Alzheimer’s and dementia
The tiny air pollutants known as PM2.5, emitted by vehicles, factories and power plants, aren't just a hazard for lungs. A study finds more brain shrinkage in older women exposed to pollution.
January 5, 2021 | Environmental Health News
Op-ed: The reckless embrace of banned pesticides in the US
There's a reason the pesticide aldicarb is banned in more than 100 countries and one of only 36 pesticides out of thousands designated as "extremely hazardous" by the World Health Organization.
January 4, 2021 | Reuters
S.Korea to cut railway CO2 emissions by replacing diesel trains by 2029
South Korea aims to cut some 30% of carbon emissions from railway travel by replacing all diesel passenger locomotives with a new bullet train by 2029, President Moon Jae-in says.
January 4, 2021 | Fast Company
A hidden source of emissions while we’ve been stuck inside: Your home cooking
Especially if you have a gas stove, spending more time at home for a year may have been bad for your lungs.
January 4, 2021 | Salon
When a little bit of poison is good for you: Inside the theory of dose response
How the concept of dose response shaped modern science and vaccinology.
January 1, 2021 | The Guardian
Avoid using wood-burning stoves if possible, warn health experts
Charity calls for people to use alternative, less polluting heating and cooking options if they can.
January 1, 2021 | Chemical & Engineering News
Is the end near for chrysotile asbestos?
US EPA confirms all 6 current uses pose unreasonable cancer risks to workers and consumers.
December 30, 2020 | Agenda.GE
Study: Children in Georgian kindergartens exposed to harmful particles
Children in public kindergartens in Georgia are exposed to elevated levels of harmful particles in indoor air, a newly published study has shown.
December 29, 2020 | The Guardian
Dangerous spices: Why India's cooking powders pose a risk of lead poisoning
Exposure to the heavy metal from spice powders and car batteries is affecting child health across the subcontinent.
December 27, 2020 | South China Morning Post
Parts of Hong Kong suffer serious air pollution, with smog likely to remain at least for another day
Parts of Hong Kong suffered serious air pollution on Sunday, with environmental authorities expecting the smog to last at least another day or until strong winds disperse the contaminants.
December 24, 2020 | The Philadelphia Inquirer
Croda’s chemical plant on the Delaware River fails a pollution test, casting doubt on its rebuilding effort
More than two years after a leak of explosive, cancer-causing ethylene oxide shut the twin Delaware Memorial Bridge spans on Thanksgiving weekend, Delaware officials say they will let the U.K.-based Croda chemical company briefly restart its Atlas Point EO production unit on the west bank of the Delaware River next month, to test whether it's still leaking.
December 23, 2020 | The Guardian
Microplastics revealed in the placentas of unborn babies
Health impact is unknown but scientists say particles may cause long-term damage to foetuses.
December 22, 2020 | Reuters
Pollution deaths in India rose to 1.67 million in 2019
India, whose cities top global pollution lists, faces a growing economic as well as human toll from bad air quality, which was linked to 1.24 million, or 12.5% of total deaths in the previous such study for 2017.
December 21, 2020 | BBC
Wildfire smoke may spread infectious disease
Smoke from wildfires could be a surprising new route for the spread of microbes, experts believe.
December 17, 2020 | The Guardian
Clean air zones to tackle traffic pollution delayed or on hold
Measures to tackle illegal air pollution, which kills tens of thousands of people a year in the UK, are being delayed or shelved despite growing evidence of the health risks.
December 17, 2020 | The Guardian
Air pollution caused girl's death, coroner rules in landmark case
A coroner has made legal history by ruling that air pollution was a cause of the death of a nine-year-old girl.
December 17, 2020 | The Guardian
Rob Bilott: The poison found in everyone, even unborn babies – and who is responsible for it
Chemicals called PFAS and PFOS – known as forever chemicals – are in the blood of virtually every person on the planet. And they will only accumulate.
December 17, 2020 | USA Today
A serious threat': Plastics we use every day are leaching hazardous chemicals, report says
According to a scientific report issued Tuesday, the plastics we commonly use contain and leach hazardous chemicals, including some that threaten human health, especially the body's endocrine system.
December 17, 2020 | Chemical & Engineering News
US EPA to regulate dry cleaning solvent
Dozens of perchloroethylene uses pose health risks to workers and consumers.
December 16, 2020 | The Guardian
Air pollution verdict shines political light on UK's invisible killer
Analysis: death of Ella Kissi-Debrah means MPs can no longer ignore dangers of dirty air.
December 16, 2020 | The Guardian
Opinion: Cosmetics, cellphones, guitar strings: where we found 'forever chemicals'
PFAS, which can be hazardous to our health, are found everywhere. We need to regulate them as a class.
December 16, 2020 | Des Moines Register
Iowa water lead levels expose thousands of Iowans, UI researchers say
1 in 5 newborns in Iowa has elevated levels of lead, based on a 2017 study of blood samples, a UI researcher said. "The numbers are eye-opening."
December 16, 2020 | NJ spotlight News
Mix of 'forever chemicals' and COVID-19 is concern
As feds explore whether vaccines are made less effective by PFAS chemicals in the blood, one expert cautioned against jumping to conclusions.
December 13, 2020 | BBC
Glyphosate: Calls to ban cancer-linked weedkiller in Wales
There are fears the weedkiller is being sprayed near schools and nurseries and could cause harm.
December 10, 2020 | EOS
Will rising temperatures make rice too toxic?
Greenhouse experiments reveal how higher temperatures act to elevate arsenic levels in rice and may help focus efforts to solve a crisis threatening food systems around the world.
December 8, 2020 | The Intercept
PFAS chemical associated with severe COVID-19
A Danish study found that people with elevated levels of a compound called PFBA were more than twice as likely to have a severe form of Covid-19.
December 3, 2020 | Annals of Global Health
Human Health and Ocean Pollution
Ocean pollution is a global problem. It arises from multiple sources and crosses national boundaries. It is the consequence of reckless, shortsighted, and unsustainable exploitation of the earth’s resources. It endangers marine ecosystems. It impedes the production of atmospheric oxygen. Its threats to human health are great and growing, but still incompletely understood. Its economic costs are only beginning to be counted.
December 2, 2020 | Independent UK
Air pollution from cars, power plants and forest fires is risk factor for Alzheimer’s, study finds
The study, involving 18,000 seniors, found that those who lived in neighborhoods with higher levels of pollution, had an increased likelihood of amyloid plaques in the brain - a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.
December 2, 2020 | Boston Globe
Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ found in pesticide used on millions of Mass. acres when spraying for mosquitoes
The PFAS compounds are found in a range of commercial products and never fully degrade. They have been linked to cancer, low infant birth weights, and a range of diseases.
December 2, 2020 | Yukon News
Dawson-area study uncovers mining history contained in tree growth rings
Mercury pollution levels, locked into the trees, record busy industrial periods.
December 1, 2020 | CBC
Pollution complicates COVID-19 fight in India
People in Delhi are going into the worst season for air pollution as new cases of COVID-19 are rising. Doctors in India are looking at the link between air quality and the severity of coronavirus infections.
December 1, 2020 | The Guardian
Air pollution where girl died in London 'should have been treated as emergency'
Illegal levels of air pollution in the area where a nine-year-old girl lived and died should have been treated as a public health emergency, an inquest heard.
December 1, 2020 | The Guardian
EU to ban use of lead shot by wetland bird hunters
Regulation will help prevent deaths of 1m waterbirds by lead poisoning every year.
December 1, 2020 | News Hub
Kiwi adults still suffering from childhood lead exposure
People exposed to even just small amounts can suffer cognitive effects into adulthood without realizing it, a long-running New Zealand study shows.
November 30, 2020 | Tehran Times
Air pollution hiding behind COVID-19
Air pollution is the fourth-highest cause of death surpassed only by high blood pressure, tobacco use, and hunger.
November 30, 2020 | ABC7 News
New Stanford study shows how pollution from wildfire smoke affects teens' long-term health
Researchers found that effected teens were at higher risk for asthma and changes in immunity.
November 29, 2020 | Reuters
Elite runners brave Delhi race despite COVID-19 surge, pollution concerns
Some of the world's leading long-distance runners participated in a half-marathon in New Delhi on Sunday, even as India's capital grapples with a surge in COVID-19 cases and air pollution that has recently been among the world's worst.
November 26, 2020 | ZME Science
Do your beauty products have talc? There's a good chance they also have asbestos
There's no safe level of exposure to asbestos, a carcinogenic.
November 26, 2020 | Forbes
Glyphosate exposure could disrupt human gut microbiome
Exposure to glyphosate could adversely affect the microbes in our gut, potentially leading to poor health.
November 25, 2020 | The Guardian
The Indian school where students pay for lessons with plastic waste
Villagers once burned the toxic waste as fuel, but a pioneering couple's radical education model uses it much more creatively.
November 25, 2020 | Bloomberg Law
All nonessential PFAS should be phased out, scientists advise 25 November
A huge group of chemicals found in everything from food packaging to medical devices is so troublesome that only essential uses should be allowed, a group of U.S. and European scientists said Tuesday.
November 25, 2020 | Mongabay
Are industrial chemicals killing rare whales and familiar dolphins?
Dozens of beached animals on the U.S. Atlantic Coast contained high levels of pollutants and heavy metals in their blubber and liver tissues, a new study shows.
November 24, 2020 | Ensia
How air pollution could be harming your brain
According to one expert, "The risk of air pollution on the brain is a much broader risk factor than we've given it credit for."
November 23, 2020 | Evening Standard
Air pollution: How is children’s lung health affected by dirty air?
While research shows that when young children are exposed to air pollution their lungs do not grow as quickly as they should, the question of whether they can recover that lost lung capacity in the future if air quality is improved is still unclear.
November 21, 2020 | The Guardian
War of the weedkiller: why environmentalists are concerned about moves to ban Roundup
Many say herbicide is an essential tool in preserving biodiversity but others say it’s a ‘delusion’ to think weed control is only possible with ‘poison’
November 19, 2020 | The CT mirror
Connecticut’s halfhearted battle: response to lead poisoning epidemic lacks urgency
Lead poisoning damages the health and development of thousands of Connecticut children every year -- particularly in our largest cities.
November 18, 2020 | The Guardian
Covid: Chemicals found in everyday products could hinder vaccine
The successful uptake of any vaccine for Covid-19, a crucial step in returning a sense of normalcy after a year ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, could be hindered by widespread contamination from a range of chemicals used in everyday products.
November 17, 2020 | The Guardian
Pet flea treatments poisoning rivers across England, scientists find
Highly toxic insecticides used on cats and dogs to kill fleas are poisoning rivers across England, a study has revealed. The discovery is "extremely concerning" for water insects, and the fish and birds that depend on them, the scientists said.
November 16, 2020 | HealthLine
Artificial melanin may allow you to give up traditional hair dye
Researchers have developed a new type of hair dye called artificial melanin that could be healthier than traditional chemical hair dyes known to cause allergic reactions, swelling, and an increased risk for cancer in some people.
November 16, 2020 | Environmental Health News
Dead fish carry toxic mercury to the deep ocean, contaminating crustaceans
Fish carcasses sinking to the deepest parts of the ocean carry toxic mercury pollution that ends up contaminating bottom-dwelling sea creatures, according to a new study.
November 15, 2020 | Chemical & Engineering News
Common herbicide likely to harm endangered species, US EPA says
Atrazine has potential to affect numerous species and their habitats
November 12, 2020 | The Tribune
Air pollution may up chronic lung disease in young adulthood
Amid the spike in air pollution in Delhi, a new study has found that early-life events, such as the exposure to air pollutants, increase the risk of chronic lung disease in young adulthood.
November 12, 2020 | Journal Sentinel
'Forever chemicals': Wisconsin recommends standards for 22 substances
The standards set limits for 12 individual PFAS compounds, 4 combined PFAS compounds and 6 pesticides in Wisconsin groundwater.
November 11, 2020 | The Guardian
Delhi Covid crisis worsened by soaring pollution levels
Delhi's 20 million residents are facing a double health crisis as high levels of pollution look set to exacerbate the coronavirus pandemic.
November 10, 2020 | LA Progressive
Do not eat the fish
PFAS used in firefighting foams on military installations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have contaminated the seafood taken from these waters. The toxic foams have been allowed to seep into the ground and surface water to poison aquatic life.
November 10, 2020 | Ecowatch
Study: Plastic pollution increases ocean acidification
A new study finds that plastic water bottles submerged three weeks at sea contained more detrimental bacteria than seawater, creating conditions that lead to ocean acidification.
November 10, 2020 | DW
India: Why Delhi keeps breathing toxic air every winter
The air in India's capital region becomes very polluted every winter. Vehicular and industrial pollutants, crop burning, and weather conditions cause the problem. Despite numerous initiatives, the problem has persisted.
November 10, 2020 | DW
India: Why Delhi keeps breathing toxic air every winter
The air in India's capital region becomes very polluted every winter. Vehicular and industrial pollutants, crop burning, and weather conditions cause the problem. Despite numerous initiatives, the problem has persisted.
November 9, 2020 | Reuters
Spell of heavy smog in Indian capital raises fears for COVID patients
Residents of the Indian capital are enduring one of the worst spells of air pollution in years, data shows, raising the risks to city residents posed by the novel coronavirus, doctors said.
November 9, 2020 | The Hindustan Times
Pollution board to monitor air for firecracker emissions
To gauge the extent of firecracker usage during Diwali festivities, the Haryana State Pollution Control Board will, from Tuesday, carry out a 15-day monitoring exercise to check for the presence of heavy metals - which are common constituents of firecrackers - in ambient air.
November 9, 2020 | Chemical & Engineering News
1,4-Dioxane: Another forever chemical plagues drinking-water utilities
Highly miscible in water, the likely carcinogen is challenging to remove.
November 6, 2020 | Stateman Journal
Oregon DEQ identifies hundreds of toxics in Willamette River Basin
The study did not find evidence of toxics that pose an immediate risk to human health or the environment, DEQ officials said.
November 6, 2020 | The Converstion
Metal pollution is leaving scallops helpless against crabs and lobsters
New research points to 'heavy metals' having unseen effects on a much larger scale than previously thought.
November 5, 2020 | Reuters
India's capital suffers most toxic air in a year, heightening coronavirus worries
New Delhi, the capital city with the worst air quality worldwide, suffered its most toxic day in a year on Thursday, recording the concentration of poisonous PM2.5 particles at 14 times over the World Health Organisation safe limit.
November 5, 2020 | Chemical & Engineering News
US EPA to regulate most uses of carbon tetrachloride
Agency finds more than a dozen applications pose unreasonable risks to workers.
November 4, 2020 | The Guardian
Tiny air pollution rise linked to 11% more Covid-19 deaths – study
A small rise in people's long-term exposure to air pollution is associated with an 11% increase in deaths from Covid-19, research has found. Another recent study suggests that 15% of all Covid-19 deaths around the world are attributable to dirty air.
November 3, 2020 | Nature
India’s countryside offers no refuge from filthy air
The cities in India are notorious for their polluted air, but the air outside cities is just as dirty.
November 3, 2020 | NHPR, New Hamshire
Doctors encourage arsenic testing for private well owners in Dartmouth study
Researchers at Dartmouth College are studying ways that doctors can encourage more homeowners to test their private water wells for toxics such as arsenic.
November 3, 2020 | PBS
Toxic synthetic “forever chemicals” are in our water and on our plates
What makes PFAS chemicals extremely useful—and extremely hard to get rid of—are the bonds between carbon and fluorine atoms that are almost impossible to break.
November 3, 2020 | Environmental Health Peerspectives
Phthalates and autistic traits: Exploring the association between prenatal exposures and child behavior
In a recent paper published in Environmental Health Perspectives, investigators reported associations between specific phthalate metabolites and autistic traits in a group of Canadian preschoolers, with additional evidence that folic acid supplementation during pregnancy may mitigate potential effects.
November 2, 2020 | The Guardian
Smoke cloud from Australian summer’s bushfires three-times larger than anything previously recorded
Smoke cloud pushed into the stratosphere by last summer's bushfire crisis was three times larger than anything previously recorded globally, according to research by international scientists.
November 2, 2020 | Bangkok Post
Sri Lanka sends waste back to UK
Sri Lanka has started shipping 242 containers of hazardous waste, including body parts from mortuaries, back to Britain after a two-year court battle by an environment watchdog, officials said on Saturday.
November 2, 2020 | Chemical & Engineering News
Violet colorant poses risks to workers
Revised EPA assessment finds risks from chronic inhalation of pigment violet 29.
November 1, 2020 | Environmental Health News
How to shop for cleaning products - while avoiding toxics
In the midst of a pandemic, sales of cleaning products have skyrocketed, and many feel a need to clean more often. Knowing what to look for when purchasing cleaning supplies can help prevent unwanted and dangerous toxics from entering your home.
November 1, 2020 | Environmental Health News
Toxic "Forever Chemicals" under-investigated and under-regulated
This weekend, at the Geological Society of America's 2020 Annual Meeting, a technical session will help bring PFAS to national attention. Presentations will discuss how PFAS are released into the environment, transported through groundwater, river, and soils, and partially remediated.
October 30, 2020 | The Hill
EPA limits enforcement of pesticide application boundaries
The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday finalized a rule that narrows the areas where farmers are required to limit human presence during the application of pesticides.
October 30, 2020 | Midwest Center
EPA documents show dicamba damage worse than previously thought
The pesticide harmed tens of thousands of farmers, overwhelmed state agriculture departments and damaged research plots across the United States, according to documents the federal agency released Tuesday.
October 29, 2020 | AJC Atlanta News
Air pollution contributes to half a million infant deaths yearly
In 2019, 476,000 infants worldwide died in their first month of life from health effects associated with air pollution exposure, a team of international researchers estimate in the State of Global Air 2020 report.
October 29, 2020 | Inquirer.Net
Urgent need' to ban sale of lead paint
Environmental health experts said there is an “urgent need" to boost efforts to ban the production, importation, and sale of lead paint, as they highlighted the need to protect children's brain development from lead and other toxic chemicals.
October 28, 2020 | National Geographic
Decades ago, the Donora smog disaster exposed the perils of dirty air
A survivor of the five-day smog crisis in Pennsylvania recalls: "We all knew the air was bad. We didn't realize it was going to kill people."
October 28, 2020 | Brookings
The importance of clean air in classrooms—during the pandemic and beyond
A link between airborne pollutants and academic performance.
October 27, 2020 | Dhaka Tribune
UNEP: Imported used vehicles worsening air pollution in developing countries
80% of the imported vehicles failed to meet minimum safety and environmental standards in exporting countries.
October 24, 2020 | Fortune
Madeleine Albright: Lead poisoning in children: How we can mitigate it
Lead poisoning is affecting children on a massive scale, silently wreaking havoc on their health and development, with possibly fatal consequences.
October 23, 2020 | Reuters
Europe's air quality can still be deadly despite progress, EEA says
Many European citizens are exposed to harmful and sometimes illegal levels of pollution despite progress to improve air quality in recent years, the European Environment Agency says.
October 22, 2020 | The New York Times
The FDA wanted to ban some hair straighteners. It never happened
In 2016, agency scientists deemed hair straighteners containing formaldehyde to be unsafe, according to newly obtained emails.
October 22, 2020 | Newsweek
Air pollution kills almost half a million babies around the world
Scientists have discovered polluted air has an impact on the health of babies while they are still in the womb.
October 21, 2020 | Nunatsiaq News
Concern mounts over impact of toxic "forever chemicals" in the Arctic
Alarm is growing about the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in the Arctic, which have been found to harm peoples' immune systems
October 21, 2020 | METRO, UK
Air pollution ‘significantly increases risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons
There are concerns that 'safe' levels of air pollution could still increase the risk of being hospitalised with the condition.
October 20, 2020 | The Science Times
Harvard researchers link particulate matter from air pollution to neurodegenerative diseases
Conditions such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases have been linked to air pollution. In a recent study, researchers have also associated pollution with an increased risk of neurological disorders.
October 20, 2020 | Consumer Reports
New report underscores the risks of lead in water, especially to bottle-fed babies
A new report by Healthy Babies Bright Futures underscores the risks of lead in water. Black infants are particularly vulnerable. Here's how consumers can protect themselves and their families.
October 20, 2020 | Environmental Health News
22 endocrinologists on what products they use in their homes
Plastic in the microwave? Scented candles? Drinking tap water? Learn what the experts use in their own lives.
October 19, 2020 | The Wire
As pollution from stubble burning makes headlines again, here are the issues at stake
As farmers in India's north finish harvesting their rice crop, thick, dark plumes of smoke and soot have risen into the air over the Indo-Gangetic plains.
October 19, 2020 | The Guardian
Bottle-fed babies swallow millions of microplastics a day, study finds
Exposure is far higher than previously thought and also affects plastic food containers.
October 19, 2020 | Environmental Health News
Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later
Fish exposed to endocrine-disrupting compounds pass on health problems to future generations, including deformities, reduced survival, and reproductive problems, according to a new study.
October 16, 2020 | AP News
Wildfire smoke in US exposes millions to hazardous pollution
Wildfires churning out dense plumes of smoke as they scorch huge swaths of the U.S. West Coast have exposed millions of people to hazardous pollution levels, causing emergency room visits to spike and potentially thousands of deaths among the elderly and infirm.
October 16, 2020 | The New York TImes
In India, toxic air spells more trouble for COVID-19 patients
Every fall, air pollution spikes in India. Doctors worry what it will mean for coronavirus patients with breathing problems.
October 15, 2020 | The Guardian
UK supermarket salad suppliers investigated over pesticides in rivers
The UK environment watchdog is examining whether more than 50 sites that supply salad and vegetables to supermarkets and other businesses are discharging chemical pollution into rivers and streams.
October 15, 2020 | The Atlantic
Kill your gas stove
They’re bad for you, and the environment. If you can afford to avoid them, you probably should.
October 15, 2020 | National Geographic
Farmers are facing a phosphorus crisis. The solution starts with soil.
Overuse of fertilizer has led to phosphorus shortages and water pollution. But farms might not need so much to grow healthy crops.
October 14, 2020 | Twin Cities
‘Forever chemicals’ found in St. Croix River, says report by Minnesota Pollution Control
The report states PFAS used in nonstick and stain-resistant frying pans, rugs and countless other consumer products have been found in the river.
October 14, 2020 | The Guardian
Airborne radioactivity increases downwind of fracking, study finds
Particles released by drilling could damage the health of nearby residents, say scientists.
October 13, 2020 | Fast Company
PFAs and forever chemicals: Are they bad for your health?
PFAS are so common in the environment - present in everything from clothing to electronics - that health experts say it is probably impossible to completely prevent exposure. Now what?
October 13, 2020 | Environmental Health News
Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks
Food banks in the U.S. are on course for a preventable collision between record-setting food insecurity and lead-contaminated meat.
October 13, 2020 | Civil Eats
What impacts do the West Coast wildfires have on crops?
In the wake of weeks of poor air quality, grape and cannabis growers are trying to assess the impacts—to product quality as well as to human health—of ash and smoke on their crops.
October 10, 2020 | Cap Radio
Smoky skies are the new normal. Are they making us sick?
Scientists know that tiny particles from smoke can be inhaled deep into a person's lungs and even enter the bloodstream. But the long-term health effects of this are not fully understood.
October 10, 2020 | The Salt Lake Tribune
Research shows school absences rise with air pollution
New research has documented a direct correlation between absenteeism among Salt Lake City school students and air pollution levels, even at times when air quality is not particularly bad.
October 10, 2020 | EURACTIV
Polish children exposed to four times more pollution than French, study finds
Polish children are significantly more exposed to air pollution than French children, research by the University of Hasselt in Belgium has found.
October 9, 2020 | The Guardian
Covid-19 lockdowns have improved global air quality, data shows
Around the world, Covid lockdowns have led to improvements in air pollution.
October 9, 2020 | Bay Journal
Tests find low levels of “forever chemicals” in some Maryland oysters
A new round of testing for "forever chemicals" in St. Mary's County, MD, found "no levels of concern" in oysters or in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay tributaries where the shellfish were growing, according to state environmental officials.
October 8, 2020 | HealthLine
The chemicals to avoid in your shampoo and body wash
A new study conducted by the Silent Spring Institute looks at how chemicals can build up in the body through common exposures.
October 8, 2020 | SWLondoner
Toxic air pollution kills 712 in south west London so far this year
For toddlers and children, exposure to air pollution can cause asthma, wheezing, coughing, slower development of lung function and other developmental problems.
October 8, 2020 | Reuters
Russia finds contaminants in rivers near site of far east sea pollution
Russia's environment watchdog, which is investigating unexplained toxic pollution off the country's far eastern coast, said it had found significantly higher levels of pollutants in nearby rivers than in the affected waters themselves.
October 7, 2020 | Reuters
Fertiliser use is fuelling climate-warming nitrous oxide emissions: Study
The rising use of nitrogen-based fertilisers is driving up global emissions of nitrous oxide, a lesser-known greenhouse gas, complicating efforts to limit climate change.
October 7, 2020 | Environmental Health News
Op-ed: It is time to protect kids’ developing brains from fluoride
The debate on the fluoridation of drinking water—one of the most polarized, long-running, and high-decibel controversies in public health—has been reignited as new studies find that fluoride is toxic to the developing brain.
October 7, 2020 | The Guardian
Exclusive: Air pollution particles in young brains linked to Alzheimer's damage
Tiny air pollution particles have been revealed in the brain stems of young people and are intimately associated with molecular damage linked to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
October 7, 2020 | WBUR, US
Study finds regional pact to reduce transportation pollution could yield major health benefits
The most aggressive version of TCI could avoid about 1100 deaths, nearly 5000 asthma cases, and save $11.1 billion in heath costs.
October 5, 2020 | AP
Indian capital launches campaign to curb toxic air pollution
Authorities in New Delhi launched an anti-pollution campaign on Monday in an attempt to curb air pollution levels ahead of winter, when the capital is regularly covered in toxic haze, and warned that filthy air could make the coronavirus pandemic more dangerous.
October 5, 2020 | Bloomberg
J&J to pay more than $100 million to end over 1,000 talc suits
Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay more than $100 million to resolve over 1,000 lawsuits blaming its baby powder for causing cancer, in the first set of major settlements in four years of litigation, people with knowledge of the pacts said.
October 4, 2020 | CBC
Testing the waters: Do Regina's asbestos-cement water mains pose a risk?
Snaking beneath Regina's streets are 600 kilometres of water mains built with asbestos-cement.
October 2, 2020 | The Straits Times
Malaysia river pollution leads to water supply cut to more than 300,000 people
Hundreds of thousands of people in four districts in the Klang Valley were affected by water-supply cuts due to a river-pollution incident, barely a month after the previous incident raised widespread public anger.
October 2, 2020 | The Guardian
New British standard for biodegradable plastic introduced
A new British standard for biodegradable plastic is being published which scientists say will cut through a jungle of classifications that leave consumers confused.
October 1, 2020 | Bloomberg Law
EPA lets two toxic chemicals fall into regulatory ‘black hole’
The EPA has failed to regulate or review two fragrance ingredients considered to be among the most hazardous chemicals in production—and among those Congress directed the agency to address faster than any others.
October 1, 2020 | The Hill
EPA finalizes rule allowing some major polluters to follow weaker emissions standards
The Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule that could reclassify many "major" sources of pollution as minor ones, allowing facilities to abide by less-stringent emissions standards for dangerous substances such as mercury, lead and arsenic.
October 1, 2020 | KALW Studios
Pregnancy and pesticides: a study as old as its subjects reveals health concerns
Researchers have been studying nineteen year old Maritza Flores, and hundreds of other young adults in the Salinas Valley, since before they were born, trying to see what happens when farmworker's kids are exposed to pesticides very early on in their lives.
October 1, 2020 | National Geographic
Does wildfire smoke harm whales and dolphins? Here’s what we know
As North America's West Coast burns, scientists are concerned marine mammals will be harmed by smoke inhalation, an unstudied phenomenon.
September 30, 2020 | Endocrine News
Lack of key considerations in FDA food chemical safety process leaves consumers at risk of chronic diseases
Health, environmental, and consumer organizations challenged the Food and Drug Administration's practice of not accounting for the cumulative health effect of chemicals in the diet when allowing new chemicals in food, despite Congressional mandate put in place 60 years ago requiring the FDA to do just that.
September 30, 2020 | Environmental Health News
The chemical BPA is widespread on beaches around the world
Beach sands around the world are laced with the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), according to new research that calls attention to a less well-known source of exposure to the hormone-mimicking chemical.
September 29, 2020 | EOS
Leaded soil endangers residents in New York neighborhoods
New research documents dangerously high levels of lead in the soils of New York City parks and growing communities.
September 29, 2020 | The Times of India
Toxic chemicals in baby diapers a huge risk: Study
A study released by a Delhi-based advocacy organization raises concern about the presence of toxic phthalates in disposable baby diapers available in the Indian market.
September 28, 2020 | The Times of India
High cadmium levels in fly ash at 2 waste plants
New Delhi: High cadmium levels have been found in the fly ash at two out of the three waste-to-energy plants in the capital.
September 28, 2020 | Consumer Reports
What’s really in your bottled water?
Consumer Reports found toxic PFAS chemicals in several popular water brands, especially carbonated ones.
September 25, 2020 | The New York Times
Emails show how pesticide industry influenced U.S. position in health talks
The U.S. insisted that new international guidelines on combating drug resistance omit any mention of fungicides — a demand that the industry made but that ran counter to science.
September 25, 2020 | The Free Press Journal, India
Maharashtra farmers move Switzerland court against Syngenta
According to official data 886 patients were admitted for treatment in hospital for poisoning through insecticide spraying in the fall of 2017 alone.
September 25, 2020 | Post-Gazzett
Study: Air pollution linked to more strokes in people with Afib
Higher air pollution levels increase risk of stroke for individuals with the common heart ailment atrial fibrillation.
September 24, 2020 | Enterprise-Record
Local impacts of wildfire smoke connected to rise in recent deaths, researchers say
California deaths due to wildfire smoke on the rise, as most of the state was exposed to heavy concentrations of dangerous chemicals during massive wildfires.
September 24, 2020 | VOX
Wildfires 2020: Scientists fear smoke could lead to long-term lung damage
During the peak of the recent wildfires, cities like Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, suffered some of the dirtiest air in the world, making breathing the air like smoking a pack of cigarettes in a day.
September 24, 2020 | Trib Live
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County officials talk about household lead issues with experts
Children exposed to lead have lower IQs and are more likely to develop attention deficit disorders, and adults who are exposed are at greater risk for heart disease. That's what a leading researcher of the problem told Pittsburgh City Council members Tuesday.
September 24, 2020 | The New York Times
These everyday chemicals may be hurting pregnant women and their babies
PFAS, industrial chemicals used to waterproof jackets and grease-proof fast-food containers, may disrupt pregnancy with lasting effects.
September 24, 2020 | Forbes
Some cities see air pollution surge after Covid lockdowns
As countries have emerged from strict Covid-19 lockdowns over the past months, air pollution has seen a significant surge, according to a new report released today.
September 23, 2020 | ABC News
How to protect yourself from low air quality, pollution amid raging wildfires
Wildfire smoke can be harmful to both animals and humans, and people with preexisting lung conditions, children and pregnant women are especially at risk for becoming seriously ill from poor air quality.
September 23, 2020 | New York Post
Particles from air pollution found in placentas of pregnant women: study
Potentially toxic carbon- and metal-rich air pollution particles from street traffic have been found in the placentas of pregnant women for the first time, according to new research.
September 23, 2020 | New York Post
Particles from air pollution found in placentas of pregnant women: study
Potentially toxic carbon- and metal-rich air pollution particles from street traffic have been found in the placentas of pregnant women for the first time, according to new research.
September 23, 2020 | Navy Times
Are military efforts to clean up and replace toxic ‘forever chemicals’ cutting it?
PFAS contamination has become a military-wide problem, with more than 700 military installations having either confirmed or suspected cases of contamination.
September 22, 2020 | Chemical & Engineering News
EU agency sets limit on PFAS in food
The latest recommendations from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), released Sept. 17, set a limit for combined exposure to 4 PFAS of 4.4 nanograms/kilogram (parts per trillion).
September 22, 2020 | Environmental Health News
Long-banned toxics are still accumulating in Great Lakes birds—as new chemical threats emerge
Decades ago several bird species in the Great Lakes—including the iconic bald eagle—faced an uncertain future because toxic chemicals were threatening their populations.
September 22, 2020 | Environmental Health News
Long-banned toxics are still accumulating in Great Lakes birds—as new chemical threats emerge
Decades ago several bird species in the Great Lakes—including the iconic bald eagle—faced an uncertain future because toxic chemicals were threatening their populations.
September 21, 2020 | The Denver Post
Colorado testing fish for PFAS in new push to prevent harm from "forever chemicals"
Efforts to contain PFAS reflect growing concerns about unregulated contaminants degrading groundwater, soil and drinking water.
September 18, 2020 | The New York Times
How to protect children from wildfire smoke
Even if flames are far away, smoke can travel and threaten kids’ health. But staying inside has trade-offs too.
September 18, 2020 | The New York Times
How to protect children from wildfire smoke
Even if flames are far away, smoke can travel and threaten kids’ health. But staying inside has trade-offs too.
September 17, 2020 | The Allegheny Front
Study: Air pollution increases risk of stroke in people with AFib
People with the heart disorder, atrial fibrillation, who are exposed to greater levels of air pollution have a 1.2-fold higher risk of stroke than their peers who live with less pollution.
September 16, 2020 | Fast Company
What does wildfire smoke do to our long-term health?
The West Coast is looking at a future where cities are enveloped with smoke every summer. The health effects could be serious.
September 15, 2020 | DW
All 20 biodiversity targets missed as pollution, climate change rage on: UN report
The world has failed to meet any of its biodiversity targets, the UN said in a landmark report published every five years. Extinction rates would likely have been three to four times higher without conservation efforts.
September 15, 2020 | Bloomberg CityLab
Mapping the wildfire smoke choking the western U.S.
Using thousands of PurpleAir sensors, a community of tech enthusiasts and health-conscious residents are capturing a real-time portrait of an environmental crisis.
September 15, 2020 | The New York Times
How to get better air quality
Breathing particulates is never good for your health, and in a disaster like the California wildfires, the risks are severe.
September 14, 2020 | The Tyee
The big smoke
‘A regular thing?’ Scenes from Vancouver, where air quality has been declared among the world’s worst.
September 14, 2020 | The Washington Post
Dense smoke smothers West Coast, shutting residents indoors and complicating fire response
Officials and health experts urged residents to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary, keep doors and windows closed, and use fans and air conditioners to keep air circulating in their homes.
September 14, 2020 | UN Environment
UN-backed label launched to help shoppers choose environmentally friendly rice
Bangkok – A new ecolabel launched today by the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) will help shoppers reduce their environmental impact by identifying rice that has been sustainably produced
September 13, 2020 | ABC7 News
Poor air quality causing headaches, taking toll on Bay Area residents' mental health
With COVID-19, wildfires and the worst air quality the Bay Area has seen in recent years, it's no wonder why a psychologist is seeing an increase in isolation and depression.
September 11, 2020 | ProPublica
New research shows disproportionate rate of coronavirus deaths in polluted areas
The type of pollution emitted by many chemical plants in Louisiana's industrial corridor is correlated with increased coronavirus deaths, according to new peer-reviewed research from SUNY and ProPublica.
September 11, 2020 | Wired
Those orange Bay Area skies and the science of light
Wildfire smoke turned California and Oregon skies orange. Inside that smoke was alchemy—the chemistry and physics of molecules and wavelengths.
September 10, 2020 | CNN
Can plastic-eating mealworms help solve our pollution crisis?
Can't stomach the plastic pollution that washes up on beaches, kills sea life and makes its way into the food chain? Well mealworms can -- literally.
September 10, 2020 | ฺBBC
The surprising dangers of cooking and cleaning
Experts say most of our exposure to air pollution could occur indoors. What are the most effective ways to reduce indoor pollutants?
September 10, 2020 | Star Tribune
PFAS-laced water caused infertility, premature births and low birthweight, study says \
State health officials stand by their own conclusions: no reproductive impacts.
September 9, 2020 | Newsday
Suit: Hazardous conditions caused illness in Northport Middle School students
School district leaders were aware of hazardous substances in the air, soil and groundwater at Northport Middle School but downplayed the community's health concerns.
September 9, 2020 | AA Turkey
'Air pollution kills 400,000 in Europe every year'
Air pollution remains Europe's top environmental threat to health, with more than 400,000 premature deaths driven by air pollution every year in the EU.
September 8, 2020 | Independent UK
Watching your child struggling to breathe is horrible’: The lives changed by Britain’s poisonous air
Failure to hit legal nitrogen dioxide limits is putting families and vulnerable people at serious risk
September 7, 2020 | UN Environment
First International Day for Clean Air calls for decisive global action to beat air pollution
Nairobi - With extreme air pollution events on the rise, global efforts to reduce pollution and its effects will receive an advocacy boost when, for the first time ever,...
August 20, 2020 | Mongabay
Agrochemicals and industrial waste threaten Argentina’s Gran Chaco
Farmers in Argentina are using increasing amounts of herbicides and other agrochemicals to boost their crop yields.
August 20, 2020 | ABC7 News
Fire smoke makes Bay Area air quality worst in the world: Map shows where it's smokiest
Air quality in the Bay Area, particularly along the Peninsula, is the worst in the world Wednesday, as smoke from wildfires blows over the region.
August 16, 2020 | VOX
Air pollution is much worse than we thought. Climate change is far from the only problem with fossil fuels
Researchers are now much more able to pinpoint air pollution's direct and indirect effects, and the news has been uniformly bad.
August 13, 2020 | AP News
Tear gas at Portland protests raises concern about pollution
The presence of US agents has diminished in Portland, Oregon, but city officials are still cleaning up tear gas residue from the streets, dirt and possibly the storm drains after the chemical was used frequently by both police and federal officers during more than two months of often-violent protests over racial injustice.
August 12, 2020 | New York Times
Should a study on pesticides affect our use of them?
Recent research, which found a link between pyrethroids and deaths from heart disease, highlights the limitations of epidemiological research.
August 11, 2020 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Bisphenol A and puberty onset in female mice: Developmental effects of low-dose exposure
Girls have been entering puberty at increasingly younger average ages since the 1800s, in no small part because health and nutrition have improved over time. A new experimental study of mice exposed to low doses of BPA indicates EDCs may also contribute.
August 11, 2020 | South Dakota News Watch
Smoking, and possibly vaping, can increase risks of serious health consequences from COVID-19
Research shows that smoking cigarettes and other activities that inflame the lungs are linked to heightened risk of serious complications from COVID-19.
August 11, 2020 | Independent UK
Bees slower, sicker and living shorter lives because of air pollution, study suggests
Breathing toxic fumes due to exposure to heavily polluted air is one of the key contributors to early death all around the world, exacerbating risks posed by lung and heart conditions.
August 11, 2020 | Futurity
Air pollution shortens life expectancy by 2 years
A new study quantifies the effect air pollution has on human life expectancy around the world. It's not good news, researchers report.
August 11, 2020 | Daily Mail UK
Coronavirus UK: Infection risk higher in areas with air pollution
People are more likely to catch Covid-19 in areas with bad air pollution because particles can 'carry' the virus, scientists have claimed.
August 11, 2020 | Environmental Health News
Organic diets quickly reduce the amount of glyphosate in people’s bodies
Eating an organic diet rapidly and significantly reduces exposure to glyphosate—the world's most widely-used weed killer, which has been linked to cancer, hormone disruption and other harmful impacts, according to a new study.
August 11, 2020 | The Guardian
Alarm as pesticides spur rapid decline of US bird species
Popular pesticides are causing bird species to decline at an alarming rate in the US, adding fuel to a 50-year downward trend in bird biodiversity, a new report has found.
August 8, 2020 | Food Safety News
Voluntary phase-out by industry of certain PFAS used in food packaging
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing a voluntary phase-out of certain types of grease-proofing agents on paper and paperboard food
August 5, 2020 | UPI
Pollution disparities can be seen from space
Air pollution disparities are visible from space, according to a study of data from Houston, Texas, that found levels of nitrous dioxide were often concentrated over lower-income, minority neighborhoo
August 5, 2020 | BBC
Beirut explosion: What is ammonium nitrate and how dangerous is it?
Ammonium nitrate has been blamed for a deadly explosion in Beirut, but what exactly is the chemical?
August 5, 2020 | Chemical & engineering News
Mercury makes it deep into marine trenches
Bioaccumulation transports the neurotoxin from surface waters to the fathoms below.
August 3, 2020 | WLRN Public Radio and Television
Report shows pollution at majority of Florida's beaches puts swimmers at risk
Environment Florida Research and Policy Center compiled data from the state and found that last year, 187 of 261 beaches tested had enough pollution to put swimmers at risk of getting sick on at least one day during the year.
August 3, 2020 | Tehran Times
COVID-19 increases PM concentration in Tehran by 20%: study
The results of a study by Iranian researchers shows that the concentration of particulate matter (PM2.5) as the most important pollutant in Tehran air during the coronavirus outbreak has increased by about 20 percent compared to the same period last year.
August 3, 2020 | Tehran Times
COVID-19 increases PM concentration in Tehran by 20%: study
The results of a study by Iranian researchers shows that the concentration of particulate matter (PM2.5) as the most important pollutant in Tehran air during the coronavirus outbreak has increased by about 20 percent compared to the same period last year.
August 1, 2020 | Bloomberg Law
EPA proposes registering weedkiller alternative to glyphosate
The EPA has proposed registering tiafenacil as an alternative to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Bayer AG’s Roundup, as some weeds have become increasingly resistant to the widely used herbicide.
July 30, 2020 | The New York TImes
One in three children have unacceptably high lead levels, study says
“Children around the world are being poisoned by lead on a massive and previously unrecognized scale,” according to the study, a collaboration of UNICEF and Pure Earth, an advocacy group.
July 30, 2020 | The New York TImes
Paris beehives trace Notre-Dame's toxic fallout
Bees can act as tiny pollution detectors, say researchers, who found higher but still safe lead levels in honey gathered downwind of the cathedral.
July 29, 2020 | Inverse
A solution to pollution is actually a problem, PFAS study reveals
When we release substances that don't biodegrade into the environment they are, eventually, bound to end up even in the most remote parts of the Earth.
July 28, 2020 | CBS8
New report reveals toxic chemicals in smoke from USS Bonhomme Richard
San Diego County's Air Pollution Control District released a report stating that the smoke from the USS Bonhomme Richard was full of toxic chemicals. The report directly contradicts what Navy officials initially told the public.
July 28, 2020 | Hindustan Times
Indians’ life expectancy cut 5.2 yrs by pollution
Pollution levels in India shave off 5.2 years from the life expectancy of the average Indian and it most acutely hits people living in the Indo-Gangetic plains, according to an assessment by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, which also showed that the situation had slightly improved between 2016 and 2018.
July 28, 2020 | The New York TImes
Pollution is killing Black Americans. This community fought back
African-Americans are 75 percent more likely than others to live near facilities that produce hazardous waste. Can a grass-roots environmental-justice movement make a difference?
July 28, 2020 | The Barents Observer
More pollution from Nornickel, Kola peninsula covered by smog
Kilometers and kilometers of fragile taiga nature west of the smelters for nickel and copper in Monchegorsk was Friday covered by smog containing sulfur dioxide and heavy metals.
July 23, 2020 | Bristol Live
Scientists begin research that could link traffic pollution with cancer in children
A groundbreaking study will explore whether there is a link between the amount of pollution caused by traffic congestion in Bristol and cancer in children.
July 23, 2020 | CNN Health
Health impacts of synthetic chemicals doubled in last 5 years
Synthetic chemicals aren't good for you. Examples of how endocrine-disrupting chemicals in plastics, pesticides and other US products impact health have doubled in the last five years, and now include obesity, breast cancer, diabetes and more.
July 22, 2020 | The Guardian
Most UK sharks have consumed plastics, study finds
Microplastics and synthetic microfibres from clothing have been found for the first time in the guts of sharks that live off the UK coast.
July 14, 2020 | The Conversation
Air pollution exposure linked to higher COVID-19 cases and deaths
The global death toll from COVID-19 has now passed half a million. To slow the spread of the disease, we need to better understand why some places have higher numbers of cases and deaths than others.
July 3, 2020 | SciDev.Net
Poisons used to make food more beautiful, last longer
Toxic chemicals are being used by food sellers across Sub-Saharan Africa to improve the look of meat and fish, scientists and food inspectors say, putting the health of millions at risk.
July 3, 2020 | Environmental Health News
The danger of hormone-mimicking chemicals in medical devices and meds
Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in medicine and medical devices is grossly underestimated, and physicians have an ethical obligation to talk about these exposures with their patients, according to a new study.
July 2, 2020 | BBC
The young people fighting the worst smog in Europe
The city is so polluted that people with respiratory illness move uphill to escape, and young people dream of emigrating. But a simple app has begun a movement to deal with the smog.
July 1, 2020 | State Impact
Household chemicals that harm fish were found in Susquehanna River. This research aims to help
Lead scientist Katie Hayden plans to publish recommendations for products people can use that don't have the harmful chemicals, which are called endocrine-disrupting compounds.
June 29, 2020 | International Business Times
Study provides evidence linking air pollution with early death
A study published in the journal Sciences Advances offers more evidence that suggests that exposure to air pollution for extended durations of time is a key cause behind premature death among older people.
June 29, 2020 | The Intercept
Researchers warn PFAS, BPA, and other pollutants increase coronavirus deaths
Scientists say that low levels of industrial chemicals like PFAS, BPA, phthalates, and air pollutants are linked with conditions that make Covid-19 worse.
June 25, 2020 | The Conversation
Days with both extreme heat and extreme air pollution are becoming more common – which can't be a good thing for global health
In South Asia, days with both extreme heat and extreme pollution are expected to increase 175% by 2050. Separately, the health effects are bad; together they will likely be worse.
June 25, 2020 | Environmental Health News
Indoor air pollution and heavy metals linked to child obesity
When it comes to our bodies, we are what we eat—or so the adage goes. Conventionally, obesity research focuses more on diets, physical activity, and a sedentary lifestyle. But to explain the childhood obesity epidemic, researchers are increasingly looking beyond the usual culprits, like fast foods, for more ubiquitous and insidious causes in the environment.
June 25, 2020 | The New York TImes
Roundup maker to pay $10 billion to settle cancer suits
Bayer faced tens of thousands of claims linking the weedkiller to cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Some of the money is set aside for future cases.
June 25, 2020 | The Warchington Post
Bottled water made by Whole Foods has high levels of arsenic, Consumer Reports says
Starkey Spring Water has been flagged in the past for arsenic levels just under or exceeding the federal threshold.
June 25, 2020 | Dicover Magazine
Many BPA-free plastics are toxic. Some are worse than BPA
More than 50 different chemicals are now pumped into consumer products in place of BPA. These BPA-free alternatives can be as bad as — or worse than — the original.
June 24, 2020 | Independent UK
Increase in air pollution in Europe’s cities as lockdowns ease
Air pollution levels in some European cities have increased significantly since lockdown eased, raising concerns that the environmental improvements experienced in recent months will not last.
June 24, 2020 | NJ Spotlight
Another shot at addressing NJ’s crisis of lead in drinking water
New Jersey should finally begin addressing the crisis of lead in its drinking water in a systematic and long-term manner, advocates told a legislative committee.
June 23, 2020 | Independent UK
Mercury pollution has reached ocean’s deepest valley
Two groups of scientists from China and the US found toxic mercury in fish and crustaceans living more than 11,000 metres below the surface of the ocean in the Mariana Trench.
June 23, 2020 | The New York TImes
9 hand sanitizers may be toxic, FDA warns
The warning applies to nine lines of hand sanitizer manufactured in Mexico that contain methanol, or wood alcohol, which can be dangerous, the agency said.
June 23, 2020 | Bennington Banner
PFAS in Vermont landfill prompts more testing
PFAS chemicals found in surface and shallow groundwater at a former Pownal landfill were high enough to prompt supplemental testing.
June 22, 2020 | Kentucky Environmental News
Forever chemicals in Louisville drinking water – is it time for action?
In the summer of 2017, North Carolinians living along the Cape Fear river learned that there was something to fear in their river.
June 22, 2020 | Mongabay
Mercury with that? Shark fins served with illegal doses of heavy metals
Shark fin soup is said to be the food of emperors, but a new study finds this “luxury" dish may not be so favorable to the person who eats it.
June 21, 2020 | Bloomberg Law
DOD must do more to address PFAS pollution
Military service members and their families are especially at risk from forever chemicals because of the DOD’s 50-year use of fire-fighting foam made with PFAS.
June 19, 2020 | The New York TImes
EPA won’t regulate toxic compound linked to fetal brain damage
The Trump administration on Thursday finalized a decision not to impose any limits on perchlorate, a toxic chemical compound found in rocket fuel that contaminates water and has been linked to fetal and infant brain damage.
June 19, 2020 | The Guardian
Climate crisis poses serious risks for pregnancy, investigation finds
Air pollution and heat exposure linked to negative outcomes as researchers discover 'pretty scary health burdens' of global heating.
June 18, 2020 | Pine Tree Watch
Ending the use of chemical weapons for crowd control
When police use chemicals on crowds during a respiratory pandemic, they can hasten virus transmission and worsen the medical outcomes of those exposed.
June 18, 2020 | The New York TImes
Climate change tied to pregnancy risks, affecting Black mothers most
Women exposed to high temperatures or air pollution are more likely to have premature, underweight or stillborn babies, a look at 32 million U.S. births found.
June 17, 2020 | Independent UK
Half of world's population exposed to increasing air pollution, study finds
More than half of the world's population is exposed to increasing air pollution despite global efforts to tackle toxic fumes, a study has found.
June 17, 2020 | Investigate Midwest
EPA defends decision to allow continued dicamba use
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defended its decision to allow farmers to continue to spray a recently banned herbicide through July 31 in a court filing on Tuesday evening.
June 17, 2020 | Fast Company.com
Quitting smoking because of COVID? Quitting smoking because of COVID-19? Nicotine replacement products may help spread cancer
A new study from Wake Forest School of Medicine finds that nicotine promotes the spread of lung cancer cells into the brain.
May 29, 2020 | The Hill
Opinion: Listen to experts and tackle the toxic chemical crisis contributing to chronic disease
Exposure to toxic chemicals is contributing to rates of chronic illnesses and amplifying the impacts of Covid-19.
May 28, 2020 | UPI
Wind can carry PFAS pollution miles away from manufacturing facilities
Surveys have revealed elevated levels of PFAS in water systems and sources in towns and cities all over the United States. And while manufacturers have phased out PFAS, research suggests the compounds synthesized as replacements are also harmful.
May 28, 2020 | The Columbus Dispatch
Shelley Francis: Communities with high air pollution are more heavily impacted by COVID-19
We need more clean-air regulations and focused education for communities about the correlation between air pollution, transportation and the public health impacts on their health and well-being.
May 22, 2020 | Science News
Up to 220 million people may be at risk of arsenic-contaminated water
A new world map highlights possible hot spots of arsenic contamination in groundwater.
May 21, 2020 | The Guardian
Manchester becomes latest UK city to delay clean air zone
The creation of the biggest clean air zone in the UK to tackle illegal levels of air pollution is being delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
May 21, 2020 | OneZero
Minority students are getting choked out by air pollution in Utah
Even on relatively clean air days, the air they breathe is disproportionately worse.
May 20, 2020 | NJ Spotlight
N.J. pushed to limit toxic chemical as EPA reportedly rejects regulation
New Jersey policymakers are facing renewed pressure to regulate a chemical that is linked to thyroid and fetal development problems, following the federal government's reported decision not to set a national health standard.
May 20, 2020 | Futurity
Indigenous peoples bear the brunt of pollution
Research demonstrates the disproportionate impact of pollution on Indigenous peoples worldwide, as well as their resistance.
May 20, 2020 | The Daily Californian
Reduce plastic pollution to preserve all marine life
It is not just a necessity; it is vital to create legislation around plastic production to slow the deterioration of our planet.
May 2, 2020 | New York Daily News
11K pollution deaths avoided in Europe as air improves
Thousands of pollution-related deaths have been avoided in Europe as air quality improves amid the coronavirus quarantines, according to a new study.
May 2, 2020 | The Guardian
The toxic chemicals in our homes could increase COVID-19 threat
Everyday hormone-disrupting chemicals could affect our immune system's defenses against infections.
April 30, 2020 | The Daily Star
Toxic ship heading for Bangladesh
A shipbreaking company is set to illegally import a highly toxic ship for scrapping, risking workers’ health and environmental damage.
April 29, 2020 | The Intercept
Toxic PFAS fallout found near incinerator in upstate New York
PFAS contamination was found in soil and water near an incinerator in New York state that has been burning firefighting foam for the Department of Defense.
April 29, 2020 | The Sun UK
Stunning aerial pics show how Britain’s waters have turned crystal clear due to lack of pollution
Stunning aerial pictures reveal how Britain's seas have turned crystal clear due to the lack of pollution during the lockdown.
April 27, 2020 | Times Union
Study finds PFAS contamination in Cohoes around Norlite incinerator
A study by Bennington College released on Monday found unusually high amounts of potentially hazardous PFAS compounds in the soil and water downwind from the embattled Norlite aggregate and incineration plant.
April 27, 2020 | Climate News Network
Carbon dioxide pollution dulls the brain
Carbon dioxide pollution slows our thinking. It could get bad enough to stop some of us thinking our way out of danger.
April 27, 2020 | Firbes
Air pollution from wildfires may make coronavirus more lethal
Air pollution levels have improved in the last 50 years, but global warming, wildfires and now coronavirus are combining to form a perfect storm of potential problems. Here's how to protect yourself.
April 23, 2020 | Washington Post
Leonardo Trasande, Benard Dreyer: The pandemic will haunt today’s children forever. But we can help them now
Stress can be an endocrine disrupter, in the same way that synthetic chemicals disrupt hormonal functions that shape the development of the brain and other body systems.
April 23, 2020 | The Guardian
Pollutionwatch: Why has particle pollution increased under lockdown?
News reports have focused on reductions in air pollution from traffic during the lockdown, but particle pollution has increased in the last few weeks.
April 23, 2020 | News Medical
Study highlights health impacts of pollution on Indigenous communities
A new study from the University of Helsinki presents the current state of knowledge on the exposure and vulnerability of Indigenous Peoples to environmental pollution, reviewing the innumerable impacts that pollution poses on Indigenous communities from all over the world.
April 21, 2020 | AP News
US lockdowns coincide with rise in poisonings from cleaners
Reports of accidental poisonings from cleaners and disinfectants are up sharply, and researchers believe it's related to the coronavirus epidemic.
April 21, 2020 | USA Today
Air pollution report: Nearly half of all Americans breathe unhealthy air
Nearly half of the nation's population - some 150 million people - live with and breathe polluted air, "placing their health and lives at risk," according to a new report released Tuesday by the American Lung Association, a public health group.
April 19, 2020 | Chemical & Engineering News
Environmental toxicologist wants to understand how microplastics affect human health
Stephanie Wright of King's College London discusses what's known about microplastics and how much more there is to learn.
April 17, 2020 | The New York TImes
The EPA is weakening controls on mercury. Other rules will fall, too.
The agency will change the way the benefits of mercury controls are calculated, a move that would effectively loosen the rules on other toxic pollutants.
April 17, 2020 | UNDARK
Pollution kills nine million people a year. How is that okay?
Opinion | Recent studies put the vast human and economic toll of global pollution into sharp relief. Will lawmakers respond?
April 15, 2020 | Daily Mail Online
Parents have a bigger carbon footprint than those without kids
Scientists say adults with children are responsible for 25 per cent more carbon emissions than those without, due to a need for convenience in the form of burning petrol and eating red meat.
April 15, 2020 | Washington Post
EPA won’t tighten soot rules, even as evidence point to link between air pollution and coronavirus risks
Environmental Protection Agency keeps current limits on soot in place, calling them “protective of public health.”
April 15, 2020 | The Guardian
New class action launched over toxic firefighting chemicals used by defence
Lawyers have launched a new class action on behalf of tens of thousands of residents over the defence department's use of toxic firefighting chemicals.
April 15, 2020 | Wisconsin Examiner
Three homeowners receive emergency drinking water due to PFAS
The Department of Natural Resources continues to investigate PFAS and PFOS water contamination around the state, and provide drinking water to residents.
April 14, 2020 | New York Times
Exposure to plastic chemicals before conception tied to premature births
Pregnant women exposed to phthalates, found in plastic toys, soaps and food packaging, may be at increased risk of preterm delivery.
April 13, 2020 | Stuff
Chemicals found in household plastics linked to premature birth risk
Chemicals in plastic have been linked to premature birth risk. But New Zealand expert says it's not quite time to go plastic-free.
April 13, 2020 | The Ferret
More toxic pesticides to be used by salmon farmers
Rules on the use of toxic pesticides by the fish farming industry have been relaxed because of the coronavirus emergency, prompting fears for marine wildlife.
April 12, 2020 | Scientific American
Methane levels reach an all-time high
A preliminary estimate from NOAA finds that levels of atmospheric methane, a potent heat-trapping gas, have hit an all-time high.
April 10, 2020 | Washington Post
Air quality in the U.S. is improving due to coronavirus lockdown
The pandemic response has cleared the air from Los Angeles to Wuhan, China.
April 9, 2020 | Environmental Health News
Environmental toll of plastics
From cell phones to bicycle helmets to IV bags, plastic has molded society in ways that make life easier and safer. But the synthetic material also has left harmful imprints on the environment and perhaps human health.
April 9, 2020 | New York Times
Smokers and vapers may be at greater risk for Covid-19
Tobacco and marijuana products damage lungs, where the virus does its harm. Health officials are urging people to quit, and temporary sales bans are even being discussed.
April 6, 2020 | Mother Jones
There’s a link between exposure to environmental hazards and the most severe outcomes of coronavirus
The predominantly black and low-income communities living near the back-to-back petrochemical refineries of Louisiana’s “cancer alley” have long suffered compromised immune systems and high rates of disease. Now, the state’s fast-growing COVID-19 outbreak is poised to hit them especially hard.
April 6, 2020 | Chemical Watch
Overhaul to New York’s Child Safe Products Act signed into law
New York governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law modifications to the children's product chemical disclosure law the state adopted earlier this year.
April 3, 2020 | Environmental Health News
Kids with asthma who live near heavy air pollution face greater risk from coronavirus
PITTSBURGH—Kids who have asthma and live near industrial polluters may face higher risk from novel coronavirus and its resulting disease COVID-19 in the coming months.
March 30, 2020 | New York Times
How to take care of your lungs
If you’re one of millions of Americans exposed to air pollution, you may be at a greater risk of catching the coronavirus — and of having a more severe infection.
March 27, 2020 | Public Integrity
A likely but hidden coronavirus risk factor: pollution
Air pollution, research shows, lowers our ability to fight off infections. It worsens reactions to viruses in people with health challenges like asthma. And it could have a pernicious effect in a pandemic.
March 26, 2020 | Market Watch
Here are the ‘dirty dozen’ fruit and vegetables laced with legal pesticides — even organics have traces
Nearly 70% of the fresh produce sold in the U.S. contains residues of legal though potentially harmful chemical pesticides even in small amounts, and a popular snack for children is another big offender.
March 25, 2020 | Science Magazine
Mysterious chemical found in dead cat's brain reopens debate over mercury poisoning disaster
New mercury compound raises questions about methylmercury toxicity in Minamata industrial poisoning.
March 25, 2020 | Science Magazine
Mysterious chemical found in dead cat's brain reopens debate over mercury poisoning disaster
New mercury compound raises questions about methylmercury toxicity in Minamata industrial poisoning.
March 25, 2020 | Evening Standard UK
London pollution increases the risks for pregnant women — and their unborn children
Air pollution raises the risk of miscarriage for pregnant women as much as smoking. That was the finding of scientists investigating the impact of air quality on birth outcomes last year, while other studies have shown that pollution can increase the risk of premature birth and low birth weight.
March 25, 2020 | Fair Warning
Pesticides and produce: Environmental group lists cleanest and dirtiest fruits and vegetables
Raisins are singled out in report by the Environmental Working Group, which said that the average sam
March 19, 2020 | Grist.org
DDT’s toxic legacy could span three generations
Studies have struggled to link DDT and cancer. This library of frozen blood could be the key to understanding why.
March 18, 2020 | Environmental Health News
BPA and babies: Controversial chemical and substitutes pollute the womb
Bisphenol A and its substitute chemicals—pervasive in food and beverage containers, canned goods and store receipts—are showing up in mothers' wombs at "unexpectedly high levels," according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.
March 17, 2020 | The Guardian
Air pollution likely to increase coronavirus death rate, warn experts
The health damage inflicted on people by long-standing air pollution in cities is likely to increase the death rate from coronavirus infections, experts have said.
March 16, 2020 | CBS News
Early results from 174 Flint children exposed to lead during water crisis shows 80% of them will require special education services
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha estimates 14,000 kids in Flint under the age of six may have been exposed to lead in their water.
March 12, 2020 | The Colorado Independent
Cancer-causing benzene spiked more than once at Greeley school
Using California's standard for benzene, not the EPA's, tells a different story about chemical exposure near the Greeley school.
March 12, 2020 | Mongabay
Peruvian women unite against toxic metals pollution
In Peru, communities in the Andes and the Amazon have come together to defend the health of people and families affected by pollution from toxic metals.
March 12, 2020 | Mongabay
Peruvian women unite against toxic metals pollution
In Peru, communities in the Andes and the Amazon have come together to defend the health of people and families affected by pollution from toxic metals.
March 8, 2020 | Hindustan Times
Kids exposed to indoor pollution from burning of solid biomass fuel have lower IQ: Study
Children who are exposed to indoor air pollution triggered by burning of solid biomass fuel such as cow-dung and wood may be suffering from lower Intelligence Quotient levels, a new study has indicated.
March 6, 2020 | Chigaco Tribute
Indiana lead testing bill won’t protect children, expert says
Leaving water with lead traces up to 15 ppb means the damage is already done for a child's development, said Andrew Whelton, a water infrastructure expert.
March 4, 2020 | Pittsburgh Current
Schweiger: The Smokey City is once again at a crossroads
Pittsburgh faces growing health risks from ground-level ozone and fine respirable particles. A warming climate exacerbates pollutant impacts.
March 3, 2020 | Environmental Health News
Food packaging can harm human health
Harmful chemicals in food packaging and other food contact materials can pose considerable risk to our health, according to a review of more than 1,200 peer-reviewed studies.
March 3, 2020 | PennState
Researchers track dust pollution, health to spot dangers in West Africa
Comparing dust simulations and health data for Senegal, an international team of researchers found dust to be responsible for poor air quality, which is followed by a rise in poor health outcomes.
February 27, 2020 | Financial Express
Gasping Cities: India accounts for two-thirds of the 30 most polluted cities in the world
India accounts for two-thirds of the 30 most polluted cities in the world, but pollution can’t be fought by these cities alone.
February 25, 2020 | The Conversation
David Megson: Dark Waters' pollution threat isn't Hollywood hysteria – it could be a ticking timebomb worldwide
PFAS have been used in everything from coffee cups to frying pans. But they're toxic, and accumulating in the environment.
February 24, 2020 | ABC 11
Duke study shows father's marijuana use could affect child brain development through sperm changes
The study, conducted in rats, shows that daily marijuana use could lead to changes in a man's sperm that could lead to stunted brain development in his children.
February 23, 2020 | Learning English
Study: Half of US deaths from pollution linked to out-of-state emissions
A new study looks at air pollution and its effects on premature deaths in the United States. Premature deaths are defined as those that take place before the average age of death.
February 20, 2020 | Environmental Health News
Autism and phthalates: Exposure in womb linked to autistic traits in boys
Young boys who were exposed in the womb to certain phthalate chemicals were more likely to have autism traits at ages 3 and 4, according to a new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives.
February 19, 2020 | The Guardian
The toxic air we breathe: The health crisis from Australia's bushfires
For months, Australians breathed air pollution up to 26 times above levels considered hazardous to human health. The long-term impact could be devastating.
February 19, 2020 | CBC Canada
Babies frequently exposed to cleaning products at higher risk of asthma: Study
Air fresheners, deodorizers, dusting sprays, hand sanitizers, oven cleaners singled out by study's lead author.
February 19, 2020 | The Narwhal
Living close to major roads leads to higher risk of Parkinson’s and dementia: UBC study
Proximity to sources of air pollution can affect neurological health — but green space has protective effects.
February 19, 2020 | Chemistry World
Engineered yeast can remove heavy metals from wastewater
Easy storage and rapid growth could see yeast compete with bacterial and chemical remediation.
February 18, 2020 | The Guardian
Are plastic containers safe for our food? Experts say it’s hard to know
The plastics industry says its containers are safe but some experts advise consumers to avoid heating them and advocate using glass or metal instead.
February 18, 2020 | Washington Post
Air pollution crossing US state lines, causing premature deaths
The team found that electric power plants were the biggest contributor to deaths related to pollution from other states.
February 14, 2020 | Chemical Watch
Use of PFASs 'widespread' in UK food packaging, report finds
'Significant levels' in samples from major supermarkets, food outlets.
February 13, 2020 | New York Post
Air pollution is killing New Yorkers - but it's not coming from here
In the United States, 41-53% of all premature deaths related to poor air quality can be attributed to pollution coming from another state.
February 13, 2020 | MIC.com
Air pollution from other states is causing premature deaths for U.S. citizens, study finds
Ever heard the phrase "sharing is caring"? You probably don't want to hear it in relation to air pollution, though. Unfortunately, according to a recently published study, that's exactly what's going on in the United States.
February 11, 2020 | Exporess UK
UK air pollution will debilitate the next generation of British sports stars
Medical professionals today warned for the first time that air pollution is likely to impact on children's "potential to train" for sport in the UK, leading to a debilitating impact on British sports stars of the future.
February 11, 2020 | The Guardian
Fossil fuel pollution behind 4m premature deaths a year
Burning gas, coal and oil costs world's economy $8bn a day and particularly harms children.
February 11, 2020 | Health Day
Puberty starts a year earlier for girls now than in the 1970s
Girls are entering puberty about a year earlier than they did back in the 1970s, according to global data on breast development. Obesity and endocrine disrupting chemicals could be contributing to the trend.
February 11, 2020 | The Telegraph
More than a quarter of children's training grounds have dangerous level of pollution, scientists find
Children's sport grounds have dangerous levels of air pollution, a study has found, as medical professionals warn of the risk to the next generation of stars.
February 10, 2020 | The Washington Post
In agricultural giant Brazil, a new and growing hazard: The illegal trade in pesticides
Irresponsible pesticide use worldwide poisons millions of people, kills hundreds of thousands and damages soil, water and ecosystems.
January 30, 2020 | Reuters
Heavy traffic pollution may affect kids' brain development
High levels of exposure to traffic-related air pollution at a very young age may lead to structural changes in the brain, a new imaging study suggests.
January 27, 2020 | Hindu Stan Times
Diseases, allergies stalk residents of Jharia
Experts say Jharia's air has high levels of nitrogen oxide and sulphur oxide emitted by diesel trucks that move around the city daily carrying coal.
January 24, 2020 | Scientific American
To replace controversial plastic additive BPA, a chemical company teams up with unlikely allies
To test its new compound, Sherwin-Williams sought help from scientists and environmental groups critical of bisphenol A.
January 23, 2020 | The Province
Study links living near highways to risk of neurological disorders
Researchers at the University of B.C. have found a link between living near highways and an increased risk of several major neurological disorders, including dementia and Parkinson's disease.
January 22, 2020 | WebMD
FDA sunscreen report raises concern over chemicals
It shows that the six active ingredients tested were absorbed into the body. Some continued to be elevated beyond the FDA’s threshold of concern for 3 weeks after the people in the study stopped putting them on their skin.
January 22, 2020 | Fair Warning
Federal scientists endorse precautions in using cellphones in light of possible cancer risks
Scientists at the National Toxicology Program have endorsed precautions to reduce possible risks from the radiation emitted by cellphones.
January 21, 2020 | New York Times
Australian coal company says bush-fire smoke is slowing production
The poor air quality is making equipment harder to operate, and some workers have had to take leave to fight fires. The irony was not lost on many in Australia.
January 21, 2020 | Bangkok Post
Thai government takes heavy flak for toxic smog response
Academic experts and civic groups slammed government measures as too lenient and superficial.
January 20, 2020 | The Hill
Did you know that your hand lotions, cosmetics and detergents could be creating as much air pollution as your car?
You may not have heard of Volatile Organic Compounds but it's likely that your lungs are infinitely familiar with them.
January 20, 2020 | COSMOS
Refrigeration chemicals helped drive Arctic warming
Chemicals used in refrigerators and freezers may have been responsible for half of Arctic climate change in the past 50 to 60 years, scientists say.
January 20, 2020 | The Intercept
Ozone layer recovery is being undermined by US pollution
The EPA has declined to consider the ozone-depleting potential of chemicals released by U.S. companies.
January 19, 2020 | Dailymail online
A top doctor and anti-pollution expert reveals: The secret to ageing well in our toxic times
Dr Jenny Goodman shares tips to get well and stay well at a time when we're constantly exposed to toxic chemicals. Since the Industrial revolution, we have synthesised 80,000 artificial chemicals.
January 19, 2020 | Scientific American
Microplastics pollution is everywhere. Is it harmful?
Microplastics are everywhere. They've made their way into our food and water supply. There's no doubt we're ingesting them. Are they harmful?
January 17, 2020 | BDN Editorial
As more PFAS contamination is found, federal action becomes more urgent
The problem of PFAS contamination is so widespread, and likely to worsen, that inaction is a dangerous choice.
January 16, 2020 | Bloomberg Environment
Diapers’ chemical contaminants become focus of European agency
The European Chemicals Agency wants to take a close look into the contents of infants’ diapers.
January 16, 2020 | Wired
Scientists fight back against toxic ‘forever’ chemicals
The ubiquitous compounds known as PFAS are nearly indestructible. But scientists are learning to split their ultra-strong carbon-fluorine bonds.
January 15, 2020 | Newsweek
Child IQ in the US lowered by exposure to flame retardants and pesticides, study warns
Exposures to toxic chemicals "represent a formidable risk to Americans' physical, mental, and economic health," said Abigail Gaylord of NYU Langone.
January 14, 2020 | ABC News Online, Australia
Bushfire smoke could see Melbourne and Geelong's air quality drop to 'hazardous' again today
Melburnians are told to prepare for a possible return to the worst-rated air quality today, as smoke from bushfires threatening communities drifts across the state.
January 14, 2020 | New York Times
Why is air pollution so harmful? DNA may hold the answer
It’s not just a modern problem. Airborne toxins are so pernicious that they may have shaped human evolution.
January 14, 2020 | The Irish Times
Some diesels may emit over 1,000 times regulated particulate emissions
Diesel cars may be emitting as much as 1,000 times the legal limit of particulate emissions, according to research by an environmental think tank.
January 12, 2020 | PsychCentral.com
Prenatal Exposure to Flame Retardants May Affect Brain’s Reading Network in Kids
Prenatal exposure to flame retardants may increase the risk of reading problems in young children, according to a new study at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York.
January 11, 2020 | Discover Magazine
Microplastics are everywhere, but their health effects on humans are still unclear
The health effects of microplastics remain unclear, but we do know that they're pervasive in both the environment and our bodies.
January 10, 2020 | Reuters
Prenatal air pollution exposure tied to childhood blood sugar
Kids who are exposed to air pollution in the womb may have higher blood sugar levels during childhood than kids without this exposure, according to a study that suggests particle pollution could be an environmental risk factor for diabetes.
January 10, 2020 | The Harvard Gazette
Plastic additive linked to excessive reproductive abnormalities
New findings shed light as to how DEHP, a common chemical in plastic, may impact human reproductive health.
January 10, 2020 | The Guardian
Pain, cancer, death: Michigan families devastated by toxic chemicals in their water
Residents had for years been drinking water contaminated by dangerous PFAS chemicals – and the impact has been brutal.
January 10, 2020 | The Guardian
'There should be clear warnings': Hair dye cancer risk stokes fear in black women
A new landmark study that tracked almost 47,000 American women over eight years has found that using permanent hair dye increases a black woman's risk of breast cancer by 45%, compared to an increased risk of 7% in white women.
January 9, 2020 | Washington Post
Cancer death rate posts biggest one-year drop ever
The cancer death rate in 2017 posted the largest single-year drop ever recorded, as continued declines in smoking and new treatments reduced the lung cancer mortality rate, according to a new report.
January 9, 2020 | iNews, UK
Brake dust is a major source of air pollution and can weaken the immune system, study finds
Researchers say brakes a bigger source of particulates in roadside air than vehicle exhausts.
January 2, 2020 | Environmental Health News
Looking ahead: Hormone-altering chemicals threaten our health, finances and future
Advances in science, legal action and public understanding are existential threats to today's chemical industry. Investors should pay attention.
December 7, 2019 | The Guardian
Christmas shoppers warned of danger of fake toys
Christmas shoppers are being warned not to buy fake and potentially dangerous toys, which can contain toxic materials, damage hearing and pose choking or strangulation hazards.
December 6, 2019 | Vietnam News
More needs to be done to protect children from dirty air
Children in Asia-Pacific have suffered a great deal due to air pollution and extreme weather events, experts have said.
December 5, 2019 | Mlive
1.9 million Michigan residents drink some PFAS as evidence mounts about its dangers
At least 1.9 million Michigan residents who have been exposed to PFAS in their drinking water remain plunged into a world of uncertainty.
December 4, 2019 | New York Times
Hair dyes and straighteners may raise breast cancer risk for black women
A new study finds a weak link between coloring and straightening treatments and breast cancer. But experts caution the results are far from certain.
December 4, 2019 | CBC Canada
'Are they safe to inhale?': Vaping liquids in Canada contain potentially harmful chemicals, tests show
We had several e-cigarette liquids currently on the Canadian market tested at a New York lab and found they contain potentially harmful chemicals, including a suspected carcinogen banned in food in the U.S.
December 4, 2019 | Newsweek
Breast cancer linked to permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners in study of almost 50,000 women
A study based on the medical records of more than 45,000 women found a positive correlation between permanent hair dye and breast cancer—particularly among those who are black.
December 4, 2019 | Reuters
FDA bowed to industry for decades as alarms were sounded over talc
Since the 1970s, the FDA downplayed health concerns about talc in powders and cosmetics, deferring again and again to manufacturers, documents show.
December 3, 2019 | New York Times
See how the world's most polluted air compares with your city's
From the Bay Area to New Delhi, explore air pollution around the world.
December 3, 2019 | Stuff
New study shows traces of chemicals, sunscreen in Marlborough drinking water
"Human derived compounds" have been leaking from sewerage systems into Marlborough's drinking water.
December 2, 2019 | The Telegraph
Cancer risk in Calcutta air pollution
Worsening air quality in Calcutta has increased the percentage of non-smokers among lung cancer patients, a city oncologist says.
December 2, 2019 | Curbed
Your Cyber Monday shopping is polluting this small town
Health studies have shown that children who live near heavy traffic, and are exposed to particulate pollution from heavy trucks and diesel engines, develop higher incidences of health problems such as asthma.
December 2, 2019 | Yale Environment 360
The link between marine fog and high levels of mercury in mountain lions
Scientists have discovered that marine fog in California carries with it high levels of mercury, which they say is being deposited on land and making its way up the food chain.
December 2, 2019 | BBC News
Bhopal 35 years on
Judah Passow's pictures of those living with the after-effects of the Bhopal chemical disaster of 1984.
November 30, 2019 | Living on Earth
The silent killer called PM2.5
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA, finds a link between PM 2.5 air pollution at levels considered safe by the EPA and the deaths of 200,000 veterans over a recent decade.
November 28, 2019 | ABC News
What you need to know about PFAS or 'forever' chemicals
As the government is set to announce more actions, here's what you need to know about PFAS or "forever chemicals."
November 28, 2019 | Reuters
India pollution regulator threatens to shut coal-fired utilities around New Delhi
India's federal pollution regulator has warned coal-fired power plants around New Delhi that they could be shut down for failing to comply with deadlines to meet emissions standards, according to sources.
November 27, 2019 | Eye on the Artic
Beluga whales could carry a molecule preventing mercury poisoning
Could the belugas of Northern Quebec hold the key to preventing mercury intoxication in local Inuit communities?
November 26, 2019 | Canada's national Observer
Millions of Canadians at high risk of health damage from air pollution
New research suggests air pollution at any concentration is harmful and that even levels below national and international guidelines are associated with an increased risk of death.
November 25, 2019 | Michigan Radio
Climate change could cause toxic sites in Michigan to release dangerous chemicals
According to a report by the federal Government Accountability Office, 60% of Superfund sites nationwide are threatened by floods, wildfires, and hurricanes that are becoming worse due to climate change.
November 25, 2019 | Environmental Health News
Is the toxic legacy of the Iraq War deforming children near US bases?
Iraqi children living near a U.S. army base have elevated levels of dangerous metals in their bodies and are more likely to suffer from birth defects, according to a new study.
November 22, 2019 | Bloomberg
Noah Smith: PM2.5 air pollution harms human health, reduces IQ in children
New research shows the harm caused by microscopic particles, especially to the brains of children.
November 20, 2019 | Fast Company
Air pollution might be why you're going bald
New research suggests diesel exhaust could contribute to hair loss.
November 19, 2019 | ABC News
Land affected by Keystone pipeline leak bigger than thought
An oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in North Dakota has affected almost 10 times the amount of land as first reported.
November 19, 2019 | Daily Telegraph
Sydney smoke: Worst air quality in the world due to bushfires
Sydney’s air quality is today the worst in the world at almost 30 times safe levels.
November 18, 2019 | Commondreams.org
Putting 'health of all species' in danger, Trump EPA proposal guts restrictions on toxic herbicide linked to birth defects
Environmental and public health advocacy groups expressed alarm Friday after the Trump administration moved to increase the allowable level in U.S. waterways of atrazine, a common herbicide linked to hermaphroditic amphibians and birth defects, cancer, and other harmful health effects in humans.
November 15, 2019 | Scientific American
Office workers may be breathing potentially harmful compounds in cosmetics
Some cosmetics and deodorants contain chemicals that, when released into the air, may pose a risk to human health.
November 15, 2019 | Environmental Health News
Exposed: How willful blindness keeps BPA on shelves and contaminating our bodies
We all are exposed daily to bisphenol-A (BPA) and other bisphenols – estrogen-like substances added to food can liners, paper receipts and plastic containers.
November 15, 2019 | Environmental Health News
Clouded in Clarity: A comic on chemicals & controversy
Harmful chemicals are difficult to understand. So, to pair with our investigation, "Exposed" we present EHN's first comic, "Clouded in Clarity," which focuses on BPA and the controversy around an ongoing, massive study on it.
November 15, 2019 | The Guardian
Indonesia's food chain turns toxic as plastic waste exports flood in
Plastic waste exports to south-east Asia have been implicated in extreme levels of toxics entering the human food chain in Indonesia.
November 15, 2019 | The Washington Post
Delhi pollution: The air in India's capital is toxic. Why isn't anyone wearing masks?
The Delhi government is distributing 5 million pollution masks to try to change behavior.
November 12, 2019 | WFAE.com
Data Shows Toxic Heavy Metal Occurs Naturally, Can Affect Wells
A Duke University scientist says new data shows dangerous levels of a cancer-causing heavy metal occur naturally across North Carolina, and can be a concern in drinking water wells.
November 10, 2019 | New York Times
The hidden cost of gold: Birth defects and brain damage
Indonesia’s mercury trade is intertwined with illegal gold mining around the world, leaving a legacy of thousands born with birth defects and half a million people poisoned.
November 7, 2019 | New York Times
Flint’s children suffer in class after years of drinking the lead-poisoned water
The city’s schools, stretched even before the lead crisis, are struggling with demands for individualized education programs and behavioral interventions for children with high lead exposure.
November 7, 2019 | Newsweek
Virginia Beach latest community affected by high levels of lead in drinking water
Some Virginia Beach schools found high levels of lead in their water, adding the town's name to the growing list of places with contaminated water.
November 6, 2019 | D magazine
A new study finds air pollution can make you fat
No surprise that air pollution is bad for your lungs and heart. But how about your waistline?
November 6, 2019 | Philly Voice
Pollution may affect brain development in children, study says
Children exposed to particulate matter during pregnancy had higher levels of hyperactivity.
November 4, 2019 | The Washington Post
Investigation: Lead in some Canadian water worse than Flint
An investigation by a consortium of news organizations finds some Canadians are being exposed to dangerous levels of lead in their drinking water, in some cities at higher levels than Flint, Michigan.
November 4, 2019 | The Washington Post
Delhi pollution: Air quality reaches toxic levels as India loses battle against polluters
The Indian capital just recorded its worst overall air quality in three years.
November 4, 2019 | Environmental Health News
Pollution, climate change and the Global Burden of Disease
"It is crucial that environmental exposures are more fully incorporated and considered in future iterations of the Global Burden of Disease study"
November 3, 2019 | Reuters
India's smog-bound capital suffers most hazardous air so far this year
Air pollution in New Delhi and surrounding towns reached the worst levels so far this year on Sunday, with authorities in the world's most polluted capital city having already declared a public health emergency and ordered the closure of schools.
October 31, 2019 | Hindu Stan Times
Pollution is killing the young lungs: Doctors
It is the young lungs, especially under five years of age, that suffer the maximum damage when air pollution levels peak, say doctors.
October 31, 2019 | Mother Jones
Wildfires are making California's bad air quality even worse—and it's killing people
A new study examines the human health costs of the fires.
October 30, 2019 | Reuters
As pollution plagues Delhi, calls grow to shut schools and axe sport events
Some doctors and residents urged New Delhi authorities to shut schools and cancel outdoor sporting events in the Indian capital as air pollution remained at the most severe level for the second day running.
October 30, 2019 | Propublica
Welcome to “Cancer Alley,” where toxic air is about to get worse
Air quality has improved for decades across the U.S., but Louisiana is backsliding. Our analysis found that a crush of new industrial plants will increase concentrations of cancer-causing chemicals in predominantly black and poor communities.
October 28, 2019 | The Allegheny Front
Popular backyard fires aren't fun for everyone. Wood smoke is bad for your health
Wood smoke has ultrafine particles with toxins like benzene that penetrate deep into the lungs. Kids are more at risk.
October 25, 2019 | BBC News
Pesticide poisoned French paradise islands in Caribbean
France has a pollution crisis in the Caribbean caused by toxic chlordecone sprayed on banana crops.
October 24, 2019 | Today.com
Heavy metals in baby food: How worried should parents be?
If you're the parent of a baby, a study out last week may have left you nervous about all the food you put in your little one's mouth.
October 23, 2019 | Evening Standard
Days of higher pollution provoke cardiac arrests, asthma and strokes, data shows
Two hundred and fifty-one children or adults are hospitalised for asthma and strokes, and there are 87 more out-of-hospital cardiac arrests on days of higher air pollution in London, new figures from King’s College London and UK100 show.
October 23, 2019 | Environmental Health News
There are concerning carcinogens in Western Pennsylvania water
A national report finds cancer-causing chemicals in Pittsburgh's drinking water, including a disinfection byproduct at levels 3 times the national average
October 23, 2019 | Environmental Health News
There are concerning carcinogens in Western Pennsylvania water
A national report finds cancer-causing chemicals in Pittsburgh's drinking water, including a disinfection byproduct at levels 3 times the national average
October 22, 2019 | AP News
Thailand bans use of paraquat and other toxic farm chemicals
Thailand's government agreed Tuesday to ban the use of paraquat, glyphosate, and chlorpyrifos - three farming chemicals widely regarded as dangerous to human health.
October 22, 2019 | Korean Herald
Fine dust measures enforced in South Korea as dust season begins
South Korea is expected to see a high level of particulate pollution, leading the government to take preliminary anti-dust measures for the first time this autumn.
October 19, 2019 | Fatherly.com
Asthma isn’t the only effect of air pollution on kids. Their brains are at risk too.
Living near a busy road doesn't just hurt kids lungs, it has the potential to alter their brains as well.
October 18, 2019 | South Dakota News Watch
Study shows world’s most common pesticide a danger to deer
A groundbreaking study conducted by scientists in South Dakota has found that the world's most widely used family of pesticides — neonicotinoids — is likely causing serious birth defects in mule deer. And the Centers for Disease control finds it widespread in people.
October 18, 2019 | Environmental Health News
How plastics—and the chemicals in and attached to them—threaten future generations
"No plastic has been tested thoroughly—none. Zip. Zero. Nada." Redesign plastics. Reform chemical regulation. Recharge health advocates.
October 17, 2019 | Down To Earth
Air pollution kills a child every 3 minutes in India
Every three minutes a child dies in India because of inhaling toxic pollutants in the air, according to an analysis of the Global Burden of Disease.
October 17, 2019 | CNN Health
95% of tested baby foods in the US contain toxic metals, report says
Tests of 168 baby foods by an advocacy group found 95% contain toxic metals that can lead a loss of IQ and developmental delays in infants.
October 17, 2019 | DW.com
Europe air pollution caused 400,000 premature deaths
Europe's environmental watchdog has warned that city dwellers in Europe are at risk of life-threatening air pollution. The report recommends EU countries take rapid action such as decreasing the number of cars in cities.
October 17, 2019 | National Public Radio
Chemical Safety Board says PES refinery explosion ‘did not have to happen’
The report by the Chemical Safety Board shows for the first time that some amount of the dangerous hydrofluoric acid was released to the atmosphere.
October 15, 2019 | Market Watch
Massive new study links pollution to assaults and domestic violence
A massive study of daily air quality across nearly 400 U.S. counties finds a direct connection between dirtier air and higher rates of violent crime, including assault and domestic violence.
October 15, 2019 | Mongabay India
India’s megacities, Mumbai and Delhi, sitting on a pile of waste
Mumbai and Delhi are not just India's top two megacities in terms of population but also in terms of the solid waste generated every day.
October 15, 2019 | DW.com
Air pollution linked to risk of ′silent′ miscarriage: Study
China's extraordinarily high level of air pollution has been linked to premature deaths, respiratory illnesses and even reduced happiness. Now, a new study shows how 'silent' miscarriages could be another consequence.
October 15, 2019 | Environmental Health News
Reduced lead trends in New Orleans soil and kids suggest prevention should expand outside the home
Study finds decreasing lead in topsoil coincides with reductions in children's blood levels, which suggests playing around the dirt may be an important source of the toxic for children
October 12, 2019 | New York Times
In the sea, not all plastic lasts forever
Polystyrene, a common ocean pollutant, decomposes in sunlight much faster than thought, a new study finds. It lasts centuries, perhaps only decades. Not thousands of years.
October 10, 2019 | National Public Radio
How vaping nicotine can affect a teenage brain
Research on young mice and rats shows how nicotine hijacks brain systems involved in learning, memory, impulse control and addiction.
October 10, 2019 | National geographic
Fast food increases exposure to a “forever chemical” called PFAS, study finds
Used in fast food packaging, the long-lasting chemicals can seep into food—and build up in our bodies.
October 10, 2019 | Northjersey.com
Asbestos blamed for $2 million overrun at Passaic County courthouse
The annex is so loaded with asbestos that workers are still removing the cancer-causing material a year after they began gutting the building.
October 10, 2019 | National Public Radio
California bans popular pesticide linked to brain damage in children
Beginning in early 2020, California will ban the sale of the pesticide chlorpyrifos which state environmental officials say has been linked to brain damage and other health defects in children.
October 9, 2019 | The Hill
EPA set to announce new standards for lead in water
The Environmental Protection Agency will announce new standards for lead in drinking water, Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a radio interview Wednesday.
October 9, 2019 | Environmental Health News
PFAS with your pizza? People who eat more takeout have higher levels of harmful chemicals in their bodies
Yet another reason to favor home-cooked meals. Dangerous PFAS chemicals show up in the bodies of people who eat takeout, fast food, and pizza often at higher levels than in people who regularly cook at home, according to a new study.
September 25, 2019 | Environmental Health News
Is air pollution worsening kids’ mental health?
Cincinnati study finds fine particulate matter exposure linked to increased psychiatric-related emergency room visits for kids
September 19, 2019 | Environmental Health News
US drinking water pollution could cause 100,000 cancer cases
New study says low levels of carcinogens may have a huge impact on our health
September 18, 2019 | Environmental Health News
Home Depot to phase out some products containing PFAS chemicals
The home improvement company will stop purchasing and selling any carpets or rugs containing the toxics by the end of the year
September 13, 2019 | Environmental Health News
Common insecticide threatens survival of wild, migrating birds
Migrating songbirds exposed to small amounts of a neonicotinoid pesticide suffered weight loss and migration delays, both of which could reduce their chances of survival, according to a new study.
September 10, 2019 | The Guardian
Diesel cars emit more air pollution on hot days, study says
Emissions rose 20-30% in Paris when temperatures topped 30C, raising urgent questions as the climate gets hotter.
September 4, 2019 | Environmental Health News
Denmark to ban PFAS in food packaging
The move, announced this week by the country's Ministry of Environment and Food, would make Denmark the first country to ban the toxics from food packaging.
August 29, 2019 | Environmental Health News
Secondhand vape exposure on the rise for kids, teens
Survey finds a 30 percent increase in secondhand vape aerosol exposure in 2018 compared to the previous three years
August 20, 2019 | Environmental Health News
People breathing dirty air more likely to have mental health problems
People exposed to high levels of air pollution have much greater odds of suffering from a psychiatric illness such as depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, according to a new study.
August 19, 2019 | Hindu Stan Times
Scientists find first evidence of high altitude pollution
Scientists have found the first observational evidence of pollution in a layer of atmosphere where it has never been seen before. This may have an impact on global and regional weather systems and climate, the scientists said.
August 17, 2019 | Food Tank
New study shows bee-killing neonicotinoids build up in environment
According to Henderson, neonicotinoids are a downstream, destructive solution to pest problems—farmers should look upstream.
August 17, 2019 | WebMD
PFAS chemicals in food: Expert QA
What are PFAS chemicals --recently found in molded fiber bowls used for food, including Chipotle's -- and should we be worried about them?
August 16, 2019 | Michigan Live
Sick bald eagle found upside down in U.P. tree has sky-high lead poisoning
The eagle was likely sickened after eating fish poisoned with lead tackle.
August 12, 2019 | Environmental Health News
Former firefighters describe how they used foam with PFAS chemicals at Pittsburgh's airport for decades
The foam, required by the Federal Aviation Administration, contains chemicals that are harmful and don't break down. Former firefighters say the foam was used liberally and rarely cleaned up.
August 11, 2019 | Deccan Chronicle
Every breath you take counts
A recent study found that exposure to air pollution could lead to decreased lung function, with a high incidence of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.
August 10, 2019 | Politico
Maker of 'forever chemicals' cuts food packaging products
Chemical giant Chemours has stopped making some PFAS-based coatings used in disposable food packaging.
August 8, 2019 | The Atlantic
Why a changing climate means more mercury in seafood
Emissions of mercury have declined, but levels in fish could still increase thanks to overfishing and a changing climate.
August 8, 2019 | The National
Study finds a third of Europe childhood asthma caused by air pollution
UP to a third of new cases of childhood asthma in Europe could be caused by air pollution, a study suggests.
August 7, 2019 | Ensia.com
Why are harmful flame-retardant chemicals still showing up in children’s toys?
Despite being largely phased out a decade ago because of their adverse health effects, PBDEs continue to show up in everyday products made from recycled plastics.
August 7, 2019 | The Telegraph
High lead levels found in two children after Notre Dame blood tests
Two children have been found to have high levels of lead in their blood in tests conducted after the Notre-Dame fire, according to health officials.
August 7, 2019 | The Globe and Mail
Pollution could be damaging your brain, research suggests
A new study in the journal Environmental Research shows children who were exposed to higher levels of traffic-related air pollution were more anxious.
August 7, 2019 | Endocrine News
Young & restless: BPA, circadian rhythms, and hyperactivity
From obesity to autism, the effects of bisphenol A (BPA) during pregnancy and childhood are well known. However, new research shows that BPA exposure during pregnancy at levels once considered safe could disrupt circadian rhythms as well as lead to hyperactivity later in life.
July 31, 2019 | The Guardian
Families seek answers for US rise in childhood cancers
Parents whose children have died from cancer are teaming up with scientists to study any correlations between toxicants and illness.
July 30, 2019 | National Public Radio
Mongolia's capital banned coal to fix its pollution problem. Will it work?
Rapid population growth in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, coupled with a household dependence on coal for heating and cooking has created perfect conditions for one of the most extreme cases of air pollution in the world.
July 30, 2019 | BBC News
Why indoor air quality matters to our bodies and our brains
Improving indoor air quality may boost cognitive abilities as well as health. So how should buildings be designed to make us more productive?
July 29, 2019 | Technology Network
Air pollution big health concern for the US
Air quality in the US may be linked with increased mortality and reduced life expectancy according to new research.
July 26, 2019 | The New Scientist
Safety of many sunscreen ingredients is in doubt – should we worry?
The US body that regulates sunscreen has declared that 12 of the 16 popular active ingredients might not actually be safe. Here's what you need to know
July 25, 2019 | NBC Washington
Air pollution increases risk of heart disease and stroke, researcher finds
Breathing in air pollutants such as particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide increase your risk of developing cardiovascular illnesses such as atherosclerosis, a new study suggests.
July 25, 2019 | Environmental Health News
BPA substitutes linked to obesity in children and teens
Two chemicals used as substitutes for bisphenol A (BPA) may contribute to childhood weight gain and obesity, according to a study published today in the Journal of the Endocrine Society.
July 25, 2019 | Pacific Standard
How much has California's war on air pollution reduced asthma rates?
A new study finds that the rate of childhood asthma in the Los Angeles Basin would have been nearly 20 percent higher had pollution levels not declined between 1993 and 2006.
July 25, 2019 | The Buffalo News
High lead levels found in old playground equipment in Erie County parks
Decades-old metal playground equipment in Erie County parks are a serious health hazard, based on lead testing on a pieces of slides and swing sets at five county parks.
July 24, 2019 | Business Insider
UK breast milk doesn't have world's highest level of flame retardants
US mothers have higher concentrations of flame retardants in breast milk than UK mothers do. But it shouldn't deter anyone from breastfeeding.
July 24, 2019 | Air Quality News
Even at 'safe' levels, PM2.5 pollution in the USA is still costing thousands of lives
Even though levels of PM2.5 are lower in the USA than national ambient air quality standards, pollution is still costing...
July 24, 2019 | PBS
This everyday chemical was cast aside. Its replacement might be making cats sick
Manufacturers phased out flame retardants called PBDEs because of health concerns in pets and humans. New research suggests their replacements may be just as bad.
July 23, 2019 | BBC News
Sunscreen: What the science says about ingredient safety
Sunscreen is essential for staying protected in the sun – but recent research suggests some of the ingredients could be improved. BBC Future analyses the evidence.
July 23, 2019 | Shropshire Star
288 dead from asbestos cancer in Shropshire, UK
Asbestos-related cancer has claimed 288 lives in Shropshire since the 1980s, new figures have revealed.
July 11, 2019 | Environmental Health News
How toxic PFAS chemicals could be making their way into food from Pennsylvania farms
The chemicals—linked to cancer, thyroid disease, and ulcerative colitis—have been detected in a type of fertilizer used on farms throughout the state.
July 8, 2019 | BBC News
Pollution 'cuts Birmingham children's life expectancy
A child born in 2011 in Birmingham may die two to seven months early, researchers say.
July 8, 2019 | The London Economic
Children’s lives could be cut short by air pollution study suggests
The excess mortality cost to the UK of air pollution has been estimated at between £8.5 billion and £20.2 billion a year.
July 7, 2019 | The Guardian
Britain’s death toll from asbestos at crisis level, figures reveal
Deaths from 'industrial disease' reaching peak after widespread use between 1950s and 70s.
July 2, 2019 | Scientific American
Bioplastics could solve a major pollution problem
Advanced solvents and enzymes are transforming woody wastes into better biodegradable plastics.
June 28, 2019 | The Guardian
Children are being poisoned’: California moms lead the way to pesticide ban
Chlorpyrifos, a chemical used to treat pest infestations, was banned from residential use in 2000 but is still used in agriculture.
June 28, 2019 | Environmental Health News
Latest round of vinyl floor tests come up phthalate-free
Success! After a national report found worrisome plastic additives widespread in vinyl flooring, stores vowed to eliminate them. It appears they did, according follow-up tests.
June 27, 2019 | UPI
Air pollution raises risk of high blood pressure
Long-term exposure to air pollution could raise your risk of high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome, a new study suggests.
June 26, 2019 | The Guardian
‘Tube dust’: London launches investigation into potentially dangerous substances detected on Underground
‘Metals from rail and break friction are highly reactive and will damage delicate lining of the lung, like welding fumes do,’ says leading air quality expert
June 26, 2019 | The Guardian
Poisoned by their homes: How the US is failing children exposed to lead
Hundreds of thousands of children in the US remain at risk of exposure to lead, which causes cognitive and behavioral deficits.
June 26, 2019 | The Guardian
Action on air pollution works but far more is needed, study shows
UK's dirty air still 'a public health emergency' despite dramatic fall in death rates.
June 25, 2019 | The Guardian
Toxic chemicals and risks to infants: what to know and what you can do
Exposure to potentially toxic substances that are part of modern life only adds to the many anxieties of parenting. Here's what action you can take.
June 24, 2019 | INVESTIGATE MIDWEST
On your dinner plate and in your body: The most dangerous pesticide you’ve never heard of
Chlorpyrifos - scientists say there is no acceptable dose to avoid brain damage. Its use is banned in several European countries. Now producers are pushing for a renewed EU-approval - perhaps in vain.
June 20, 2019 | Independent UK
Traveling in car while pregnant puts unborn child at risk from air pollution, report finds
More than half of unborn babies in Britain are exposed to higher levels of toxic air pollution because heavily pregnant women are more likely to depend on traveling by car, research suggests.
June 19, 2019 | The Intercept
PFOA safety level should be 700 times lower than EPA guidelines
New data suggests that the safety threshold for PFOA in drinking water should be as low as .1 parts per trillion, according to a top U.S. toxicologist.
June 13, 2019 | The Guardian
Testing reveals ammonia pollutant hotspots at UK farms
Agricultural ammonia emissions are not monitored, but investigation exposes gas at three out of eight farms across south of England.
June 13, 2019 | UPI
DDT still affecting lake ecosystems 50 years after it was banned
The highly potent pesticide DDT was banned more than a half-century ago, but the toxic chemical persists in lake ecosystems and continues to impact freshwater food chains, according to a new study.
June 13, 2019 | The Week
Mercury-level high in marine foods sourced near coal-fired plants
Eating sea food near a coal-fired plant may affect your heart, lungs and kidneys.
June 12, 2019 | Healthline
What are 'forever chemicals' and how are they getting in your food?
Dangerous chemicals used to create nonstick cookware and fire-fighting foams are showing up in our food. Here’s what they are and why health experts are concerned about them.
June 11, 2019 | CBS News
Nitrate pollution in drinking water linked to cancers in study by Environmental Working Group
Environmental Working Group says the chemicals could be to blame for over 12,000 cases of cancer in the U.S. each year.
June 11, 2019 | Reuters
International travelers' lung health impacted in polluted cities
More than 1.2 billion people travel the world each year, and many who travel to "megacities" with more than 10 million residents may find themselves in areas with high levels of air pollution.
June 10, 2019 | Independent UK
Microplastics from car tires could be stunting children’s lung growth, investigation finds
King's College London study claims one in three children are breathing unsafe air.
June 7, 2019 | BBC News
South Korea pollution: Is China the cause of 'fine dust'?
South Koreans angry about hazardous "fine dust" are pointing the finger at China's industrial sites and coal plants. Others say the problem lies closer to home.
June 7, 2019 | Capital news
Women worst affected by household air pollution
Women are vastly overburdened with exposure to household air pollution from polluting and unhealthy home energy sources.
June 7, 2019 | National geographic
Plastic pollution facts and information
Much of the planet is swimming in discarded plastic, which is harming animal and possibly human health. Can it be cleaned up?
June 7, 2019 | CBC Canada
UN representative finds Canada's Indigenous people are 'disproportionately' affected by toxic waste
Many Indigenous communities "feel they are located in areas that are ... 'sacrifice zones'"
June 7, 2019 | PHILADELPHIA (CBS) News
Doctors say high lead levels is a potential problem throughout the Philadelphia region.
There are renewed concerns about lead poisoning in Philadelphia after the closing of a park in Point Breeze because of high lead levels in the soil. Doctors say it’s a potential problem throughout the region.
June 5, 2019 | WHO/Europe
Beat air pollution to protect health: World Environment Day 2019
Beat air pollution – that is the theme for World Environment Day on 5 June. The air that we breathe is fundamental to our existence; yet, we sometimes forget the impact that the quality of the air has on our health and well-being.
May 29, 2019 | Environmental Health News
How spills of toxic firefighting foam containing PFAS escaped into streams, drains near Pittsburgh airport
One of the firefighting foam spills noted in the report was as recent as 2013
May 28, 2019 | Environmental Health News
Liquid used in e-cigarettes damages cells crucial for a healthy heart
Another warning that e-cigarettes may weaken your heart The flavors used in e-cigarettes—especially menthol and cinnamon—damage blood vessel cells and such impacts increase heart disease risk, according to a new study.
May 23, 2019 |
Are chemicals in beauty products making us ill?
Cosmetics and personal care items women use every day are packed with a constellation of chemicals that health advocates say could be connected to a host of health problems.
May 21, 2019 | Reuters
More evidence welding fumes raise lung cancer risk
Workers exposed to welding fumes are more likely to develop lung cancer than those not exposed to the fumes, and a new study suggests this holds true regardless of other risk factors like smoking or exposure to asbestos.
May 21, 2019 | Reuters
Improved air quality tied to fewer new childhood asthma cases
Childhood asthma rates appear to be dropping in many communities across southern California, and a new study suggests this may be due at least in part to improved air quality.
May 16, 2019 | Reuters
Charcoal toothpaste may do harm and not much good
Charcoal toothpaste may be having a moment as a go-to brightening and whitening tool, but some dentists say these products might actually damage tooth enamel and make cavities more likely.
May 15, 2019 | Reuters
Lead measured in teeth of kids living near former battery-recycling plant
Children living near a former car-battery recycling plant in Los Angeles have lead in their baby teeth at levels that track with neighborhood contamination, according to a study of exposure to the toxic metals in the womb and during early childhood.
May 15, 2019 | Environmental Health News
From making it to managing it, plastic is a major contributor to climate change
New report finds plastic production and use could have the equivalent impact of nearly 300 new coal power plants on Earth's climate over the next decade.
May 8, 2019 | Newsweek
Bees exposed to neonicotinoid pesticide become hyperactive before crashing out, reducing their ability to forage
In a “bee treadmill” experiment, the pesticide reduced the length of time and distance that the insects could fly.
May 2, 2019 | Environmental Health News
Childhood cancer survivors are more likely to end up in the hospital from air pollution
A new study shows survivors are nearly twice as likely to get sick on bad air days
May 1, 2019 | The Intercept
High levels of toxic PFAS chemicals pollute breast milk
Studies are showing high levels of toxic PFAS chemicals in breast milk that far exceed U.S. drinking water health advisory limits.
May 1, 2019 | The Guardian
Lifetime of drinking California water could raise cancer risk, study finds
Researchers find arsenic and other contaminants that could lead to almost 15,500 cases of cancer
April 30, 2019 | Health Line
Common food additive could lead to obesity, diabetes
Researchers say an additive found in baked goods, dairy products, and processed meats could be an endocrine disruptor.
April 29, 2019 | Business Green
Toxic chemicals discovered in African eggs gathered from e-waste dumpsite
Electrical waste illegally shipped from Europe to Africa is leaching dangerous chemicals into Ghana's food chain, new research revealed last week.
April 26, 2019 | National Public Radio
How do mosquitoes taste DEET? Hint: it's not with their mouthparts
It's the only repellent that drives mosquitoes away when they come in contact with it. A new study has a theory about why that is.
April 26, 2019 | Kaiser Helath News
States weigh banning a widely used pesticide even though EPA won’t
The pesticide chlorpyrifos has been linked to developmental problems in children.
April 25, 2019 | Chemical Watch
Saudi study links phthalate exposure in couples to failed pregnancy
A study of almost 600 couples in an IVF clinic in Saudi Arabia has found an apparent association between phthalate exposure and an increased risk of failed clinical pregnancy and live birth.
April 24, 2019 | The Ecologist
Glyphosate risks 'last for generations'
A new study found diseases caused by glyphosate in second and third generation offspring of lab animals exposed to the herbicide.
April 24, 2019 | USA Today
Air pollution: smog, soot is worst in California
Though California cities have the nation's worst air quality, as usual, a new report finds that smog and soot pollution is increasing in other U.S. cities as well.
April 24, 2019 | CBC Canada
Neonic pesticide reduces bees' ability to cleanse deadly mite, research shows
A new study from researchers at the University of Guelph has found when bees encounter both a common neonicotinoid pesticide and Varroa mites, it can lead to premature death.
April 24, 2019 | CBC Canada
Air pollution contributing to high mercury, metal levels in Kejimkujik lakes
A new study of lake sediment samples dating back over 200 years has shown a rise in mercury and some metal levels.
April 24, 2019 | Twin Cities Pioneer Press
Study: Hmong women at highest risk for mercury poisoning due to fish consumption, skin-lightening products
Asian women, especially Hmong, are at higher risk of mercury contamination than any other ethnic groups in the Twin Cities, according to a study released Tuesday.
April 23, 2019 | Reuters
Dumping plastic waste in Asia found destroying crops and health
Plastic waste imports into Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam jumped from mid-2017 to early 2018, leading to illegal operations dumping and open-burning
April 23, 2019 | CBC Canada
What happened to triclosan? A lingering legacy of the hyper-hygiene era
A few years ago we were brushing our teeth with it, rinsing our mouths with it, sanitizing our hands with it. And now triclosan is almost vanished from the marketplace.
April 22, 2019 | National Public Radio
Scientists dig into hard questions about the fluorinated pollutants known as PFAS
PFAS are a family of chemicals accumulating in the soil, rivers, drinking water and the human body. How much exposure to these substances in clothes, firefighting foam and food wrap is too much?
April 22, 2019 | CBC Canada
This is what happens to the e-waste you drop off for recycling
Here's what happens to the electronic items you bring to recycle, and why you can't just throw them in the garbage.
April 21, 2019 | Bangkok Post
PM2.5 levels surge in Chiang Rai
Haze pollution in the North resumed on Sunday when the level of harmful PM2.5 in Chiang Rai province was at again recorded at high levels, together with increasing levels of microparticles found in many provinces in the North.
April 17, 2019 | Pacific Standard
Air pollution is killing more people than smoking - and fossil fuels are largely to blame
A new study finds that air pollution caused by fossil fuel emissions is killing millions and disrupting the water cycle.
April 15, 2019 | US News
Counties where traffic air pollution hurts children most
A first-of-its-kind county-by-county heat map details the distribution of childhood asthma due to nitrogen dioxide across the U.S.
April 12, 2019 | Business Insider
The most dangerous toxic chemicals found in tap water
Some of the most common contaminants found in tap water include lead and PFOA.
April 11, 2019 | BBC News
One in 10 child asthma cases 'linked to traffic pollution'
Four million cases of childhood asthma could be caused by air pollution from traffic - around 13% of those diagnosed each year, a global study suggests.
April 10, 2019 | Chemical Watch
Greater supply chain collaboration, information key to BPA substitution
The European Chemicals Agency and Belgian health and economic ministries hosted a workshop on thermal paper alternatives.
April 10, 2019 | New Atlas
Algae gets enlisted to make wastewater safer
Endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, are linked to some serious health issues and it appears that algae could be used for removing them from wastewater.
April 8, 2019 | The Guardian
Pesticides and antibiotics polluting streams across Europe
Wildlife and human health are threatened say scientists as Syngenta accepts 'undeniable demand' for change.
April 5, 2019 | European Scientist
Air pollution from corn production is a major contributor to mortality
For the first time, researhcers have estimate the health and environmental costs associated with air pollution from corn production in the US.
April 4, 2019 | JAMA Network
Chemicals in consumer products associated with early puberty
Exposure to certain chemicals in products like toothpaste, cosmetics, and mothballs could be one reason why some girls are entering puberty early, suggests a recent study in Human Reproduction.
April 4, 2019 | My Healthy Click
FDA suggests new fluoride standard for bottled water, yet some scientists believe it is still too high
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is suggesting a standard of the lower concentration level of fluoride in bottled water; however, some environmental groups and scientists believe that the recommended limit is still too high and could pose harmful effects on human health.
April 4, 2019 | Insight India
Over 1.2 million people died in India due to air pollution in 2017
Over 1.2 million people died in India due to air pollution in 2017, said a global report on air pollution on Wednesday. South Asia is most polluted area in the world, it added.
April 3, 2019 | Business Insider
19 types of pollution you might encounter every day that could hurt your health
Many of our activities pollute the land, air, and sea - often to the detriment of our health.
April 3, 2019 | The Conversation
How clean is your city? Just ask the bees
Urban pollutants are a health concern in growing cities. Scientists are turning to honey bees to help monitor contaminants in soil, water, air and plants.
April 3, 2019 | The Journal
Children born today will die 20 months sooner than expected because of air pollution
The new research shows that air pollution now rivals smoking as a fact in life expectancy reduction.
April 3, 2019 | Chemistry Watch
Cutting ammonia pollution may lead to more acid rain in China
Any effort to target ammonia should aim to reduce sulfur dioxide pollution at the same time.
April 2, 2019 | The Conversation
Kids exposed to flame retardant PBDE are at risk for lifelong liver or cardiovascular problems
Brief exposure to a family of chemicals used as flame retardants early in life can permanently alter fat levels in the blood and liver, raising the risk of liver cancer and heart disease.
April 2, 2019 | Outlook India
Cutting air pollution may save millions of lives annually
Reducing global air pollution may prevent over three million premature deaths annually worldwide, particularly in India, Africa and China, according to a study.
April 1, 2019 | The Guardian
Air pollution falling in London but millions still exposed
Two million people in London are living with illegal air pollution, according to the most recent data. However, nitrogen dioxide levels are falling and could reach legal levels within six years.
April 1, 2019 | COSMOS
Car exhaust exposure has lifelong mental health effects
Exposure to atmospheric lead during childhood results in lifelong mental health deficits, a 30-year study has found.
April 1, 2019 | Newyorker.com
The hidden air pollution in our homes
Outdoor air has been regulated for decades, but emissions from daily domestic activities may be more dangerous than anyone imagined.
March 31, 2019 | National Public Radio
Eating more fish might mitigate pollution's effects on asthma
A research team tracked the diets and exposures to air pollution of kids inside Baltimore homes. Children with diets high in omega-3 fatty acids seemed less vulnerable to pollution's effect on asthma.
March 29, 2019 | WHO/Europe
Noncommunicable diseases and air pollution
Air pollution is the second leading cause of deaths from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) after tobacco smoking, according to WHO.
March 29, 2019 | The Guardian
EU bans UK's most-used pesticide over health and environment fears
One of the world's most common pesticides will soon be banned by the European Union after safety officials reported human health and environmental concerns.
March 29, 2019 | WHO Europe
Noncommunicable diseases and air pollution
Tackling air pollution is a key factor in reducing premature mortality.
March 28, 2019 | Weather Undergound
Stopping human-caused air pollution would prevent 5.6 million air pollution deaths per year
If humans stopped emitting air pollution, an astonishing 5.6 million premature deaths per year due to global outdoor air pollution could be prevented, according to research published Monday.
March 28, 2019 | The Guardian
Air pollution linked to psychotic experiences in young people
Young people living with higher levels of air pollution are significantly more likely to have psychotic experiences, according to a new study.
March 27, 2019 | The Guardian
Widespread losses of pollinating insects revealed across Britain
A widespread loss of pollinating insects in recent decades has been revealed by the first national survey in Britain, which scientists say "highlights a fundamental deterioration" in nature.
March 26, 2019 | Science Daily
Smartphone test spots poisoned water risk to millions of lives
A smartphone device could help millions of people avoid drinking water contaminated by arsenic.
March 24, 2019 | The Guardian
The latest trend in skincare: anti-pollution makeup sales soar
Demand for anti-pollution beauty products is soaring as Londoners wake up to the impact of toxic air on their complexions.
March 22, 2019 | Beyond Pesticide
Study finds that commonly occurring levels of neonicotinoid insecticide harm white-tailed deer
A two-year study, published March 14, finds that field-relevant contamination with the neonicotinoid insecticide imidacloprid causes reduced body weight and metabolism in white-tailed deer, and – in fawns – mortality.
March 22, 2019 | The Nation
More than 90 percent of Americans have pesticides or their byproducts in their bodies
The real risks from chemicals in our food—for farmworkers and children, in particular—are being ignored.
March 22, 2019 | Environmental Health News
Weed killer residues found in 98 percent of Canadian honey samples
Study is the latest evidence that glyphosate herbicides are so pervasive that residues can be found in foods not produced by farmers using glyphosate.
March 21, 2019 | On Medica
ASD risk higher with prenatal exposure to pesticides
Prenatal exposure to common agricultural pesticides is associated with a small to moderately increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
March 20, 2019 | TIME
A Mother's Exposure to Pesticides During Pregnancy May Raise Children's Autism Risk
In one of the largest studies looking at the potential effects of pesticide exposure on still-developing fetuses and newborns, scientists found that exposure to the most commonly used pesticides was linked to higher risk of autism spectrum disorder.
March 20, 2019 | Environmental Health News
Spinach, strawberries and kale top annual report on the most pesticide-tainted produce
Annual analysis finds almost 70 percent of U.S. fruits and vegetables have pesticide residues
March 19, 2019 | BBC News
London air pollution: Pupils' bags to monitor toxic air levels
Some 250 pupils from five primary schools across London will carry pollution sensors in backpacks.
March 18, 2019 | Chemistry and Engineering News
Linking pollution and infectious disease
Chemicals and pathogens interact to weaken the immune system, reduce vaccine efficacy, and increase pathogen virulence.
March 18, 2019 | Environmental Health News
What’s the world’s most widely used herbicide doing to tiny critters?
Glyphosate-based herbicides are not supposed to harm wildlife. But lab studies keep finding otherwise.
March 17, 2019 | The Guardian
Deadly air in our cities: The invisible killer
Traffic pollution is putting our children at risk. We meet campaigners – many of them concerned mothers – fighting back.
March 15, 2019 | Mongabay India
India’s thrust on coal continues while studies highlight impact on health
The adverse impact from coal-fired power plants on public health is the highest in India globally, found a recent study.
March 15, 2019 | DW.com
Malaysia shuts 111 schools as toxic dumping poisons hundreds
The situation is becoming "increasingly critical" after hundreds more children were admitted to hospital. Three people suspected of involvement in the dumping of toxic waste have been arrested.
March 15, 2019 | US News
EPA Bans Deadly Paint-Stripper Chemical From Consumer Use, Doesn’t Ban Commercial Use
The chemical has been linked to dozens of deaths. The final rule bans the manufacture, import and distribution of consumer products with the chemical, methylene chloride. It does not apply to commercial use, however.
March 14, 2019 | Reuters
As wildfires devour communities, toxic threats emerge
As an uncontrollable wildfire turned the California town of Paradise to ash, air pollution researcher Keith Bein knew he had to act fast: Little is known about toxic chemicals released when a whole town burns and the wind would soon blow away evidence. www.reuters.com Medical monitoring bill moves closer to final passage in Vermont Senate 14 March The Vermont Senate ordered a final vote Wednesday on a bill that would allow individuals to sue companies for medical monitoring expenses related
March 14, 2019 | PBS
The stunning truth about asbestos use in the US
Asbestos is no longer ubiquitous in building materials, and since it's proven to cause cancer, many Americans likely assumed the substance had been banned entirely.
March 13, 2019 | The Guardian
Air pollution deaths are double previous estimates, finds research
Europe's dense population and poor air quality results in exposure that is among the highest in the world.
March 13, 2019 | The Guardian
Surge in chemical use ‘a threat to health and environment’
Sales of synthetic chemicals will double over the next 12 years with alarming implications for health and the environment, according to a global study that highlights government failures to rein in the industry behind plastics, pesticides and cosmetics.
March 13, 2019 | The Guardian
Surge in chemical use ‘a threat to health and environment’
Sales of synthetic chemicals will double over the next 12 years with alarming implications for health and the environment, according to a global study that highlights government failures to rein in the industry behind plastics, pesticides and cosmetics.
March 12, 2019 | Earth.com News
Honey from city bees can be used to trace environmental pollutants
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have discovered that honey samples can be used to measure environmental pollution.
March 12, 2019 | Bangkok Post
Chiang Mai air pollution worst in the world
Forest fires have sent air quality in nine provinces to a level considered harmful to people's health, as cities in the North like Chiang Mai registered air quality that was among the world's worst.
March 12, 2019 | Reuters
Air pollution killing more people than smoking, say scientists
Air pollution is killing more people every year than smoking, according to research published on Tuesday that called for urgent action to stop burning fossil fuels.
March 12, 2019 | IOL News
Household pollutants cause infertility in both men and dogs - study
Environmental contaminants found in home and diet have the same adverse effects on male fertility both in humans and domestic dogs.
March 11, 2019 | UN Press Release
Research highlights true impacts of plastics on our planet, ecosystems, people
Nairobi, 11 March, 2018 – The global fight against plastic pollution comes into sharp focus at the Fourth UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, with the launch of three reports each addressing different aspects of, and solutions for, the growing impact of plastics on the world’s marine environments.
March 11, 2019 | DevonLive
Thousands of UK deaths linked to toxic fumes from ships
The toxic gases have been linked to cancer, heart disease and asthma.
March 11, 2019 | Reuters
China expands switch from polluting coal heating in 2018 -environment minister
China expanded its coal-to-gas and coal-to-electricity projects to 35 cities in 2018 from 12 cities the previous year, China's environment minister, Li Ganjie, said on Monday, as the world's second-largest economy stepped up its fight against smog.
March 11, 2019 | The Daily Star
Dhaka's toxic air: A major public health concern
The electronic and press media in Bangladesh has recently been highlighting the findings of the 2018 World Air Quality Report published by Greenpeace and AirVisual. As per this report, Bangladesh has the most polluted air in the world, and Dhaka is the second most polluted capital city.
March 10, 2019 | The Conversation
Wood smoke may smell good, but winter fires come with a steep health cost
Air pollution causes one in nine deaths around the world.
March 10, 2019 | Independent UK
Toxic fumes from ships linked to thousands of UK deaths
The UK is one of the most vulnerable nations to the toxic fumes spewed out by ships, according to a new study.
March 9, 2019 | The Guardian
The Roundup row: is the world’s most popular weedkiller carcinogenic?
Producer Monsanto is facing thousands of lawsuits from customers who now have cancer. But not all experts are convinced of a link.
March 7, 2019 | Earth.com News
China and South Korea will use artificial rain to curb pollution
This week, air pollution in South Korea has reached alarming levels, and fine dust levels have reached a new high.
March 7, 2019 | Straits Times
S. Koreans angry as toxic air pollution takes hold
South Koreans are getting more angry and frustrated as hazardous ultra-fine particulate pollution grips large parts of the country.
March 7, 2019 | The Guardian
Microplastic pollution revealed ‘absolutely everywhere’ by new research
Microplastic pollution spans the world, according to new studies showing contamination in the UK's lake and rivers, in groundwater in the US and along the Yangtze river in China and the coast of Spain.
March 6, 2019 | The Conversation
Mystery of French babies born with deformed arms – here's what a developmental biologist thinks
Several facts suggest that agricultural chemicals, getting into the water supply or food chain, could influence embryonic development and result in damage.
March 6, 2019 | Environmental Health News
"Off the charts" arsenic levels detected in Western Pennsylvania groundwater
PITTSBURGH—New data shows arsenic at levels 372 times greater than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's threshold for safety in groundwater an hour northwest of Pittsburgh.
March 6, 2019 | The Guardian
A hidden scandal: America's school students exposed to water tainted by toxic lead
Elevated levels of lead have been found in schools across the US, alarming experts who say it is particularly harmful to children
March 6, 2019 | UN Earthed
Global air pollution map reveals 2,000 cities suffering from dirty air
Two thirds of the cities in the world with adequate air quality data are suffering from dangerous levels of pollution, according to a massive new map.
March 4, 2019 | Bloomberg
Toxins found near almost all coal ash ponds tracked by industry
Environmental watchdogs say the power industry's own data show widespread groundwater contamination near sites storing coal ash, a toxic byproduct of burning coal to generate electricity.
March 3, 2019 | Miami New Times
City of Miami bans use of herbicides containing Glyphosate
Glyphosate is a popular ingredient in weed-killing herbicides because it's extremely effective. It's also a well-known pollutant — researchers have found the chemical in samples of the air we breathe, the food we eat, and even the beer and wine we buy from the liquor store.
March 3, 2019 | The Guardian
Hospitals withdraw surgical device over aluminium exposure fears
The device, called enFlow, is used to warm fluids to body temperature before they are infused into patients during surgery. But fluids passed through the device during tests were found to contain hundreds of times the recommended safe limit of aluminium.
March 1, 2019 | Independent UK
Humanity producing potentially harmful chemicals faster than they can test their effects, experts warn
'On a very large proportion of chemicals in everyday use – we either know nothing about their toxicity or very little,'. Humans and wildlife face escalating risks from potentially harmful chemical because the production of new compounds is outstripping capacity to test their toxicity, experts warned.
March 1, 2019 | Reuters
Rheumatoid arthritis risk lower among smokers who quit
Adults who quit smoking decades ago may have a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis than people who gave up cigarettes more recently, a U.S. study suggests.
February 28, 2019 | The Guardian
Pollution map reveals unsafe air quality at almost 2,000 UK sites
Almost 2,000 locations across the England, Wales and Northern Ireland have levels of air pollution that exceed safety limits, according to a pollution map released by campaigners.
February 27, 2019 | Phys.org
Wildlife are exposed to a cocktail of hormone-disrupting toxins and our understanding of the risks is limited
A team of experts convened by Professor Sir Charles Godfray of the Oxford Martin School has assessed the evidence base of key chemicals known to disrupt the endocrine system of wildlife.
February 26, 2019 | Dailymail online
Office worker, 69, who ate fish every day of his two-week Alaskan cruise becomes confused and forgetful after developing mercury poisoning
The unnamed man was taken to the Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Revealed he ate high-mercury halibut, lingcod and salmon shark at most meals Diagnosed with 'organic mercury toxicity due to consumption of excessive fish'
February 26, 2019 | Reuters
Study bolsters link between prenatal nicotine exposure and ADHD
Pregnant women who have nicotine in their systems from smoking are more likely to have children who develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study suggests.
February 25, 2019 | USA Today
Weed killer in your wine and beer? That's what a new U.S. PIRG study found
A new report by the public-interest advocacy group U.S. PIRG reveals that tests of five wines and 15 beers, including organic ones, found traces of the controversial weed killer glyphosate in 19 out of the 20.
February 25, 2019 | Environmental Health News
Insecticide linked to increased breast cancer risk — 40 years after exposure
Researchers found DDT exposure before puberty may have increased the breast cancer risk for women in their 50s. Study is the latest to suggest early-life exposures, even prior to birth, may hold the key to understanding who gets diseases.
February 19, 2019 | ์Nola.com
New Orleans mockingbirds exposed to lead show more aggression, Tulane finds
Mockingbirds found in New Orleans neighborhoods with high levels of lead in the soil are more aggressive, New research from Tulane University indicates. The research team says their findings indicate sub-lethal lead exposure may be common in urban wildlife and should be better studied.
February 15, 2019 | The Guardian
Exposure to weed killing products increases risk of cancer by 41%
Evidence ‘supports link’ between exposures to glyphosate herbicides and increased risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma
February 14, 2019 | Daily Mail UK
DDT exposure raises ALL women's risks of breast cancer 40 years later, study finds
The now-banned pesticide DDT is a suspected carcinogen, but was once widespread. New research from the Public Health Institute suggests women's breast cancer risks spike 40 years post-exposure.
February 13, 2019 | The Morning Sun
New health risk may be caused by PBB exposure
It has long been known that exposure to poly-brominated bipenyls, or PBB, can result in health issues.
February 11, 2019 | The North Carolina Health News
Bug bombs are duds at killing insects yet may pose harm to people, study finds
They fill the air with insecticide, don't really penetrate to where roaches are and leave surfaces coated by pesticide residue that can linger for weeks.
February 11, 2019 | Environmental Health News
More bad phthalate news: Early life exposure linked to decreased motor skills
Kids exposed to phthalates prenatally and as 3-year-olds have decreased motor skills later in their childhood, according to a new study.
February 11, 2019 | The Guardian
Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'
The world's insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a "catastrophic collapse of nature's ecosystems", according to the first global scientific review.
February 11, 2019 | Ensia.com
Decades-long study shines light on impacts of pesticides
A decades-long study in California is shining a light on the impact of pesticides on childhood brain development.
February 9, 2019 | New York TImes
Cosmetics safety needs a makeover
Thousands of chemicals, in billions of dollars worth of products, are being governed by regulations that haven’t been updated in decades.
February 8, 2019 | Chemistry and Engineering News
Two common flavoring chemicals in e-cigarettes can damage lung cells
In lab tests, the additives, including one associated with 'popcorn lung,' decrease the numbers of cells that keep airways clean.
February 8, 2019 | The Guardian
UK worst offender in Europe for electronic waste exports - report
The UK is the worst offender in Europe for illegally exporting toxic electronic waste to developing countries, according to a two-year investigation that tracked shipments from 10 European countries.
February 7, 2019 | The Conversation
Fossil fuels are bad for your health and harmful in many ways besides climate change
The coal, oil and natural gas industries are also connected with human rights violations, public health disasters and environmental devastation.
February 7, 2019 | The Sydney Morning Herald
The Sydney suburbs at risk from worsening air quality
Hundreds of thousands of people have been exposed to potentially dangerous levels of air pollution, a study has found.
February 7, 2019 | San Francisco Chronicle
Court gives Trump administration another chance to argue against pesticide ban
A federal appeals court will reconsider its ruling that ordered a ban on the widely used farm pesticide chlorpyrifos, a chemical linked to brain damage in children.
February 6, 2019 | Reuters
Desperate Mongolians send children into countryside to escape choking winter smog
Mongolia has extended school winter holidays in the world's coldest capital and many families have sent children to live with relatives in the vast, windswept grasslands to escape choking smog and respiratory diseases such as pneumonia.
February 5, 2019 | The Guardian
Europe's most deprived areas 'hit hardest by air pollution'
Exposure to particulate matter and ozone is highest in poor eastern European states, says study.
February 5, 2019 | Environmental Health News
PFAS and phthalate chemical exposure early in life may hamper kids’ lungs
Study of more than 1,000 mothers and children in Europe links common chemicals to reduced lung function.
February 4, 2019 | Daily Mail UK
Men who live on a main road are more likely to struggle to get an erection
Men who live on a main road are more likely to struggle to get an erection 'because the toxic fumes cut off their blood supply', a Chinese study on rats suggested
February 4, 2019 | Chemistry and Engineering News
The pervasiveness of microplastics
Plastic particles are showing up in our food and in our bodies. Is that a problem?
February 4, 2019 | CityLab
Pollution from traffic harms kids' academic performance
When students switch to schools downwind of major roads, their test scores fall and their absences increase, according to new research.
January 31, 2019 | CNN
Toxic air forces Thai officials to close Bangkok schools for rest of week
Thailand's Ministry of Education has ordered all schools in Bangkok and some surrounding provinces to close for the remainder of the week amid concerns over dangerous levels of air pollution.
January 31, 2019 | The Sun UK
Bangkok residents cough up blood and suffer massive nosebleeds as major pollution crisis hits Thai capital
Bangkok residents have been coughing up blood and suffering nosebleeds thanks to the city's pollution crisis.
January 30, 2019 | Madison.com
Wisconsin case shows how sewage plants spread unregulated toxics across landscape
Hazardous, indestructible PFAS compounds pass through sewage treatment plants and end up in public waters and farm fields.
January 30, 2019 | Consumer Reports
Arsenic and lead are in your fruit juice: What you need to know
Consumer Reports' testing has discovered concerning amounts of toxic heavy metals including arsenic and lead in fruit juice, and many of those juices marketed to children.
January 30, 2019 | The Guardian
EU proposes ban on 90% of microplastic pollutants
A wide-ranging ban on microplastics covering about 90% of pollutants has been proposed by the EU in an attempt to cut 400,000 tonnes of plastic pollution in 20 years.
January 29, 2019 | Reuters
US judge to allow controversial evidence in Roundup cancer trials
A federal judge overseeing lawsuits alleging Bayer AG's glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer causes cancer on Monday tentatively allowed evidence that the company had hoped to exclude from upcoming trials.
January 28, 2019 | Environmental Health News
How diapers and menstrual pads are exposing babies and women to hormone-disrupting, toxic chemicals
Health advocates say the report is the latest example of products falling through regulatory cracks and an inadequate societal focus on women's reproductive health.
January 28, 2019 | The Times
China under fire as South Korea chokes on ‘fine dust’ pollution
It arrives from across the sea to the west, most often in the winter and spring, a choking yellow cloud that descends across the peninsula.
January 25, 2019 | Chemical Watch
Canada considers restricting flame retardants in tents, toys
Health Canada is considering restricting or banning flame retardants in tents and some children's toys as part of its proposed updates to the country's Tent Regulations.
January 25, 2019 | DW.com
Nitrogen oxide: Is it really that dangerous, lung doctors ask?
Several German pulmonary physicians question the current nitrogen oxide and particulate matter limits. These are inadequate and mainly based on questionable epidemiological studies, they say.
January 25, 2019 | Science magazine
As legal pot farms expand, so do air pollution worries
Researchers have long known that VOCs emitted by plants can contribute to smog. VOCs can mix with nitrogen oxides - produced by cars and industrial sources - in sunlight-driven reactions that produce ground-level ozone, a pollutant.
January 24, 2019 | Earth.com
Why do some tuna contain toxic mercury levels, while others don’t?
A new study may help to explain why toxic methylmercury concentrations in tuna fish vary across different geographic regions.
January 24, 2019 | Mother Jones
Lead exposure creates mean(er) mockingbirds
Lead is bad for human infants, and apparently it's bad for mockingbirds as well. In both cases, the problem is lead in soil.
January 21, 2019 | Mirror UK
New exhaust fume link to breast cancer
There is a one-in-10,000 chance that six women who worked in an area of high pollution and got breast cancers within three years of each other was a coincidence. In other words, pollution plays a part in developing the disease.
January 18, 2019 | Telegraph UK
Asthma attacks three times more common than thought, amid warnings over air pollution
Asthma attacks are three times as common as previously thought, according to new figures which have sparked warnings about the impact of air pollution.
January 17, 2019 | Inside Science
Smoke from wildfires may increase violent crime and asthma attacks
Exposure to wildfire smoke can send people with asthma rushing to the hospital, and it may also cause violent crime rates to spike, according to new research.
January 17, 2019 | Independent UK
How scented candles could be harming the environment and your health
Experts say your love of scented candles could be harming the environment and causing you to breathe in dangerous toxins.
January 17, 2019 | Texus Tribune
Report: Texas coal power plants leaching toxic pollutants into groundwater
Analyzing groundwater monitoring data that power companies are now required to report, the Environmental Integrity Project found that groundwater under 16 Texas coal plants had unsafe levels of contaminants including arsenic.
January 14, 2019 | Chemistry and Engineering News
World chemical outlook 2019: Environmental forecast
Looking ahead to the biggest environmental issues for chemistry worldwide, including climate change, air quality, PFAS pollution, plastics, and chemical regulation.
January 11, 2019 | Reuters
China could lift life expectancy by nearly three years if it meets WHO smog standards
China could raise average life expectancy by 2.9 years if it improves air quality to levels recommended by the World Health Organization, according a new study from a U.S. research group.
January 10, 2019 | USA Today
Oral-B Glide floss tied to toxic PFAS chemicals, study suggests
Using Oral-B Glide dental floss may be associated with higher levels of toxic PFAS chemicals in your body, according to a new peer-reviewed study.
January 10, 2019 | NBC News
Lead in water: Study shows many schools have far too much
Many schools across the country have too much lead in their tap water, but most are not even testing for it, according to new research.
January 9, 2019 | Chemical Watch
Chemicals in plastics: the hidden hazards
Dr Anna Watson, CHEM Trust head of advocacy, describes how scientists at the Food Packaging Forum established a comprehensive database of chemicals used in the production of plastic packaging.
January 9, 2019 | Environmental Health News
“Environmentally friendly” flame retardants break down into potentially toxic chemicals
A purported "eco-friendly" flame retardant breaks down into smaller, possibly harmful chemicals when exposed to heat and ultraviolet light, according to a study from German researchers.
January 8, 2019 | Telegraph UK
Four in ten UK children are breathing "toxic air" on the school run
Four in ten children in primary schools are breathing toxic air that breaches guidelines form the World Health Organisation, an investigation reveals.
January 7, 2019 | Hindustan Times
Lead, cadmium used to give colour to coffee mugs could be leaking into you as well
Researchers from Assam University, Silchar, have found a high concentration of lead and cadmium in double distilled water that leached from both old and new glazed, colourful ceramic cups heated in the microwave (convection mode) at 140 degree Celsius for 2.5 minutes.
January 7, 2019 | Cleveland.com
How evaluations can pinpoint brain injuries from lead poisoning to determine interventions
Lead poisoned children in Cleveland often start behind and can struggle to catch up because the toxic damages their brains.
January 7, 2019 | South China Morning Post
China’s fight for clean air gets more complicated after scientists link fall in PM2.5 pollutants to rise in crop-damaging ground-level ozone
Joint US-Chinese study suggests that drive to reduce most harmful particles in the atmosphere is something of a double-edged sword.
January 3, 2019 | Daily Nation
Air pollution linked to miscarriage
The researchers tracked air quality and compared it with patient outcomes.

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December 11, 2019 | 9News
Air pollution: More reasons it will send you to the hospital
Even at levels below international air quality guidelines, short-term exposure to pollution can send you to the hospital for more reasons than scientists originally thought, a new study finds.
December 10, 2019 | UPI
Smoke air pollution Sydney: Will this affect pregnant women or asthmatic children?
Pregnant women and young children with asthma could suffer long term consequences if the toxic air smothering Sydney continues until the end of summer, a health expert has warned.
December 9, 2019 | UPI
Air pollution exposure worsens lung function in current, former smokers
In a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found that long-term exposure to ozone in the atmosphere has significant effects on lung function, particularly among heavy smokers.
December 9, 2019 | South China Morning Post
Chinese scientists raise alarm about LCD screen pollution
Chemicals leaking from millions of computer screens in homes, offices and schools could damage human health, according to research by Chinese scientists.
December 8, 2019 | New York Times
The price of recycling old laptops: Toxic fumes in Thailand’s lungs
The e-waste industry is booming in Southeast Asia, frightening residents worried for their health. Despite a ban on imports, Thailand is a center of the business.
January 1, 2019 | Reuters
As temperatures fall, air quality worsens in Indian capital 01 January
Pollution levels spiked last week in New Delhi, India's teeming capital of more than 20 million people, climbing to nearly 12 times the recommended level and exacerbating a public health crisis.
December 26, 2018 | ABC News Australia
Residents raise concerns about toxic PFAS contamination
For years, residents near some Australian airports and defence bases have been raising concerns about contamination from potentially toxic PFAS chemicals, used in firefighting foam.
December 25, 2018 | Reuters
India's capital chokes as pollution levels hit the worst this year
Pollution levels in New Delhi have hit their worst this year in the past two days - earning a "severe" to "emergency" rating and indicating conditions that can spark a public health crisis.
December 23, 2018 | Clean Technica
Cyclists exposed to less air pollution than drivers, study finds
Good news is for the open-air bicyclist. A recent report informs us that bicyclists are the least affected or exposed to air pollution on daily commutes. More at risk are the people in cars and buses.
December 14, 2018 | Environmental Health News
Invisible pollutants and the tipping point for endocrine disruption
This is the story of how our physical environments in every community are currently under siege from endocrine-disrupting chemicals in our midst.