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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.
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 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.
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.
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.

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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.
November 18, 2018 | The Guardian
Air pollution levels ‘forcing families to move out of cities’
As diesel emission fears mount, a growing number of parents now consider clean air the main factor when choosing a school
November 16, 2018 | Environmental Health
Safety of Safety Evaluation of Pesticides: developmental neurotoxicity of chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl
Authorization of pesticides for market release requires toxicity testing on animals, typically performed by test laboratories on contract with the pesticide producer. The latter provides the results and summary to the regulatory authorities.
November 14, 2018 | The Guardian
Diesel pollution stunts children’s lung growth, major study shows
Research carried out in London also shows charging polluting trucks had no effect on health
October 26, 2018 | Environmental Health
Respiratory health effects of exposure to low levels of airborne endotoxin – a systematic review
Significant exposure-response relationships between endotoxin and symptoms and FEV1 were shown in several studies, with no conflicting findings in the studies included in the best evidence synthesis. Significantly different effects of endotoxin exposure were also seen in vulnerable subgroups (atopics and patients with broncho-obstructive disease) and smokers.
October 24, 2018 | Environmental Health News
Another round of tests finds weedkiller widespread in popular cereals and snack bars
Glyphosate— the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller—was found in all 28 samples of different cereals, oatmeal and snack bars tested by a lab for Environmental Working Group, according to a report released today.
October 19, 2018 | Environmental Health
Does residential mobility during pregnancy induce exposure misclassification for air pollution?
Prenatal exposure to outdoor air pollution has been shown to have health effects in many studies; low birth weight, preterm delivery, small for gestational age, and stillbirth are the most often cited.