More traces of cancer-causing PFAS in Arctic raise alarm over global spread

Scientists are still grappling with the complex puzzle of how these toxic chemicals are moving through the environment.
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This chemical can impair fertility, but it’s hard to avoid

Hormone-disrupting phthalates can be found in everything from plastics and household goods to personal care products. Studies have shown they may be harmful to women’s reproductive systems.

What's in the water? A breakdown of some of the pollutants around Montreal

The St. Lawrence River is the lifeblood of Montreal, providing a commercial highway for shipping, drinking water and, for many, a recreational playground.


Endocrine disruptors in personal care products associated with the timing of puberty

The study for this year's Human Reproduction keynote lecture found a link between phthalates and other endocrine disrupting chemicals in body-care products and the timing of puberty in girls.

Study: early BPA exposure may cause 'premature ageing' of liver epigenome

Susceptibility to metabolic disorders could increase as a result, results suggest.

EU member states publish inaugural lists of EDCs

Four member states collaborated on the list in an effort to accelerate regulatory and industry action on endocrine disrupting chemicals.


Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ flow freely through Cape Fear River—and now its fish

The health effects of PFAS chemicals are still under scientific investigation, but North Carolina residents worry that the abundant substances puts them in danger too.

Mahi Pono’s Pesticide Files: Mahi Pono uses paraquat and another chemical toxic to marine life and bees.

Mahi Pono, Maui's largest landowner, sprayed the highly toxic chemical paraquat six times last September and October, according to Hawai'i's Department of Agriculture.

Pollution is causing wild fish deformities in California

A new study demonstrates how high selenium concentrations, primarily from industrial and agricultural runoff, can affect wild fish.

Living on Earth: Food and Drug Admin. disputes BPA health risks

The chemical BPA, an endocrine disruptor, is widely used in food packaging. Environmental Health News published a reported series showing that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has stacked the deck against findings from independent scientists that link BPA to harmful human health effects, ranging from birth defects to cancer. Science journalist Lynne Peeples joins Host Steve Curwood to discuss this investigation and why even BPA alternatives may also not be safe.

DSM developing phase out timeline for EDCs

Global nutrition, health and materials company Royal DSM's coatings and resins business is developing a phase out timeline for endocrine disrupting chemicals, respiratory sensitisers and "other chemicals of high concern" (CoHCs).


George Monbiot: Toxic sofas are a secret scandal – and an ‘EU red tape’ bonfire will make it worse

The use of banned flame retardants is widespread, yet our prime minister is hostile towards public protections, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot.


Scientists found harmful 'forever chemicals' in pet cats and dogs

PFAS are in everything from clothing to non-stick pans, and can harm humans and animals. Now, scientists have found them in pet cats and dogs.

Lower birthrates are a result of toxic environment, Jeremy Grantham says

Lower birthrates are a result of people postponing childbirth into later years as well as chemical toxicity in the environment according to research.

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Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

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