Flame retardants, pesticides now leading risk factors for IQ loss

A study in the journal Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology found that exposure to flame retardants and pesticides is now the leading contributor to IQ loss. The study, which was published in February last year, also showed that exposure to heavy metals decreased over the past 16 years. A team led by New York University (NYU) researchers arrived at these findings after analyzing data from the National … Continue reading Flame retardants, pesticides now leading risk factors for IQ loss

Ticks carrying Lyme disease thrive near California coast, study finds

Ticks have been turning up in areas that were once believed to be free of the blood-sucking parasites, according to a study led by researchers from Colorado State University. Published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, it showed that disease-carrying ticks, which were once thought to inhabit woodlands, are also present near Northern California’s coastline. The arachnids inhabit the … Continue reading Ticks carrying Lyme disease thrive near California coast, study finds

Common plastic additive linked to fertility problems

A study published in the journal PLOS Genetics found that exposure to the plastic additive diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) could cause fertility problems. Led by Harvard Medical School researchers, the study showed that DEHP increases breaks in the DNA during egg production and impairs cells’ ability to repair these breaks. How common plastic additive affects fertility DEHP belongs to a family of chemicals called phthalates. It is … Continue reading Common plastic additive linked to fertility problems

Bayer considers pulling Roundup from U.S. market after judge rejects $2 billion settlement deal

After a U.S. judge rejected a $2 billion plan to settle all future claims alleging that glyphosate (Roundup) herbicide causes cancer, Bayer, which took the baton from Monsanto, is reportedly rethinking the chemical’s presence in the American consumer market. At this point in time, there are some 30,000 ongoing lawsuits involving Roundup, which has injured and … Continue reading Bayer considers pulling Roundup from U.S. market after judge rejects $2 billion settlement deal

Toxic “forever chemicals” found in fertilizers made from sewage sludge

Toxic “forever chemicals” seem to be everywhere these days, from drinking water sources to breast milk. Now, it appears that the chemicals, also known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), have also found their way into fertilizers, according to a report published last month. The report was written by researchers from the Ecology Center and the Sierra Club, … Continue reading Toxic “forever chemicals” found in fertilizers made from sewage sludge

Celebrate, but not with glitter: Glitter is a toxic pollutant that should be banned, warn scientists

Glitter is tiny, sparkly and festive, but these minuscule particles are harmful to the environment. According to experts, glitter should be banned to protect oceans and marine life. Why is glitter bad for the environment? Glitter particles are very small, and marine animals often mistake them for food. This is bad because microplastics like glitter can damage … Continue reading Celebrate, but not with glitter: Glitter is a toxic pollutant that should be banned, warn scientists

Factory-farmed meat more likely to be contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria – study

A recent study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that factory-farmed meat is more likely to be contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria than organic meat. Researchers arrived at this conclusion after studying data from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), a joint program between the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NARMS collected chicken breast, ground beef, ground turkey … Continue reading Factory-farmed meat more likely to be contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria – study

Scientists find toxic “forever chemicals” in home fertilizers made from sewage sludge

Many home gardeners buy compost or fertilizers to improve the quality of their soil. Unfortunately, some home fertilizers made from biosolids – nutrient-rich, organic materials derived from sewage sludge – contain alarmingly high levels of “forever chemicals,” or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Those are the findings of a recent report by scientists with Ecology Center, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group based in … Continue reading Scientists find toxic “forever chemicals” in home fertilizers made from sewage sludge

Indoor pollution in classrooms threatens the health of schoolchildren, scientists warn

When you think of indoor air pollution, you might imagine a home with a wood-burning stove or a smoky bar. One environment that may not come immediately to mind is a school, but the unfortunate truth is that indoor air pollution in classrooms around the world is putting children’s health in jeopardy. A study published … Continue reading Indoor pollution in classrooms threatens the health of schoolchildren, scientists warn

Concerning levels of “forever chemicals” found in 100% of breast milk samples

A new study that evaluated American women’s breast milk for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “forever chemicals,” has shown “cause for concern” in the levels found in all 50 samples analyzed. The study, first reported by The Guardian, showed that the chemicals were found at levels roughly 2,000 times higher than what experts consider safe. This is the … Continue reading Concerning levels of “forever chemicals” found in 100% of breast milk samples