Uncovering where (and how much) of the environmental contaminant PFAS chemical is in products, food, soil, water and human bodies just became near impossible for research scientists.
The Marine Mammal Center has discovered what is causing a pervasive and aggressive form of cancer in sea lions…Scientists connected the fatal cancer with leaking barrels filled with chemicals that were dumped off the coast of Los Angeles, California in the 1960’s. This discovery means that humans are also at risk.
Problems with lead exposure in the U.S. are far more pervasive and far closer to home than many might think–namely, in the food we eat (leaching from food packaging containers), in cosmetics like lipstick, and lead in bottled water bought at the supermarket. But the other problem with lead–why it still exists in our food, cosmetics and water–is a political one. A group of organizations has recently sent a formal petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to revise its outdated standards for lead in food to better protect the public.
Scientists investigating the phenomenon of salmon die-off in Puget Sound have discovered that a vast chemical soup is threatening aquatic life, and one toxic chemical in particular is responsible for wiping out the creatures.
A new scientific study indicates that plastics in the ocean can release toxic chemicals that cause deformities in sea creatures.
What are the Effects of PFAS Chemical? Because of their toxicity at extremely low concentrations, there are risks from PFAS bioaccumulation. In addition to their presence in the human body–where, among other serious effects, they are linked with increased rates of some types of cancer, hormonal disruption, and immune responses–PFAS chemicals (a class of over 3000 compounds) are released into the environment, transported through groundwater, river, and soils, and can only be partially remediated. Scientists will be
meeting at the Geological Society of America’s 2020 Annual Meeting to learn more about this highly toxic chemical and discuss the need for more research.
In addition to settlements for PCB and Dicamba, aspirin giant, pharmaceutical-agricultural chemicals company Bayer says it will pay up to $10.9 billion to settle a lawsuit over subsidiary Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup.
Perchlorate, a chemical compound used in rocket fuels, fireworks, fertilizers, food packaging and many other industrial materials, seeps into groundwater–the very source of our drinking water. Now scientists have discovered perchlorate presents far more of a threat to our thyroids than previously believed. Unfortunately, the U.S. government has just decided not to regulate the amount of this toxic chemical in our drinking water.
The synthetic “forever chemical” PFAS commonly found in processed food packaging, drinking water, stick resistant cookware, and stain resistant carpeting and clothing has been linked with an increased risk for miscarriage.
A new scientific study has demonstrated that RoundUp weedkiller triggers loss to biodiversity, thereby making ecosystems more vulnerable to pollution and climate change.