First attempts at regulating endocrine disruptors; green chemistry awards; and more // November 2014 news round-up

November 25, 2014 at 7:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

November 2014 news round-up

Calls to Ban Toxic Chemicals Fall on Deaf Ears Around the World. Endocrine disrupting chemicals are everywhere, found in cosmetics, preservatives, medicines and countless household products such as shampoos and toothpaste, which are used every day by billions of people across the world. Now, for the first time anywhere in the world, the European Union is attempting to regulate them. (Newsweek)

Who Are This Year’s Innovators Tackling Climate Change and Promoting Energy Efficiency? The 2014 winners of the Presidential Green Chemistry Awards have done it again. These scientists are helping to crack the code and solve some of the most challenging problems facing our modern society. They are turning climate risk and other problems into a business opportunity, spurring innovation and investment. (EPA Blog)

Why Receipts and Greasy Fingers Shouldn’t Mix. An order of French fries may be bad for your health in ways that extend well beyond the outsize calorie count. According to a new study by scientists at the University of Missouri, people who used hand sanitizer, touched a cash register receipt and then ate French fries were quickly exposed to high levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical widely used to coat receipt paper. (TIME)

Fire Retardants Wash Out In Laundry. Flame retardants used in furniture and electronics work their way into aquatic food chains, accumulating in organisms from mussels to fish to seals. Scientists know that rivers and lakes receive significant amounts of fire suppressants from treated wastewater, but how the compounds get into sewage plants has remained a mystery. For the first time, a new study suggests that the biggest contributors are our washing machines. (Chemical & Engineering News)

New chemicals added to SIN List. Green chemicals NGO Chemsec included nearly 30 new chemicals on a list of harmful substances that the EU should regulate in order to curb health risks and water contamination. (Euractiv)

Low libido linked to additives used to soften materials found in every home . In the first study of its kind, Dr Emily Barrett, of the University of Rochester School of Medicine in the US, measured levels of phthalates in the urine of 360 pregnant women in their 20s and 30s. Those with the most phthalates in their bodies were two and a half times as likely to say they had frequently lacked interest in sex as those with the least. (Daily Mail)

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