Ospreys in Back River get ‘nest calls’

  Scientists studying impact of contaminants on fish-eating birds. Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun 5:57 PM EDT, July 9, 2012 Perched atop a weathered navigational marker near Rocky Point in Back River, the osprey shifted nervously, screeched and flew off as a boat full of people approached. With the raptor circling overhead, Rebecca Lazarus […]

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Tiny Crustaceans Enlisted to Fight Mosquitoes in New Jersey

  (Beyond Pesticides, June 27, 2012) One county in New Jersey is getting serious about combating mosquitoes this season. Instead of relying on pesticide spraying, which has been shown to not be effective, the Cape May County Department of Mosquito Control is employing 10,000 tiny shrimp-like crustaceans that will eat their way through mosquito larvae […]

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Researchers Prove Bed Bugs Resistant to Common Pesticides

  (Beyond Pesticides, June 7th, 2012) A new study confirms several other recent study findings on the inability of commonly used pyrethroid based pesticide products to control bed bug infestations. The study, entitled “Ineffectiveness of Over-the-Counter Total-Release Foggers Against the Bed Bug,” was published in the June issue of the Journal of Economic Entomology. Researchers […]

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Lack of training in environmental health

  By SHARON UDASIN 06/07/2012 04:06 Israeli researchers say doctors worldwide are uninformed about diseases caused by pollutants. Medical students in Israel, the United States and Europe are not receiving adequate environmental health education, a study sponsored by the Haifa-based Public Health Coalition has reported. The report, called “Our Health and Environment,” was conducted by […]

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Mothball Pesticide Linked to Chromosomal Aberrations in Children

(Beyond Pesticides, June 5, 2012) A new study finds that children exposed to high levels of naphthalene, a common air pollutant and the active ingredient in mothballs, are at increased risk for chromosomal aberrations (CA’s) that have been associated with increased cancer risk in adults. These include chromosomal translocations, a potentially more harmful and long-lasting […]

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USF researchers question safety of widespread lawn spray

  By LINDSAY PETERSON | The Tampa Tribune Published: May 22, 2012 TAMPA — Two USF biologists published a study last year showing that a popular spray fungicide wiped out the frog population in their research tanks. They followed up last week with a study that produced findings even more disturbing. The chemical, chlorothalonil, affected […]

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British Columbia Pesticide Ban Campaign Gains Traction

  Beyond Pesticides, (May 10, 2012) British Columbia (BC) may become the eighth Canadian province to ban cosmetic (lawn care) pesticides after the Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides submit their recommendations to the legislature later this month. The report will outline the bipartisan committee’s findings from over the last eight months on restrictions for non-essential […]

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Prenatal Exposure to Insecticide Chlorpyrifos Linked to Alterations in Brain Structure and Cognition

While No Longer Registered for Household Use in the U.S., the Insecticide Is Widely Used Around the World and in U.S. Agriculture (Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, April 30, 2012) Even low to moderate levels of exposure to the insecticide chlorpyrifos during pregnancy may lead to long-term, potentially irreversible changes in the brain […]

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EPA Publishes Human Health Benchmarks for Pesticides in Water

(Beyond Pesticides, April 18, 2012) In the face of widespread pesticide contamination of U.S. waterways and the lack of drinking water standards for hundreds of pesticides, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced new health and environmental benchmarks for acute pesticide effects, postponing action on chronic effects to an unspecified future date. While a […]

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Study links autism with industrial food, environment

April 11, 2012 New research models real-world exposures to environment cause of autism Contact: Katie Rojas-Jahn, IATP (612) 870-3407 Renee Dufault, FIHRI, (808) 345-6865 Minneapolis, The epidemic of autism in children in the United States may be linked to the typical American diet according to a new study published online in Clinical Epigenetics by Renee […]

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