Pesticides and Other Volatile Chemicals Cause Air Pollution Linked to Premature Deaths

July 28, 2021 | Between 340,000 and 900,000 premature deaths each year can be linked to air pollution caused by the release of volatile organic compounds, such as pesticides, paints, and cleaning agents, from anthropogenic sources. The findings, published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, were drawn from an international team of over 50 scientists, led […]

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Chemicals, including Pesticides, in Wastewater Discharge Contaminate Oysters in Pacific Northwest

July 8, 2021 | A Portland State University (PSU) study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin finds oysters of varying distances from wastewater discharge pipes along the Oregon and Washington state coast contain low levels of chemical contaminants. Although wastewater treatment facilities clean water draining from sinks and toilets, the process does not adequately remove all […]

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Pesticide Contamination in Waterways Raises New Alarm for Aquatic Life, Citing Poor Regulation

June 23, 2021 | Small streams are prone to excessively high levels of pesticide contamination that are even more hazardous than once thought, according to a pilot study by a team of German researchers and published in Water Research. The results indicate significant risks for the health of aquatic ecosystems and should be used as […]

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Hazardous Pesticide Breakdown Chemicals Found in Streams Nationwide, Raising Health Concerns

March 31, 2021 | Pesticide breakdown products are just as ubiquitous as their parent compounds in urban streams throughout the U.S., according to research conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and published in Environmental Science and Technology. The first of its kind findings place an important spotlight on the long-term impacts of pesticide use […]

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Pharmaceuticals and Anti-Bacterials in Your Drinking Water

(Beyond Pesticides, March 17, 2008) Not everything that goes down the drain can be removed by water treatment plants, which leaves some alarming contaminants in America’s drinking water. A five-month investigation by the Associated Press (AP) finds trace quantities of pharmaceuticals in the drinking water of 41 million Americans. Scientists fear that ingestion of these tiny […]

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Study Links Neurological Diseases to Pesticide Exposure

(Beyond Pesticides, August 11, 2006) The preliminary results of an ongoing study, led by the University of North Dakota’s Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), add to the growing body of evidence linking pesticides to neurological changes associated with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s. Funded by the Center for Disease Control and […]

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EPA Blames Popular Pesticide for Frog Abnormalities

  On June 18, 2003, The New York Times reported that scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) say there is “sufficient evidence” to conclude that the country’s most widely used pesticide, atrazine, causes sexual abnormality in frogs. They are recommending that the agency conduct more research to understand atrazine’s mechanisms and its broader impact […]

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