Category Archives: Environmental toxicology

Subjects of interest to Investigative Chemistry or Inorganics.
Includes any environmental context (except AIR, see AIR POLLUTION AND ANALYSIS) example: soil, water, clinical matrices, heavy metals, mining wastes, oil spills, contamination, pesticides.

CSG licence freeze extended for another year in NSW to allow ‘comprehensive examination’ of applications

ABC News Tim Lamacraft 25 September 2014

The New South Wales Government is extending its ban on new coal seam gas (CSG) exploration licence applications for another year.   NSW Energy and Resources Minister Anthony Roberts said the freeze on licences would be extended by another year, allowing the Office of Coal Seam Gas (OCSG) to complete its “comprehensive examination” of current licences and applications and giving the Government more time to assess the application process.

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Toxins from plastic pollution impacting health of seabirds, scientists say

ABC News Lucy Marks 26 September 2014

Plastic pollution is having a greater impact on seabirds than previously thought, scientists say.  Plastics are highly absorbent of heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic, which render the plastic highly toxic.

Nuclear scientific methods used enable researchers to trace the plastic back to the producer.  This forensic method has the potential to hold the producer and the consumer accountable for the pollution.

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Smugglers go unpunished over ‘tsunami’ of toxic electronic waste

Sydney Morning Herald Beau Donelly 25 September 2014

Authorities have failed to prosecute smugglers secretly shipping e-waste out of Australia, despite seizing more than 20 illegal shipping containers of electronic junk destined for some of the world’s poorest countries in the past five years.

West Africa and Asia have already been singled out as hot spots for e-waste, which contains toxic chemicals including lead, mercury and cadmium that leach into the soil and contaminate the air.

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Three 9/11 firefighters die of cancer in one day

ABC News 26 September 2014

Three firefighters who worked in the ruins of the World Trade Centre after the September 11 attacks have died of cancer within hours of each other.  The deaths bring to 92 the number of firefighters who have died from illnesses related to the terrorist attacks which killed almost 3,000 people.

Doctors and researchers are yet to confirm a link between the cancers and 9/11, with the disease already one of the top killers of middle-aged men in the US.

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Phthalates heighten risk for childhood asthma

(Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health 17 September 2014) Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health are the first to demonstrate an association between childhood asthma and prenatal exposure to two phthalates used in a diverse array of household products. Results appear online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

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Stanford-led study assesses the environmental costs and benefits of fracking

(Stanford University 11 September 2014) Rising supplies of natural gas could benefit the environment by replacing coal as a fuel for electricity, but hydraulic fracturing poses dangers for people living near the wells, a new analysis finds. We can do better, the authors say.

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Priorities for research on pharmaceutical and personal care products in the environment

(Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 22 September 2014) The results from a survey designed to identify and prioritize the scientific research needed to understand the risks of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the environment have been published in the latest issue of IEAM.

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