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.
Posted onAugust 23, 2016bychurchc|Comments Off on Chemicals banned decades ago linked to increased autism risk today
(Drexel University 23 August 2016) A group of man-made chemicals used in some pesticides and insulating materials banned in the 1970s continues to linger in the United States, and new research by a Drexel University professor and colleagues found that high levels of exposure to some of them during pregnancy may increase the likelihood of a child being diagnosed with autism by roughly 80 percent.
Posted onAugust 19, 2016byvaiseyj|Comments Off on Black lung: Queensland parliamentary review into disease resurgence approved
ABC News Gail Burke 19 August 2016
The Queensland Government will set up a parliamentary review into the re-emergence of black lung disease in the state.
The potentially life-threatening disease — also known as coal workers’ pneumoconiosis — was thought to have been eliminated in Australia until a case was confirmed in May 2015.
Fears for kids using airport pond Townsville Bulletin RACHEL RILEY August 18, 2016
A GARBUTT resident fears children have been exposed to chemicals after playing in a pond near the Townsville Airport that could have be contaminated by toxic firefighting foam run off.
The resident, who did not wish to be named, said the pond was near the boundary of the civilian airport near John Melton Black Drive and runs into Mundy Creek after heavy rain.
The man said he had contacted Townsville City Council and the Department of Environment in relation to his concerns and to request tests be conducted after seeing children swimming and people fishing in the pond.
Posted onAugust 18, 2016byvaiseyj|Comments Off on Microbeads are leaching toxic chemicals into fish, sparking public health fears
The Sydney Morning Herald Esther Han August 16 2016
Fish are eating plastic microbeads, which are capable of attracting and releasing toxic chemicals, scientists say.
Australian and Chinese researchers have shown for the first time that chemical pollutants accumulated on the surface of microbeads can pass into the fish that eat them.
With fish being a staple meat in the Australian diet, the researchers say products with the tiny plastics should be immediately removed from sale.
Posted onAugust 18, 2016byvaiseyj|Comments Off on Erin Brockovich warns about potential cases of chemical contamination in Australian water supply
News.com.au Rebecca Sullivan August 17, 2016
ENVIRONMENTAL activist Erin Brockovich isn’t shocked easily.
The woman made famous by Julia Roberts’ Oscar-winning performance in the 2000 film about water contamination in Hinkley, California, deals with catastrophe everyday.
Since she famously won that $US333 million lawsuit in 1993 against energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Brockovich, 56, has devoted her time and public profile to similar class action cases around the world.
(She’s the president of her own law firm, consults for another firm in New York and has worked with Australia’s Shine Lawyers since 2008).
There are hundreds of “Hinkleys” — towns where the groundwater is contaminated with dangerous levels of toxic chemicals — all over the globe, including more than 30 in Australia, Brockovich says.
She’s currently in Australia to lend her celebrity power to our own environmental disaster in Oakey, Queensland.
Oakey residents, like those in Williamtown, NSW, have been informed that toxic chemicals used in firefighting foam at a nearby defence force base have infected their local water supply.
The two chemicals used — PFOS and PFOA — are deadly.