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Toxic Chemicals in the News: 9/24-9/30

Zoë Furlong September 30, 2015

9/24/15 Exposure To Phthalate Chemicals In Plastic May Reduce Men's Sperm Motility(Medical Daily). Yet another study links phthalate exposure to fertility problems; this Swedish study showed that higher phthalate exposure among young men aged 18-20 correlated to lower sperm motility.

9/25/15 — A Watchful Eye on Farm Families’ Health (New York Times Opinion). Farmworker communities are disproportionately vulnerable to toxic organophosphates through multiple pathways. There’s an important environmental-justice issue at play.

9/25/15 BPA linked to low birth weights in baby girls” (Environmental Health News). Girls born to mothers with high levels of BPA in their system during the first trimester of pregnancy weigh less at birth than babies with lower exposure, according to a new study.

9/28/15 — Green Chemistry Education Roadmap Charts The Path Ahead(Chemical & Engineering News). Although green chemistry and engineering emerged in the 1990s, integration of green chemistry concepts into the chemistry curriculum has not proceeded at a fast enough pace to support this growing field.

9/28/15 — Links between health problems and endocrine-disrupting chemicals now stronger, statement argues (Science Magazine). The list of health problems that scientists can confidently link to exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals has grown to include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, a new scientific statement from The Endocrine Society suggests.

9/29/15 Safer chemicals would benefit both consumers and workers(The Conversation). Consumers in North America and Europe are starting to expect that regulation will protect us from harmful chemicals in the products we buy. Unfortunately hazardous chemicals are still all around us.

9/29/15 — U.S. workers sue Monsanto claiming herbicide caused cancer(Reuters). A U.S. farm worker and a horticultural assistant have filed lawsuits claiming Monsanto Co.'s Roundup herbicide caused their cancers and Monsanto intentionally misled the public and regulators about the dangers of the herbicide.

9/29/15  Farm worker pesticide rules tightened(Los Angeles Times). The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday established the first minimum-age requirement—18—for farm workers applying pesticides to fields.

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