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Novel chemical entities: Are we sleepwalking through a planetary boundary?

Hinkley, California, USA, 1952-1966: A Pacific Gas and Electric powerplant releases 1.4 billion liters (370 million gallons) of wastewater laced with carcinogenic chromium-6 into unlined ponds, polluting groundwater for the town’s 2,000 residents, leading to a successful $333 million class-action lawsuit (and an Academy Award-winning movie). The “novel entities” planetary boundary encapsulates all toxic and long-lived substances that humans release into the environment — from heavy metals and radioactive waste, to industrial chemicals and pesticides, even novel living organisms — which can threaten the stability of the Earth system. More:

Novel chemical entities: Are we sleepwalking through a planetary boundary?  –  Mongabay
The nine boundaries humanity must respect to keep the planet habitable  –  Mongabay
Stockholm Resilience Centre  –  Stockholm Resilience Centre
Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet (Research article)

POPs chemicals

PCB chemical threat to Europe’s killer whales and dolphins  –  BBC News
Case Summary: GE Agrees to Further Investigate Upper Hudson River Floodplain in a Comprehensive Study to Cost About $20.5 Million  –  US EPA
What are PFAS chemicals, and what are they doing to our health?  –  CNN
Estimated exposures to perfluorinated compounds in infancy predict attenuated vaccine antibody concentrations at age 5-years (Research article)
Severity of COVID-19 at elevated exposure to perfluorinated alkylates (Research article)

Chemicals Pollution

Urgent action needed to tackle chemical pollution as global production is set to double by 2030  –  UNEP
For European chemical giants, Brazil is an open market for toxic pesticides banned at home  –  Mongabay
Synthetic chemicals as agents of global change (Research abstract)

Chemicals Impact

Hormones and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: Low-Dose Effects and Nonmonotonic Dose Responses (Research article)
Antimicrobial resistance  –  WHO
Antibiotic and pesticide susceptibility and the Anthropocene operating space (Review article)

Chemicals Regulation

Understanding REACH  –  ECHA
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA): Overview –  PACE University
How Pesticide Companies Corrupted the EPA  –  The InterceptHinkley, California, USA, 1952-1966: A Pacific Gas and Electric powerplant releases 1.4 billion liters (370 million gallons) of wastewater laced with carcinogenic chromium-6 into unlined ponds, polluting groundwater for the town’s 2,000 residents, leading to a successful $333 million class-action lawsuit (and an Academy Award-winning movie). The “novel entities” planetary boundary encapsulates all toxic and long-lived substances that humans release into the environment — from heavy metals and radioactive waste, to industrial chemicals and pesticides, even novel living organisms — which can threaten the stability of the Earth system. More:

Novel chemical entities: Are we sleepwalking through a planetary boundary?  –  Mongabay
The nine boundaries humanity must respect to keep the planet habitable  –  Mongabay
Stockholm Resilience Centre  –  Stockholm Resilience Centre
Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet (Research article)

POPs chemicals

PCB chemical threat to Europe’s killer whales and dolphins  –  BBC News
Case Summary: GE Agrees to Further Investigate Upper Hudson River Floodplain in a Comprehensive Study to Cost About $20.5 Million  –  US EPA
What are PFAS chemicals, and what are they doing to our health?  –  CNN
Estimated exposures to perfluorinated compounds in infancy predict attenuated vaccine antibody concentrations at age 5-years (Research article)
Severity of COVID-19 at elevated exposure to perfluorinated alkylates (Research article)

Chemicals Pollution

Urgent action needed to tackle chemical pollution as global production is set to double by 2030  –  UNEP
For European chemical giants, Brazil is an open market for toxic pesticides banned at home  –  Mongabay
Synthetic chemicals as agents of global change (Research abstract)

Chemicals Impact

Hormones and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: Low-Dose Effects and Nonmonotonic Dose Responses (Research article)
Antimicrobial resistance  –  WHO
Antibiotic and pesticide susceptibility and the Anthropocene operating space (Review article)

Chemicals Regulation

Understanding REACH  –  ECHA
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA): Overview –  PACE University
How Pesticide Companies Corrupted the EPA  –  The Intercept

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