86% of teens in study have traces of BPA in their bodies

February 9, 2018 by  
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A vast majority of teenagers in a recent study had traces of Bisphenol A ( BPA ) inside of their bodies, according to the University of Exeter . They tested 94 17 to 19-year-olds and found BPA in 86 percent of them. The researchers are calling for better packaging labels to allow people to pick BPA-free products. The University of Exeter described BPA as an endocrine-disrupting industrial chemical , which has been in use since the 1960s to create some kinds of plastic . Prior research from the Exeter team discovered BPA can cause “changes to the expression of oestrogen-responsive genes, and the regulation of hormones.” And this recent study, published online earlier this month in BMJ Open , reveals a large number of the teens tested had measurable levels of BPA in their urine: an average of 1.9 nanograms per milliliter. Related: New study shows BPA-free plastics may not be safer The teens were tested before and after they took part in the trial – a week-long effort adhering to guidelines to try and cut BPA exposure in their diets. They worked to avoid BPA-containing plastic packaging, utilize glass or stainless steel containers for drinks and food, and microwave food in glass or ceramic containers. The study found overall, these efforts seemed to do little to help: most teens didn’t see a decrease in exposure. Only some of the teenagers with the highest BPA levels saw some reduction. The industrial chemical seems to be so ubiquitous even working to lower exposure doesn’t have a measurable impact overall, according to the university. University of Exeter associate professor of molecular genetics Lorna Harries said in a statement, “Our study shows that we currently do not have much of a choice about being exposed to BPA. We believe that much better labeling of products containing BPA is needed so people can make an informed choice.” + University of Exeter + BMJ Open Images via Depositphotos and Vinicius Amano on Unsplash

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Boosting the Fight Against Child Labor and For Clean Water: Where Aveda’s "Earth Month" Funds Go

May 6, 2011 by  
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Men in northern India lift the cover to a water source that now pipes clean water to their village. Photo: Rachel Cernansky I’m going to go out on a limb and assume most people will agree that Earth Day is a real let-down—for lots of reasons, including the hollow “Celebrate Earth Day every day” email blasts, Tweets, bumper stickers, etc

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Are Tech Geeks Also Cleantech Nerds?

May 6, 2011 by  
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Pike Research Blog has an interesting post that poses the question of whether or not tech-savvy people also have a thing for cleantech. Pike Research conducted a survey looking into the question, and found interesting info about what draws consumers in to clean technologies. The conclusion: “Early adopters of technology represent a goldmine of opportunity for consumer-focused cleantech companies.” Read their post for why.

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More Frequent Whale Strandings Has Experts on Edge

May 6, 2011 by  
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Photo by NOAA via Flickr CC In the last few years, there has been an unexplained spike in the number of whales washing ashore. While the National Marine Fisheries Service has declared an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, it’s more than just oil spills that are causing increased strandings worldwide

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Energy Secretary Appoints Fracking Study Panel

May 6, 2011 by  
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A new seven-member study group has been tasked by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to investigate the environmental impact of fracking. As the New York Times reports, the panel has 90 days to come up with recommendations to improve the safety of fracking , and within six months come up with advice for state and federal regulators on health ..

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EIA Budget Cuts Mean Our Energy Mess Just Got Messier

May 6, 2011 by  
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Much of the focus on US government budget cuts and the environment have been on the EPA and NOAA. Now the Energy Information Agency has announced how much less they’ll be able to do after having their funding cut 14% compared to last year. None of it bodes well for having accurate information on US energy reserves and the state of US energy usage more broadly

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