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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EPA Calls for Massive 30% Cut in Power Plant Emissions by 2030

June 2, 2014 by  
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On Monday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the most significant action to combat climate disruption in America history with a new rule calling for a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions from power plants by 2030. In announcing the proposed regulation, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said that “today, climate change — fueled by carbon pollution — supercharges risks not just to our health, but to our communities, our economy, and our way of life.” Read the rest of EPA Calls for Massive 30% Cut in Power Plant Emissions by 2030 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon pollution , Climate Change , coal-fired power plants , epa , gina mccarthy , global warming , greenhouse gas emissions , power plant emissions , president obama , regulation

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Shell Bullish on Fracking, Invites Tougher Regulation

April 18, 2011 by  
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Shell wants to engage with critics and demonstrate to them that when well managed, fracking has benefits that far outweigh any harm.

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Short Primer on How to Bike During the Winter (Video)

January 25, 2011 by  
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Heat Regulation is Key In most places around North-America and Europe, winter biking isn’t too complicated if you have the right approach ( no need to pull a MacGyver… ).

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London Fashion Week: 8 Fabulous Accessories from Estethica AW10 (PHOTOS)

February 24, 2010 by  
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All images taken by author at London Fashion Week AW10 Drama, colour and detail, that’s what the most fabulous ethical fashion accessories are about this season at London Fashion Week . Like this incredible tagua (vegetable ivory) and waste cattle bone necklace from Leju . We love a bit of tribal drama in our lives and appropriately enough the necklace is called

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