Endocrine Disruptors Could Impair Human Sperm Function, Study Finds

A team of German and Danish researchers from the Center of Advanced European Studies and Research in Germany, and the University Department of Growth and Reproduction, Rigshospitalet, Denmark,have published a new study which finds that endocrine disruptors may interfere with sperm function during the process of fertilization.

Endocrine Disruptor Safety Thresholds May Require Reassessment, New Study Suggests

Endocrine disruptors have been studied in great detail in recent years, a result of the awareness that these chemicals have a presence in day to day life. Many household products, especially those containing plastics, have been identified as containing endocrine disruptors, but industry groups have maintained that in the small levels these chemicals are present, they are not a threat for human consumption.

Endocrine Disruptors Causing Lower Sperm Counts in French Men

A landmark 2012 study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, has found that endocrine disruptors present in pesticides are responsible for the decline of the sperm counts of French men on a large scale. According to an article published by eNews Park Forest, the study found that from 26, 600 sperm samples from otherwise virile men, an annual 1.9% dip in sperm concentration was detected, with a 33.4% decrease in the percentage of sperm normally formed within the 16 year period that the study was run.

Danube Plastic Count Outnumbers Fish Larvae, New Study Finds

In a startling new study, researchers from the University of Vienna have found that the samples they collected from the Danube river contained less fish larvae than they did plastic -- approximately 317 plastic particles to 275 fish larvae per 1,000 m3. This study, which was reported by Kriztina Kupi of Green Fudge News, left even researchers surprised: researchers were intending to take stock of fish larvae presence in their research, but found that industrial plastic outnumbered the subjects they were looking for.

Research Finds High Contaminant Levels Affects IQ of Arctic Babies

According to new research, babies in the Arctic regions of Canada appear to be exhibiting detrimental side effects as a result of lead, mercury, and Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) presence in their mother's diet while they were in the womb. The study, which was published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, tested 94 Canadian Inuit infants and their mothers from Nunavik for the presence of detrimental chemicals, many of which enter the environment through food or via air currents. According to an article from Environmental Health News:

International Approach Needed to Turn Tide on Ocean Pollution

Citing a new study from UCLA, the Los Angeles Times took a stand on behalf of the world's oceans last week, stating that international policy changes were needed to effectively stem the flow of plastic. The opinion piece, authored by Mark Gold and Cara Horowitz, explained that while many success stories have resulted from plastic bag legislation at local levels, statewide legislation is still notably absent. This is often due to lobbying on the part of the plastics industry, which pushes for its own interests to be upheld relentlessly.

Scientist Finds Plastic Pellets in Gooseneck Barnacles

A scientist working on gooseneck barnacles has discovered plastic pellets in his dissected specimens, a finding which spells bad news for a future study. John Upton of Grist writes:

Study Finds Chances of Miscarriage Increase 80% From Foods Heated in Plastic

A study has found that pregnant women who consume food which has been heated in plastic containers have an 80% higher chance of miscarriage. Laura Donnelly of the Telegraph writes that the study was conducted at Stanford University, and featured 114 women. Women with high concentrations of the chemical were 80% more likely to miscarry than women with low to normal levels. Lead author Dr.

Prevention of Endocrine Disruptors is Critical, NAU Professor Affirms

The debate regarding the safety of endocrine disruptors has flared up over the past few weeks as the scientific community continues to clash over the issue. While researchers with industry interests argue that endocrine disruptors are not a case for concern, others see the issue in an entirely different light.

Debate Over Regulation of Endocrine Disruptors Builds

The past few weeks have seen growing intensity in the scientific community as researchers continue to add their voices to the battle over the regulation of endocrine disrupting chemicals. An article in Scientific American this week calls attention to the academic barbs being traded via scientific journals. Daniel Cressey writes that the fighting recently resurfaced over a leaked policy on endocrine disruptors from the European Commission instigated debate. According to Cressey:

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