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Highly persistent harmful chemicals are found in marine animals all over the world. These chemicals are having lasting impacts on the health of wildlife, as even if they are banned they stick around. In addition, there's now a new problem that is concerning scientists: microplastics from cosmetics and other applications  are polluting the environment, and [...]

A new analysis for chemicals charity CHEM Trust finds that chemicals from fracking sites have the potential to cause significant pollution [1]. This pollution with hazardous chemicals could cause damage to sensitive ecosystems, including killing wildlife, as has happened in the US. Important UK wildlife sites are threatened, which could harm a wide range of species such as butterflies, [...]

In the first study of its kind, scientists have shown that climate change could amplify the negative effects of pollution from endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on aquatic wildlife. Climate change is seen globally as a major environmental risk, and when combined with chemical pollution and habitat loss, it has the potential to have a severe impact on wildlife populations. [...]

The sex of painted turtles (Chrysemys picta), native to fresh waters of North America, is normally determined by the temperature the eggs are exposed to during development, but new research shows the commonly used hormone disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) can disrupt this process. BPA, which is present in a number of household products including food can [...]

The debate on the 'Circular Economy' is hotting up, as the Juncker Commission tries to work out what changes it is going to make to the existing proposal to make it 'more ambitious'. CHEM Trust have already pointed out the importance of chemical regulation - in particular REACH - in cleaning up the circular economy. [...]

At the start of December I gave a short presentation at the health session of the EEB's 40th Anniversary conference. It was based around three themes: the need to ensure pollution is part of discussions on the environment (rather than just climate, resource efficiency and biodiversity) the need to focus on increasing wellbeing in the jobs, growth & [...]

Why the green economy needs to pay more attention to SIN

The Green Economy is a big deal these days. Most forward-thinking companies realise that their future lies in being low carbon and resource efficient - and many also talk about the importance of nature, tropical forests for example. Some companies are also actively trying to reduce the hazardous chemicals in their supply chains - for [...]

Fracking – CHEM Trust’s position

** Update June 2015 - we have now published a new report and briefing on fracking, see the press release for details ** Fracking remains in the news - in the United Kingdom and also around the world. Much has been written about the carbon balance of fracking, for example the risks of fugitive emissions [...]