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A blog devoted to helping people find local medicine take-back programs and highlighting current research findings and pending legislation.

In the News: IISG Pollution Prevention-related Articles and Research

We all lead busy lives, and sometimes just making it through the day without adding a gazillion things to our "to do" list is considered a successful day.  Last month we brought you our first installment of "In the News", highlighting articles, research, and random pieces of information we share throughout the day via social media.  We know not everyone is on social media, nor do they have the time to keep up with the constant flow of information and resources touching the topics that interest us (i.e., pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), microplastics, chemicals of emerging concern).  So here's our effort to share the information we find, with you.

Every couple of weeks we'll pull together what we share into a round-up of information for you to have at your fingertips, but if you would like to keep up with the conversation in "real time", come join us over on Twitter, and occasionally (!) on Facebook!


Recovery of a Wild Fish Population from Whole-Lake Additions of Synthetic Estrogen (via Environmental Science & Technology)

Microplastic Ingestion by Scleractinian Corals (via Marine Biology)

Triclosan, Chlorinated Triclosan Derivatives, and Hydroxylated Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (OH-BDEs) in Wasterwater Effluents (via Royal Society of Chemistry)



Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs)-related Articles and Reports

State to Take Over Prescription Drug Take Back Program (via

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Persist Downstream from the Source (via USGS)

Commonly Used Chemicals Measured in Minnesota Groundwater (via USGS)

Channel Catfish White Blood Cells are Functionally Modulated by Estrogens (via USGS)


Chemicals of Emerging Concern, Persistent Organic Pollutants-related Articles

Chemical Exposure Linked to Billions in Health Care Costs (via National Geographic)

RELATED RESEARCH: The Endocrine Society and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (March 2015)

Fireproofing Chemicals Found in Lagoon Marine Life (via Florida Today)

Persistence Pays Off In Studying Persistent Organic Pollutants (via Chemical & Engineering News)

A Mixed Bag: The Science of Plastic Microparticles (via the Columbia Missourian)

RELATED: Policy: Classify Plastic Waste As Hazardous (via nature)


Marine Debris-related Articles

Bill to ban microbeads in Maine backed by both sides (via Portland Press Herald)

Microbeads Ban Clears House Committee (via Indiana Public Media)

As Tiny Plastic Beads Show Up in Great Lakes, Bans Spreading Nationwide (via TwinCities Pioneer Press)

How Much Debris Litters Alaska's Beachers? (via Alaska Public Media)

Millions of Tons of Trash Dumped Into World's Oceans (via Los Angeles Times)

Great Barrier Reef Corals Eat Plastic (via ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies)

RELATED RESEARCH: Microplastic Ingestion by Scleractinian Corals (via Marine Biology)

Grieg Introduces Her First Bill (via hometownlife)

Miscellaneous Articles

Leaving Only Footsteps? Think Again (via New York Times)

IN THE NEWS: Unchanged for More Than Two Billion Years (via New York Times)

RELATED RESEARCH: Sulfur-cycling fossil bacteria from the 1.8-Ga Duck Creek Formation provide promising evidence of evolution's null hypothesis (via Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)



Look Beneath the Surface: Address the Issues (via the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

...meanwhile... (a short film by Sandro Bocci that shows marine animals like corals and starfish at high magnification through timelapse)

And last, but certainly not least, a little humor brought to us by the Onion: Officials Urge Americans To Sort Plastics, Glass Into Separate Oceans.


Have you caught any of our Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Pollution Prevention Minute Videos? Take a few minutes to check them out, and let us know if there are any questions we can address in future episodes!


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Posted by Erin Knowles at 9:14AM on 3/6/2015
Categories: In the News