Environmental Research and Public Health

Molecular Basis for Endocrine Disruption by Pesticides Targeting Aromatase and Estrogen Receptor

Abstract: The intensive use of pesticides has led to their increasing presence in water, soil, and agricultural products. Mounting evidence indicates that some pesticides may be endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), being therefore harmful for the human health and the environment. In this study, three pesticides, glyphosate, thiacloprid, and imidacloprid, were tested for their ability to interfere with estrogen biosynthesis and/or signaling, to evaluate their potential action as EDCs.

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Action against SLAPPs

Human Rights Comment

Free speech is a cherished right in Europe. But in some countries, certain rich and powerful people use specious lawsuits to censor, harass and ultimately suppress critics. This is a long-standing problem but one that has been increasing in magnitude in recent months. Journalists, activists, and advocacy groups are the preferred targets of these so-called Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPPs).
www.coe.int/time-to-take-action-against-slapps

THE LANCET: climate

Quantifying national responsibility for climate breakdown: an equality-based attribution approach for carbon dioxide emissions in excess of the planetary boundary

As of 2015, the USA was responsible for 40% of excess global CO2 emissions. The European Union (EU-28) was responsible for 29%. The G8 nations (the USA, EU-28, Russia, Japan, and Canada) were together responsible for 85%.
www.thelancet.com/climate

Earth Day Communiqué

Dear friends and activists ,

Never before have we faced so many planetary crises at the same time – Health and Covid 19 , the lockdown and its serious economic impact on the vulnerable ,the continuing climate crisis and extinction crisis , emerging surveillance systems and threats to democracy and hard won freedoms. Some of us have prepared a Planetary Communique for Earth Day.

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Air pollution & COVID-19

Exposure to air pollution and COVID-19 mortality in the United States

Background: United States government scientistsestimate that COVID-19 may kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans. The majority of the pre-existing conditions that increase the risk of death for COVID-19 are the same diseases that are affected by long-term exposure to air pollution. We investigate whether long-term average exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) increases the risk of COVID-19 deaths in the United States.
https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/pm_and_covid_mortality.pdf

Pesticides & bees

Pesticides damage the brains of baby bees, new research finds

Pesticides, along with the climate crises and declining habitat, have been blamed for their declining numbers. And in a new study published Tuesday, scientists examined exactly how bumblebees are affected by pesticides by scanning bumble bee brains and testing their learning abilities.

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