This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Advertise in this news brief.




Text Version    RSS    Subscribe    Unsubscribe    Archive    Media Kit December 26, 2014

Home   About   Membership   Meetings and Events   Resources   Get Involved   Career Center   Contact    
 

Please remember, the information and views set out in this publication do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of SETAC. Mention of commercial or noncommercial products and services does not imply endorsement or affiliation by SETAC.

As 2014 comes to a close, SETAC would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of SETAC Multibrief a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8.


About 99 percent of the ocean's plastic has disappeared; where it's ending up should scare all of us
TakePart
From July 10: From water bottles to the microbeads in our face wash, we send millions of tons of plastic into the ocean every year. Not only does it amount to $13 billion in damages to the environment, but it costs the lives of the marine animals that end up choking on our garbage. A new study has found even grimmer news: About 99 percent of the ocean's plastic is missing, and there's a chance that a large amount is ending up on our dinner plates.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Read More


What happens to all the salt we dump on the roads?
Smithsonian
From Jan. 23: As much of the country endures from the heavy snowfall and bitter cold that has marked the start of 2014, municipalities in 26 states will rely on a crucial tool in clearing their roads: salt. Consider how easily salt can corrode your car. Unsurprisingly, it's also a problem for the surrounding environment.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Read More


Chemicals 400 times as mutagenic as known carcinogens found
Environment News Service
From Jan. 9: Newly identified compounds produced by chemical reactions in vehicle exhaust or by grilling meat are hundreds of times more mutagenic than their cancer-causing parent compounds, according to scientists at Oregon State and three other universities. These compounds were not previously known to exist, and they raise concerns about the health impacts of heavily-polluted urban air and dietary exposure, the researchers said. It is not yet clear in what amounts the compounds might be present, and no health standards now exist for them.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Read More


PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Relationships built on solid foundations.

GEI Consultants is a privately held firm featuring broad internal ownership. We provide to our clients direct access to nationally recognized consulting engineers and scientists who lead and manage your project engagements. Project leaders are supported by and mentor some of our industry’s very best mid-level and younger engineers and scientists.
 


Triclosan under the microscope
Chemical and Engineering News
From June 26: If you've ever used a product labeled as antibacterial, chances are you've encountered triclosan. Patented in the 1960s as an antimicrobial agent and first used in health care settings, triclosan became ubiquitous in the U.S. as consumers became increasingly germophobic. Companies added triclosan to soaps, bodywashes, deodorants, toothpaste, shaving gel and cosmetics, as well as products such as dishwashing liquids, laundry detergents, cutting boards, toys, fabrics, shoes and caulking compounds.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Read More


Wild birds' songs, feather colors changed by mercury contamination
National Geographic
From Sept. 18: Scientists have long known that mercury is a potent toxicant: It disrupts the architecture of human brains, and it can change birds' behavior and kill their chicks. But after extensive research in rural Virginia, scientists have shown that mercury also alters the very thing that many backyard birds are known for-their songs.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Read More


Cause of Lake Erie's harmful algal blooms gains more certainty
Circle of Blue
From April 17: Changes in the timing and method of applying agricultural fertilizer are the primary drivers behind the increasing amounts of phosphorus entering Lake Erie and causing toxic algal blooms and a large dead zone, according to new basin-wide scientific studies. The studies, drawing on institutions from across the Great Lakes, also found that climate change is increasing the urgency of developing ways to keep fertilizers on fields and may mean that larger reductions in phosphorus will be necessary to alleviate Great Lakes algal blooms.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Read More


Death by dirty water: Storm runoff a risk for fish
The Associated Press via Yahoo
From Nov. 26: Just hours into the experiment, the prognosis was grim for salmon that had been submerged in rain runoff collected from one of Seattle's busiest highways. One by one, the fish were removed from a tank filled with coffee-colored water and inspected: They were rigid. Their typically red gills were gray. This was the fate of coho salmon exposed to the everyday toxic brew of dirt, metals, oil and other gunk that washes off highway pavement after rains and directly into Puget Sound. When that runoff was filtered through a simple mixture of gravel, sand and compost, however, the outlook was much brighter.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Read More


Report: Tar sands mining pollution far worse than industry reports
Common Dreams via eNews Park Forest
From Feb. 6: The amount of pollutants being emitted from tar sands extraction sites in Alberta is far higher than industry-reported estimates, according to research published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Using predictive computer models, University of Toronto Environmental Chemistry professor Frank Wania and his Ph.D. candidate Abha Parajulee found that officially reported emissions of the atmospheric pollutants known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons do not factor in "indirect pathways" of pollution, such as those which blow off mining sites or evaporate from tailings ponds.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Read More


Atop food chain, Ospreys ingest many poisons, revealing environmental dangers
National Geographic
From Sept. 4: Ospreys tell a story and scientists who track the raptors are trying to decipher their message. For more than two decades in North America, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, ospreys have revealed disturbing tales about DDT, polychlorinated biphenyls, pulp mill dioxins, flame retardants, stain-resistant compounds, urban runoff, mining wastes, prescription drugs, mercury and more.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Read More


Scientists: Oil from BP spill slowing one of ocean's fastest fish
Reuters
From June 26: A study by University of Miami scientists says mahi-mahi, a popular fish among restaurants and anglers and exposed as infants to oil from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon spill, swim nearly half as fast as their unaffected counterparts. Researchers treated mahi-mahi embryos and young fish with oil collected from near the damaged wellhead and from the gulf's surface. Individual fish were then transferred to clean water for at least 25 days before their swim speeds were tested in a kind of aquatic treadmill.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Read More
 

SETAC MultiBrief
Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
Download media kit

Esther Cho, Content Editor, 469.420.2671   
Contribute news


Be sure to add us to your address book or safe sender list so our emails get to your inbox. Learn how.

This edition of the SETAC MultiBrief was sent to ##Email##.
To unsubscribe, click here.
Did someone forward this edition to you? Subscribe here -- it's free!
Recent issues
Dec. 11, 2014
Nov. 26, 2014
Nov. 13, 2014
Oct. 30, 2014



7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063