Pharmaceutical Pollution

"Antibacterial" soaps don't work, are bad for humans & the environment

On December 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a proposed rule that allows soap and hygiene product manufacturers one year to prove "antibacterial" additives are safe and effective.

The hidden cost of antibacterial products

Podcast

Triclosan, a synthetic antibacterial used in personal care products, is fueling the growth of resistant bacteria in streams and rivers.

Super-bacteria breeding in city streams

A recent study found antibiotic-resistant bacteria flourishing in Chicago's urban creeks and rivers at more than double the rates of woodland waterways.

Antibacterial products fuel resistant bacteria in streams and rivers

Triclosan – a synthetic antibacterial widely used in personal care products – is fueling the development of resistant bacteria in streams and rivers.

Pharmaceuticals disrupt sensitive stream habitat

Podcast

Pharmaceutical pollution is found in waters throughout the world. Causes include sewage overflows, aging infrastructure, and agricultural runoff. Even when waste water makes it to sewage treatment facilities, they aren't equipped to remove most pharmaceuticals.

Pharmaceutical pollution wreaking havoc on aquatic wildlife in freshwater streams

There has been a lot of concern over the possibility of pharmaceuticals ending up in freshwater and disrupting populations of wildlife. Now, new research shows that these concerns may be completely legitimate

Flushed drugs may threaten stream ecologies

Most streams that flow near cities and towns are laced with drugs that escape from sewage treatment plants or pharmaceutical factories.

Streams stressed by pharmaceutical pollution

Pharmaceuticals commonly found in the environment are disrupting streams, with unknown impacts on aquatic life and water quality.  

Funding supports pharmaceutical research

Emma Rosi-Marshall has received funding to help build an artificial stream facility on the Cary Institute's campus, to facilitate research on the effects of pharmaceuticals on stream ecosystems.

Here's the fish, and here are the fish on drugs

Podcast

We are a nation of pill poppers. From statins to lower cholesterol to antidepressants to lift our mood, more than half of Americans are currently taking a prescription drug. Some twenty percent of us are taking three different prescriptions daily.

From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men

Lecture Video

As part of the 2010 Young Environmental Scientists’ (YES) Conference, the Cary Institute hosted a talk by integrative biologist and National Geographic Society explorer Dr. Tyrone Hayes.

Our river on drugs

Modern life is filled with an amazing assortment of chemicals. 

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