Short-chain PFAS compounds are on the rise- Craig’s PFAS Vodcast Cora Young

Short-chain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are increasing in the Canadian Arctic environment, with the most rapid increases occurring post-2000, according to a recent study in Geophysical Research Letters (April 2020). For example, trifluoracetic acid (TFA) in the Devon Ice Cap increased ~10-fold from 1.4 μg/m2 per year during 1977–1989 to 10.3 μg/m2 per year during 2001–2014. The authors of the study suggest that the increased short-chain PFAS concentrations post-2000 were from new chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) replacement chemicals produced as a result of the 1987 Montreal Protocol treaty. One of the paper’s lead authors, Professor Cora Young of York University in Toronto, Ontario, discussed the study findings during the inaugural episode of my new video podcast, “PFAS fireside chats with Craig Butt.

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Not all cannabis is created equal: cannabis strains explained

Cannabis strains not only have different effects, but also serve different purposes. In the mainstream world, cannabis is grouped into 3 distinct strains: Indica, Sativa and hybrid. Indica strains are of Hindu Kush Mountain origins, and they are high in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content and dense cannabidiol (CBD). They are often believed to be relaxing and are used in pain management. Sativa strains, on the other hand, have a more energizing effect, and hybrid strains are a combination of Indica and Sativa.1

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Mass spectrometer analysis gives you one more reason for taking a shower before swimming!

Swimming is a favorite summer pastime for many, and swimming pools are frequent destination for this activity. Of course, keeping the water in swimming pools clean means the use of disinfectants, and researchers at the University of Alberta in Canada published some insightful findings in this area. Wei Wang and coworkers in the university’s Division of Analytical and Environmental Toxicology conducted a study using the SCIEX Triple Quad™ LC-MS/MS System to quantify the presence of halobenzoquinones (HBQs), a class of disinfection byproducts (DBPs) of health relevance, in swimming pools.

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Should you bring your PFAS testing in-house?

As the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) regulatory landscape evolves in the US and across the globe, the interest in PFAS continues to grow. Drinking water and food packaging are under particular scrutiny, and monitoring programs and requirements will continue to expand to include an increasing variety of sample types and PFAS compounds.

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