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Groups oppose plan to export hazardous waste to France

Groups oppose plan to export hazardous waste to France

International environment and health groups have come out strongly opposing Orica’s application to export to France their HCB waste stockpile for incineration, stating Australia is a developed country that should deal with its own POPs (persistent organic pollutants) waste as it has done in the past. Australia has the technical expertise and suitable technologies capable(…)

Congratulations Dr Meriel Watts!

Congratulations Dr Meriel Watts!

Dr Meriel Watts, Coordinator of PAN Aotearoa New Zealand and NTN member, was recently awarded $2,000 by the Oranga Kaupapa Trust. This charitable trust in New Zealand was established with the purpose of recognising and rewarding people whose work promotes positive social change and benefits the quality of life in New Zealand, to say thank(…)

Nanomedicine: new solutions or new problems?

Nanomedicine: new solutions or new problems?

A report released by Health Care Without Harm Europe suggests that existing regulatory frameworks are insufficient to protect human health and the environment from the use of nanotechnology in healthcare. The author of the report – Dr Rye Senjen from the National Toxics Network, Australia – said “nanomedicine is an exciting new field with the(…)

Book Review: Beyond the Toxic Harvest

Book Review: Beyond the Toxic Harvest

Beyond the Toxic Harvest, A chemical poisoning survivor story- Beating the odds and making miracles. As the title of Eve Hillary’s book suggests,this  is a compelling story of personal triumph over tragedy that carries a message for us all. As a farmer, and later a suburban Mum, Eve’s experience of being accidentally poisoned with pesticides(…)

Flame retardants don’t work

Flame retardants don’t work

Toxic chemicals marketed as flame retardants pose a threat to human health and the environment. These substances are widely incorporated into our consumer products but do not provide a fire safety benefit. Instead, they increase the toxicity of a fire through greater release of smoke, soot, carbon monoxide, and highly toxic substances such as dioxins(…)