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Firefighters, community and environment at risk from perfluorinated chemcials

Firefighters, community and environment at risk from perfluorinated chemcials

NTN has released its new report on the Persistence and Toxicity of Perfluorinated Compounds in Australia. These manufactured fluorinated chemicals are used in a variety of consumer goods from non-stick kitchenware to waterproof clothing and even cosmetics, as well as many industrial application such as firefighting foams. Produced commercially since the 1950s, two groups of(…)

NEW REPORT: Impacts of UG exploration and mining

NEW REPORT: Impacts of UG exploration and mining

After another successful international speaking tour on the impacts unconventional gas by Dr Lloyd-Smith, NTN is releasing its latest report, “Unconventional Gas Exploration and Production: Human Health Impacts and Environmental Legacy”. The report is being released as part of the Global Frackdown to Paris. In the lead up to the Paris climate talks, it is(…)

Pharmaceutical pollution reaching alarming levels globally

Pharmaceutical pollution reaching alarming levels globally

The National Toxics Network (NTN) has released a new report and a fact sheet warning that pharmaceutical pollution has reached alarming levels globally, with over 200 different pharmaceuticals detected in aquatic and terrestrial environments, including areas as remote as the Antarctic. The report examines the situation in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands. As a(…)

Glyphosate declared a ‘probable human carcinogen’

Glyphosate declared a ‘probable human carcinogen’

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently assessed the carcinogenicity of four organophosphate pesticides: tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon and glyphosate. Tetrachlorvinphos and parathion were found to be ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans’ while malathion, diazinon and glyphosate were found to be ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’. IARC notes that glyphosate is currently the world’s highest(…)

Are timber plantations killing oysters in the Georges Bay catchment, Tasmania?

Are timber plantations killing oysters in the Georges Bay catchment, Tasmania?

Congratulations to NTN’s Dr Alison Bleaney , Rye Senjen and co-authors for getting this important and independent research done and published. Georges Bay, near St. Helens, in north-east Tasmania, Australia, has been an area of major production for Pacific oysters since the 1970s. From the mid-1990s, however, there has been a continued decline in oyster(…)