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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(…)

New Resource on Health Threats Posed by Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals

New Resource on Health Threats Posed by Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals

(Washington DC) As governments, industry and public interest groups from across the globe prepare to meet next week to discuss endocrine-disrupting chemicals and other international chemical safety issues, the Endocrine Society and IPEN released a new guide documenting the threat endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) pose to human health. “There is good reason to suspect that increasing(…)

Water monitoring for pesticides halted in Tasmania

Water monitoring for pesticides halted in Tasmania

In mid-October 2014, the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment [DPIPWE] confirmed they had ceased routine pesticide monitoring in waterways, including drinking and ground waters. The announcement coincided with substantial funding cuts in the recent State budget. Routine ad hoc water grab sampling previously conducted by DPIPWE paints an alarming picture of(…)

Leading health bodies categorically declare Australia’s reliance on coal dangerous for health

Leading health bodies categorically declare Australia’s reliance on coal dangerous for health

November 14, 2014: Prominent health organisations from across Australia today condemned Australia’s reliance on coal citing a growing, and significant body of research documenting severe health effects. “It is clear, in this day and age, that we should be phasing out coal. It is highly polluting and is causing disastrous health impacts in communities across(…)