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 Australia. As health professionals it is our duty to highlight these health risks for Australians and suggest better alternatives,” Michael Moore, CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia said.
National Toxics Network today joins communities all over the world working to stop the incineration of waste for energy production and disposal. In support of the global day of action on waste incineration, NTN is releasing “10 Reasons Why Burning Waste for Energy is a Bad Idea” which explains why waste to energy incineration in all its various forms should not be part of Australia’s safe energy future.
The National Toxics Network has expressed grave concerns about the operation of the Tredi Seche Global Solutions incinerators at Salaise-sur-Sanne, France. Orica has lodged an application with the Australian government to export highly toxic Hexachlorobenzene (HCB) waste to burn in the Tredi incinerators.
The signing of the world’s first international mercury treaty by delegates from more than 100 countries, including Australia, should spur three key actions to reduce total global mercury pollution and tackle Australia’s mercury contamination.
The National Toxics Network (NTN) and Lock the Gate (LTG) coalition are calling on federal and state governments to take urgent action to protect the health of all communities living around coal seam gas (CSG) fields after the release of the Queensland Government’s report into the health of Tara residents.
Childhood illnesses, cancer and other conditions may be happening under our noses as a result of the ongoing use of dangerous pesticides in Australia, the National Toxics Network and WWF-Australia said today. The groups today released a report, Human Health Impacts of Exposure to Pesticides, which pulls together a compelling scientific case that the same pesticides pushing along the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef are also linked to a raft of illnesses in humans.
The National Toxics Network is calling on the federal government to take urgent action to protect the publics’ health and the environment in light of new research released today by the Southern Cross University (SCU), which confirms emissions of air pollutants from coal seam gas (CSG) activities.
A recent study looking at the human health risk assessment of air emissions from unconventional gas extraction published in the journal, Science of the Total Environment, found that residents living closest to gas wells had higher risks for neurological, respiratory and other health effects and higher cancer risks than those living further away.
(Geneva, Switzerland) The United Nations (UN) ‘scientific’ committee responsible for evaluating and recommending hazardous and persistent chemicals for global bans failed to take any action on a group of carcinogenic industrial chemicals that are also toxic to aquatic organisms. Ironically, the committee1 agreed that short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) are toxic, persistent, bioaccumulative and transboundary, and hence, candidates for a global ban under the Stockholm Convention on POPs. Despite meeting all scientific criteria, the committee decided to take no action on SCCPs. The committee has delayed action on these substances for the past six years.
National Toxics Network (NTN) has welcomed the release of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) first comprehensive assessment of global chemical trends and economic implications in their Global Chemicals Outlook Synthesis Report. The report calls on all decision-makers to take urgent action to reduce the growing health and environmental hazards from chemicals.
The National Toxics Network (NTN) today welcomed the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority’s (APVMA) decision to withdraw some uses of the pesticide Fenthion. “Fenthion has been a chemical of concern to us for many years. It’s been under review by the APVMA for nearly 14 years,” says NTN spokesperson Ms Jane Bremmer.