Bisphenol A – BPA 0

Bisphenol A (BPA) is used extensively in plastic food and beverage containers, including plastic food containers and shatter-proof baby bottles. It is found in food and drink cans and in a wide range of other products, like compact discs, sunglasses and dental fillings. Traces of it leach from polycarbonate, which is hard, clear plastic, and(…)

Nanoparticles health and environmental risks 0

Nanomaterials are used in a wide range of consumer products including sunscreens, sporting clothes, stain resistant textiles, electronics, paints and packaging, yet as a relatively new technology, nanomaterials remain unregulated and unlabelled. The term ‘nanotechnology’ describes materials, systems and processes that exist or operate at the extremely small scale of a few hundred nanometres (nm)(…)

Waste to Energy (Jane Bremmer, WA) 0

Western Australia is again the target of incinerator promoters as Regional Councils prepare to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in resource recovery facilities in the metropolitan area. Last week WA Councils sponsored two pro-incinerator lobbyists from the US to speak at a public presentation on ‘resource recovery technology’. Claiming dioxin was a natural material(…)

Persistent Pesticides 0

Many pesticides are very persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic. Children with their increased vulnerability to chemicals are at greater risk from pesticide exposures. Organochlorines Organochlorine pesticides (OCs) include the persistent organic pollutants (POPs) – DDT, dieldrin, aldrin, endrin, heptachlor, chlordane and mirex. These pesticides are banned in Australia, yet their residues are still found in soil(…)

Health effects of chemical exposures 0

A 2002 Report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) identified a growing number of children’s health impacts caused by exposure to hazardous chemicals. These include asthma, birth defects, hypospadias, behavioural disorders, learning disabilities, autism, cancer, dysfunctional immune systems, neurological impairments, and reproductive(…)