Children’s unique vulnerability 0

The unique vulnerability of children to hazardous chemicals is well recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations’ Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its Environment Program (UNEP).(1) Research from the University of California (2) has shown that newborn children can be up to 164 times more vulnerable than adults to the commonly used organophosphate […]

Chemicals children are exposed to 0

Approximately 80,000 new synthetic chemicals have been manufactured and released into the environment Since World War II. Approximately 1,500 new chemicals are introduced each year. The vast majority of these chemicals have not been adequately tested for their impacts on human health or their particular impacts on children and the developing foetus. Yet, children are […]

Brominated Flame Retardants (PBDEs) 0

Polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs) are used as flame retardants by the electronics industry and in a wide range of products including computers, white goods, car interiors, carpets and carpet underlay, polyurethane foams in furniture and bedding. PBDEs have been shown to disrupt thyroid hormones, mimic oestrogen and are linked with cancer and reproductive damage. PBDEs are found […]

Chemical Body Burden and Biomonitoring 0

‘Chemical body burden’ refers to the chemical residues humans and wildlife carry in their fats, blood, bone and breastmilk. The testing for or ‘biomonitoring’ of chemical body residues provides an effective and powerful tool to assess and reduce chemical exposure. Very limited biomonitoring has been undertaken in Australia, yet even this has shown contamination of […]

Pacific Program for Environmental Health and Justice 0

The Pacific Program for Environmental Health and Justice aims to strengthen the role of Pacific environmental NGOs, thereby contributing to regional and international efforts to grow the global environmental health movement to protect future generations and promote a toxic free future. The project’s prime objective is to improve networking  and build capacity in the area of toxics reduction […]