Firefighters, community and environment at risk from perfluorinated chemcials

Firefighters, community and environment at risk from perfluorinated chemcials

NTN has released a 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 perfluorinated(…)

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 has released a new report, Unconventional Gas Exploration and Production: Human Health Impacts and Environmental Legacy. The report is part of the Global Frackdown to Paris. In the lead up to the Paris climate talks, it is essential all stakeholders(…)

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(…)

Trading your health for stain- and waterproof clothing?

Trading your health for stain- and waterproof clothing?

“Stain-resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal” is how a journalist once referred to a highly fluorinated chemical called C8 found in the bodies of nearly all humans and animals on the planet. Exposure is linked to cancer, liver malfunction, hypothyroidism, obesity, decreased immune response to vaccines in children, hypertension, and other health problems. Despite the known health(…)

Indonesian government promoting risky unconventional gas and Australia companies are responding

Indonesian government promoting risky unconventional gas and Australia companies are responding

The Indonesian government is promoting unconventional gas exploration and production in Indonesia. This would mean in the pursuit of coal bed methane (CBM) / coal seam gas (CSG), shale gas and tight gas, hydraulic fracturing or fracking would occur with all its associated negative impacts. The United Nations Environment Programme has expressed their concern over(…)