Rio +20: The future we’re certain we don’t want…

Rio +20: The future we’re certain we don’t want…

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) As over 100 heads of state and thousands of participants flocked to the Rio + 20 Earth Summit, most delegates focused on the summit’s priority topics: energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, forests, water, oceans, green jobs and disaster readiness. As the final Rio + 20 outcome document The(…)

Living in a pollution-free world is a basic human right (by Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith)

Living in a pollution-free world is a basic human right (by Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith)

Sound chemicals management underpins every aspect of a sustainable future and green livelihoods. Governments acknowledged that “sound management of chemicals is essential if we are to achieve sustainable development, including the eradication of poverty and disease” . Yet, two decades after the Rio Earth Summit, chemical contamination with toxic, persistent and bioaccumulative substances affects us(…)

Coalition rejects fracking

Coalition rejects fracking

National Toxics Network and IPEN have joined a  coalition of environment and health NGOs to express our grave concerns about hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of shale gas, shale oil, and coal bed methane in the EU because of its impacts on the climate, the development of clean energy, water pollution and water use, air pollution, soil pollution,(…)

Contamination likely at rare earth plant (Lee Bell,WA)

Contamination likely at rare earth plant (Lee Bell,WA)

“Environmental contamination from the Lynas Malaysian plant is inevitable. Radiation, groundwater, atmospheric and river pollution are our key concerns. This refinery would be unlikely to be approved if it were proposed in Australia” National Toxics Network (NTN) said today. These findings feature in a new research report released today. The report assesses the potential emissions(…)

Artificial turf a threat in playgrounds

Artificial turf a threat in playgrounds 0

The health of thousands of children may be at risk from long-term exposure to toxic chemicals from artificial turf that has become a popular replacement for grass on sporting ovals and school playgrounds around the country. Australian scientists have raised the alarm over the potential dangers of the fake grass, and called for a moratorium(…)