Global Chemicals Outlook: Urgent Action Needed

Global Chemicals Outlook: Urgent Action Needed

Coordinated action by governments and industry is urgently needed to reduce the growing risks to human health and the environment posed by the unsustainable management of chemicals worldwide, according to a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). These risks are compounded by the steady shift in the production, use and disposal of(…)

Flame retardants don’t work

Flame retardants don’t work

Toxic chemicals marketed as flame retardants pose a threat to human health and the environment. These substances are widely incorporated into our consumer products but do not provide a fire safety benefit. Instead, they increase the toxicity of a fire through greater release of smoke, soot, carbon monoxide, and highly toxic substances such as dioxins(…)

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,(…)