Author: jo

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...

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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...

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Artificial turf a threat in playgrounds

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....

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Toxic metals in kid’s toys

A new report has found some children’s toys have dangerously high levels of heavy metals. The international study measured toxic metals in 200 children’s products with a focus on antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead,...

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BPA still in Australian baby bottles

Would you endanger the health of your baby if the evidence shows they are at risk from BPA exposure? Australian environmental health groups are calling for an immediate ban on bisphenol A (BPA) a chemical widely used in the...

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Natural gas not so ‘natural’ after all

An analysis of air samples from neighbours of natural gas operations have detected 22 toxic air contaminants resulting in significant air pollution including four carcinogens, toxins known to damage the nervous system and...

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Pesticides may increase risk of Parkinson’s Disease

New research has found that combined exposure to background levels of the pesticides ziram and paraquat as well as combined exposures to the pesticides maneb and paraquat in workplaces and residences substantially increased the...

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Nano-materials in our homes

How did this brand new technology find its way into our homes without us even knowing about it? Nano-materials such as nano-silver and nano-zinc are now found in many everyday products including sunscreens, cosmetics, foods,...

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It might be ‘non-stick’ but is it safe?

It might make cooking a breeze and stains slip off clothing but are non-stick chemicals safe? A new generation of ‘non-stick’ cookware is quickly disassociating itself with a controversial group of chemicals known as...

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Goodbye endosulfan

Finally after over a decade of international campaigning, the toxic pesticide endosulfan has been  slated for a global ban. One hundred and fifty countries, including Australia, meet in Geneva to determine the new listings on...

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