Author: jo

Bisphenol A – BPA

Bisphenol A (BPA) is used extensively in plastic food and beverage containers, including plastic food containers and shatter-proof baby bottles. It is found in food and drink cans and in a wide range of other products, like...

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Nanoparticles health and environmental risks

Nanomaterials are used in a wide range of consumer products including sunscreens, sporting clothes, stain resistant textiles, electronics, paints and packaging, yet as a relatively new technology, nanomaterials remain...

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Waste to Energy (Jane Bremmer, WA)

Western Australia is again the target of incinerator promoters as Regional Councils prepare to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in resource recovery facilities in the metropolitan area. Last week WA Councils sponsored two...

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Persistent Pesticides

Many pesticides are very persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic. Children with their increased vulnerability to chemicals are at greater risk from pesticide exposures. Organochlorines Organochlorine pesticides (OCs) include the...

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Health effects of chemical exposures

A 2002 Report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) identified a growing number of children’s health impacts caused by exposure to...

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Are Australian children at risk?

While there has been only limited assessment of chemical exposure of Australian children, there is evidence of blood contamination, similar to that of children in the EU, UK and USA. Childhood cancers are increasing in the...

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Children’s unique vulnerability

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...

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Chemicals children are exposed to

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...

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Brominated Flame Retardants (PBDEs)

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...

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Chemical Body Burden and Biomonitoring

‘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...

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Pacific Program for Environmental Health and Justice

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...

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Pesticides

What’s wrong with pesticides? When  pesticides are used to produce our food they also have impacts on our health and the environment. Since the introduction of industrialised chemical agriculture there have been growing problems...

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