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New Report Reveals Dangerous Mercury Levels among Minamata COP1 Delegates
POPRC: No ‘Safe’ Concentration of PFOA in the Environment Can be Established
IPEN CEE Regional Meeting Participants Visit Czech Chemical Factory
New Report Reveals Chicken Eggs as an Indicator of POPs Pollution in Thailand

Photo by Larry Price

WE, concerned organizations from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, express our support for the early ratification and effective implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.  As advocates for our people’s constitutional rights to health and to a healthful environment, we urge the executive and legislative branches of the government to speed up the ratification process of the Convention,

U.S. Affiliated Dutch Boy Sells Lead with High Lead Content in Lebanon

(Gothenberg, Sweden ) A new study of lead levels in paints published in the journal Environmental Research finds that the vast majority of paints sampled in Russia and Lebanon contain dangerously high levels of lead.

(Jakarta) A preliminary exploration of the impact of mercury use in three Indonesian artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) communities found that one-third of the people in one community satisfied WHO guidelines for mercury poisoning along with many children with birth defects, nervous system damage and delayed development. 

NGOs today delivered a formal challenge to the electronics industry to take action to stop the harm to workers and communities caused by hazardous chemicals used to manufacture electronic products.

The Stockholm Convention established a science-based process for new persistent organic pollutants (POPs) under the Stockholm Convention. The Convention recognizes that a lack of full scientific certainty should not prevent a candidate substance from proceeding in the evaluation or listing and clearly mandates Parties to decide on listing “in a precautionary manner.” This new Guide (English /русский /español / français / العربية) highlights three new candidates for listing in the Convention in 2015 - pentachlorophenol, hexachlorobutadiene, and chlorinated naphthalenes - and provides the POPs Review Committee's recommendation for which annex the POPs should be listed under in the Convention, the chemicals' uses, alternatives, adverse effects, and more. 

In February, IPEN participated in the Central Asia and Eastern Europe Sub-Regional Workshop in Support of the Ratification and Early Implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury that took place in Minsk, Belarus. A presentation in Russian was made jointly by Eco-Accord (IPEN Regional Hub for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia), Russia and Center for Environmental Solutions (CES), Belarus.

A new booklet titled, "Eliminate Lead Paint: Protect Children's Health" has been released in conjunction with the African Lead Paint Elimination Project. This booklet introduces the serious and irreversible effects of lead on human health, and outlines how people can be exposed to lead, the economic impacts of lead paint exposu

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