► A United Nations-backed coalition has voted to phase out the controversial pesticide endosulfan. The ban was agreed to in Geneva last week at a gathering of the Stockholm Convention, a treaty regulating persistent organic pollutants. Endosulfan is already banned or is being phased out in more than 80 countries, and environmental groups have long pushed for strict global standards on the pesticide, which is a known endocrine disruptor.
►Press release 3 May, 2011: Debate over export of toxic flame retardant chemicals erupts at UN meeting
Africa pushes developed countries to stop the export of toxic flame retardant wastes that can cause nervous system damage in infants and toddlers. New IPEN study highlights the presence of toxic flame retardants in carpet pads commonly sold to consumers in the USA and other countries.