► 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.
► IPEN has conducted a unique survey of PBDEs in recycled carpet padding. See the results here: POPs in recycled carpet padding 23 April 2011
► Press Release, 25 April, 2011: Hazardous waste on your living room floor