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A new survey found toxic flame retardant chemicals from electronic waste are recycled into plastic children’s toys for sale in the European Union. Measurements of 21 toys purchased in six EU countries found that 43% of them contained significant levels of OctaBDE and/or DecaBDE. OctaBDE is listed in the Stockholm Convention for global elimination.

In the run-up to the 7th Conference of the Parties (COP7), IPEN has released its "Quick Views of Stockholm Convention COP7." This document is a summary statement of IPEN views on issues that COP7 will be called upon to address, including POPs wastes, tecnical assistance and regional centres, rules of procedure, compliance, listing of pentachlorophenol (PCP) in Annex A, listing of hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD) in Annex A and C, exemptions and acceptable purposes, evaluation of PFOS, and more. 

French protesters at the Tour de France

 

 

More than 100 tonnes of highly toxic waste will have to remain at Botany after the French government vetoed plans by chemical giant Orica to ship it from Sydney to France for incineration.

UPDATE, 27 July, 2014: French reject Orica's toxic waste

Australian Broadcasting Corporation news story featuring Dr. Mariann Lloyd-Smith, IPEN Senior Advisor and former Co-Chair

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Prof. Jamidu Katima, former IPEN Co-Chair and Chairman of AGENDA for Environment and Responsible Development in Tanzania, is featured in this story from IPP Media

Mao Da, from IPEN Participating Organization Nature University, is quoted in this article from the Wall Street Journal.

By James T. Areddy

SHANGHAI--Violent clashes between police and villagers left dozens injured during demonstrations in eastern China against construction of a waste incinerator, the latest example of public readiness to fight government plans viewed as polluting.

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