Red Latinoamericana de Nanotecnología y Sociedad (ReLANS) produced a booklet on the societal and environmental implications of nanotechnology development in Latin America. Apart from a detailed discussion on the path of investment and development in the region, the booklet highlights the importance that nanotechnology development be guided by transparency, precautionary approaches, and the overall health of the worker and environment. This booklet is now available in Spanish, Portuguese and English.
Centro de Diagnostico y Alternativas para Afectados por Tóxicos (CEDAAT) conducted research and public awareness activities to help communities in their demands against pollution coming from the ECOLTEC plant (a waste facility that produced fuel for cement kilns) in Mexico. ECOLTEC declared in an Environmental Impact Assessment that they would produce Volatile Organic Compounds, and the standard for cement kilns includes a series of dangerous heavy metals.
To achieve the objectives of preventing health and environmental pollution related to chemicals found in products, promote safer alternatives, and generate a collaborative effort, Fronteras Comunes followed up the successful “Toxic Chemicals at Home” booklet with a second installation: “Toxic Chemicals at Home 2". The booklet is now being used in community workshops as a tool to promote awareness about heavy metals in products, hazardous pesticides, electronic waste, and other POPs.
Inventories of unintentional POPs (U-POPs) in Latin America: a comparative study.
Mexican Isthmus: generation of and contamination by Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).