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A Toxics-Free Future



IPEN has updated its guide to toxic flame retardant chemicals to reflect new developments since it was first released in June 2012. The guide is an introduction to the science and industry manipulation of toxic chemicals marketed as flame retardants. These toxic chemicals do not provide fire safety but are widely present in consumer products that release them into dust, polluting people and the environment. They are also present in the millions of tons of electronic waste that is dumped in developing countries each year.

Tadesse Amera & Sue Edwards, Pesticide Action Nexus Association - Ethiopia


PAN Ethiopia conducted an e-waste inventory in four cities in Ethiopia using the UNEP Inventory Assessment Manual as a reference to select the appropriate method. This guide was developed based on the Ethiopian experience so that other developing countries facing similar problems can use it and adapt it for their local situation in conducting e-waste inventories, as well as lobby for the formulation of policies to regulate the lifecycle management of e-products in their respective nations.

An insight into the market in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

IPEN, GRID-Arendal (2013)

The final meeting on the new mercury treaty was held in Geneva in January 2013 and reached agreement on the text of the new treaty. The treaty will be adopted in October 2013 at a diplomatic conference in Japan. IPEN believes that, at minimum, a global treaty on mercury should incorporate provisions that, if taken together and fully implemented, will actually reduce total anthropogenic mercury emissions and releases to the global environment. Read our Guide to see our assessment about whether the new treaty accomplishes this.

New evidence reveals mercury contamination regularly exceeds health advisory levels in humans and fish worldwide.

This report, an IPEN and BRI collaborative effort, is the first of its kind to identify global biological mercury hotspots. These hotspots are of particular concern to human populations and the ecosystems on which they depend.

The report was originally published in January 2013 (and the Spanish translation below reflects that original version), but was updated in September in preparation for the Mercury Treaty Diplomatic Conference held in Japan in October, 2013.

Jack Weinberg, IPEN Senior Policy Advisor
Dr. Scott Clark, IPEN Public Health Advisor for Lead Paint, Professor Emeritus, Environmental Health University of Cincinnati

Citizens’ Report: Implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) by IPEN Participating Organizations 2009–2012

September 2012

Social and Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology Development in Africa / Implications Sociales et Environnementales du Developpement des Nanotechnologies en Afrique

September, 2012

Implicaciones sociales y ambientales del desarrollo de las nanotecnologías en América Latina y el Caribe / Social and Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

Produced by Guillermo Foladori and Noela Invernizzi with the collaboration of Fernando Bejarano in the SAICM sections.

March, 2012

By Jack Weinberg

Senior Policy Advisor, IPEN

October, 2010

This book provides information about mercury pollution and its harm to human health and the environment. The book also presents the major sources of mercury pollution and calls for civil society efforts at the local, national, and global level to work toward controlling human activities that release mercury into the environment.