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A Toxics-Free Future



A paper by the IPEN Nano Working Group and The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) that outlines concerns about potential negative environmental impacts and costs of nanotechnology, while also proposing solutions.

The goal of this project was to gather and analyze information related to the availability, suitability and cost of mercury-containing versus mercury-free mass products in developing countries (DCs) and countries with economies in transition (CiTs). In order to have a broad picture of the global situation, two countries were selected to represent each of four UN regions:

In 2008 IPEN partnered with the Indian organization Toxics Link , to conduct global sampling of lead in paint with organisations in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Ten countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America were involved. The study showed that, with a few exceptions, all plastic paint samples had low lead concentrations, and the majority of enamel paint samples had lead concentrations higher than regulatory levels of 90ppm (US, China) or 600ppm (Singapore). Lead concentrations in paints ranged from 0.6 ppm to 505,716 ppm.

May 2009

During the negotiations, the international community understood that there
were likely to be more POPs than the twelve substances originally covered by the treaty. Therefore, the Convention established a science-based process for evaluating candidate POPs which recognizes that lack of full scientific certainty should not prevent a candidate substance from proceeding in the evaluation or listing. For COP4, an expert committee of the Convention, the POPs Review Committee (POPRC), has recommended nine new substances for listing.

Does Endosulfan have an alternative? Non Pesticidal Management - A large-scale success story from Andhra Pradesh, India

May 2009

Pat Costner, IPEN Science Advisor for Thanal, IPEN Pesticide Working Group

Citizen's Report - Global Outreach Campaign on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)

IPEN, Health Care Without Harm, International Society of Doctors for the Environment, Pesticide Action Network International, Women in Europe for a Common Future, World Federation of Public Health Associations

April 2009

Endosulfan in West Africa: Adverse Effects, its Banning, and Alternatives

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) / International, IPEN POPs Pesticides Working Group

April 2009

This document summarizes the issues with and alternatives to using endosulfan in West Africa.

Sara Hannon, Colleen Keane, Pamela Miller

April 2009

The use of lindane as a pest control method to reduce damage to economic crops, specifically the wheat midge and locust, is unnecessary given a wide variety of non-insecticidal methods. Integrative pest management methods, including biological controls that can be synthesized and massed produced are an adequate alternative to lindane, an insecticide with known persistence, bioaccumulation, and long-range transport properties, as well as known adverse human and ecological health effects.

The report entitled El Endosulfán y sus Alternativas en América Latina I y II (Endosulfan and its Alternatives in Latin America I and II), written by members of the Action Network on Pesticides and their Alternatives in Latin America (Red de Acción sobre Plaguicidas y sus Alternativas en América Latina—RAP-AL), illustrates the variety of alternatives to endosulfan beyond the chemical substitution approach that means go beyond chemical pesticides that are less toxic and less persistent, but also agroecological and organic agricultural practices used in growing soybeans, coffee, vegetable

Update of Dioxin Emission Factors for Forest Fires, Grassland and Moor Fires, Open Burning of Agricultural Residues, Open Burning of Domestic Waste, Landfills and Dump Fires

Pat Costner, IPEN

15 November 2006