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International Right-to-Know Conference Held in Czech Republic

Arnika Association, IPEN's Regional Hub for Central and Eastern Europe, recently held an international conference, "We have a right to know and to speak," in Prague, Czech Republic. Presentations were given by speakers from Thailand, Iceland, Czech Republic, USA and Serbia, and related to accessing information, pollution monitoring, and how to test products and the environment for hazardous substances. 

Former IPEN Co-Chair (and current Senior Advisor) is featured in this article from Verandah Magazine:

From a tiny village in the Northern Rivers to representing Civil Society at the UN, Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith has been fighting against chemical pollution for decades – and now, she’s pleased to report, PFOA (Teflon) has been nominated for an international ban.

At the time, it seemed like a rural idyll. Move with your child from a polluted inner city to beautiful small acreage, build a home in the bush, and live a more natural lifestyle. “That’s what I thought, anyway,” says long-term environmental campaigner and now Ballina resident and global citizen Mariann Lloyd-Smith.

International Anti-Fracking Summit – Not Here, Not Anywhere

Friends of the Earth Europe, Earthworks, Stop the Frack Attack, Food & Water Watch and Attac France organized an “International Anti-Fracking Summit – Not Here, Not Anywhere” in Paris on 10 December, 2015. 

The gathering brought together more than 130 anti-fracking activists from 40 different countries and 5 continents to discuss news from anti-fracking communities around the world and ways forward in the efforts to mobilize resistance to fracking.  

Dr. Geiser has been presented with the “Frank Hatch Environmental Health Leadership Award” from the Environmental Health Strategy Center (EHSC) in Maine, United States. The award marks his outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of environmental health regionally and nationally.

Toxic Fracking At-A-Glance

25 November 2015 - 1:35pm -- ipen_jen

Hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) involves injecting wells at high pressure with water, proppants, radioactive tracers and large quantities of chemical additives (including many that are toxic and some with POPs characteristics) to fracture the formation and produce new cracks and pathways to help extract natural gas.

Toxic Fracking

The term 'fracking' refers to hydraulic fracturing, but is now commonly used to describe the process of exploration and production of unconventional gas. Hydraulic fracturing (HF) is a process that involves injecting wells at high pressure with water, proppants, radioactive tracers and large quantities of chemical additives to fracture the formation and produce new cracks and pathways to help extract natural gas.

Fuente: http://olca.cl/articulo/nota.php?id=105838

Organizaciones socio-ambientales e indígenas de Chile presentaron el 13 de noviembre en Ginebra una Petición de Acción Urgente sobre el TPP, entregada  a Baskut Tunkat, relator de Sustancias Químicas Peligrosas y Desechos, por Lucía Sepúlveda (RAP-AL),   mientras participaba en  la consulta sobre Derechos Humanos y Sustancias Peligrosas realizada en esa sede de Naciones Unidas  el 12 y 13 de Noviembre.

Brussels, Luxembourg – A crucial court hearing against the European Commission took place yesterday. (1) The European Union Court of Justice in Luxembourg heard Sweden’s case against the Commission for failing to fulfil its legal obligations regarding hormone disrupting chemicals, also known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). (1)

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