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IPEN Participating Organization Toxics Link has released two new reports related to electronic waste (e-waste): 

Unwittingly poisoning next generation 

Study finds staggering levels of poisonous metals in toys; most parents unaware of health hazards

It is normal for toys to contain plastics, small motors, miniature wheels; but toxic metals such as lead, chromium, cadmium – not so normal.

Press Release

From: Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP)

Contact: Marjo Busto, marjo.busto@panap.net

 

This newly released report shows that lead levels in dust from some schools and preschools in Sri Lanka are of high concern. 

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.

Labeling dust sample for analysis

The Asian Lead Paint Elimination Project Partner Newsletter for May, 2014 is now available, and contains news about partners' work in sampling house dust for lead content, as well as information about the recent resolution on lead in paint passed at the Asia Pacific regional SAICM meeting and important new reports about lead in paint.

IPEN Participating Organization Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) featured in this cover story from the Daily Observer:

 

Read page 2 of the story here.

IPEN Participating Organization Centre for Environmental Justice, with Friends of the Earth Sri Lanka, have released the newest edition of "Ejustice." Issues highlighted in the newsletter are coal use in Sri Lanka and the blocking of the ban on the pesiticide glyphosate.
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Please read the entire newsletter here

NGO representatives at the Asia Pacific regional SAICM meeting in Kuala Lumpur

Numerous IPEN Participating Organization representatives attended the 4th Asia-Pacific regional meeting on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and related workshops, which occured from 23 - 27 March in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The meeting and workshops were preceded by a South East Asian sub-regional wokshop in support of the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The SAICM meeting covered issues such as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), lead in paint, nanotechnology, highly hazardous pesticides and other subjects in the SAICM.

EU-Funded Study Finds High Lead Levels in Paints

Children Ages 0-6 Risk Permanent and Lifelong Damage

[Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia] The majority of household paints analyzed in seven Asian countries contain unsafe levels of lead; would not meet regulatory standards established in most highly industrialized countries; and, in a number of cases, have astonishingly high lead content, according to a new report. The Asia Regional Paint Report will be released on March 23, 2014 by IPEN and partner organizations in the seven countries at the 4th Asia-Pacific Regional meeting of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) convened by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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