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Groups Call for Stricter Limits as Global Meeting Approaches

EARTH Thailand, together with the Arnika Association (Czech Republic) and the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN), call on the Thai government to enforce stricter limits for hazardous substances in waste at the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COPs) to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions in Geneva.

The amount of waste imported into Thailand has increased rapidly since the Chinese government imposed a ban on imports of plastic waste in 2017. As a result, Thai communities are suffering from the processing of imported waste, which constitutes a high environmental burden.

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1 June 2022 (10AM-12PM Manila) – Webinar: Forever Chemicals (PFAS) and their Forever Effects on Human Health

This webinar will discuss how PFAS, also known as the "forever chemicals," which are found in consumer and household items -- from food packaging to cosmetics -- are risk factors for the occurrence of breast cancer among Filipino women. The findings of a pioneering study by the University of the Philippines researchers led by Prof. Michael Velarde, in cooperation with the University of California San Francisco, will be presented at the event.

This webinar is organized by the EcoWaste Coalition in partnership with IPEN SEA, Interfacing Development Interventions for Sustainability (IDIS), Taiwan Watch Institute (TWI) and Consumers Association of Penang (CAP).

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