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PFHXs, Used as a Substitute for Banned PFOS and PFOA, Recommended for Global Ban

(Rome, Italy) An U.N. expert committee decided unanimously to recommend a complete global elimination for another toxic fluorinated “forever chemical.” Fluorinated chemicals are widespread pollutants threatening drinking water sources, public health and the occupational health of firefighters. They do not break down in the environment and accumulate in the bodies of wildlife and people. They are used in a wide variety of products, including firefighting foam, waterproofing of textiles, and food packaging, as well as other industrial and consumer applications. 

This report gives an overview of the current situation of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) in Jordan and describes the national pesticide registration and control policy framework, the pesticides in use in Jordan and general data on volume, threats of pesticide use to public heatlh, and more. It concludes with the recommendations that Jordan needs to:

Phyllis Omido walks through the village of Owino Uhuru. She has been keeping a close eye on the lead exposure that has plagued this settlement since a nearby smelter began operations in 2007.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/17/africa/kenya-pollution-ruling/index.h...

By Bukola Adebayo, CNN

A Kenyan community whose children and residents were sickened by lead from a battery smelting plant has been awarded $12 million (1.3 billion Kenyan shillings) following a civil lawsuit.

Newly-issued DOH policy banning dental amalgam draws cheers amid the coronavirus crisis

(Quezon City) A new policy promulgated by the Department of Health (DOH) phasing out dental amalgam, a tooth filling material containing approximately 50% mercury, has received roars of approval from advocacy groups within and outside the Philippines.

This report presents findings of a study conducted by Red de Acción en Plaguicidas y sus Alternativas para América Latina (RAP-AL) Uruguay between December 2019 and May 2020. The study aimed to review the international context and the situation in Uruguay regarding Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) in accordance with the new criteria developed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization, and the Pesticide Action Network International List of Highly Hazardous Pesticides.

In Ethiopia, there are a number of tested means that support the process of phasing out the use of highly hazardous pesticides by replacing them with ecologically-based crop production systems. With the involvement of different civil society organisations and support from the government extension systems, the ecological farming initiative is building momentum. There are a number of best practices and success stories in reducing and /or avoiding the use of toxic chemicals by replacing them with alternatives. Read about them in this report prepared by Pesticide Action Nexus Association.

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