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Coming 13 January 2022 — Women Leadership, Chemical Safety, and the SDGs
Women are affected differently by chemicals, with exposures risks and impacts being different between the sexes. Yet too often men at all levels are making decisions, despite the key roles that women play in the health, life, and economy of families and communities. This webinar will address the intersection between gender and chemicals management, its vital importance for reaching the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, and recent contributions by UNEP and IPEN in this regard. It will feature both international as well as local efforts to mainstream gender and chemical issues. See also our joint report and our Women and Chemicals training series. 13 Jan 2022, 11AM-12:30PM EST, 4PM-5:30PM GMT
Register now at: https://bit.ly/WomenLeaders2022. Simultaneous translation available in French and Spanish.
Coming in January 2022 — Plastic Fuels: What Happens After a Waste Export Ban
While Australia's "world first" waste export ban decision received international acclaim, closer scrutiny reveals that in fact, Australia is gearing up — with significant government funds and policies — to continue exporting its waste in a new “reprocessed” format. One result: Refuse Derived Fuels (RDF) are bales or pellets of mixed waste containing significant quantities of non-recyclable plastic, to be burned in cement kilns or other industrial furnaces, both in Australia and overseas, and specifically, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Burning plastic waste undermines regional and global goals for action on climate change.
Register now at: https://bit.ly/PlasticFuels2021. Simultaneous translation available in French and Bahasa Indonesian.
24 Nov 2021 — Nanotechnologies in Latin America
The IPEN office in Latin America and the Caribbean hosted a webinar on nanotechnologies in Latin America, with the participation of experts from the Network of Nanotechnology and Society (ReLans). ReLAns is an IPEN member and offered an introduction to the subject with examples of the expansion of the production and use of nanotechnologies in Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina, the effects on health and the environment, and the scant international regulation.
10 Nov 2021 — Human Health Threats from Chemicals in Plastics
Our most recent webinar, "Human Health Threats from Chemicals in Plastics,” highlighted the important and alarming findings of the report Plastics, EDCs, & Health by the Endocrine Society and IPEN, which presents a summary of years of research and hundreds of peer-reviewed studies about the alarming health effects of EDCs in plastics.
27 Oct 2021 — Human Health Threats from Chemicals in Plastics
We hosted a webinar October 27, "Catalyzing the Global Phase-Out of Lead Paints,” that discussed how listing lead pigments in the Rotterdam Convention will advance global lead paint elimination; help countries adopt and enforce lead paint control regulations; and make exporting countries assume major responsibilities for the control of lead pigments and the lead paints that contain them.
20 Oct 2021 — Toxic Plastic Recycling: Toxic chemicals recycled into new plastic toys sold in Africas
Africa is seeing a new chemical threat from recycled plastics. The webinar "Toxic Plastic Recycling: Toxic chemicals recycled into new plastic toys sold in Africa” tells the story of how toxic chemicals are entering African markets not only through industry but in recycled plastics used in products in everyday settings, by families and children.
30 Sept 2021 — Why Microplastics are Not the Whole Story
Microplastics have become a hot topic. But less know is the toxic chemicals these microplastics contain. This webinar lays out the background and arguments for why plastics need to be reduced and rethought.
8 Sept 2021 — Canada's Toxic Plastic Label: What it is and what is means for the world
Did you know that more than 80% of "recycled" plastics go into landfills? We can do a better. Labeling plastics is one step toward a smarter approach. But there are some pitfalls. This webinar discusses the problems, the regulatory issues, and the proposed solutions necessary to reduce plastic use and reach a more sustainable version of a "circular economy" than is currently being promulgated by plastic producers and the waste industry, who think incineration — with all its toxic side-effects — as an energy source is a solution.
20 July 2021 — Count Down: Toxic chemicals in plastics threaten human fertility
Drs. Shanna Swan and Pete Myers discuss the threat that toxic chemicals are having on human fertility and disease, and the far reaching consequences that will arise if the problems are not addressed.