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Study links deaths in Bangladeshi children to agriculture chemicals

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Excessive and improper applications of insecticides and other agriculture chemicals in local fruit orchards may have triggered an outbreak of  acute encephalitis syndrome (AES), a condition often associated with deadly inflammation of the brain, that killed 13 children in a rural Bangladesh community in 2012, according to a new study published online on Monday, July 24, 2017 in the American Journal ...

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Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm Conventions COPs open with GEF, Nigeria side-events

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The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (BC COP-13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP-8) and the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP-8) commenced on Monday, April 24, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. The meetings, which are being ...

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Study shows unsafe chemicals use in salon products

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A recent study released by Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development (SRADev Nigeria) under the auspice of the US-based Developing World Outreach Initiatives (DWOI) has revealed that very dangerous toxic chemicals in cosmetics are widely used in salons and beauty parlours despite their attendant health effects in disruption of nervous, respiratory, reproductive systems and lungs, kidney damage and inflammation ...

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UNEP forum devises strategy to curb chemicals’ risks

Olga Speranskaya, Co-chair of IPEN

An International Conference on Chemicals Management has agreed on a plan that could prevent the annual deaths of more than one million people exposed to toxic chemicals. More than 800 participants, including ministers, industry and civil society leaders, have agreed on a strategy to reduce risks from chemicals at a weeklong United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) conference. Chemicals are an ...

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Toxic pesticide, pentachlorophenol, banned globally

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Delegates from more than 90 countries took the unprecedented step of voting for a global ban on pentachlorophenol – a proven toxic pesticide and contaminant found in wildlife and human biomonitoring studies worldwide. The historic vote came at the combined meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions – which usually make decisions by consensus – after India repeatedly blocked ...

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Incorporating sound chemicals management in MDGs, Vision 20/2020 dreams

Experts have underlined the need for a well-coordinated mechanism that would ensure the eventual incorporation of sound chemicals management priorities and recommended activities in the Vision 20/2020 document. They likewise observed that the endeavour is essential to attaining the millennium development goals (MDGs). Besides the overlapping of organisational responsibilities at the national, regional and local levels, they are however worried ...

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Ozone layer: Nigeria to complete HCFCs’ phase-out

Nigeria has made progress in the implementation of the Hydro-Chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) Phase-out Management Plan. Government said the aim is to achieve the first phase of the control measure for the substances in line with the provisions of the Montreal Protocol on Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS). The National Ozone Officer in the Ministry of Environment, Kassimu Bayero, disclosed this in an ...

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Chemicals management policy underway

A collaboration involving the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Swedish Chemicals Agency and the Federal Ministry of Environment is executing a project aimed at mainstreaming sound management of chemicals into the Millennium Development Goals-based plans and policies. A week ago in Abuja, participants at a two-day event rose at the close of the forum and adopted the draft final report ...

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Nigerian worry over PCBs

The Nigerian government has embarked on an initiative to tackle the harmful effects of Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) in order to improve public health and environmental quality by preventing the release of the harmful chemical compound into the atmosphere. Minister of Environment, Hadiza Ibrahim Mailafia, who launched the project in Abuja on Monday, stated that it would ensure sound management and ultimate ...

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UNEP: Urgent action needed to reduce growing hazard from chemicals

Coordinated action by governments and industry is urgently needed to reduce the growing risks to human health and the environment posed by the unsustainable management of chemicals worldwide, according to a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). These risks are compounded by the steady shift in the production, use and disposal of chemical products from developed countries ...

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