Chemical factory in India
'Chemicals, Environment, Health' - A Global Management Perspective (2011)
Bananas in Costa Rica
Corrupt official involved in Malaria control with DDT, Uganda
This dossier contains valuable background information on transport, accumulation and effects of contaminants in the Polar Regions.
New York, NY--November 9, 2011--A new report released today by New York-based Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland identifies the top ten toxic pollution problems and sources. The report also calculates, for the first time, the health impacts of toxic sites.
Edited by Philip Wexler, Jan van der Kolk, Asish Mohapatra, Ravi Agarwal.
Nicotine-Like Effects of the Neonicotinoid Insecticides Acetamiprid and Imidacloprid on Cerebellar Neurons from Neonatal Rats
GEMINI, research news from NTNU and SINTEF
"Environmental pollution from three continents finds its way to the Arctic – and into the animals that live there."
Inuit Circumpolar Council
"In the mid 1980's researchers from Laval and McGill universities found, to their surprise, elevated levels of PCB's and other POPs in the breast milk of Inuit women in northern Quebec and southern Baffin Island. How was this possible? Where were the contaminants coming from? How could Inuit -hunting, fishing, and gathering thousands of kilometres from any industry-ingest POPs?"
Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, University of Aarhus, Vennelyst Boulevard 6, Bldg. 260, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
"Monitoring of human exposure to persistent organic pollutants POPs and heavy metals have taken place since 1994 in a circumpolar study conducted under the Arctic monitoring and assessment programme (AMAP). The study has confirmed that Arctic populations relying on marine food (Inuit) have an exposure level of POPs and methyl mercury related to the amount of traditional food eaten (...) there is a need for dietary advice to Arctic peoples so they can make informed choices concerning the food they eat."
Increase use of pesticides in Costa Rica. "According to research by the Regional de Estudios en Sustancias Txicas (IRET) – Institute for Studies on Toxic Substances, shows that the use of agrochemicals has elevated without growing the agricultural areas."
"Public health experts in Mexico, in collaboration with the nation's Malaria Control Programme (MCP), are introducing new strategies to prevent malaria outbreaks — without the help of DDT."
By Kate Sheehy PRI's The World - BBC News
What the men in his area have in common is they all work in farming. So Dr Orantes thinks a major cause of their kidney damage is the toxic chemicals - pesticides and herbicides - that are routinely used here in agriculture.
Nadja Stadlinger, Aviti J. Mmochi, Sonja Dobo, Emma Gyllbäck and Linda Kumblad
Environment, Development and Sustainability
Volume 13, Number 3, 641-656, DOI: 10.1007/s10668-010-9281-5
"In an interview study conducted among smallholder rice farmers in Rufiji, Tanzania coastal mainland, and in Cheju, Zanzibar, farmer’s pesticide use and risk awareness were assessed."
By JOSH KRON- New York Times.
The Guardian, UK
"Better Cotton Initiative works with producers, international retailers and not-for-profit groups to better manage crops."
"A people's Right Declaration Convention held on September 17, 2006, at Eloor — a small island on the Periyar river — in Kerala, which has been identified as one of the toxic hotspots in the world, came down heavily on the Kerala State Pollution Control Board (kspcb) for failing to check the indiscriminate discharge of hazardous effluents into the river by 250 factories in the Udyogamandal industrial estate."
"It (DDT) is infamous for threatening bird populations by thinning eggshells, and has also been linked to increase risks in humans of diseases such as cancer and Parkinson's -- an incurable and often deadly brain disease."