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May 30, 2017, 20:00 ET Peer-Reviewed Study Determines Mercury Pollution Costs Millions in Lost Earning Potential, Study co-authored by IPEN and Dr. Leo Trasande

Developing and transition countries stand to lose millions of dollars in earning potential every year due to mercury contamination, according to a...


May 05, 2017, 10:36 ET At UN chemicals meeting, political will clashes with narrow commercial interest, reports IPEN

Governments at the Stockholm Convention Conference of the Parties (COP8) agreed to add three toxic chemicals to the treaty, DecaBDE, SCCPs, and...


Apr 19, 2017, 22:03 ET IPEN ACAT and Arnika Survey finds children's toys contaminated with a toxic industrial chemical that is recommended for global prohibition

A survey of children's products in 10 countries1 finds widespread contamination with an industrial chemical recommended for global prohibition....


Apr 17, 2017, 22:48 ET Recycling contaminates plastic children's toys with toxic chemicals from electronic waste, says IPEN and Arnika

A new global survey finds that recycling plastics containing toxic flame retardant chemicals found in electronic waste results in contamination of...


May 23, 2016, 11:53 ET Lead Exposure Costs Developing Nations $977 Billion Each Year

The following is being released by IPEN: Worldwide, the annual costs of lead exposure are $977 billion international dollars, with developing...


Mar 18, 2015, 12:29 ET Two More Low- and Moderate-Income Countries Found to Have High Lead Levels in Paint, says IPEN

A new study of lead levels in paints published in the journal Environmental Research finds that the vast majority of paints sampled in Russia and...


Oct 23, 2014, 11:36 ET IPEN: U.S. battles international ban on toxin used on utility poles that Health and Human Services calls a "carcinogen" & state lawmakers seek to eliminate in New York

The U.S. government is opposing international efforts to halt the global use of a toxic chemical, pentachlorophenol (PCP), used in the U.S. on wood...


Oct 22, 2013, 03:00 ET New UNEP Study Finds High Lead Levels in Paints Around the World

Despite bans on lead in household paint in most Western countries, a new study from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) finds that the...


Oct 10, 2013, 06:59 ET The New Mercury Treaty: Three Things That Need to Happen Now

Countries signing the world's first international mercury treaty have a "moral and legal" obligation to fully implement all treaty provisions, said...


Feb 19, 2013, 09:15 ET IPEN: WHO-UNEP Report on endocrine disruptors highlights need for global action

A highly anticipated report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Environment Program (UNEP) underlines the urgent need for...


Jan 09, 2013, 08:00 ET Mercury Levels in Humans and Fish Regularly Exceed Health Advisory Levels Worldwide

A new scientific report finds that humans and marine ecosystems around the world are contaminated with mercury and that mercury levels in humans and...


Jul 03, 2012, 12:48 ET Mercury Treaty Legitimizes Increased Mercury Pollution

The following is being released by IPEN: Although two-thirds of delegates engaged in international negotiations for a proposed mercury treaty support ...


Jun 27, 2012, 11:51 ET Mercury Treaty Negotiations Risk Increasing - Not Reducing - Mercury in Environment

The following is being released by IPEN: Non-government organizations from around the world voiced concerns today that international treaty...


Oct 31, 2011, 12:01 ET UN Delegates Tackle the True Cost of Gold

Delegates from more than 120 countries are being reminded of the true cost of gold mining on the first day of a meeting to negotiate a global mercury ...


Jun 23, 2011, 10:55 ET Resolve Minamata Before Global Mercury Treaty Named for Victims

Expectations are high as the Japanese government holds meetings on 26 June in Minamata to explain why the new mercury treaty should be named the...


May 04, 2011, 10:18 ET Debate Over Export of Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals Erupts at UN Meeting

The 53 countries of the African group, led by Kenya, pushed developed countries to ensure that wastes containing toxic flame retardants are not...


Apr 25, 2011, 10:27 ET Hazardous Waste on Your Living Room Floor

In the first publicly available study of its kind, a type of foam carpet pad commonly sold in the USA and other developed countries was demonstrated...