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Another broken promise

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Legal action prompts US regulator to regulate nano-silver while Australian regulators fail to take action

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Featured | Comments Off

Legal action prompts US regulator to regulate nano-silver while Australian regulators fail to take action

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed to regulate nano-silver in consumer products as a result of a lawsuit filed by Center for Food Safety (CFS) in December last year. Meanwhile in Australia nano-silver products remain unregulated. It is good news that nano-silver products will now require EPA review and approval before they are allowed to be sold in the US. This is an important first step towards ensuring consumer safety. We believe Australians deserve the same protection. Nano-silver is the most widely used nanomaterial...

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European Commission appears determined to scupper nano-register

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Featured | Comments Off

European Commission appears determined to scupper nano-register

In 2009 the European Parliament called on the European Commission to create a nano-register by 2011 to enable regulators to conduct basic risk assessments and provide meaningful information to protect the health of workers and consumers. Six years on, the European Commission seems determined to do nothing at all – arguing that an EU register for all nanomaterials would be difficult to achieve and place an undue burden on industry. The European Parliament is the elected body of the European Union. The European Commission (EC) is the...

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National Academy of Sciences backs untested technologies in the face of climate inaction

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Featured | Comments Off

National Academy of Sciences backs untested technologies in the face of climate inaction

What would a sane society say about a corporatised society that brings the planet to a point of collapse through economic and political systems based on endless exploitation, greed and growth and then desperately searches for ways to solve the problem using the same system? According to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predictions we are currently on track for 4°C warming by the end of the century.  As Professor Schellnhuber, from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research (PIK) puts it “the difference between two and...

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Doomsday Clock edges closer to midnight as risks of emerging tech go unchecked

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Featured | Comments Off

Doomsday Clock edges closer to midnight as risks of emerging tech go unchecked

This year the Doomsday Clock was set at three minutes to midnight, two minutes closer to catastrophe than in 2014. The members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board cited unchecked climate change, nuclear weapons and emerging technological threats such as synthetic biology and artificial intelligence as the reasons we are teetering towards global catastrophe. According to the Bulletin “world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These...

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Register suggests widespread unregulated use of nanomaterials in agriculture in Australia

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Featured | Comments Off

Register suggests widespread unregulated use of nanomaterials in agriculture in Australia

The revelation that large quantities of nanomaterials are being used in agricultural chemicals in France has brought into serious question claims made by the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), that nanomaterials are currently not being used in agricultural chemicals in Australia. France is the first country globally to have adopted a mandatory register of nanomaterial use. Its 2013 statistics, released late in 2014, show that nearly 500,000 tonnes of nanomaterials were produced or imported into France in 2013....

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