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Another broken promise

Another broken promise

FSANZ fails to ensure the safety of foods containing nanomaterials

Emerging technologies and corporate control

Emerging technologies and corporate control

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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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US groups sue the EPA for failing to regulate nano-silver

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Featured | Comments Off

US groups sue the EPA for failing to regulate nano-silver

While exasperation grows in Australia with regulators who don’t regulate, unfortunately it appears that regulatory paralysis is not a problem confined to Australia. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared silver a pesticide. In 2008 the International Center for Technology Assessment issued the EPA with a legal petition requesting that they also declare nano-silver a pesticide and begin to register and regulate the proliferating number of consumer products containing nano-silver. Although the EPA ultimately acknowledged that...

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Government’s deregulatory extremism puts public at risk

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Featured | Comments Off

Government’s deregulatory extremism puts public at risk

We are surrounded by regulation. Every moment of our waking and sleeping lives is populated with a vast regulatory network. There are thousands of regulations relating to our homes, our clothes, our foods, the way we drive, the places we work, the wages we receive, the super we contribute to, the environment we live in and depend on for life. Many of these regulations have saved lives and protected property and biodiversity. But regulation in the extreme free market orthodoxy of both the ALP and the Coalition is now by definition bad....

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