FOEA Emerging tech Project

IPCC needs to rethink its embrace of unproven technologies

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) embrace of geoengineering proposals, which began very tentatively with the release of their fourth assessment report last year, is beginning to shape up as a dangerous romance. The IPCC’s 2014 Synthesis Report, released earlier this month, provides the strongest support yet from the IPCC for technologies intended to remove carbon from the atmosphere and allow carbon polluting business as...

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FSANZ fails to consider the safety of nanomaterials in food packaging review

In a stunning example of regulatory capture and ignoring the precautionary principle when it comes to protecting human health, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has decided not to assess the risks of the chemical migration of nanomaterials into food because it doesn’t know enough about them. In a consultation paper for its review of chemical migration from packing into food, FSANZ argued that “the risks associated with CMPF [chemical...

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