FOEA Emerging tech Project

Nano-ingredients in sunscreen: the need for regulation

Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Using sunscreen, along with protective clothing, a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses and staying out of the sun in the middle of the day, is important to help reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. However, Friends of the Earth is concerned that some nano-ingredients in sunscreens may be doing more harm than good.

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Nano silver: policy failure puts public health at risk

For nearly a century, we have waged a war on bacteria. We have learned to fight off these ‘enemies’ by using stronger and stronger weapons. As the bacteria have found ways to resist the lethal effects of one antimicrobial weapon, we have been forced to unleash another. There is now a real worry that we may be running out of options to tackle resistant bacteria. The medical community has been turning to nanosilver as an antimicrobial of last...

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Nanotechnology, climate and energy: over-heated promises and hot air?

“Very few people have looked beyond the shiny promise of nanotechnology to try and understand how this far-reaching new technique is actually developing. This report is an excellent glimpse inside, and it offers a judicious and balanced account of a subject we need very much to be thinking about.” Bill McKibben, author, environmentalist, founder 350.org

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Nano and biocidal silver: extreme germ killers present a growing threat to public health

There is clear evidence that silver, and in particular nanosilver, is toxic to aquatic and terrestrial organisms, a variety of mammalian cells in vitro, and may be detrimental to human health. While undoubtedly silver and nanosilver have useful applications in the medical arena (for instance as coatings for medical devices or as wound care for severe burns victims), their use needs to be strictly controlled and the dictum ‘no data, no market’...

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