FOEA Emerging tech Project

OECD nanomaterial dossiers of “little to no value” in assessing risks

A new study, commissioned by CIEL, ECOS, and the Oeko-Institute shows that most of the information made available by the Sponsorship Testing Programme of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is of little to no value for the regulatory risk assessment of nanomaterials. The study was published was published by the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) based in Singapore. IOM screened the 11,500 pages of raw data of...

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Study raises concerns about the impacts of nanomaterials on plants

The first multi-generational study looking at the impacts of cerium oxide nanoparticles on plant growth has found that plants are more vulnerable to toxic nanoparticles if their parents were grown in contaminated soil. The study by Ma et al. over three generations of plants found that exposure to cerium oxide nanoparticles lowered the quality of the plant’s seeds; slowed plant growth; and reduced yield and biomass. The offspring plants...

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The PM’s Innovation Strategy fails the public good test

Innovation has long been embraced uncritically in Australia at all levels. Governments embrace innovation with a kind of cargo cult mentality that if one innovates, prosperity will fall from the sky. And we’re at it again. Under the leadership of Malcolm Turnbull, innovation has once again become the buzz word of the moment and once again it is embraced without policy underpinnings except commercial opportunity. Innovation without a focus on...

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