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Chemical Manufacturers Call for WHO Cancer Agency Reform

Chemical Manufacturers Call for WHO Cancer Agency Reform

The American Chemistry Council says the World Health Organization’s “sensationalist studies” about chemical safety are misleading policy makers and consumers, hurting farmers and manufacturers, and resulting in retailers unnecessarily phasing out certain substances.

Indoor Environmental Quality Alliance Formed

ASHRAE, along with other industry groups, have formed an alliance that aims to serve as a global source for information, guidance and knowledge on indoor environmental quality. Other groups that have signed the memorandum of understanding creating the Indoor Environment Quality Global Alliance are the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), … Read more »

Air Pollution World’s Single Largest Preventable Health Risk

Air Pollution World’s Single Largest Preventable Health Risk

Seven million deaths, or one in eight in 2012, are attributed to exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution, according to new estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO). Indoor particulate matter air pollution from the burning of solid fuels for heating and cooking caused 4.3 million deaths in 2012, … Read more »

Wastewater Produces Agricultural Risks, WHO Says

A new study found that wastewater used to irrigate vegetable plots in Asian countries poses health risks, particularly for children. The World Health Organization (WHO) said that wastewater may exceed its guidelines and contain elevated levels of viruses, bacteria and protozoa that can contaminate food and cause disease. Wastewater used … Read more »

Ship Emissions Pollute Hong Kong Air

Marine vessel emissions cause up to half of Hong Kong’s locally produced air pollution, CNN reports. The number of smog-filled days has increased by 28 percent to 303 so far this year with particle levels in one urban area, Sham Shui Po, reaching “very dangerous” levels last week, according to … Read more »

WHO, UNEP: Synthetic Chemicals Partly to Blame for Health Problems

WHO, UNEP: Synthetic Chemicals Partly to Blame for Health Problems

Synthetic chemicals, untested for their disruptive effects on the hormone system, are likely at least partly to blame for a global increase in birth deformities, cancers and psychiatric diseases, but manufacturers’ lack of transparency means the problem could be even more serious, according to a report by the United Nations Environment Programme … Read more »