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The chemical chlorpyrifos has serious negative effects on our health — especially for children.

Exposure to it, even in small doses, can impact children’s brain development and hormonal systems. Scientists have linked it to developmental delays in children, working memory loss, and increased risk of autism.

So why is it all over our fruits and vegetables?

Chlorpyrifos is still widely used as a pesticide throughout Europe. In fact, it’s one of the pesticides most commonly detected in fruits and vegetables across the continent. It’s been found in soil and, in Spain, even water.

Now the governments of the European Union are deciding whether to relicense this dangerous chemical. An important meeting will take place on October 23 and we’re determined not to let that happen — and we’re not the only ones. We’re joining an all-star coalition with the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Générations Futures, Ecologistas en Acción and the European and German branch of the Pesticides Action Network to launch an emergency campaign to ban chlorpyrifos. Will you help stop this terrible pesticide?

Tell the EU to ban chlorpyrifos and work towards a toxic-free future for our kids and our environment.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are supposed to be good for us.

But too much of our food now sold in Europe is laced with chlorpyrifos, which can cause brain damage and developmental delays in children – even in very small amounts.

Scientists say these neurological effects “appear to be permanent, irreversible, and lifelong.”

Chlorpyrifos’ current EU license expires in January 2019. Right now, European authorities are reviewing the industry’s renewal request for the pesticide. But key research is missing in this reviewing process — especially the pesticide’s link to brain damage.

This is our chance to stop a new license from being issued — but we need your support today to do it.

We’re up against some serious lobbying power from the pesticide megacorps. Dow, the main corporation behind the renewal request, reportedly spent over 3 million euros to lobby European politicians on pesticide-related issues in 2017 alone.

That same year, Dow’s influence convinced the Trump administration to reverse a ban on agricultural use of chlorpyrifos in the United States, against the warnings of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) own scientists — and the US Court of Appeals has since ordered the EPA to uphold the ban.

We can win against their million-euro lobbying, as we’ve done time and time again, and get rid of chlorpyrifos for good. But it will take all of us.

Tell the EU to listen to science over pesticide lobbyists and ban this toxic chemical from Europe.

Incredible members like you have taken on the pesticide industry before and won.

In France, your donations helped our partner Générations Futures win the suspension of Dow’s bee-killing pesticide. We’ll never match the industry’s cash, but we can fight back with the overwhelming numbers of parents who want to keep their kids safe and the environment clean — and the many others who just want our governments to put human well-being over corporate greed. Are you one of them?

Campaign launched by:

      

https://actions.sumofus.org/a/chlorpyrifos

Свинец содержащая краска – один из хорошо известных источников
воздействия свинца на здоровье детей. Начиная с 2009 года, проведено
более 100 исследований краски, купленной в 58 странах. Результаты
анализов показали высокое содержание  свинца в красках, широко доступных
на рынках развивающихся стран и стран с переходной экономикой.

Международная сеть по ликвидации стойких органических загрязнителей
(IPEN) провела большинство из этих исследований, проанализировав более 3
300 видов масляных красок. Многие из них содержали свинец на уровне выше
10 000 частей на миллион (мг/кг) сухого веса краски.

На сайте  IPEN приведена карта, на которой представлены последние данные
содержания свинца в краске, полученные  IPEN, начиная с  2009года.
Кликнув на кружок на карте, вы получите данные по странам. Чем темнее
цвет кружка, тем выше процентное содержание свинца в краске,
обнаруженное в ходе исследования.

Напомним, что Глобальный альянс по отказу от применения свинца в краске
(http://www.who.int/ipcs/assessment/public_health/gaelp/ru/)  принял
наиболее прогрессивный стандарт содержания свинца в краске на уровне 90
частей на миллион.

Интерактивная карта содержания свинца в краске по странам размещена
здесь:

https://ipen.org/projects/eliminating-lead-paint/lead-levels-paint-around-world

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Новости “Эко-Согласия” по химической безопасности
IPEN/”Эко-Согласие”
Координационный центр IPEN в ВЕКЦА
www.ecoaccord.org [1]
www.ipen.org [2]
https://twitter.com/OlgaSperansk
https://www.facebook.com/olga.speranskaya.7
https://www.facebook.com/groups/153701848550047/

https://english.arnika.org/press-releases/toxic-loophole-2018-e-waste-chemicals-in-children-s-products

Environmental health researchers released alarming evidence [1] today that toxic brominated flame retardants, hazardous chemicals from electronic waste that are known to disrupt thyroid function and cause neurological and attention deficits in children, are contaminating recycled plastics in consumer products across Europe.

The report release coincides with a crucial vote in the European Parliament to establish and re-evaluate recycling exemptions for POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) in waste and with the European Commission’s revision of POPs waste limits. Both decisions will determine whether toxic waste materials, such as e-waste containing brominated flame retardants, will be allowed in recycled plastics.

The study, an analysis of 430 plastic children’s toys, hair accessories, and kitchen utensils purchased in 19 European countries showed that 109 (25%) had elevated levels of bromine, indicating potential presence of a brominated flame retardant. The 109 samples were then analysed further for concentrations of specific brominated flame retardant chemicals which showed 50 (46%) would fail to meet the EU POPs Regulation if the product was composed of new plastic rather than recycled plastic.

“Our research found flame retardants chemicals called PBDEs and HBCDs in overwhelming majority of analysed samples. This is worrying as these two chemicals are among the 28 most hazardous chemicals on the planet. The only way to protect people from hazardous chemicals in recycled e-waste is to close the recycling loophole and keep toxic waste out of recycled plastic,” said lead study author Jitka Strakova, Arnika’s researcher specialised in POPs.

READ THE REPORT Toxic Loophole: Recycling Hazardous Waste into New Products

Both chemical groups are currently found in e-waste. PBDEs are a group of chemical flame retardants that exist in the casings and wire insulation of old electronics and appliances and HBCD appeared in polystyrene foams and plastics for electronics and cars.

Stressing that recycling exemptions for PBDEs amounts to a double standard for plastics, the researchers called on the EU to guarantee that recycled plastics meet the same standards as new plastics.

“No one would knowingly give children toxic waste to play with,” said Genon Jensen, co-author of the study and Executive Director of the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL). “The EU currently allows exemptions so that some of the most hazardous materials in plastics can be recycled. But right now, MEPs have the joint power to close this toxic recycling loophole to protect people’s health.”

Cleaning up recycled plastics could be achieved with strict limits for these chemicals in waste so that all plastics containing PBDEs are classified as POPs waste and treated as such. This means separating and decontaminating plastics from electronic waste.

Stricter controls on POPs waste, also known in policy lingo as “Low POPs Content” waste limits, would stop the recycling of toxic plastics. A number of environmental health advocates urge the EU to adopt a limit of 50 ppm for PBDEs and 100 ppm for HBCD in the European POPs waste law and in the international Basel and Stockholm Conventions. Currently the European Union is promoting a plan [2] to codify 20 times more toxic material into the waste stream with a proposal that would allow 1,000 ppm for PBDEs and HBCD to be recycled from toxic e-waste.

“The devil is in the detail. The specific concentrations set which waste is considered to be a POPs waste and cannot be recycled or exported to other countries for recycling. Ultimately, it is this number that determines whether your child is at risk. Toxic plastics with brominated flame retardants over 50 ppm should be considered POPs waste,” said Arnika – Toxics and Waste Programme Executive Director and IPEN Dioxin, PCBs and Waste Working Group co-chair Jindrich Petrlik“Only a strict limit for POPs in waste can close the toxic loophole as it would require toxic plastics to be removed from the waste recycling stream.” 

Advocates stress that the loophole in the current legislation is not only bad for Europe, it is bad for the developing world as well. Europe now sends 15 – 50% of its e-waste either illegally or as used electronics, with hazardous levels of brominated flame retardants, to less developed countries in Asia and Africa, where it continues to persist and contaminate in the form of recycled plastics.

PHOTOGALLERY
Toxic Loophole: Recycling Hazardous Waste into New Products
‘Toxic Loophole’: items with the highest detected levels of hazardous substances

“Consumers do not know that new products made of recycled plastics can contain hazardous chemicals that were already banned a long time ago,” said Manuel Fernández, the chemical expert of BUND – Friends of the Earth Germany. “The EU should create maximum transparency and traceability of especially hazardous chemicals in products so that the downstream users, recyclers and consumers know what kind of dangerous chemicals might be in the products they intend to use and can opt for safer alternatives.”

The authors of the report are urging Members of European Parliament to vote against any exemptions for recycled plastics during the plenary session that is expected to take place at the earliest 22 October and outlined their concerns in a letter to the EP Environment committee [3].

The research on the Toxic Loophole: Recycling Hazardous Waste into New Products study was conducted by Arnika, HEAL and IPEN.  Samples were collected in the following countries: European Union Member States (Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden) and surrounding Central and Eastern European countries (Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Russia, and Serbia) between April and July 2018.

Contact:
Karolina Brabcova, Arnika Association, karolina.brabcova@arnika.org, tel.: +420 731 321 737
Elke Zander, Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), elke@env-health.org, tel.: +32 (0)2 234 36 47

Notes to editor:

[1] Link to the ‘Toxic Loophole’ study and to the Executive Summary
The live stream of the press conference presenting the study results and policy implications can be viewed here
A photo gallery of all products tested can be found online here

[2] Basel Convention: Comments received from Parties and others on low POP content values (www.basel.int) 

[3] Response to the EU Recast Regulation on Persistent Organic Pollutants (www.env.health.org)
The letter asks for adoption of progressive limits for PBDEs and HBCD in recycled plastics and the setting of strict, scientifically sound limits for low POPs content levels to effectively protect human health and the environment from POPs and ensure a clean circular economy. 

Arnika Association is a Czech non-governmental organisation established in 2001. Its mission is to protect nature and a healthy environment for future generations both at home and abroad. Since its beginnings, Arnika has worked on protection of consumers from chemically hazardous products. Lately, Arnika has been conducting its own research focusing on toxic chemicals in consumer products, mainly toys and childcare products. Arnika serves as the Regional Hub for Central and Eastern Europe for IPEN.

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is the leading not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects human health in the European Union (EU) and beyond. HEAL works to shape laws and policies that promote planetary and human health and protect those most affected by pollution, and raise awareness on the benefits of environmental action for health. HEAL’s EU Transparency Register Number: 00723343929-96

IPEN is a global network of more than 500 health and environmental public interest organizations in over 100 countries, working to eliminate the world’s most harmful chemicals to create a toxics-free future. IPEN’s EU Transparency Register Number: 157269723532-97

PHOTO: Markéta Šedivá / Arnika

16:29 October 16, 2018

Представитель НПО Женщины Армении за здоровье и здоровую окружающую среду (AWHHE) приняла участие в трехдневном региональном семинаре организаций – членов Международной сети по ликвидации стойких органических загрязнителей (IPEN) региона Восточной Европы, Кавказа и Центральной Азии (ВЕКЦА). Семинар был проведен 26-28 августа 2018 года в Кыргызстане совместно IPEN, Центром “Эко-Согласие” и Независимой экологической экспертизой (Кыргызстан). Программа и материалы семинара размещены на вебсайте НПО «Эко-Согласие» (http://www.ecoaccord.org/ ), являющегося координационным центром IPEN в ВЕКЦА.

 

(Press Release)

Yerevan, 10 September 2018. Solar energy is the most important direction in the development of the economy. To date, it is considered to be a very attractive sector for business where investments in just a short time are paid back.

Although Armenia has not even been considered a country of business development opportunities yet, however, experts estimate that in the next few years Armenia can become a regional leader in the field of solar energy use.

Rapid cost recovery and low risks make this sector extremely attractive for investments, and the excess of solar resource increases the availability of these technologies. Some years ago a few companies in Armenia were engaged in solar energy. Today there are dozens of them.

On the initiative of the “Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment” NGO (AWHHE) an international seminar dedicated to renewable energy use and environmental protection was organized on September 10, 2009 at “Nairi” Hall of “Ani Plaza” Hotel. The event was organized within the framework of the solar energy project entitled “Solar Energy for Low-Carbon Sustainable Lifestyles in Solak, Aygavan and Malishka Rural Communities of Armenia”. It is funded through the 10YFP Trust Fund established by UNEP. The project was selected through an open 10YFP Trust Fund Call for Proposals for Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme with the financial support of the Government of Japan.

Experts from Japan, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Chile, as well as representatives of ministries and agencies, civil society, business sector, target communities and mass media participated in the seminar.

President of AWHHE NGO Elena Manvelyan mentioned in her speech that some countries completely are moving toward the use of alternative energy sources, such as
energy of the sun, wind, water, earth’s interior and biogas. In some regions, the production of “green” energy exceeds traditional energy production volumes. Armenia, which has about 300 sunny days a year, should take its place among the countries that give priority to the use of “green” energy.

Research Manager of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Atsushi Watabe, expressed his satisfaction with the implementation of the project. He mentioned, that the implemented by AWHHE project on alternative solar energy  is  an excellent model not only for Armenia but also for the rest of the world to promote sustainable ways of living. The workshop is a great opportunity to revisit what has been achieved and learned, and to explore the ways forward.

During the seminar the experts from abroad presented the experience gained by their countries in the field of alternative energy.

Marcelo Matus, Subdirector of the Energy Center in the University of Chile, shared the experience in the use of geothermal energy for the promotion of sustainable production model in rural areas in Chile.

Rostislav Musiy, senior staff scientist of the Department of Physical Chemistry of Fossil Fuels of the NAS of Ukraine expressed a hope that effective cooperation with Armenian organizations in the field of green energy will promote the protection of the nature and climate of our planet.

Dzimitry Buronkin, an expert from Belarus noted, that in Belarus there is a good experience of cooperation between the public organization and local authorities of the Braslav region in preparation for the district strategies to achieve climate neutrality. Thanks to the project, in Braslav the use of local fuel (wood chips) and share of renewable energy in the overall energy balance increased, which helped bring the region closer to climatic neutrality.

During the seminar, Knarik Grigoryan, an expert from AWHHE, presented the lessons learned as a result of the activities implemented within the framework of the project, as well as CO2 emissions reduction. She underlined that the project contributed to the improvement of four aspects of sustainable development: environmental, social, economic and cultural. At the end of the seminar, the results of the group work were presented and relevant recommendations were elaborated.

 

The project lab entitled «Women Empowerment in Green Business Development» presented stories of women entrepreneurs from around the world – agents of change driving the green economy transition and creating jobs. It built on the experience of the SWITCH programmes in Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean and the 10-YFP Sustainable Lifestyles Education (SLE) Programme, in developing partnerships with the private sector to shift behaviour and practice, towards sustainable consumption and production patterns. The lab generated a debate on capacitating women as local business leaders, with a variety of roles, ranging from being enablers of new eco-entrepreneurship to providing new trends in sustainable consumption. The session also focused on the need for policy support to scale-up best practices and further support women as promoters of green entrepreneurship. The SLE programme was represented by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), partner of the One Planet Network –  the network of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production.

 

In the 6th Central and Eastern Europe regional meeting of SAICM which was held 19 to 21 February  2018 in Lodz, Poland, AWHHE was part of the team of the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN). During the meeting, panel discussions were focused on countries’ experiences, including financial mechanisms, success stories, lessons learned, and exchanges of information on scientific, technological and technical cooperation. During these sessions, IPEN colleagues Jasminka Randjelovic (ALHem, Serbia), Denys Pavlovskyi (MAMA-86, Ukraine), Gohar Khojayan (AWHHE, Armenia), and Muazama Burkhanova (Foundation in Support of Civil Initiatives, Tajikistan) were among the presenters. More information is available on IPEN website http://ipen.org/site/saicm-regional-meetings-2018.

Photo 1: AWHHE representative participates at the IPEN preparatory meeting for CEE Regional SAICM Meeting. 

Photo 2: AWHHE made a presentation at a World Health Organization (WHO) side event on WHO “Roadmap to enhance health sector engagement in the strategic approach to international chemicals management towards the 2020 goal and beyond.” 

The SAICM CEE Regional Meeting was followed by the UNITAR/OECD nanosafety workshop (22 & 23 February 2018).

Третья Ассамблея ООН по Окружающей Среде   откроется 4 декабря 2017 года в Найроби,Кения. Одна из инициатив, выдвинутая Программой ООН по окружающей среде – собрать как можно больше добровольных обязательств от правительств, бизнеса и гражданского общества, направленных на прекращение загрязнения воздуха, почвы, пресных водоемов и океанов и обеспечение безопасного управления химическими веществами и отходами, включая достижение цели ликвидации свинца в краске. Документ «Добровольные обязательства о содействии сохранению нашей планеты свободной от загрязнения» станет одним из четырех ключевых конечных результатов Ассамблеи ООН.

Выступая за ликвидацию свинца в краске, правительства, в частности, могут взять на себя добровольное обязательство разработать законодательства и механизмы контроля с целью снижения риска воздействия свинца на здоровье людей, экономику стран и окружающую среду. Свинец – это токсичный металл. Свинецсодержащая краска – важный источник воздействия свинца на детей. Только около 34% стран регулируют содержание свинца в краске, и более 40 исследований в разных регионах мира подтвердили присутствие свинецсодержащей краски на рынках развивающихся стран и стран с переходной экономикой.

До начала работы Экологической ассамблеи крайне важно добиться включения

добровольных обязательств стран по ликвидации свинца в краске в итоговый документ ООН. В связи с этим IPEN (Международная сеть неправительственных организаций, работающих по вопросам химической безопасности в более чем 100 странах мира) обращается с просьбой обратить внимание правительств стран на возможность взять на себя добровольные обязательства по ликвидации свинца в краске.

 

Зарегистрировать добровольное обязательство можно в режиме он-лайн на следующих сайтах:

Для правительств:

http://web.unep.org/environmentassembly/your-commitment//?type=government

Для бизнеса:

http://web.unep.org/environmentassembly/your-commitment//?type=business

Для представителей гражданского общества:

http://web.unep.org/environmentassembly/your-commitment//?type=civil-society

 

Эти формы можно также скачать на всех языках ООН, заполнить и отправить по

электронной почте:  voluntarycommitments@unep.org

               2017 թ.-ի դեկտեմբերի 4-6-ը Քենիայի Նայրոբի քաղաքում տեղի կունենա շրջակա միջավայրի հարցերով ՄԱԿ-ի երրորդ վեհաժողովը: Միավորված ազգերի կազմակերպության շրջակա միջավայրի ծրագրի (UNEP) կողմից առաջ քաշված այս նախաձեռնությունը միտված է կառավարություններից, գործարար համայնքից և քաղաքացիական հասարակության կազմակերպություններից հնարավորինս շատ կամավոր պարտավորությունների ստացմանը՝  ուղղված օդի, հողի, խմելու ջրի ջրամբարների և օվկիանոսների աղտոտման դադարեցմանը, քիմիական նյութերի ու թափոնների անվտանգ կառավարմանը, ներառյալ` ներկերում կապարի վերացման նպատակի  իրականացմանը: «Աղտոտումից ազատ մեր մոլորակի պահպանության աջակցությանն ուղղված կամավոր պարտավորությունների մասին» փաստաթուղթը կդառնա ՄԱԿ-ի վեհաժողովի չորս առանցքային արդյունքներից մեկը: Հանդես գալով ներկերում կապարի վերացման օգտին, կառավարությունները, մասնավորապես, կարող են հանձն առնել կամավոր պարտավորություն՝  մշակել օրենսդրություն և վերահսկման մեխանիզմներ՝  մարդու առողջության, տնտեսության և շրջակա միջավայրի վրա կապարի ազդեցության ռիսկերի նվազեցման նպատակով:

               Կապարը թունավոր մետաղ է: Կապար պարունակող ներկը երեխաների առողջության վրա կապարի ազդեցության կարևոր աղբյուր է: Երկրների միայն 34% -ն է կարգավորում կապարի պարունակությունը ներկերում, և աշխարհի տարբեր շրջաններում իրականացված ավելի քան 40 ուսումնասիրություններ հաստատել են կապար պարունակող ներկերի առկայությունը զարգացող երկրների և անցումային տնտեսությամբ երկրների շուկաներում:

               Նախքան շրջակա միջավայրի հարցերով վեհաժողովի աշխատանքի մեկնարկը, չափազանց կարևոր է հասնել այն բանին, որ ներկերում կապարի վերացման ուղղությամբ երկրների կամավոր պարտավորությունները ներառվեն ՄԱԿ-ի վերջնական փաստաթղթում: Այս առումով, IPEN- ը (ավելի քան 100 երկրում քիմիական անվտանգության հարցերով զբաղվող հասարակական կազմակերպությունների միջազգային ցանց) դիմում է Ձեզ խնդրանքով՝ Ձեր կառավարությունների ուշադրությունը հրավիրել ներկերում կապարի վերացման մասին կամավոր պարտավորությունների ստանձնման հնարավորության վրա:

               Կամավոր պարտավորությունը կարող է գրանցվել առցանց հետևյալ կայքերում՝

 

Կառավարությունների համար՝

http://web.unep.org/environmentassembly/your-commitment//?type=government

Գործարար համայնքի համար՝

http://web.unep.org/environmentassembly/your-commitment//?type=business

Քաղաքացիական հասարակության կազմակերպությունների համար՝

http://web.unep.org/environmentassembly/your-commitment//?type=civil-society

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