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Trade body files lawsuit against EU flame retardant ban…

Source: Chemical Watch Global Risk and Regulation News

BSEF calls prohibition on entire class of chemicals under Ecodesign ‘unlawful’


Case–control study of brain and other central nervous system cancer among workers at semiconductor and storage device manufacturing facilities

Source: BMJ Journals

This study evaluated the relationship between brain and other central nervous system cancer (‘CNS cancer’) and exposures at two semiconductor and electronic module manufacturing facilities and at a storage device manufacturing facility.


What E-Waste Journalism Gets Wrong

This article argues that consumers need to understand a lot more than just where old electronics end up- we must look at the full life cycle to understand the true costs, from mining, to production, to use and end of life

Sweden finds hazardous chemicals in over 25% of electrical goods tested

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (Kemi) has detected lead, cadmium or short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) in more than 25% of electrical products tested.


How a Rising Anti-Mining Movement Is Challenging Portugal’s “White Gold” Rush

Date: 29 December 2019

The global transition to renewable energy and electric vehicles — technologies that are currently powered by lithium-ion batteries — is creating a high demand for lithium, popularly known as white gold, among other minerals.


Chinese metal mines feed the global demand for gadgets. They’re also poisoning China’s poorest regions.

Date: 29 December 2019

DACHANG, China — Day and night, overfilled trucks rumble down Nanjiu Road in the saw-toothed hills that stretch to the Vietnam border. It’s a procession at the heart of one of China’s most hazardous industries.


Google admits workers making its tech exposed to ‘birth defect’ chemical

Date: 28 December 2019

Concerns have been raised over the safety of workers at factories used by Google were exposed to harmful chemicals amid hundreds of safety violations.


Mining turned Indonesian seas red. The drive for greener cars could herald a new toxic tide.

Date: 20 November 2019

POMALAA, Indonesia — Where forested hills dip into the sea, Sahman Ukas scoops up rusty-red topsoil.

His hands hold nickel that is more concentrated than many of the world’s richest deposits.


Chad gold mine collapse leaves about 30 people dead

Date: 26 September 2019

About 30 people have died in a collapse at an illegal gold mine in Chad near the Libyan border.


Silicon Valley Is One of the Most Polluted Places in the Country

Date: 22 September 2019

Microchip manufacturers contaminated the groundwater in the 1980s. Almost 40 years later, the cleanup still isn’t complete.


Gold mining leaves heart of Peruvian Amazon a wasteland

Date: 21 September 2019

A decade of illegal gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon has left thousands of acres of rainforest a wasteland.


Global Ban on Exporting Hazardous Waste to Developing Countries Becomes Law

Date: 8 September 2019

Seattle, Washington, USA. 09 August, 2019. Croatia’s 6th of September deposit of ratification of the 1995 Basel Ban Amendment has allowed this global waste dumping prohibition to finally enter into the force of international law.


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