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Life-Saving International Project for Clean Cookstoves Announced

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced on September 21, 2010 the formation of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a more than $60 million dollar public-private partnership to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.


U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Sets First National Limits to Reduce Mercury and Other Toxic Emissions from Cement Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing final rules that will protect Americans’ health by cutting emissions of mercury, particle pollution and other harmful pollutants from Portland cement manufacturing, the third-largest source of mercury air emissions in the United States.


Decontaminating Dangerous Drywall: Nanomaterial in novel home-air treatment counters hazards from toxic drywall

A nanomaterial originally developed to fight toxic waste is now helping reduce debilitating fumes in homes with corrosive drywall.


Governments Step-up Reduction on DDT Reliance and Add Nine Chemicals Under international Treaty, Stockholm Convention

Nine persistent organic pollutants (POPs) were listed today under the Stockholm Convention. Over 160 Governments have just concluded a one-week conference with practical decisions that will strengthen a global effort to eradicate some of the most toxic chemicals known to humankind.


WHO-UNEP-GEF Announce A Big Step Forward towards a DDT-Free World

Countries move toward more sustainable ways to roll back malaria ahead of Millennium Development Goals during the 4th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UNEP-Linked Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants in Geneva, Switzerland.


First Coordinated REACH Enforcement Project Started: Regulation of Chemical Substances

REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals) is a European Union Regulation of 18 December 2006 that addresses the production and use of chemical substances, and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment.


140 Countries Agree to Negotiate Treaty to Control Toxic Heavy Metal Mercury

A global crackdown on the poisonous pollutant mercury was agreed by Environment Ministers at the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Governing Council on February 20, 2009.


Boost for Hazardous Waste Management in Côte d’Ivoire

A new project launched on June 16, 2008 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will help the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and others in the region to manage hazardous waste, both within their countries and across borders.


Path breaking Methods for Improving Water Quality Earn American Professor the 2007 Stockholm Water Prize

Professor McCarty has defined the field of environmental biotechnology that is the basis for small-scale and large-scale pollution control and safe drinking water systems.


Cell Phones Being Made with Less Dangerous Chemicals

Cellular telephones that contain toxic chemicals are still being sold in Latin America and other developing regions. But thanks to strict European regulations, there are progressively fewer phones being made with cadmium, lead and other dangerous materials.


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