The U.S. Supreme Court sided with the Obama administration on Thursday in rebuffing a bid by 20 states to halt an Environmental Protection Agency rule to curb emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from power plants.
The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), a group representing OB-GYNs from 125 countries, released a report detailing the detrimental health effects caused by even small exposure to common chemicals like the ones found in pesticides, plastics, and air pollution. The health problems are even greater for babies exposed in the womb, who face increased risks of cancer, reduced cognitive function, and even miscarriage or stillbirth.
The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) has released a draft proposal for action to address highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs), for the consideration of SAICM stakeholders.
Richard Fuller is President of Pure Earth, which serves as Secretariat for the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP). The nonprofit Pure Earth works to clean up contaminated sites in the poorest communities in low- and middle-income countries, where high concentrations of toxins have devastating health effects.
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