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More EU restrictions of hazardous chemicals

ECHA has a Registry of Restriction Intentions. It contains a long list of various chemicals proposed for restrictions by ECHA or member countries. The two most recent proposals for restrictions of hazardous chemicals were submitted on 5 October 2018. ECHA proposed restricting of the placing on the market of the 5 “soluble” and carcinogenic cobalt(II) salts…
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Workshop on Parkinsons Disease, European Parliament, 8 November 2018

[caption id="attachment_5064" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] https://www.euchems.eu/parkinsons-disease-causes-and-cures-workshop/[/caption] Parkinson’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder having no known cause, typically with onset later in life. Prevalence in the 60-69-year-old population is estimated to be approximately 1.0%, rising to 2.7% in those over 80. There are more than one million people living with Parkinson’s today in Europe; with an ageing…
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Weak points in the new IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming

A few days ago on 6 October 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and…
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PFOA in drinking water around Ohio River Valley

Starting in 1951, the chemical company DuPont produced the important fluoropolymer Teflon at a plant at Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA. The surface-active substance perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was used as an auxiliary agent for the polymerization. During the years the company underplayed the danger of PFOA, although some workers at the plant contracted rare cancer diseases.…
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