ACAT News & Updates
October 5 & 6, 2016 at Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage
The purpose of this summit is to bring together scientists, Alaska Native community and Tribal leaders, health care professionals, policy makers, parents, teachers, and children’s advocates to discuss the latest science and develop recommendations to protect the health of children at the top of the world. You can register here!
This first-ever conference in Alaska about the health disparities experienced by children in Alaska and the circumpolar north will address the mounting evidence that disproportionate exposures to toxic chemicals before and after birth are linked to a host of serious medical problems, including:
- Neurodevelopmental issues
- Children’s cancer
- Endocrine disruption
- Birth defects
Health care professionals, policy makers, parents and community members will all have a role to play in exploring opportunities for improving the health of current and future generations of Alaskan children and creating recommendations for […]
Wednesday, October 26th, 9:00 am – 10:00 am Alaska Time (10:00 am Pacific; 1:00 pm Eastern)
About the Call:
Recent advances in research confirm that infinitesimally small quantities of certain chemicals in our environment can interfere with the normal signaling systems that determine every aspect of embryonic and fetal development.
Over the past decade, scientific research has demonstrated that there are numerous ways endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can interfere with development and function. Disorders that have increased in prevalence in recent years such as abnormal male gonadal development, infertility, ADHD, autism, diabetes, thyroid disorders, and childhood and adult cancers are now being linked to fetal exposure to endocrine disruptors.
Join Dr. Carol Kwiatkowski, Executive Director of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), for a discussion about the scientific research on endocrine disrupting chemicals, its relevance for children’s environmental health, and how it is being used to inform policy.
Final Report from Rome: U.N. Committee Says Global Action Warranted on Teflon Chemical and Three Others That Affect The Arctic
Industry influence in carving out exceptions “troubling”
At the end of a long week of meetings of the U.N.’s POPs scientific review committee in Rome, Pam Miller reports : “We’re tired but happy. Global bans for PFOS, Deca,SCCPs & Dicofol are on the horizon.”
However, industry influence on committee members and government representatives was troubling, allowing exceptions to the bans for various uses that will undermine the treaty’s intention.
For full details, see this IPEN press release: ipen-poprc-pr-23-sept-2016-press-release-for-friday
Good news from Rome! The POPs Review Committee determined the pesticide dicofol “as a result of its long-range environmental transport is likely to lead to significant adverse environmental effects and may lead to significant adverse human health effects, such that global action is warranted.”
Pam Miller, ACAT’s executive director and Co-Chair of IPEN, applauded the determination, noting dicofol’s harmful properties including persistence, tendency for long-range environmental transport to remote regions such as the Arctic, and toxicity to wildlife and humans. The evidence of harm to the health of animals and humans is compelling, including impairment of reproduction, endocrine effects,immune- and neurotoxicity. Miller concluded by saying, “We welcome the opportunity in the next stage of evaluation to offer information on safe, ecological, non-chemical alternatives for agriculture.”
Dr. Meriel Watts, representing the global Pesticide Action Network also welcomed the decision and stated: “We are one step closer now […]
One of the major themes of our interventions at this POPRC meeting concern the lies and duplicity of the chemical industry in their attempts to defend the continuing use of their products, despite overwhelming evidence of the harm that the substances wreak on the global environment and human health.
The photo shows Day 2 of the POPs Review Committee (from Earth Negotiations Bulletin), with the NGO/IPEN contingent on the right with the other official observers.
Here’s a link to the short speech Pam Miller made about short-chained chlorinated paraffins: pam-millers-intervention-on-sccps-9-19-16
. . . and another link to the powerful speech made yesterday by IPEN colleague, Dr. Mariann Lloyd Smith, about PFOA, the Teflon chemical.