#Toxics

Lead poisoning: Prague buildings filled with toxic heavy metals due to old-time furnishing

Lead poisoning: Prague buildings filled with toxic heavy metals due to old-time furnishing

People are commonly exposed to lead, cadmium, toxic mercury and other heavy metals in Czech capital. Lead concentration present in dust is much higher in office and authority...

The European Commission is questionably consulting the chemical exceptions

The European Commission is questionably consulting the chemical exceptions

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and the international network of IPEN NGOs blame the European Commission for overlooking an obvious conflict of interest. In order to...

IPEN CEE Regional Meeting Participants Visit Czech Chemical Factory

IPEN CEE Regional Meeting Participants Visit Czech Chemical Factory

How to deal with toxic pollution: That was the main theme of the IPEN Central and Eastern Europe Regional Meeting that took place in Prague in October, 2017. The three-day...

Czech representatives in Geneva discuss the protection against poisonous mercury

Czech representatives in Geneva discuss the protection against poisonous mercury

Until Friday, international convention on reducing mercury leaks caused by human activity takes place in Geneva. The representatives of states and intergovernmental and...

Toxic recycling continues, workers in developing countries and our children suffer

Toxic recycling continues, workers in developing countries and our children suffer

Wrecking tubes by hammers or melting printed circuit boards, cables and plastics on an open fire is one of the common practices for obtaining precious metals and other secondary...

Decrease in the number of sperm threatens the fertility of men from developed countries, problems are also toxic substances

Decrease in the number of sperm threatens the fertility of men from developed countries, problems are also toxic substances

A newly published study by scientists from leading universities scientists concluded that the number of sperm of men from Western countries declined significantly, with no signs...

International convention on mercury entered into force

International convention on mercury entered into force

Minamata Convention entered into force on Wednesday. It is the first legally binding international agreement regulating mercury pollution. It has been ratified by over seventy...

Risk of new POPs formation during fly ash processing in cement plants

Risk of new POPs formation during fly ash processing in cement plants

In China, some cement plants use fly ashes from municipal waste incinerators in the cement production. However, Chinese scientists have found out that this cause problems as...

Hazardous Substances from the Abandoned Farm Premises in Lhenice Apparently Get Even to Eggs

Hazardous Substances from the Abandoned Farm Premises in Lhenice Apparently Get Even to Eggs

Highly contaminated soils that were transported into the premises of the former united agricultural cooperative in Lhenice, Prachatice region pose a threat to human health and to...

Amounts of Some Toxic Substances Reported by the Polluters Decreased, but Spolana Released More of them Again

Amounts of Some Toxic Substances Reported by the Polluters Decreased, but Spolana Released More of them Again

Both good and bad news is brought by the new list of the biggest Czech polluters, drawn up by the environmental association Arnika this year again, on the basis of data of the...

Prague Children Playgrounds Have Problems with Cadmium Contents. Luckily, Contents of Other Toxic Substances Are within Limits.

Prague Children Playgrounds Have Problems with Cadmium Contents. Luckily, Contents of Other Toxic Substances Are within Limits.

Arnika's experts visited 9 playgrounds in 6 parts of the city of Prague in the past months, in order to take sand samples from sandpits, as well as from the whole playground...

High levels of dioxins found in chicken eggs sampled near waste incinerators and metallurgical plant in China

High levels of dioxins found in chicken eggs sampled near waste incinerators and metallurgical plant in China

High levels of dioxins and similar dangerous pollutants were found in free range chicken eggs samples taken close to waste incinerators and other industrial hot spots in six...