Filed under: chemicals, Environment/Ecology | Tags: chemicals, Environmental
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has issued the latest Global Chemicals Outlook report which warns of the “chemical intensification” of economies. The report says that this issue could be very damaging for the environment of develop countries as well as for the health of their citizens.
The report goes on to say that this intensification is not necessarily a bad thing, and emphasises how sound chemicals management can support a greener economy and lead to major economic benefits.
Of particular concern is the trend for exporting hazardous chemicals for both use and disposal from developed countries to developing countries, where legislation to protect from their effects is weaker.
The report highlights the fact that of the estimated 140,000+ chemicals on the market today, only a fraction has been thoroughly evaluated to determine their effects on human health and the environment, and that recycling of e-waste is a particular issue of concern, with much recycling carried out in developing countries, leading, for example, to human exposure to dioxins from the burning of electrical cables.
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