Tagged on: Chemicals and Waste

Book/Report
Towards a Pollution-Free Planet: Background Report
United Nations Environment Programme

Pollution today is pervasive and persistent. While the world has achieved significant economic growth over the past few decades, it has been accompanied by large amounts of pollution, with significant impacts on human health and ecosystems and the ways in which some of the major Earth system processes, such as the climate, are functioning. This report describes the pollution challenge, explores what is already being done to address pollution, and proposes 50 focused and actionable interventions to address pollution in all its forms. The report is a call to act towards a pollution-free planet.


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2017
Book chapter
Antimicrobial Resistance: Investigating the Environmental Dimension - Frontiers 2017: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern
Gaze, William, Depledge, Michael

Antibiotic pharmaceuticals are used around the world to treat and prevent bacterial infections in humans, animals and even plants. They have also been used widely as growth promoters to increase meat production, although this practice was banned in the European Union in 2006. While the misuse of antibiotics in medical and agricultural practices has been linked to increasing resistance, the role of the natural environment in the emergence and spread of resistance has received relatively little attention.


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2017
Book chapter
Nanomaterials: Applying the Precautionary Principle - Frontiers 2017: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern
McGlade, Jacqueline

The recent advances in nanotechnology and nanoscience have introduced nanoscale materials with emergent physical and chemical properties to transform the world.


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2017
Book/Report
Lead in Enamel Decorative Paints: National Paint Testing Results - A Nine Country Study
United Nations Environment Programme

A total of 234 cans of enamel decorative paints were purchased in retail establishments in the following nine countries: Argentina, Azerbaijan, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Tunisia, and Uruguay. An additional 10 cans of anti-corrosive enamel paints were purchased in Côte d'Ivoire. All the paints – the 234 samples of decorative paints and the 10 samples of anti-corrosive paints – were tested for their total lead content, and dry weight.


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2013
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Lead in Enamel Decorative Paints: National Paint Testing Results Annex 2: Materials and Methods, including Analytical Laboratory Results and Quality Control Procedures
United Nations Environment Programme
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2013
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Lead in Enamel Decorative Paints: National Paint Testing Results Annex 1: Country by Country Results
United Nations Environment Programme
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2013
Book/Report
The Sound Management of Chemicals and Wastes in the Context of the Sustainable Development Goals: Links between the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication outlines the links between existing and proposed goals, targets and indicators of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, focusing on the key issues and opportunities to link the discussions and actions concerning the targets and indicators in an attempt to inform the deliberations in the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators of the United Nations Statistical Commission and at the multilateral environmental agreement level.


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Guideline
Gender and Environment: Support Kit for UN Environment Staff
United Nations Environment Programme

The purpose of this support kit is to help UN Environment staff understand the relevance of gender in their specific field and provide entry points for integration of gender in project cycle activities and communications. The support kit builds on the UN Environment
Policy and Strategy for Gender and theEnvironment 2014–2017 and aims to provide practical guidance for strengthening gender
considerations within UN Environment’s work.


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Book/Report
Air Pollution and its Health Effects in China: A Monograph
World Health Organization, United Nations Environment Programme

This monograph is a contribution to these efforts and a companion volume to the Proceedings of the WHO/UNEP Air Pollution Workshop, Beqing, China October 1993 (WHO/EHG/PCS/95.22). It contains two papers: The first is a review paper that seeks to consolidate current knowledge and information concerning outdoor and indoor air pollution in China in urban and rural areas, and the health effects arising from it. The second paper focuses on air pollution and mortality in Shenyang, Liaoning Province,China. A detailed case study, it provides insight into the extent of air pollution in Shenyang and the methodology that can be used to conduct an epidemiology study when only limited resources are available.


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Guideline
Model Law and Guidance for Regulating Lead Paint
United Nations Environment Programme

The purpose of this guidance is to assist countries to enact new laws (or to modify their existing laws) to establish a single regulatory limit on the total lead content in paints. The guidance describes the key elements of effective and enforceable legal requirements. It also provides a model law that incorporates the key elements and reflects the best approaches currently found in lead paint laws around
the world.


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