India blocked export restrictions on them at Rotterdam Convention india yet again played spoilsport by preventing chrysotile asbestos and endosulfan from being included in Annex III of un

U.N. hazardous chemical treaty faces deadlock at meeting in Rome

Will Rotterdam Convention put controls over the killer mineral? PRODUCERS of chrysotile asbestos, India, Russia and Canada, will again try to scuttle any controls over the mineral under the Rotterdam Convention that allows countries to monitor and control trade and use of hazardous chemicals. Conference of parties (CoP-4) to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC)

Roy Mathew

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Indian non-governmental organisations, attending the fourth conference of parties of the Rotterdam Convention in Rome as observers, have criticised the stance of the Indian government on listing of Endosulfan (pesticide) and chrysotile asbestos on the

More than 50 countries have banned it. The World Health Organisation says its causes cancer. Even a country that exports it to India prefers not to use it domestically. But India refuses to even label asbestos as a hazardous material and is again ready to internationally commit to import it without any restrictions.

A curious liking for asbestos

This report provides detailed information on human risk of asbestos exposure and its health effects. Reveals that unorganized units have poor industrial hygiene conditions and recommends preventive measures to reduce the risk of workers exposed to asbestos.

The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between asbestos exposure and survival outcome in MPM in an effort to advance the understanding of the contribution of asbestos exposure to MPM prognosis.

Could nanotechnology revive an old killer? That's the fear being raised by the discovery that carbon nanotubes shred the lung lining in a similar way to asbestos fibres. Ken Donaldson at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and colleagues injected carbon nanotubes into the abdominal cavity of mice. One week later, the tissue surrounding the abdominal organs of the mice showed a level of inflammation similar to that caused by asbestos exposure.

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