White bread you eat every day contain cancer-causing chemicals

16 Feb 2012

Karno GuhathakurtaIt was a trade exhibition abuzz with the restrained chatter of busy suited executives at company stalls making contacts and finalising deals. Nothing out of place except that this trade was about renewable energy technologies, which have unconventional reasons for growth. First, these technologies are seen as the most economical and feasible source of energy for millions of people unconnected to the electricity grid and having no electricity to light their houses or cook their food. This energy poverty is disabling and needs to be eradicated.

We cannot say that development-related issues are long term while the immediate task is to annihilate the Naxalites

The latest CSE study found high levels of phthalates, a chemical used to soften plastic, in all samples of children

Phthalates are chemicals used in toys to soften plastic. Exposure to them can lead to a wide range of health disorders. They are especially dangerous for children under three years, who tend to put these toys in their mouth.

Delhi NGO Centre for Science and Environment tested 24 toy samples of major brands for the presence of phthalates. In October 2008, it randomly purchased toy samples from markets in Delhi. Fifteen were soft toys and nine hard toys made in four countries.

Milind Ghatwai

A day before the Bhopal gas tragedy completes 25 years, the Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) claimed that chemicals dumped in the Union Carbide plant continue to contaminate land and groundwater.

We found staggeringly high levels of lead in virtually all samples we checked

When paint companies were asked about their plans to phase out lead, three responded by doing so in months.

Most of the popular brands of paints contain high quantities of lead, a toxin especially dangerous for children, says a latest study done by Centre for Science and Environment. While there is no mandatory standard for lead levels in paints in the country, top companies exceed even the voluntary limit specified by the Bureau of Indian Standards.

Mining in India is about livelihood, deforestation, pollution, and a lot more. The New Mineral Policy deals with all this by simply hoping corporates will turn into good citizens. After two-and-a-half years of wrangling between mineral-rich states and the centre, between steel-makers and iron ore miners, India now has a new National Mineral Policy