UNICEF report reveals shocking extent of lead poisoning in children

A third of the world’s children have levels of lead in their blood high enough to affect brain development, with Belgium among the worst affected European countries, a global survey reveals

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IN DEPTH: Chemicals firms fear sweeping regulatory reform under EU green deal

Industry lobbyists are on the defensive as the European Commission finalises a draft chemicals strategy designed to fulfil the ‘zero pollution’ ambition of its European Green Deal, while green groups issue fresh warnings of undue influence from business interests


ECHA places new restrictions on exporting 22 hazardous chemicals

The European Chemicals Agency has published a list of 22 chemicals that will face new export restrictions from September, largely targeting active substances in pesticides that have been banned in the EU


Regulation is the key driver of substitution of hazardous chemicals, study finds

Campaigners have reiterated their calls for the EU executive's upcoming chemicals strategy to deliver tougher controls following the publication of official findings indicating that regulation is the main driver behind companies' decisions to substitute hazardous chemicals for safer alternatives


Member states still wrangling over bee protection standards

EU member states could adopt watered down bee protection standards used for pesticide risk assessments, according to a document leaked to a green group


Chemical industry claims essential role in plastic recycling

With less than a third of plastic collected in Europe actually being recycled, chemical processing will be essential for the EU to achieve its circular economy goals, the industry association Cefic argues

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