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What is dioxin?

Page | December 5, 2006 at 23:10

Dioxins and furans are a class of chemical compounds widely recognised as some of the most toxic chemicals ever made by humans. Generally just referred to as dioxins, dioxins and furans have no useful purpose and are produced as the unwanted...

Impacts on health & environment

Page | December 5, 2006 at 23:22

The first evidence of persistent organic pollutant (POPs) related injury to wildlife was discovered in North America in the 1960s, where the population of peregrine falcons was found to be declining due to pesticide contamination. Subsequently, a...

Victory on Incineration

Page | December 6, 2006 at 2:20

In 2002 Greenpeace began a campaign to have the Auckland International Airport incinerator closed and replaced with cleaner technology to treat the quarantine waste.

Stockholm Convention

Page | December 6, 2006 at 2:42

Over 90 governments of the world have signed The Stockholm Convention, which is an International Treaty to ban 12 persistent organic pollutants (also known as the "dirty dozen"). The New Zealand Government signed the Stockholm Convention in May 2001.

Elimination not reduction

Page | December 6, 2006 at 2:50

Dioxin releases must be eliminated, not simply reduced. Because of the persistent nature of these chemicals, and their continual recycling throughout the environment, the current global build-up of dioxin will take years to decrease.

Contamination in New Zealand

Page | December 6, 2006 at 2:54

Dioxins are formed in industrial processes involving chlorine. Burning organic matter in the presence of chlorine, for example waste incineration, burning PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and chlorine-bleached paper, will produce dioxins.

What are POPs?

Page | December 6, 2006 at 2:57

The building blocks of living organisms are organic compounds, which contain carbon and hydrogen (and in some cases other elements). These compounds are not indestructible and many breakdown relatively easily. However, humans have learnt to...

Eliminate toxic chemicals

Hub | December 20, 2006 at 1:33

What you can do

Page | January 10, 2007 at 22:45

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The Zero Waste alternative

Page | January 22, 2007 at 2:11

Waste disposal is a multi-billion dollar global problem. Currently, waste is either landfilled or incinerated, with severe implications for the environment and human health. Landfills are major producers of methane, and pollute water tables.

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