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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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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...

Why ban incineration

Page | December 5, 2006 at 22:50

Burning was once considered the most effective method for disposing of waste materials. However, since industrialisation the nature of waste has changed dramatically. Mass production of chemicals and plastics means that burning or incinerating...

Alternatives to medical incineration

Page | December 5, 2006 at 21:56

Municipal and hospital waste incinerators are the largest dioxin sources in industrial countries. At present in New Zealand there are only a handful of medical and quarantine waste incinerators, however the Government is proposing a regulation...

Types of incineration

Page | December 5, 2006 at 21:55

There are numerous types of incinerators in use around the world, but even 'state of the art' incinerators pollute air and land. The more equipment put on a chimney to stop air pollution, the higher the toxic chemical content of the ash. All...

The e-waste problem

Page | October 31, 2006 at 23:24

The amount of electronic products discarded globally has skyrocketed recently, with 20-50 million tonnes generated every year. If such a huge figure is hard to imagine, think of it like this - if the estimated amount of e-waste generated every...

E-waste hall of shame

Page | October 31, 2006 at 22:51

Consumer electronics has a dirty side unmentioned in slick advertising. What happens to old electronics products containing hazardous chemicals? Growing amounts end up dumped for unsafe, dirty recycling by hand in China and India.

What's in electronic devices?

Page | June 28, 2005 at 1:22

Electronic devices are a complex mixture of several hundred materials. A mobile phone, for example, contains 500 to 1000 components. Many of these contain toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and beryllium and hazardous chemicals,...

E-waste

Page | May 23, 2005 at 18:27

The amount of electronic products discarded globally has skyrocketed recently, with 20-50 million tonnes generated every year. If such a huge figure is hard to imagine, think of it like this - if the estimated amount of e-waste generated every...

Press

Hub | March 31, 2005 at 20:19

People Poisoned Daily Tour

Image | March 6, 2005 at 0:00

As part of the People Poisoned Daily Tour, 150 people including local residents, Vietnam Vets, Greenpeace, Sawmill Workers Against Poisons, Paritutu Dioxin Investigation Action Group march to DOWs headquarters in Paritutu. The protesters want DOW...

Kingi Taurua at the launch of Greenpeace's "People Poisoned Daily"

Image | December 2, 2004 at 0:00

Kingi Taurua at the launch of Greenpeace's "People Poisoned Daily" report at Parliament, Wellington, New Zealand.

People poisoned daily report

Publication | December 2, 2004 at 0:00

People Poisoned Daily reveals how DOW Agrosciences poisoned not only the people of Paritutu but has left a legacy of chemical poisoning throughout New Zealand. The chemicals 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D which together create Agent Orange were sprayed so...

A study of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) exposures in Paritutu, New Zealand

Publication | September 10, 2004 at 0:00

A Study of 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) exposures in Paritutu, New Zealand Phase II: Serum Testing An Interim Report to the New Zealand Ministry of Health

Old New Zealand school incinerator

Image | February 1, 2004 at 0:00

An old New Zealand school incinerator poisons students as they play.

18th anniversary of the world's worst chemical disaster

Image | December 3, 2002 at 0:00

On the 18th anniversary of the world's worst chemical disaster, Greenpeace New Zealand joined groups in India and worldwide demanding that Dow takes responsibility for its toxic legacy in Bhopal, India. Greenpeace NZ protested outside the DOW...

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