Fertility rates have collapsed as a result of environmental pollution and sexually transmitted diseases, and a totalitarian government has forced the few remaining fertile women into child-bearing servitude to ensure the procreation of mankind. This dystopian future is the setting for the popular TV series The Handmaid’s Tale. Even though it is a fictional story, the plot might actually not be so far-fetched as it first appears.
The REACH review came out already a couple of months ago, so naturally it’s old news by now, right?
Wrong – the review forms the basis for the discussions at an almost endless number of different policy meetings for a good chunk of the year. It will pave the way for new investigations, mappings, roadmaps and what have you.
The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI) has submitted a proposal to the European Commission to restrict medium-chained chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs) in electrical and electronic equipment. The agency proposes to ban concentrations over 0,1% of MCCPs as it is concerned over possible environmental effects.
In an effort to help people without extensive knowledge of chemical substances understand the risks better, the web-based service Tackletox provide information on toxic chemical substances emitted by corporations and display it on a map.